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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5147 - Assistant County Engineer

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Exempt
GRADE: 317

POSITION SUMMARY
Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in directing, managing and implementing planning, engineering, construction, maintenance and/or operation activities of the County highway and path system , facilities,  and projects for the DuPage County Division of Transportation; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class performs administrative, managerial and engineering work, including assisting in the development and implementation of plans and programs to establish, improve, maintain and/or operate the County transportation system and facilities.  General direction is received from the Director of Transportation/ County Engineer; however, work allows for independent judgment and decision making in the application of policies and procedures. Customarily and regularly directs the work of assigned department functions through subordinate managers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Provides leadership and direction for a staff of professional and sub-professional employees engaged in planning, engineering, construction, maintenance and/or operation of the County transportation system and facilities.
• Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, ensuring staff are trained, ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures, maintaining a healthy and safe working environment, and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations
• Plans, organizes and directs staff in the preparation of studies, plans,  and, contracts,  land acquisition activities, traffic investigations and other technical engineering services
• Delegates authority to subordinate managers in specialized areas and assures that work is completed thoroughly and efficiently
• Serves as County liaison regarding the coordination of transportation activities and/or emergency preparedness and response with municipalities, townships, other counties and Regional, State and Federal agencies
• Conducts studies for the appropriate County Board parent committee
• Assists in the development of the department budget as well as annual and multi-year improvement plans.
• Develops and implements improved methods of project delivery, highway and facility maintenance and operations to ensure the most efficient use of available staffing and financial resources.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Engineering theories and practices involved in highway design, construction and maintenance 
• Transportation engineering practices pertaining to traffic, safety and operations
• Management and organizational planning practices
• Road, Bridge and Other Related Laws of Illinois
• Principles and practices of project management
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Capital, maintenance and operating budgeting procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Planning, scheduling, and directing engineering and transportation projects, maintenance and/or operations activities, including emergency preparedness and response
• Applying engineering theory to critical and complex engineering issues
• Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
• Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
• Preparing concise, technical reports
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Analyzing, evaluating and arriving at conclusions on a wide range of problems and situations
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Plan, schedule and direct the work of others
• Analyze and develop policies and procedures
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments, municipalities, agencies, vendors, contractors, etc.
• Repeat of above bullet
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and Ten (10) years of experience in Civil Engineering, five (5) of which should have been in a managerial or administrative capacity; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work:  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
This position requires an Illinois Professional Engineer license.