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Plumbing Inspector (Part-Time)

The Village is accepting applications for a part-time plumbing inspector to join the Community Development Department. Successful candidates will demonstrate thorough knowledge of the work, and a positive internal and external customer service attitude. The position assists the Community Development Department in executing plumbing inspections, answering plumbing related questions for customers and staff, and perform plan reviews as needed. Schedule will vary within normal business hours depending on inspection demand. Approx. 12-16 hours per week.
Examples of Major Duties

  • Perform plumbing inspections and prepare inspection reports.
  • Respond to inquiries and investigate complaints.
  • Provide technical assistance to customers and Village staff.
  • Review plans to assure compliance with applicable plumbing codes and regulations of the Village of Downers Grove. 

The ideal Plumbing Inspector candidate will have a high school diploma and be certified as an Illinois Licensed Plumbing Inspector. Thorough knowledge of the latest Illinois plumbing code is required as well as experience as an Illinois Licensed Plumber. Candidate must be able to read and interpret plumbing construction plans and specifications, and be able to tactfully enforce applicable codes. The successful candidate will be precluded from completing private plumbing work within the Village.  
Starting salary range is $25-$30 per hour DOQ.

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. Position is open until filled.

Plan Reviewer/Project Manager

The Village is accepting applications for a Plan Reviewer /Project Manager to join the Community Development Department. Successful candidates will demonstrate a passion for the work, a positive internal and external customer service attitude, adaptability and an ability to understand and balance competing priorities. The position assists the Community Development Department in processing building permits by examining and evaluating construction documents for code compliance and coordinating the related reviews of other departments.

Examples of Major Duties:

  • Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with applicable codes; primarily for residential structures. Commercial plan review ability a plus.
  • Serve as primary coordinator & customer contact for associated reviews from staff of the Zoning, Engineering, Public Works, and Fire Prevention departments.
  • Coordinate comments from other departments to compose complete and accurate permit review correspondence to permit applicants.
  • Answer questions from homeowners and developers about permit requirements and building codes.
  • Conducts site visits to clarify review issues and concerns, perform inspections on rare occasions if needed.
  • Completes permit reviews in a consistently low review time while assuring accurate, reasonable, understandable and high quality review content; review time target for first review is 10 business days.
  • Track issued permits through inspection process until completion and issuance of certificate of occupancy.
  • Provide technical assistance to Village staff, permit applicants, and general public.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

The ideal Project Manager candidate will have a bachelor's degree in Architecture, ConstructionManagement or closely related field, two years experience in a municipal building department reviewing construction permits, or a combination of practical construction experience and education which produces the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Thorough knowledge of the International Code Council (ICC) collection of codes, Illinois Plumbing, Accessibility, and Energy Codes is required.  ICC Certified Plans Examiner accreditation is preferred or ability to attain within 6 months.  Must have ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, high volume, demanding environment.

Starting salary: DOQ  plus Excellent Benefits: Medical/Dental/Prescription Participation Plan coverage; Vacation/Sick time; Paid Holidays; IMRF Pension

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. Position is open until filled.

Content Producer

We're looking for a Content Producer to assist in the creation of videos that communicate the value of Village services to residents, businesses and other stakeholders. The Village of Downers Grove provides exceptional service with great employees. If you want to be part of a culture that values the excellence that results from teamwork, innovation, and especially communication, then Downers Grove is for you.

The Village's success is built on an internal leadership philosophy that believes communication makes us better. We need a creative thinker who can work under deadline to deliver short videos about our top quality infrastructure, sustainability efforts, continual innovation and exceptional municipal services. Your assistance will also be needed for weekly live meeting productions and DGTV studio operations. Visit our Streets page or YouTube channel to see how we use video.

The ideal candidate will have an Associate's level degree in a related field, plus two to five years of experience in journalism, public relations, media production or a related field. Ability to work nights, weekends and some holidays required. Must have a valid driver's license. 

Starting salary: $20.32 to $27.95 per hour:  Excellent benefits: Medical/Dental/Prescription Participation Plan coverage; Vacation/Sick time; Paid Holidays; IMRF Pension

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. Position is open until filled.

Assistant Director of Public Works - Engineering

Job Summary: The Assistant Director of Public Works/Engineering provides leadership and technical expertise in overseeing an Engineering Division that completes approximately $20 million dollars in capital projects each year. The Public Works Department comprises 70 employees that include both Engineering and Operations, who work as a team to provide well-managed infrastructure systems. The Engineering Division includes 11 engineers and technicians. The position requires effective collaboration with key staff and stakeholders, along with the management of contractual partnerships and external vendors that support the Village's infrastructure. The position reports to the Director of Public Works, and serves as a member of the Public Works Department's leadership team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develops short and long-term goals, objectives, plans and budgets for all Engineering functions to include collaborating, presenting and securing approval of fiscal year budgets and goals for engineering operation areas; monitoring progress to goals, objectives and budgets, and making necessary adjustments. 
  • Supervises the development and implementation of capital improvement plans.
  • Supervises the activities of the Permit and Inspection personnel, including the development and use of inspection procedures, formats and documentation.
  • Participates as a member of the Public Works leadership team.
  • Acts as the Director in the absence Public Works Director.
  • Directs continuous evaluation of the quality of engineering services; meets regularly with personnel and representatives of other Village departments to discuss and resolve problems and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Recruits, interviews, hires, coaches, and evaluates the performance of personnel.
  • Assists with Village partnerships with other units of local government to achieve cost effective project results.
  • Establishes and maintains effective communication and public relations with residents and outside organizations; represents the Engineering Division in its relationship with civic groups, governmental agencies, other municipalities and professional organizations. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering required.
  • Registration as an Illinois State Licensed Professional Engineer required.
  • At least six (6) to seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in civil engineering, preferably in a local government setting, at least three (3) years of which is in a supervisory/management position. Possess strong interpersonal relationship skills and the ability to develop trust, respect and credibility with Village staff, contractual partners and members of the community.
  • Demonstrate experience with effective staff, contract and vendor management.
  • Excel in project management.
  • Knowledge of public works processes and principles including streets, water systems and drainage systems.
  • Possess a successful track record of identifying and implementing new concepts and recommending forward-looking opportunities to Village leadership.
  • Consistently demonstrate exceptional communication skills - the ability to inquire about, explain, advocate for, and express facts and ideas in an effective manner, verbally and in writing.
  • Possess strong presentation skills - be able to present information in a clear and articulate manner in front of a diverse audience.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a "team-approach"; be able to operate in a collaborative decision-making environment and work effectively with multidisciplinary teams to achieve common goals.

Starting salary: $110,000+/-, DOQ plus excellent benefits: Medical/Dental/Prescription Participation Plan coverage; Vacation/Sick time; Paid Holidays; IMRF Pension

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E.  Position is open until filled.

Communications Operator

The Village of Downers Grove is currently seeking qualified individuals to fill vacancies for the position of full-time 911 Communications Operator. Applicants will be required to successfully complete a skills test, panel interview, psychological assessment, a thorough background investigation and drug screening. 

The Village Operations Center (VOC) is responsible for coordination of all police, fire, and paramedic services for the Villages of Downers Grove and Westmont. Applicants must have the ability to work in a fast paced, high volume communications center and be able to handle a multitude of stressful situations with this demanding career. 

Computer knowledge and typing skills are a must for CAD entry. Two years of college or equivalent or any equivalent combination education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.   
Applicant must be available to work various shifts, hours, and all holidays. Applicants must possess the ability to function in a multi-tasked environment, have excellent memory recollection and common sense.

Starting salary: $44,511

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E.   Applications should be submitted by February 29, 2016.

Crossing Guard

The Village of Downers Grove is accepting applications for the position of Crossing Guard to assist school children at assigned crossings before and after school. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to work in all weather. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact CSO Supervisor Timothy Sembach at the Downers Grove Police Department; Monday - Friday, 7:00 am- 3:00 pm at (630) 434-5636. 

Wage: $10.00 per trip ($20.00 a day) Position open until filled. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Village is looking for volunteers to work on special projects as needed, such as electronics recycling events, general office assistance, building improvements and emergency response.

If you are interested in becoming a Municipal Volunteer, please fill out the Online Application, which identifies your skills and availabilities. Applicants will be kept on file and called upon, as needed, or may apply for specific posted volunteer opportunities.

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