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POSITION: Director of Building and Planning

FLSA: Exempt

TIME POSTED: Until Position Filed but not less than 5 business days.

SALARY: Depending on Experience and Qualifications

The Town of St. John, Indiana, is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve in the position of Director of Building and Planning. St. John is one of the fastest growing communities in Indiana with a population of about 22,000 residents, an award winning school district and is one of the highest per capita incomes in Northwest Indiana. Only a short drive or train ride to Chicago, St. John is an ideal location for development now and in the future.

We are a very busy community seeking out an exceptional, seasoned and energetic professional candidate that can meet the potential of this opportunity.

Essential Functions and Duties:

  • Work closely with, and under the direction of, the Town Manager to develop strategies for improving community and economic initiatives to enhance and improve the Town’s quality of life; act as a link between the community and range of other local, and regional authorities, i.e. HOAs, POAs, MPO, NGOs, EDOs, Businesses, and Education Systems, to preserve and establish neighborhoods and community cohesion.
  • Manages and supervises planning operations and various development projects, as directed, to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.
  • Provides Leadership and Direction in development of short and long range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates Department activities with other Departments and/or Agencies, as needed.
  • Provides Professional Planning and Land Use advice to developers and Town Officials; makes private and public presentations to Boards, Commissions, Civic Groups and the general public.
  • Administers and directs all petitions for Subdivision, Zone Change(s), Variances and the like.
  • Review of private and municipal projects to ensure or establish compliance with all Town of St. John Ordinances, Building Codes and the like.
  • Communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff and the general public.
  • Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; works closely with the Clerk-Treasurer to monitor revenues and expenditures, sureties, and grants in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
  • Must attend all meetings of the St. John Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Contractors’ Board, Economic Development Committee, and other meetings as requested and required by the Town Manager.
  • Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Collaborates with the MS4 Coordinator/Public Improvement Inspectors to evaluate environmental information and recommendations to mitigate measures to reverse adverse impacts on the environment and programs/process which support the MS4 program.
  • Assists in researching problems and complaints regarding commercial and residential buildings, building construction and code compliance. Responds to complex and sensitive building and development issues.
  • Directs, Approves and Administers the Building Department permit process; and ensures the maintenance of accurate records relating to building permits, licenses, maps, blueprints, overlays and other pertinent planning and development programs and projects.
  • Serves when directed by the Town Manager, as a member of a Planning Task Force composed of Town, County or State agencies.
  • Recommends the initiation of abatement proceedings when appropriate in conjunction with the Town Manager, Building Commissioner and Code Enforcement.
  • Evaluates land use proposals to insure compliance with applicable Town, State or Federal laws. Approves developmental permits, sign permits, minor land development proposals and all other permits that are required, within the scope of authority and responsibility.
  • Researches, prepares or assists with writing grant application components relating to Economic Development, Municipal Projects or Building and Planning matters.
  • Develops and maintains computer database information for planning purposes in conjunction with the I.T. Director.
  • Negotiates, coordinates and manages consultant contracts with the Town Manager.
  • Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep updated of all trends and developments in the field of Municipal Planning and Economic Development.

Desired Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Land Use Planning, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture or closely related field is desired, Master’s Degree preferred. Five years of experience in municipal or land use planning is desired. The equivalent combination of experience and training may be considered. AICP professional certification is preferred.

Send cover letter and resume/statement of qualifications to jobs@stjohnin.gov or Town of St. John, Attention Town Manager Joseph Wiszowaty, 10955 W. 93rd Avenue, St. John, IN 46373. Open until filled.


4.16.7 Job Description: Full-Time Firefighter

It is the policy of the St. John Fire Department to maintain a general job description for the rank of Full-Time Firefighter.

The purpose of this general order is to codify and publish this agency’s job description for the rank of Full-Time Firefighter.

The General Order is applicable to all members of this agency.

Should any portion of this policy conflict with any federal or state law then the more restrictive shall have precedence. If any provision of this policy is held unconstitutional or otherwise invalid, the remaining provisions of this policy shall not be affected thereby. This policy supersedes all previous orders or policies relating to similar topics issued by this department.

This policy is for internal use only and does not enlarge an employee’s liability in any way. The policy should not be construed as creating a higher duty of care, in an evidentiary sense, with respect to third party civil claims against employees. A violation of this policy, if proven, can only form the basis of a complaint by this department for non-judicial administrative action in accordance with the laws governing employee discipline.

General Order 4.16.7 Job Description: Full-Time Firefighter

Job Summary:
The work of a firefighter requires strenuous physical exertion such as extending and climbing ladders, stairs, and possibly rough terrain. Lifting or pulling heavy objects such as dry or charged hose lines, victims, extrication equipment, or other firefighting equipment. The work may be performed in adverse conditions such as extreme cold or heat, snow or rain. Work and training may subject firefighters to confined spaces as well as elevated heights. All these physical demands will be carried out while wearing protective clothing. The physical demands are not limited to this list. Proper EMS care is also a critical aspect.


  • Represent the Town of St. John in a highly professional manner at all times.
  • Respond to fire, rescue and medical emergency situations to protect the citizens of the Town of St. John, Town property and the environment.


  • Ensure the public’s health and safety through training and retention of staff assigned to respond to calls for fire suppression, extrication, rescues, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls, hazardous materials (HAZMAT) situations and weather situations.
  • Ensure the continual availability and readiness of facilities, apparatus, equipment, supplies and personnel in order to respond to a variety of scenarios that may occur within the unique environment of the Town of St. John (weather, train derailments, water emergencies, etc.)
  • Ensure positive community and public relations and interaction with Town of St. John citizens by supervising and participating in planned community activities, as well as facilitating public access to Town of St. John firefighters in informal settings such as, fire station tours, and other public education and community risk reduction events / activities.
  • Lay and connect hose lines, direct water streams, raise and climb ladders, use portable extinguishers, hand and power tools and other firefighting or rescue equipment.
  • Perform fire suppression, rescue, and salvage and overhaul operations and ventilation.
  • Perform medical aid (appropriate to level of the firefighters training) to sick or injured.
  • Participate in training drills and classes.
  • Performs general maintenance and upkeep to vehicles, grounds, buildings.
  • Performs preventative maintenance to vehicles and equipment.
  • Aids inspection Bureau in performing inspections for code compliance and ordinance compliance, check complaints and aid in investigations.
  • Develops pre-incident plans.
  • Participate in fire prevention programs.
  • Operate department equipment.
  • Perform to level of training at haz-mat incidents.
  • Perform specialized rescue. (to level of training)
  • Thorough knowledge of response area.
  • Follow orders given by superiors.
  • Operate under an incident command system.
  • Maintain proficiency in using safety equipment.
  • Learn locations of water sources.
  • Assist public after natural disasters.
  • Assist public after manmade disasters. (plane crash, riots, weapons of mass destruction, etc.)
  • Maintains records.
  • Perform duties of other personnel in their absence.
  • Perform other duties assigned.
  • Maintain minimum levels of training.
  • Participate in job performance reviews.

Operational Excellence

  • Provide and maintain the highest quality of service and responsiveness with integrity and professionalism.
  • Perform job duties consistent with local, state and national regulations, standards and best practices. Comply with all organization rules, policies and procedures in performance of job.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces with limited visibility.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is daily required to sit, talk or hear, stand, walk, use hands to handle or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is daily required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • The employee must daily lift and or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 100 or more pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


  • Develop and ensure effective, positive relationships within and among the Town of St. John staff, as well as with members of the public and related departments and agencies.
  • Uphold and consistently represent the values and mission of the Town of St. John, and St. John Fire Department.
  • Represent the Town of St. John in a highly professional manner at all times.
  • Ensure compliance and attention to all organization policies and procedures.


  • Conduct and direct public education/awareness, community risk reductions programs.
  • Prepare various reports and maintain records on department activities.
  • Visually assesses emergency scenes and make decisions regarding firefighting methods to be used, the deployment and management of firefighters. Ensure safe operation of fire equipment and apparatus.
  • Work in conjunction with Inspector(s) regarding: pre‐plan fire inspections on businesses within the Town of St. John; enforce local codes.
  • Stay abreast of trends and innovations in firefighting, emergency medical services and related fields.
  • Coordinate activities with other staff or Town departments as needed.
  • Ensure all reports are completed in a timely manner, ensuring accuracy, securing PHI, and assisting workflow to facilitate timely billing / documentation of events.
  • Work and function as part of a team
  • Understand and follow oral or written orders in the English language.
  • Comprehend oral and written material.
  • Make life or death decisions in emergency situations.
  • Observe or monitor people’s behavior to access their condition.
  • Rely on senses, to help determine nature of an emergency and make operational decisions.
  • Operate power equipment.
  • Lifting heavy objects.
  • Pulling heavy objects.
  • Wearing full turnout gear and SCBA. (To prevent exposure from hazardous materials or infectious diseases).
  • Bend or stoop repeatedly while performing firefighter duties.
  • Lift and work with arms above shoulder level.
  • Make fine, highly controlled muscular movements to adjust or position control levers, pedals, valves or other mechanisms.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.
  • Observe or monitor objects to determine compliance with prescribed safety standards.


  • Interpret and apply applicable federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Effectively manage situations and conflict firmly, courteously, tactfully, and impartially.
  • Exercise critical thinking and good judgment in evaluating situations, problem-solving and making sound decisions under stressful conditions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, the public, other Town employees and auto / mutual aid communities.
  • Utilize tact, self-restraint, judgment, and strategy in dealing with a wide variety of people. Deal with distraught individuals in a professional and sensitive manner.

Controls Over Position
The Firefighter is appointed by the St. John Board of Safety after successful completion of the Firefighter Applicant selection process, and with the recommendation of the Fire Chief.

To Apply please DOWNLOAD and then complete the Employment Application Form, be sure to save the pdf after filling it out, and e-mail it ALONG WITH legible copies of the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Driver’s license
  • Applicant's birth certificate
  • High School diploma or GED certificate
  • College Degree(s), if applicable
  • Military DD214, if Veteran
  • Naturalization documents, if applicable
  • Fire and EMS Training Certifications, if applicable
  • CPAT card
to: sjfdjob@stjohnin.com or mail a completed application with copies of the above documents to:
St. John Fire Department
11033 W 93rd Ave.
St. John, Indiana 46373
If there are any questions, please contact the Fire Department at (219) 365-6034.

Public Works Employee

CLASS TITLE: Maintenance
LOCATION: Public Works Facility
DEPARTMENT: Public Works
DIVISION: Public Works


Performs a variety of skilled, technical and maintenance work in the construction, operation, repair, maintenance and replacement of the Town’s Water, Sewer, Street, Storm Drainage Facilities, Street Lighting, Buildings and Parks.


Works under the general supervision of the Public Works Director.



  • Receives work assignments from the Public Works Director. Completes work in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Identifies and recommends repairs throughout the entire Town to the Public Works Director.
  • Identifies the need for tools and equipment required in order to perform various tasks.
  • Submits daily verbal and/or written reports to the Public Works Director on the activities of each day.
  • Available for emergency and non-emergency overtime when necessary or required by the Public Works Director.
  • Work with the Public Works Director and/or the designated Safety Trainer to acquire adequate training in issues that relate to safety.
  • Operates a variety of power construction and maintenance equipment used in the Water, Sewer, Street and Park departments.


Education and Experience:

(A) High School diploma, GED equivalent, or higher education level required; and

(B) Experience relating to the construction, repair, and maintenance of water, sewer, street, or storm drainage systems; parks; street lighting, including the operation of all related maintenance equipment, or

(C) Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(A) Thorough knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods, and procedures used in public water supply and distribution systems, sewer collection systems and lift stations, storm drainage systems, and street systems; thorough knowledge of pipe installation, connection, and repair; thorough knowledge of road construction and maintenance; and a thorough knowledge of park maintenance.

(B) Skilled in operation of the tools and equipment listed below.

(C) Have the ability to operate and maintain various equipment used in the department including, but not limited to, a backhoe, dump trucks and sewer cleaners; perform construction and maintenance work; ability to communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments, as well as the public.

(D) Ability to prioritize, follow directions, and work under pressure.


Valid State Driver’s license with CDL endorsement or ability to obtain one within six (6) months of hire.


Various motorized vehicles and equipment including, but not limited to, dump truck, plow truck, pickup truck, utility truck, street sweeper, sewer cleaner truck, street roller, backhoe, skid-steer, tamper, plate compactor, saws, pumps, compressors, branch chipper, leaf vacuum, sanders, generators, trencher, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, mobile radio, and phone.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, talk, hear, walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to one hundred (100) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of the job, the employee usually works in outside weather conditions, usually works near moving mechanical parts, and occasionally is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee may also be exposed to extreme heat or cold in outdoor conditions or extreme heat or cold in non-weather related conditions. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud in field settings, and moderately quiet in office settings.


Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interviews and reference check; job related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and it is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

This position carries a competitive hourly wage and includes: paid vacation; paid holidays; and health, life and dental insurance. Applications will be accepted in an ongoing basis.

To Apply, please DOWNLOAD and then complete the Employment Application Form, be sure to save the pdf after filling it out, and e-mail it along with a resume to: jobs@stjohnin.com or mail a completed application and resume to:
St. John Public Works Department
9350 Hack Street
St. John, Indiana 46373

If there are any questions, please contact Administrative Assistant T. Anderko at (219) 365-4655.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and it is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

The Town of St. John is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

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