The City of Takoma Park is seeking a Deputy Director for our Public Works Department. Under the broad policy guidance and general direction of the Public Works Director, the incumbent will perform critical department leadership, supporting the Director and overseeing the operational areas of Public Works. This position supports the Director by focusing and leading departmental efforts to ensure overall departmental mission, policy, and goals are implemented and adhered to.
The incumbent will serve as acting Director during absences of the Public Works Director. They will perform duties in a manner consistent with the priorities and objectives of the City Council and City Manager. Their work is reviewed by the Director through reports, meetings, and conferences and evaluated for results obtained, fulfillment of program objectives, and for adherence to program budget.
Essential Functions of the position include:
Assuming management responsibilities of the Public Works Department in the absence of the Public Works Director; making decisions and providing information as necessary in the Director's absence;
Participating in the development and administration of the annual budget; participating in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitoring and approving expenditures; implementing budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary;
Serving as the liaison for the assigned Divisions with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; negotiating and resolving sensitive and controversial issues;
Conducting a variety of organizational studies, investigations, operational studies; suggesting improvements to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate;
Responding to and resolving difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints;
Ensuring that supervision, direction, schedules, deadlines, and safety measures are being implemented and coordinated;
Assisting in the coordination of assigned work in other Public Work divisions, City departments, outside vendors and contractors, and other government agencies;
Responding to emergency situations, scheduling response crews during emergency situations, responding to requests from contractors, utility, and construction companies;
Training, motivating, and evaluating Public Works Department personnel; Mentoring and developing employees within the department.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to be successful are:
Principles, practices and techniques of public works administration, organization, program development, operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive public works department;
Principles and practices of construction management, inspection, contract management, municipal project financing, project cost estimating, and expenditure control principles and practices;
Techniques for effective pavement management; solid waste operations; CIP projects; and maintenance of facilities, equipment and infrastructure;
Public sector leadership, management, and budgeting principles and practices;
Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures;
Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation;
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations;
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Minimum Qualifications for the position are:
Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree;
Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the divisions of the department in order to direct and coordinate work;
Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position;
Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the state in which you reside, for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Preferred candidates will have experience in supervision of a Division composed of 3 or more staff with varying responsibilities.
This is a professional level, exempt position. The salary range for the position is $98,027 to $114,692 per year.
The City of Takoma Park is a small jurisdiction in Montgomery County, Maryland bordering the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County. Inhabited by a diverse and politically active population of 17,000 citizens, Takoma Park is known for its progressive policies, historic tree-lined neighborhoods, and independent businesses. We are proud to be a workforce of almost 200 full-time and part-time employees that are as diverse as the community we serve. We strive to maintain excellent customer service and responsiveness to our residents and everyone we work with. It is with this in mind that we seek to improve by championing quality and efficiency through a dedicated workforce and cooperative spirit.
The City of Takoma Park is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the residents we serve and the area in which we live. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where employees of diverse backgrounds can thrive and make a positive impact in the services we provide.