Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways
Illinois, United States
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22 days ago
Job Type
Government/Civil Service
Job Function


Functions as Chief Engineer of the Construction Bureau for the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways. Plans, formulates, executes and supervises the activities and operations of five (5) divisions including Construction Office; Material Testing; and three (3) Supervising Engineers' Divisions; encompassing professional, technical or paraprofessional support staff. Responsible for construction supervision of all projects on county and township roads and highway maintenance facilities; provides engineering and inspection services to ensure standard specifications and provisions are met. Compiles, prepares and submits the annual Construction Plan for the County. Under the direction of the Superintendent of the Department of Transportation and Highways, formulates and implements all bureau policies and procedures; determines and develops long-range planning strategies. Confers regularly and in a confidential manner with the Superintendent of the Department of Transportation and Highways in all matters pertinent to the above including problematic assignment, consultant and personnel issues which may arise.


Executes, administers and coordinates the construction of all highway improvement projects on Cook County and township roadways.


Conducts meetings with utility companies, state and federal highway agencies, contractors and local authorities to organize relevant activities relative to ongoing construction projects.


Oversees and handles all confidential personnel issues including performance evaluations, recommendations on promotions, and disciplinary actions. Confers with Supervisor of Employment relative to job postings for available positions; interviews job applicants and recommends candidates.


Interviews and recommends contractors who provide construction services for highway projects; negotiates contracts, reviews and evaluates contractor's performance and approves invoices for payment. Ensures projects meet deadlines.


Develops and recommends goals and long-range planning strategies for the Construction Bureau relative to the Department of Transportation and Highways five (5) year plan on projects and to the department's overall mission and objectives; confers and advises the Superintendent of the Department of Transportation and Highways on the implementation of policies and procedures for the Bureau. Prepares and submits budget appropriations for the Construction Bureau.



Thorough knowledge of generally accepted highway engineering procedures and methods; County, State, Federal Highway policies, programs, regulations and requirements relative to highway construction.  

Knowledge of the operations and functions of the Construction Bureau Divisions.  

Ability to administer a variety of highly technical and managerial functions, coordinating diverse engineering efforts to assure the timely and efficient completion of projects; ability to exercise sound engineering judgment in the formulation and execution of plans in the Highway Construction area.

Possession of advanced supervisory skills acquired through exposure to a wide variety of management problems. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form. Ability to direct, motivate and supervise subordinates through to completion of work assignments.  

Ability to analyze, prioritize and handle a large number of projects and problems effectively under stressful conditions and time constraints.


Graduation with a Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited program in Civil Engineering as listed in the most recent Accredited Board of Engineering and Technology Annual Report.

Current registration in the State of Illinois as a Licensed Professional Engineer/Licensed Structural Engineer.

A minimum of three (3) years’ full-time work experience as a Highway Engineer or related field.


Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited engineering program.

Five (5) years management experience in the highway or related field.

Prior supervisory or managerial work experience.


Light Work 

Light Work involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Even though the weight lifted may be only a negligible amount, a job/occupation is rated Light Work when it requires: (1) walking or standing to a significant degree; (2) sitting most of the time while pushing or pulling arm or leg controls; or (3) working at a production rate pace while constantly pushing or pulling materials even though the weight of the materials is negligible.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.


POST OFFER TESTING: This position requires successful completion of post-offer tests, which may include a background check, drug screen and medical examination.

COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY: Pursuant to Executive Order 2021-1 and Cook County’s Mandatory COVID-19

Vaccination Policy, the selected candidate will be required to either submit proof of full vaccination or a request for reasonable accommodation prior to the start of employment. Please click the following hyperlinks for the full text of Executive Order 2021-1 and the Cook County’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Pursuant to the Shakman Consent Decree, Supplemental Relief Order and the Cook

County Personnel  Rules, this position is exempt from the County’s career service rules, is at-will and political reasons or  factors may be considered when taking any employment action. As an employee in a Shakman Exempt  Position, if you do not currently live in Cook County, you will have six (6) months from date of hire to establish actual residency within Cook County.


Job ID: 73598398

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