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Public Works Superintendent job in City of Highwood, IL

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Organization:  City of Highwood
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Illinois (IL)
City:  City of Highwood, IL
Salary and Benefits:  Competitive

Public Works Superintendent

The City of Highwood, Illinois (Population 5,400), a north shore community in Lake County, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Public Works Superintendent.
This full time position oversees the operations of the Public Works Department and serves as a hands-on working supervisor for a crew of 4 full time employees. The Public Works Superintendent is responsible for planning, organizing, prioritizing, directing, reviewing, administering the operations and activities of the Public Works Department which include overall maintenance & repair of streets, water / sanitary sewer infrastructure, storm sewer systems and public buildings & grounds. In addition, the department is responsible for snow removal, community beautification, street lighting, forestry, capital project coordination, related work as required and special projects as assigned.


The successful candidate will be a blend of field experience and administrative capabilities. This candidate will possess a thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, materials and equipment used in the construction, maintenance and repair of water & sanitary sewer infrastructure, street, and storm sewers along with excellent organizational skills, ability to manage employees, oversee budgets, prepare reports, manage capital projects, administer contracts and communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Beyond technical competencies, the preferred candidate will possess a fair and professional demeanor, be able to self-initiate and have the strategic skill set to make recommendations to streamline current department processes and operations for efficiency, productivity, safety and in accordance with standard public works practices and procedures.


Qualified candidates must: i) be at least 18 years of age ii) hold a high school diploma or equivalent, iii) have a valid driver’s license (CDL preferred), and iv) have a minimum five years supervisory experience in municipal public works or similar organization. Salary is DOQ plus benefits.


Qualified candidates interested in this position shall send a completed City of Highwood application along with a cover letter, resume, copies of any relevant certifications and a list of references to City Manager Scott Hartman, City of Highwood, 17 Highwood Avenue, Highwood Illinois 60040 or email to scott.hartman@cityofhighwood.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Selected finalist will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal background check and medical physical with a drug / alcohol prescreen.


The City of Highwood is an equal opportunity employer.

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