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Grand Chute, WI - Director of Public Works

Director of Public Works, Grand Chute, WI (pop. 22,000). The Town of Grand Chute is a full-service municipality located in Wisconsin’s fast-growing Fox River Valley area. The Town is adjacent to the City of Appleton, and approximately halfway between Oshkosh and Green Bay along the I-41 corridor. Grand Chute is the most populated Town in the state, and is part of the Fox Cities CSA, with a population of close to 400,000.

Grand Chute seeks a high-energy, experienced, proactive public works executive to direct a broad range of services including engineering, streets, water, sewer and storm water utilities, fleet management, and parks. The ideal candidate is an innovative thinker and ready to be an integral member of the senior management team. 

The position is responsible for leading a department comprised of 22 full-time and part-time employees, as well as managing $18 million in operating and utility budgets, plus more than $ 5 million in capital improvement programming.

Grand Chute encompasses 25 square miles, and the Town maintains 305 lane- miles of roads. The Town provides water, wastewater and storm water services to residents including potable water distribution, wastewater collection, storm water collection and treatment, and water quality protection. The Town also manages a solid waste collection contract and a Town cemetery. In addition, the Town maintains 134 acres of park land and 13 miles of recreational trails. The Director reports to the Town Administrator who is responsible to a five-member Town Board.

The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a passion for public service;
  • Be adept at combining a hands-on management style with confident professionalism and an ability to work with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Have a record of creative problem solving, and strong public relations skills;
  • Be strategic thinking and have top-notch communication skills.

Candidates should also have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field; a Master’s degree in engineering, public administration or related field is a plus.
  • Six to nine years of progressively responsible public sector public works management, or general public administrative or managerial experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience in a larger community at the assistant department head level will be considered. The starting salary range is $94,000 - $101,500 +/- DOQ.

Candidates should apply by February 12, 2018 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to www.govhrusa.com/current-positions/recruitment to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240. The Town of Grand Chute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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