Village of Schaumburg

Village of Schaumburg


Foreman – Water Distribution (Engineering & Public Works) with an online application deadline of 10/09/2022.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received. This position will remain open until filled.

STARTING PAY RATE: $41.34 – $50.65 per hour based on a 40-hour workweek. Salary dependent on qualifications. The salary range for this position is $41.34 – $59.96.

Please attach as part of your application all necessary documents verifying that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.


This position performs work of a skilled nature which requires special training, education, and experience. Must have knowledge and skills to make repairs and adjustments of moderate to high difficulty on the water production, distribution system and the SCADA water control system in accordance with IEPA regulations. Supervises and manages chemical tests and collects water quality samples to assure water purity. Operates and maintains lift stations and pumping stations. Employees in this class are expected to exercise a great deal of judgment in selecting work methods, equipment, material, and planning. Assists in the Snow and Ice Control program. Trains other employees. Assumes responsibility for work unit in the absence of a supervisor. Responds to emergency conditions. Develops short- and long- term work schedules. Responsible for implementation of the division’s budget and work projections.

To succeed in this role the ideal candidate will need to effectively and clearly communicate to a full range of people, inside and outside the organization, and be capable of managing and prioritizing multiple projects with thoroughness and accuracy. We are looking to add a team member capable of delegating and prioritizing multiple tasks and responsibilities.


1. Supervises and manages Water Division made up of heavy equipment operator, maintenance workers, and water technicians. Technicians work Sunday – Wednesday and Wednesday – Saturday on 10-hour shifts. There shall be occasional scheduling coordination on the weekend due to personnel coverage issues.
2. Develops and coordinates a schedule of daily, weekly, and monthly work activities to be performed, reports accomplishments of scheduled work activities. Verifies work crew progress and follows up to make sure job is completed correctly and on time. Hears and resolves employee issues.
3. Requires direct involvement in construction activities and operating knowledge of all equipment within the department.
4. Anticipates existing or potential problems, circumstances, activities, or events which may/will affect the Department and keeps the Superintendent – Utility Services, Assistant Director and Director apprised of them.
5. Receives and responds to service requests from internal and external customers; assumes unique responsibility for direct and often face-to-face contact with customers on a wide range of public works issues.
6. Creates an environment which encourages innovation and continued learning. Coordinates an effective training schedule of subordinates in work practices, proper equipment operation and maintenance, and safety issues in the workplace.
7. Establishes and communicates clear and meaningful performance standards and expectations to employees. Evaluates subordinate workers’ job performance and disciplines subordinate workers as needed. Supervisory responsibilities include setting up performance standards; training and developing subordinate employees; assigning and directing work; monitoring productivity and conduct, providing feedback and assessing performance; issuing discipline; handling and responding to complaints and grievances; and ensuring compliance with Village and departmental policies, rules, regulations, and ethical standards.
8. Acts as Duty Foreman in a weekly rotation with all Foreman and has a general working knowledge of all public works functions for response to emergency situations. This position serves an on-call role and is the first point of contact during afterhours and responds to a wide range of calls including but not limited to building alarms, watermain breaks, sewer backups or street light knockdowns.
9. Gathers information, uses facts, data, and quantitative measurements to assess outcomes, proposes solutions, tracks quality, and enables improvement. Makes proper judgments and/or decisions and uses resources efficiently and effectively.
10. Performs snow and ice control functions and helps in emergency operations such as floods and wind or rainstorms; aids in planning and executing labor forces during special events.
11. Supplies proper input on divisional budgets and prepares new item justification forms as required. Tracks divisional accounts and procurement card usage.
12. Discusses, sets up, and distributes clear, attainable written goals and objectives for the unit. Understands and communicates the broad organizational/institutional goals and priorities to staff. Defines and evaluates unit’s accomplishments within this context.
13. Supervises, checks, and adjusts water system operation to maintain adequate supply. This requires night and weekend SCADA monitoring as assigned. This responsibility is shared with the Water Technicians on a 24-7-365 basis with regard to water and sanitary lift stations. This shall require after hours availability as needed, to resolve water or sanitary SCADA issues.
14. Supervises and manages contractual programs such as large meter testing, valve exercising, leak survey, contractual assistance, backflow data base, fire hydrant painting and pump & motor repairs but not limited to these.
15. Performs other duties as assigned.

1. Associate Degree or equivalent credit hours towards a bachelor’s degree with major course work in business management, engineering, or closely related field.
2. A minimum of five years of experience in a Public Works Department with a thorough knowledge of skilled maintenance and construction work.
3. A minimum of two years of supervisory experience coordinating a range of activities undertaken by others that involve directing, monitoring, and evaluating performance of staff in a lead capacity.
4. Possession of a valid full Class C IEPA Water Operator’s License or ability to obtain within eighteen months from date of hire.
5. Possession of a valid State of Illinois Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or ability to obtain within six months from date of hire.
6. Proficiency with current computer technology, job specific software, and customer service systems.

1. Subject to elevated levels of noise for an extended period of time.
2. Subject to extremes of temperature for prolonged periods or abrupt changes in temperature.
3. Subject to fumes or disagreeable odors.
4. Subject to exposure to inclement weather conditions.
5. Subject to extended periods of isolation.
6. Subject to working in wet, dirty, dusty, hot humid, and/or cold conditions in high vehicle traffic areas.
7. Physical strength and agility sufficient to do strenuous laboring tasks under varying weather conditions; ability to lift and move 75 pound or more on a frequent basis.
8. Frequent and/or prolonged bending, stooping, standing, pulling, pushing, or reaching.
9. Prolonged periods of concentration such as proof reading, figure work, drawing, reading blueprints, etc.
10. Frequent contact with the public; must be able to effectively communicate verbally and show good customer relations.
11. Frequently completes written technical forms; must be able to effectively communicate in writing.
12. Occasionally works at heights to 130 feet above or depths of 50 feet below the ground.
13. Subject to often changing walking surfaces.
14. Ability to supervise and coordinate the work of others, including private contractors hired by the Village.
15. Subject to working for extended periods of time: 12 hours normally and 18 hours infrequently for several consecutive days.


The Village of Schaumburg has a competitive benefit package which includes: flexible benefit Section 125 plan including health, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, a retirement plan through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, paid holidays, paid vacation, sick leave, tuition reimbursement, and more.


Candidate screening process may consist of an application review, skills testing, employability assessment, interviews, reference checks, and other job-related testing or verifications. Chosen candidates will be subject to a background and criminal history investigation, and qualifying pre-employment medical examination and drug screen (including cannabis).


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