Director of Public Works for Champaign, IL

  • City of Champaign, IL
  • Champaign, Illinois
  • Nov 13, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Code Enforcement and Inspections Dispatch and Telecommunications Fire and EMS Management, Mid to Senior Level
  • Salary: $139,229 - $187,962 USD
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 816.868.7042
  • Apply By: Nov 05, 2021




Starting salary range will be $139,229 to $187,962 DOQ/E with Outstanding Benefits

Are you seeking an amazing career opportunity where you can make a real difference in shaping the future of a growing community and positively impact the lives of others? The City of Champaign is seeking an experienced, community-focused leader to serve as its next Public Works Director.

A wonderfully diverse community, Champaign offers big city opportunities with Midwestern values and affordability. The City is home to the University of Illinois, which attracts the very brightest scholars and scientists from around the world. The City is also one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Illinois and welcomed more than $224 million dollars of new commercial and residential construction in 2020. With an abundance of arts and cultural opportunities, beautiful parks and trails, nightlife activities in a vibrant Downtown and Campustown, world-class educational opportunities, Big 10 sporting events, and a low cost of living, Champaign offers the best of urban life in a friendly, smaller city.

Champaign is a Home-Rule municipality and operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The City has an authorized staffing level of 572.95 FTEs (full-time equivalent) across 12 departments supported by a FY 2021/22 Annual Budget totaling $145.6 million. The City is financially strong and benefits from a AAA-bond rating.    

Job Description

The Public Works Director is responsible for overseeing nearly 100 employees supported by a current operating budget of $11.5 million, and a Capital Improvements Program budget of $46.2 million. The projected Ten-Year CIP budget is $444.8 million. The Department’s three divisions, Administrative Services, Engineering, and Operations support the functional areas of managing and overseeing the City’s parking system, multi-family recycling program, and the planning, design and construction of capital improvements. The Department also participates in the City’s development review process, construction inspections, and manages contract maintenance services for all City streets, sidewalks, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, surface drainage, traffic control and environmental quality control systems. Public Works also maintains the City’s infrastructure including streets, alleys, sanitary and storm sewers, traffic signals, streetlights, and all City facilities. The Department is responsible for overseeing fleet management, tree and vegetation maintenance in the City right-of-way, and provides snow and ice control, emergency storm response cleanup, and yard waste collection.    

with attention to detail. The Public Works Director must be a team player and collaborator with other departments and outside agencies. A history of effective service delivery, creative problem-solving and community collaboration is essential. Strong project management skills and the ability to recommend cost effective solutions is also important. The Director must possess exceptional interpersonal skills and effectively communicate with municipal elected officials, other departments, and the public regarding the importance of establishing a collective long-term vision for the City’s future capital infrastructure needs and the services provided by Public Works to the community.                       

Job Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in civil or environmental engineering, construction management, urban planning, public administration or a closely related field is required. Candidates must possess at least five years of progressively responsible experience in public works related functions in a comparably sized municipal, state, or federal organization, with at least three years in a managerial or supervisory capacity. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities will also be considered. A Master’s degree in civil or environmental engineering, or a closely related field is preferred. The selected candidate must possess a safe driving record, a valid state issued driver’s license and establish residency within the City of Champaign within six months of appointment. Registration as a Professional Engineer by the State of Illinois, or the ability to attain registration within six months of appointment is required.

The next Public Works Director will oversee a highly respected, customer-oriented Department that works collaboratively with outside agencies and the public. The selected candidate must exhibit an appreciation for the diversity and culture of the community and the Public Works Department. The salary range is $139,229 - $187,962 with the starting salary depending on the individual’s qualifications. A dedicated vehicle is provided for use while conducting official City business.  A detailed profile and comprehensive summary of City priorities and employee benefits can be found in the recruitment brochure.

Special Instructions


Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at  This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than Friday, November 5, 2021.  For more information, please contact Art Davis:, or at 816.868.7042. 

More information about this outstanding community can be found on the City’s website at

Additional Information

Confidentiality: The City of Champaign will use its best efforts to keep a candidate’s expressed interest and application for the position confidential and to protect the candidate's personal and private information to the best of its ability in compliance with all State and federal law. It is the City's intent that under the Illinois' Freedom of Information Act, a candidate's expressed interest and application for the position will remain confidential unless they are named one of the candidates selected for final on-site interviews. At that point in the process, a finalist​'s application may be released to the public. If the release of information occurs, the City will use its best efforts to notify the finalist prior to the City releasing any information.  Said confidentiality may not apply should the City be required to release such information in accordance with other applicable State or federal law.  


The City of Champaign is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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