Morton GroveIL (25,297), located 18 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, is seeking qualified candidates interested in serving as its next Director of Public Works.  

Morton Grove (5.1 square miles) is a diverse community that offers hometown charmThe Village is close to downtown Chicago, O’Hare Airport, Interstates 94 and 294, and is serviced by Metra trains and Pace buses. The Village has outstanding restaurants and shops, and a balance of residential, retail and commercial properties that provide diverse offerings to its residents.  Morton Grove is described as an “Incredibly Close community of neighbors that enjoy living in Morton Grove and care about each other.  The Village provides high quality municipal services through Administration, Economic DevelopmentFinanceFamily and Senior ServicesBuilding, Fire, Police and Public Works  departments.
Well known for the high quality of services provided to the community, the Public Works Department provides services through six major areas of responsibility: Streets, Engineering, Forestry, LandscapeVehicle Maintenance and Water and SewerThe Department is staffed by 41 full time employees with support from various part time and seasonal positions.  The Public Works Director, appointed by the Village President with the consent of the board of trustees, reports to the Village Administrator.  
Qualified candidates will be expected to have:
  • Three or more years of continuous experience as an Assistant Director or a record of similar duties and responsibilities in a municipal public works department, including administrative functions, supervisory and project management oversightsuccessful application of municipal practices and construction codes.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or related field from an accredited college or university or a combination of education and experience in the field of public works management and engineering functions, including the operation of a municipal water system. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of public works administrative practices, procedures and management;   knowledge of construction and maintenance methods, materials, and equipment as employed in Public Works activities.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal public works engineering with the ability to direct Village staff engineering services, able to analyze and recommend solutions to complex engineering problems; ability to oversee necessary engineering research and compile comprehensive reports.
  • Knowledge of and ability to direct the operation of the Village water distribution system, public street operations and sanitary and storm sewer systems, adept at the management of Village infrastructure
  • Ability to review applications submitted to the Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals or Building Department
  • Ability to prioritize and develop programs to initiate/update policies and procedures to enhance the safety of Department employees in all areas of responsibility; hold all employees accountable to a culture of safety.
  • Ability to develop, administer and carry out financial requirements of the position, including budgeting and long range planning. Knowledge of public works project planning, development and construction; ability to plan for future improvement of Village facilities 
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of effective supervision, management and personnel administration; ability to delegate and distribute personnel and to review the work of various operational divisions. 
  • Ability to review, develop and implement departmental programs/procedures.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with employees, supervisors, vendors and the public; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships that recognize the value of Department employees.
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel; ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions.
  • A leadership style that uses the qualifications and qualities of available personnel resources to accomplish Department goals, effectively communicate and follow-up on Department projects and plans.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with departmental and Village personnel, elected officials, residents and other intergovernmental agencies. 
  • A strong commitment to excellent customer servicehighly collaborativeuses exceptional communications skills and remains responsive to the community. 
For more information about the Village of Morton Grove, go to:  For more information regarding the position go to:
The Village of Morton Grove offers a competitive benefits package Residency is not requiredThe salary range for this position is $ 130,000 to $160,000The position is open until filled, with the review of initial applications beginning with those received on or before February 3, 2023Applications are required to be submitted electronically with resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references to the attention of Paul M. Harlow, GovHR USATel: 847-380-3240
 The Village of Morton Grove is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Posted: 2023-01-23

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