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Traffic Manager

Duties:  The Traffic Manager reports to the Director of Public Works, oversees the Traffic Operations Division, and performs the following essential functions:   

  • Administers the Neighborhood Traffic Control program;
  • Manages the annual traffic signal maintenance contract;
  • Acts as the staff liaison to the Transportation and Parking Commission;
  • Establishes methods to determine the relative level of traffic safety problems; qualifies problems based on data;
  • Serves as the liaison between the Village and the local school districts with respect to traffic and parking plans in the vicinity of schools; 
  • Identifies elements of traffic safety concerns; develops solutions which incorporate appropriate and effective traffic mitigation treatments;
  • Acts as the Village's point of contact for bicycle and pedestrian system improvements and operations;
  • Implements traffic improvements; design changes through traffic control devices, signage, pavement markings, signal timing, capital improvement projects and sight distance improvements;
  • Coordinates the operational activities of the Traffic Division for repair and maintenance of street signs, traffic signals, traffic control markings, and parking revenue units; prepares bid specifications for services or equipment; monitors contracts, inspects work, processes payments; plans traffic work;
  • Recommends and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for Traffic Division; identifies resource needs; recommends and implements policies and procedures;
  • Provides ongoing training and support for, assigns work to and evaluates performance of assigned personnel;
  • Responds to inquiries from the public and provides technical advice;
  • Reviews traffic control plans for engineering projects;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Basic theories and applications of traffic engineering.
  • Principles and applications of traffic safety.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local codes, laws and regulations.
  • Skill in communication, both oral and written.

Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelors' degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil or traffic engineering or a related field.
  • Minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in civil or traffic engineering or any combination of education and experience which produces the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Illinois Professional Engineering license preferred
  • Valid Illinois Class D Driver's License

Working Conditions:  Office and highly variable field conditions. This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbent may be requested to perform any tasks as assigned, with emphasis on appropriate customer services.

Salary: $74,077 - $88,893 Annually (mid-point); Full-Time position

Application Period: Open until filled. E.O.EApplications will be accepted online, only. 

Seasonal Snow Plow Driver

The Village of Downers Grove is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Seasonal Snow Plow Drivers in the Village's Public Works Department. This is an on-call position. On-call positions are temporary and will last approximately 4 months. 

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid Illinois CDL driver's license. Selected applicants must complete a pre-employment, post offer background check, drug screen and applicant must provide a driver's license abstract from the Illinois Secretary of State.

Starting Wage: $25.00 per hour
Application Period: Open until filled. E.O.E. Applications will be accepted online, only. 

Public Works Maintenance Worker I

This position performs skilled and unskilled labor tasks, usually a member of a work crew, using hand tools, power tools and heavy equipment in order to repair and maintain Village roads, water mains, storm sewers traffic control facilities, grounds, buildings and equipment.

Skills and Abilities:

  • The use of construction equipment, power and hand tools
  • Written and verbal language sufficient to effectively understand and follow verbal instructions in English and perform manual labor in order to perform duties in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to be courteous of fellow employees, citizens, and businesses while performing repair and maintenance duties.
  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail.


  • High school diploma or equivalent and some construction experience.
  • Candidates must have a valid Illinois class B commercial driver's license (CDL)with air brakes. In addition, the successful candidate must pass a criminal/driving history background check and drug‐screen.
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal instructions and perform manual labor; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Must be available to work weekend and evening hours as required. This is a bargaining unit position in the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, Public Employees Division.

Starting wages for this position are $41,827 per year, increasing to $59,753 after six years, with benefits.
Application Period: Open until filled. E.O.E.  Applications will be accepted online, only. 

Public Works Technician

Duties: Performs semi-skilled and skilled work including the initial review and follow-up construction inspection for capital construction, private construction, and construction of public improvements. Assists engineering staff with capital project planning, project design, and quantity take-offs. Meets with and assists residents and contractors to ensure that concerns are addressed and work is performed in a timely and proper manner. Locates and marks the location of existing village utilities utilizing hand-held electronic equipment. Assists other engineering staff with field work on an as-needed basis. Assists with snow-removal operations on an as-needed basis. Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge and Skills Required: Candidates must have basic knowledge of civil engineering principles, construction, mathematics, surveying, reading/interpreting architectural and civil drawings, and in using a personal computer and software (Word, Excel, Web-based applications). Candidates must possess good communication skills, both oral and written. Experience/skill with ArcGIS is  preferred.

Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Two-year technical or college degree in Surveying, Engineering Technology, or related field preferred. Must have two years of related work experience or any combination of education and experience which produces the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. In addition, the successful candidate must pass a criminal/driving history background check and drug‐screen.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Must be available to work weekend and evening hours as required. A valid driver's license is required. Class B CDL with air brake endorsement is required within six months of hire. This is a bargaining unit position in the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, Public Employees Division.

Starting wages for this position are $52,068 per year, increasing to $74,382 after six years, with benefits.

Application Period: Open until filled. E.O.E.  Applications will be accepted online, only.  First review of candidates will occur on or around November 17, 2014. 

Management Analyst

The Village of Downers Grove is committed to the development of strong and enduring performance management capabilities, and is pursuing the ideal candidates to fill the position of Management Analyst. In this role, you'll become be a part of a team that operates with the following principles in mind:

  • Communication makes us better
  • Great ideas come from anywhere and everywhere
  • We are tough on issues and easy on people

Under the direction of the Village's Performance Manager, and working closely with the Village Manager, Deputy Village Manager and department staff across the organization on a variety of substantial projects, you will have the opportunity to build essential skills necessary to understand how to manage and collaborate effectively in a complex municipal organization focused on delivering strong performance and results.

Examples of Projects and Other Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the Village's environmental sustainability efforts as the staff liaison to the Environmental Concerns Commission
  • Support the Village's strategy of fiscal sustainability by participating in supporting process improvement events, using Lean and Six Sigma techniques
  • Support the Finance Department and Village Manager's Office in the annual budget and capital improvement processes; Oversee design of the annual budget document. Analyze and prepare annual TIF
  • budget and projections.
  • Work on the rollout of the Village's new automated agenda management process and customer response system 

Compensation: The Management Analyst position enjoys a competitive salary and benefits package, career development opportunities, and mentoring by senior staff. In addition, the position provides valuable work experience, offers the opportunity to contribute creative and innovative ideas, and provides an ideal setting to learn about important issues and emerging trends. Compensation package includes the following:

  • Salary Range: $52,058 - $71,580. Starting salary expected to be below $55,000
  • Comprehensive health benefits
  • Participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
  • Accrued sick and vacation leave along with paid holidays
  • Village-sponsored membership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants (IAMMA)

The successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in Public Administration, Public Policy, Business or related field. A Master's degree is preferred.
  • One to two years of full-time experience preferred, although exceptional achievements as an intern will be considered.
  • Possess advanced research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with a variety of people, including staff members from across the organization, elected officials and board/commission members, residents and key representatives from other organizations.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to developing a career in local government management.
  • Adhere to the ICMA Code of Ethics and be dedicated to rigorous professional development.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop professional skills and credentials by:

  • Managing high-level projects of substantial responsibility across the organization
  • Actively participating in discussions and decision-making with senior-level staff on a regular basis
  • Receiving regular coaching and career development guidance by experienced professionals in the Manager's Office and Village's leadership team
  • Making presentations to Village staff, elected officials and community groups
  • Facilitating meetings and refining skills at working effectively among groups
  • Actively participating as a key Village representative to the Alliance for Innovation, ICMA and related professional associations
  • Attending professional conferences and networking events

Application Period: Open until filled. E.O.E.  Applications will be accepted online, only. 

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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