American Water Works Association- Illinois Section

Chief Water Engineer

Chicago Department of Water Management
Chicago, Illinois, United States
12 days ago


DUTIES • Under general direction, functions as an executive-level manager, reporting directly to the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Engineering Services. Functions as the lead Engineer and second-in-charge of the bureau by directing the planning, design, implementation and administration of the water main capital improvement program, regional coordination of engineering projects, special engineering projects.

• Manages and directs division units (e.g., inspections, capital projects, water main planning and operations, water main design, water main construction, reimbursable fund, special projects, or regional coordination) within the water engineering group to ensure the overall implementation of the capital improvement program and maintenance of the municipal water distribution system.

• Manages professional engineers involved in the review and preparation of designs, plans, specifications, layouts and other construction documentation.

• Reviews, approves, and stamps final design plans for water main replacement and construction projects.

• Assists in the development of the strategic direction of the division to ensure that objectives and performance measures are consistent with departmental, City and service expectations.

• Plans and directs the budgeting and program management of the water main capital improvement program and facilities capital improvement projects.

• May oversee regional coordination of engineering projects to maintain consistency.

• May oversee special projects that require engineering design and construction management.

• Compiles engineering and financial data on the existing water main system and new capital projects to assist the department in obtaining funding from various sources (e.g., bonds, loans and grants) for planned water main infrastructure improvements

• Implements financial controls to monitor the disbursement of project funds to contractors and engineering consultants. • Develops and monitors performance indicators on the capital improvement program.

• Supervises the preparation of financial and engineering reports, detailing the progress of all work within the division to management.

• Provides oversight to staff engaged in contract administration activities (e.g., reviewing and evaluating contract proposals, finalizing contracts for submission to Department of Procurement Services and monitoring contracts for compliance).

• Represents the department at various technical and civil organizations to discuss water main planning and improvement projects.

• Selects, supervises, trains and evaluates the performance of assigned unit managers, supervisors and staff.

• Attends meetings with other City departments, elected officials and outside agencies; explains and justifies Department programs, policies and activities; and negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant and controversial issues.

• Performs related duties as required. NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class. THIS POSITION IS IN THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICEKNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
Comprehensive knowledge of:
• engineering design, construction and maintenance principles and practices
• engineering science and technology
• water main and water facility design, construction and maintenance
• procurement of engineering and construction services and contract preparations and
• water main design and construction techniques, current trends, regulations, standards
and applicable equipment
• management and supervisory methods, practices and principles
• project and program planning techniques, practices and principles
• advanced mathematical principles
• policy development and implementation methods and procedures
• applicable local, state and federal regulations and requirements
Considerable knowledge of:
• information technology and applicable computer software packages and applications
• ACTIVE LEARNING - Understand the implications of new information for both current
and future problem-solving and decision-making
• ACTIVE LISTENING - Give full attention to what other people are saying, take time to
understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate, and not interrupt at
inappropriate times
• CRITICAL THINKING - Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses
of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
• MATHEMATICS - Use mathematics to solve problems
• SCIENCE – Use scientific rules and methods to solve problems
• COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING – Identify complex problems and review related
information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
• MONITORING - Monitor and assess performance of one's self, other individuals, or
organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
• MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES - Determine how money will be spent to get
the work done and account for these expenditures
• MANAGEMENT OF MATERIAL RESOURCES - Obtain and see to the appropriate use of
equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work
• MANAGEMENT OF PERSONNEL RESOURCES - Motivate, develop, and direct people as
they work and identify the best people for the job
• TIME MANAGEMENT - Manage one's own time and the time of others
• COORDINATION WITH OTHERS - Adjust actions in relation to others' actions
• INSTRUCTING - Teach others how to do something
• JUDGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING - Consider the relative costs and benefits of
potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
• OPERATIONS ANALYSIS - Analyze needs and product requirements to create a design
• TECHNOLOGY DESIGN - Generate or adapt equipment and technology to serve user
• COMPREHEND ORAL INFORMATION - Listen to and understand information and ideas
presented through spoken words and sentences
• SPEAK - Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
• COMPREHEND WRITTEN INFORMATION - Read and understand information and ideas
presented in writing
• WRITE - Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
• REASON TO SOLVE PROBLEMS - Apply general rules to specific problems to produce
answers that make sense
• REASON MATHEMATICALLY - Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to
solve a problem
• MAKE SENSE OF INFORMATION - Quickly make sense of, combine, and organize
information into meaningful patterns
• ORGANIZE INFORMATION – Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern
according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures,
mathematical operations)
• REACH CONCLUSIONS - Combine pieces of information to form general rules or
conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)


Education, Training, and Experience
Graduation from an accredited college or university with at least a Bachelor’s degree in
Engineering plus six years of supervisory experience in the planning, design and construction
management of engineering projects.
Licensure, Certification, or Other Qualifications
Registration as a Professional Engineer (R.P.E.). At the time of application, positions must have
obtained Registration as a Professional Engineer (R.P.E.) in the State of Illinois. A valid State of
Illinois is required.
Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or
law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed an Associates, Bachelors,
Masters, or Juris Doctorate degree program.
NOTE: This position requires applicants to complete an interview. The interviewed candidate possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position will be selected. Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required. 

Number of Positions: 4 Full-Time Senior Manager Closing Date (Period for Applying) - External : Jul 21, 2021, 11:59:00 PM

TO APPLY: Go to and enter job number: 351326

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57832452
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Position Title: Chief Water Engineer
  • Company Name: Chicago Department of Water Management
  • Industry: Government/Civil Service
  • Job Function: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $129,072.00 (Yearly Salary)
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