City of Peoria Peoria, IL, USA
Mar 01, 2019Full Time
Essential Duties Plans, directs, and coordinates the administrative and technical programs involved in the design, construction, maintenance, operation and management of public works projects, including: streets, sidewalks, drainage structures, wastewater treatment, buildings and grounds, traffic control, street lighting, fleet, landfill and solid waste collection programs. Develops the organizational structure, including the lines of authority, responsibility and communications for the department to execute policy and achieve the goals of the City; carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with policies, procedures and applicable laws including: interviewing, hiring and training, planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Plans long-range goals, objectives, organizational structure, and overall direction for the department. Plans and implements short-term or annual goals, objectives, and strategies for the department, project, or program to ensure efficient organization and completion of work. Plans, in conjunction with staff, stakeholders and consultants, the design and construction of Public Works projects; and implementation of a multi-year capital investment planning process. Prepare, administer, and implement annual department budget and exercise control over expenditures of budget and funds; develop and administer Capital Improvements Program and budget in cooperation with other City departments. Prepare and submit reports as required to the City Manager regarding department activities; attend conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field. Challenges/Issues The next Public Works Director for the City of Peoria can expect to be involved in handling the following: Effective and efficient implementation of the City’s capital improvement planning process through coordination of City staff, stakeholders, and consultants Continued implementation of the Stormwater Utility program adopted by the City Council in 2018. Assuming a role in the settlement with the IEPA and USEPA on the City's plan for implementation of long-term solutions to combined sewer overflows. Planning and implementation of the proposed CSO solution that utilizes green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) throughout the combined sewer areas. Leading a diverse, multi-disciplinary workforce during times of resource limitations. Developing a comprehensive roadway and street improvement program. Effective oversight of the outsourced solid waste collection contract and leadership of the City staff with the City County Landfill. Continue to use cost benefit analysis methodology to determine drawbacks and/or benefits of in-house work versus contracting out services. Oversee implementation of recommendations, as agreed upon by the City Council and City management, regarding measures to improve city services. Increase the use of technology and Geographic Information System (GIS) to begin the more efficient management of assets like street signs, sidewalks and pavements. Ensure coordination of activities between Public Works Department and other City departments by strengthening the development of communications between these functions. Continue to develop a positive regional perspective in the relationship between the City of Peoria and other local government entities. Be proactive in pushing projects to the "finish line".