Street Supervisor


Organization : City of Evanston
Job Category : Transportation
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : IL
City : Evanston
Salary and Benefits : $79,390 - $115,115










125: $79,390-$115,115 annually






February 5, 2018


February 26, 2018

*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range. 


This is supervisory work directing, assigning and monitoring the day to day operation of the Streets Division within the Public Works Agency.  Work involves planning, scheduling and supervising employees in the effective, efficient, and safe utilization of equipment and resources to accomplish the work in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Work includes prioritizing and scheduling multiple projects, participating in skilled maintenance and repair of sidewalks, streets, and alleys and determining materials, specifications and plans for equipment repairs and acquisition.  Work consists of serving as a Snow Commander overseeing snow operations, developing programs for pavement maintenance, repairing streets, alleys and sidewalks, formulating short and long term plans as they relate to area of responsibility, motivating/managing staff and, responding to citizen inquiries and complaints.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):

  • Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises and reviews the work of staff, mainly comprised of union employees.
  • Prepares and documents requests for Divisional operating budget; monitors budget expenditures; identifies and requisitions supplies and equipment; insures proper care of tools, equipment and vehicles.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of record and reports.
  • Motivates employees using human relations skills and encourages teamwork. Administers disciplinary action to employees, including oral and written reprimands.
  • Participates in disciplinary process for suspensions, demotions and discharges by conducting investigations and making recommendations to Supervisor.
  • Responds to inquiries of a technical nature; investigates complaints, initiates corrective measures.
  • Is available 24/7 to respond to all after hour emergency calls to determine work force and level of response, as required. 
  • Plans and conducts training, evaluates personnel performance, and initiates any necessary disciplinary action.
  • Oversees the recruitment and selection process of assigned staff within the division.
  • Provides and coordinates staff training including work methods.
  • Acts as Snow Commander; oversees and assists in managing the City’s Snow and Ice operations.
  • Answers questions from the general public regarding Public Works issues, advises the public on proper procedures for filing related requests with City Council and/or any other City Boards or Commissions.
  • Inspects work in progress to insure that workmanship conforms to specifications and best practices.
  • Meets with citizens and assists in problem resolution. 
  • Responds to and investigates customer and aldermanic complaints.
  • Develops methods and procedures to solve problems encountered.
  • May assist in the monitoring of Public Works Maintenance contracts.
  • Performs pre-pour restoration inspections of street openings.
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.


  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED and must possess five (5) or more years of work experience in Public Works; OR must possess sixty (60) or more hours of college course work in Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or related field and must possess three (3) or more years of work experience in Public Works
  • Must possess two (2) or more years of experience in a supervisory capacity.
  • Must possess a valid Class B Commercial Driver’s License with air brakes endorsement and a safe driving record.
  • Must be willing and able to obtain a National Incident Management System (NIMS) ICS 100 & 200 and IS 700 & 800 certificates within 12 months of employment.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
  1. Thorough working knowledge of methods, practices, and principles of construction, maintenance and repair of streets.
  2. Thorough knowledge of modern snow and ice control methods including deicing agents, anti-icing, pretreatment of salt, sidewalk snow removal and cleanup operations following a storm.
  3. Knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal regulations.
  4. Must have considerable knowledge of the methods, tools, equipment and necessary safety precautions used in Public Works Operations.
  5. Demonstrated skill in the assessment of training needs, and development and delivery of necessary training in the work place.
  6. Demonstrated ability to supervise staff.
  7. Ability to multi-task effectively and to respond to emergency situations.
  8. Organized with the ability to complete and follow through on paperwork in a timely manner.
  9. Demonstrated ability to work with engineers and contractors on a variety of projects.
  10. Ability to read, understand, and develop detailed specifications and plans.  
  11. Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and presentation); ability to communicate with different groups of people.
  12. Must have an established track record of vision and innovation. 
  13. Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule on weekends, evenings, and holidays, as required.
  14. Considerable knowledge and understanding of Traffic and Work Zone Safety, including proper signs, work zone set up and take down, and traffic control procedures.


Ability to work indoors and outdoors in a variety of conditions such as extreme cold, high winds, rain, snow, sleet, high temperatures and humidity.

Ability to lift and move objects weighing up to 10 pounds without mechanical assistance.


Work is performed under the general direction of the Bureau Chief of  Public Services.  Serving as the City’s street maintenance expert, the selected candidate will use independent judgment and initiative within broad policy limitations.  Decides the proper methods of accomplishing the goals and objectives of the work performed by the division and exercises independent judgment in implementing the goals and operations of the maintenance programs and activities.


The Employee has significant contact with other department employees, supervisors, contractors, elected officials, consultants, outside vendors and citizens to resolve problems and improve maintenance and service delivery methods.

To apply for this position, please apply online at on or before the closing date.

Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position.  Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.

The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.  The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).


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