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Water Manager

The ideal candidate for Water Manager will have the ability to manage, direct, and coordinate the activities of the Water Division at the Village of Downers Grove that includes system operation/regulatory compliance, fixed-network AMR system, SCADA, and construction and development plan review/permitting. Fast-paced work environment with active annual maintenance programs including hydrant maintenance/painting and flow testing, valve turning, large meter testing and leak detection. Supervises snow removal operations. He/she will have clear, concise, and open communication skills; a technical-based management style combined with administrative know-how and professionalism; a record of creative problem solving and positive employee relations.

Position reports to the Assistant Director of Public Works - Operations. The Water Division has nine full-time employees serving a current customer base of 47,833 people, 16,600 service connections and a FY2015 budget of approximately $19 million.

Minimum Qualifications: To be considered for this position, candidates must have three to five years of increasingly responsible experience in the management of municipal drinking water operations that includes supervisory responsibility and a high school diploma supplemented with technical courses in water distribution systems and safety. An Associate's degree in business administration, management, engineering, or a closely related field is preferred, or any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Candidates must also possess an Illinois Class C Public Water Supply Operator's License and an Illinois Class B CDL driver's license with air brake endorsement, and have a satisfactory driving record.

Salary: $68,740 to $82,488 with potential to $94,517 annually, DOQ

Supplemental Information: Upon eligibility, the Village will contribute the employee contribution of 4.5% and the employer contribution to a retirement program administered by the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). In addition, the Village provides excellent medical, dental and prescription plan coverage, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

Selection Process: Each candidate's background will be evaluated on the basis of information submitted at the time of application to determine the level and scope of the candidates' preparation for the position. Only the more qualified candidates, as determined by the screening process, will be invited to participate in the selection process. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. The position also requires applicants to have a physical examination and a drug test prior to employment.

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

Seasonal Public Works Employees

The Village of Downers Grove Public Works Department is accepting applications for seasonal employment with the Public Works Department.  All seasonal positions are temporary, beginning in May and lasting approximately three months.

Duties: Grounds maintenance. Work activities are outdoors 95% of time.

Hours: Generally, hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Minimum Qualifications:  Valid State of Illinois driver's license, 18 years of age by the date of hire and enrolled as a full-time student.

Seasonal Building Inspector/Plan Reviewer (Part-Time)

Duties:  Under general supervision, perform a variety of routine and technical building inspection and review of applications and technical submissions of construction related permits including:

  • On-site inspections for residential and commercial structures for various stages of construction and remodeling.
  • Small scope plan reviews.
  • Assure compliance with approved plans, specifications and applicable codes and regulations of The Village of Downers Grove; building, mechanical, fuel gas, energy conservation, electrical, accessibility, and property maintenance codes.
  • Confer with architects, contractors and the general public in the field, office, and at the counter to explain requirements and restrictions clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

This 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.

Hours: 12-16 hours per week; June through October
Working Conditions:  Office and highly variable field conditions.
Compensation: $20 - $25 per hour, D.O.Q.

Education and Experience:  High School diploma and two years of experience as gained with an architect, general contractor, at a journey level in the building trades, or in a government position as building inspector, plan reviewer, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge of:  General provisions of the building-related codes and ordinances enforceable by the Village, including the ICC series of codes, methods of building construction and procedures in the construction trades. Knowledge of principles and techniques of building inspection and record keeping.

Minimum Qualifications:  Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required:

  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans and specifications and to enforce their application; keep records and prepare reports, learn and apply specific provisions of applicable codes, ordinances and regulations enforced by the Village; and detect deviations from plans.

Additional Qualifications: This position requires a high degree of informative, timely, accurate and professional interaction with internal and external customers. Consistent positive customer service is the expected performance standard.

Licenses & Certification:  Valid Illinois Driver's License.  ICC Certifications (preferred).

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

Staff Engineer I

Duties: Provides support on capital construction projects including planning, surveying, preparing preliminary budget estimates, design, preparing contract specifications and bid documents; construction administration and inspection. Designs and inspects construction of assigned capital projects to ensure compliance with Village codes and ordinances in addition to compliance with contract specifications. Responds to citizen inquiries and complaints regarding drainage, village infrastructure and construction work. Performs localized neighborhood drainage investigations. Assists other engineering staff with field work on an as-needed basis. Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge and Skills Required: Candidates must have knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices, mathematics, construction project scheduling and accounting, surveying, drafting and plan preparation, reading/interpreting 
architectural and civil drawings, and in using a personal computer and software (Word, Excel, Outlook). Candidates must possess good communication skills, both oral and written. Experience/skill with AutoCAD and/or Civil3D is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field is required.

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Must be available to work occasional weekend and evening hours as required. A valid driver's license is required. Competitive starting salary and benefits.

Salary: Annual salary range for this position is $57,401 to $78,926.

Application Period: Open until filled. First review of candidates will occur on or around February 23, 2015. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

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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