Public Works Director


Organization : City of Woodstock
Job Category : Director Public Works
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : IL
City : Woodstock
Salary and Benefits : $119,000+



The City of Woodstock is a charming historic community of 25,528, located 55 miles northwest of Chicago on Metra rail. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Woodstock is a community unlike any other boasting historic 19th century buildings, dining, entertainment, accommodations, specialty shops, professional services, art galleries, and live theater. The City employs approximately 300 (full, part-time and seasonal) employees in a variety of departments within the organization, such as Office of the City Manager, Building & Zoning, Economic Development, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Public Library, Opera House, Police, Public Works and Recreation. Our employees work to serve the residents and strive to make the City of Woodstock the best community it can be.

Job Summary:

Due to an impending retirement after 30 years of loyal service, we are seeking an experienced professional to serve as our next Public Works Director to deliver prompt, professional and efficient customer service to all residents, identify, implement and oversee an efficient organizational structure with a responsive staff, play a key role in strategic planning for the City, provide and maintain safe and accessible streets and pedestrian throughways, provide and maintain reliable utility services, plan, build and maintain attractive parks and recreational facilities and support City-wide efforts for the protection of our environment and natural resources.

Examples of Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee work activity for 62 authorized positions within Public Works with assistance from Division Superintendents.
  2. Manage, advise and evaluate Office Coordinator, City Engineer, Assistant Director of Public Works and six (6) Superintendents. With assistance from HR, conduct interviews and hire new employees for these direct report positions.
  3. Prepare, update and maintain department policies and standard operating procedures.    
  4. Plan, develop and promote employee training and professional development.  
  5. Participate in collective bargaining and provide direction on operational impacts of bargaining efforts and outcome. With assistance from the HR Director, resolve employee grievances and other labor relations issues.  
  6. Promote, monitor, and oversee customer service for all Public Works activities. Oversee department handling of all customer inquiries and complaints.
  7. Prepare reports and schedules for City Administration and City Council regarding Public Works activities. Prepare and approve information for the City Manager’s Newsletters, City Scene, City website, and press releases. 
  8. Attend and represent the City at all public meetings both during and outside core office work hours including, but not limited to, Parks & Recreation Commission, Environmental Commission, Transportation Commission, Directors meetings, City Council Meetings, McHenry County Municipal Partnering Initiative, and McHenry County Council of Mayors.   
  9. Plan and identify existing maintenance items and future utility expansion needs. 
  10. Prepare and prioritize the annual capital improvement program. Forecast revenues, expenditures, and staffing levels. Evaluate service levels and priorities. Prepare, submit, and recommend annual Public Works’ operating budget.  
  11. Oversee purchasing and contract bid process. Monitor revenues, expenditures, and staffing levels; adjust as necessary and appropriate.  Coordinate and supervise the work of consultants and other contract services. Manage capital projects to completion.
  12. Plan for and direct an emergency response to mitigate natural disasters that impact a portion or all of the community.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Civil Engineering or a related field
  2. Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible public works/civil engineering experience including four (4) years of increasingly responsible supervisory/management experience or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  3. Solid communication, leadership, team building, and long-range strategic planning skills are required.

Salary and Benefits:
The position provides an excellent compensation and benefits package with a starting annual salary of $119,000+ depending upon experience and qualifications. The City provides a generous PPO medical plan with UnitedHealthcare providers with a 20% employee contribution and wellness discounts available.  An open dental plan, flexible spending plans, vision plans, life insurance, and supplemental insurance via Aflac and Allstate are also offered. The City also provides a retirement pension via IMRF with a City contribution of 13.04% and a 457 deferred compensation plan with Nationwide. A healthy amount of vacation time, sick time and holiday time are also provided. Residency within McHenry County and/or Woodstock is  not required.

Application Process:
A position profile and required application materials may be obtained and downloaded from the City of Woodstock website: under Employment Opportunities. Those interested and qualified, should apply at once, in confidence, with a completed job application, cover letter, résumé, five (5) professional references, and salary expectations to:

Deborah Schober, MS, SPHR, CLRP
Human Resources Director, City of Woodstock

The City of Woodstock is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

PREFERRED APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00pm, Friday, July 10, 2020 – However, applications will be accepted until filled.

Position Profile - Dir of PW - 2020.pdf Position Profile - Dir of PW - 2020.pdf

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