Public Works Fleet Manager


Organization : Village of Downers Grove
Job Category : Fleet Services
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : IL
City : Downers Grove
Salary and Benefits : -

Community/Organization Profile 

The Village of Downers Grove, Illinois is an established suburban community of 49,000 residents located in DuPage County, 22 miles west of Chicago.  Since its founding in 1832, the Village has taken great pride in balancing its long-standing traditions and rich history with advancement, innovation and progress. 

The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of Downers Grove’s infrastructure. Our Fleet Division operates under our Public Works Department, and is responsible for the maintenance of fleet vehicles and equipment used by the Public Works Department, Fire Department, Police Department, and other departments/pool vehicles. Of the Village's fleet of equipment and vehicles, 61% run on some form of alternative fuel. In 2019, the Village began using its first plug-in, electric-hybrid vehicles, currently in use by the Police Department's Community Service Officers. The shift to environmentally friendly vehicles is one reason the Village was awarded the Government Green Fleet Award for its 7th straight year and named as one of its 2019 Leadership Award winners by the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC).

The Position

The Fleet Services Manager:

  • Coordinates fleet service activities, such as inspection, repair and maintenance of vehicles and equipment, while ensuring safety and operational use.
  • Administers and optimizes the vehicle replacement program by preparing bid specifications for fleet services and/or purchases.
  • Is responsible for the daily operation of the Division, including supervising, hiring, providing ongoing training, evaluating subordinate’s performance/ submitting reviews, and coaching staff.
  • Develops the Fleet Division’s annual budget; administers approved budget. 
  • Communicates regularly with other Village departments. Provides departments with information and recommendations regarding maintenance and repair of vehicles.
  • Develops industry accepted performance measures for fleet maintenance. Responsible for keeping current with clean air and clean fuel requirements. Prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports in compliance with the regulating agencies and the Village’s record retention policies.
  • Supervises and coordinates activities and personnel related to snow and ice removal, special events, and emergency situations, as needed.
  • Remains available  for emergency situations in an on-call status after regular work hours

    Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

    A successful candidate will:

    • Be a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and organized professional with strong interpersonal skills.
    • Have professional knowledge of vehicle and equipment repair and maintenance practices.
    • Have knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
    • Have prior experience in management of union employees.
    • Have knowledge of operational safety practices and principles.
    • Have excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
    • Have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, government officials and the general public.
    • Possess strong project planning, budgeting and fiscal management skills, including appropriately interpreting the Village’s purchasing policy and purchasing policies of joint initiatives.
    • Possess a valid Illinois CDL Class “B” Vehicle Operator’s License with air brake endorsement within six months of hire.

    The ideal candidate will have an Associate’s degree; however, a bachelor’s degree is preferred. Three to six years of progressively responsible experience in vehicle and equipment repair and maintenance of which three years are in a supervisory position. ASE Certification preferred.

    Complete the online application by clicking "Apply Now" above. Only online applications will be accepted. E.O.E.


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