Deputy Director - Engineering


Organization : City of Joliet
Job Category : Engineering and Technology
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : IL
City : Joliet
Salary and Benefits : $111,000- $158,508

JOB POSTING #:     01-19

POSTED:                01/25/2019, 8:00 a.m.

EXPIRATION:          02/25/2019, 4:30 p.m. or until filled

TITLE:                    Deputy Director- Engineering (Position Code #1120)

SALARY:                 $111,000- $158,508



The City of Joliet is the third largest city in the state of Illinois and home to over 149,000 residents. Joliet sits 35 miles southwest of Chicago and is easily accessible by auto, train and bus; making it the perfect place to live, work and play.

The Department of Public Utilities owns and operates both water and wastewater systems providing all four key water and wastewater services:  wastewater collection and treatment and water treatment and distribution.  The service area covers over 40 square miles, across two counties and serves the City’s residents in addition to satellite districts and towns.  Our infrastructure includes 642 miles of water main, 576 miles of sewer main, 47 lift stations, 3 wastewater treatment plants, 22 deep aquifer wells, 11 drinking water plants for radium removal, 6 water pumping stations, 5 elevated tanks, 2 standpipes and 3 underground storage tanks.  On a daily basis we treat 25 million gallons of wastewater and distribute 19 million gallons of drinking water.  The department includes a staff of approximately 80 and has an annual operating budget of $55 million.

Under the general direction of the Director of Public Utilities, the Deputy Director of Engineering, will be responsible for:

  • Managing the engineering group which consists of three full time professional engineers and two engineering aides. 
  • Planning for and managing major capital program initiatives.Current programs include the $35 million Five Year Sewer Rehabilitation Program, $35 million Five Year Water Main Rehabilitation Program, $83 million Long Term Control Plan to reduce combined sewer overflows, and the $25 million phosphorus removal upgrades at the City’s wastewater treatment plants.
  • Leading the City’s largest infrastructure project, Rethink Water, which will identify an alternative water source for the City and potentially the region to be designed, constructed and in operation by 2030.
  • Developing and overseeing procedures for new development review.
  • Coordinating non-revenue water reduction efforts.
  • Reviewing and updating water and sewer ordinances and the standard operating procedures for the Engineering Division.
  • Participating in professional society meetings and performing public relations work promoting the water and sewer utility.
  • Overseeing the budget for the Engineering Division.

The ideal candidate for the position will have the skills and experience to:

  • Provide leadership and to plan, schedule and supervise the work of a group of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers in performing a variety of utility tasks.
  • Communicate effectively with staff, public, and elected officials.
  • Manage large, multi-year capital improvement projects.
  • Work collaboratively with staff, division heads, and the department director.
  • Think creatively to resolve issues with a balanced approach.
  • Make decisions independently.

The City of Joliet is seeking candidates with a minimum of 4 years of experience in a management role at a municipal or private water and sewer utility system; A comprehensive and broad knowledge of the modern principles and practices of the fields of water production and distribution and wastewater collection and treatment; A Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or a related field; An advanced degree in a related engineering or administrative field, or equivalent work experience at a public utility system; and Registration as a P.E. or the ability to obtain an Illinois registration within six (6) months after date of hire.

The salary range is $111,000- $158,508 and will be commensurate with experience.

To apply for this position and for a full job description please visit the City’s website The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on February 25, 2019.


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