The position is responsible for the general management and administration of the Public Works Department. The Public Works Director manages day-to-day operations, directing and coordinating activities of personnel under their command, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders, administer training, and managing programs. This position reports to and serves at the discretion of the City Manager.
The Public Works Department is responsible for developing and maintaining the City’s infrastructure, buildings, grounds, and vehicular equipment, implementing capital improvement projects, and providing specialized public services such as snow and ice control, environmental quality control, recycling services, and more. Public Works operates in partnership with our community to develop and maintain our publicly owned physical assets. The City’s infrastructure includes streets, alleys, traffic signals, streetlights, and City facilities. The department maintains trees in the right-of-way and provides concrete and asphalt repairs on City streets and sidewalks. The department provides snow and ice control, storm response cleanup, yard waste collection, and maintains vegetation on the city’s rights-of-way. The department’s mechanic is responsible for fleet management including vehicle maintenance.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include but are not limited to:
PERFORMS POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR:
The City has several goals regarding infrastructure improvements, annual rehabilitation projects, safety improvements, and traffic engineering. The Director will oversee personnel and asset management to assure the City continues to provide exceptional services as Sharon continues to welcome new residents and businesses. The Director will keep the City Manager informed about asset allocation and advocate for departmental resources needed to maintain high-quality, essential City services. The City has a backlog of deferred road and infrastructure maintenance due to needs exceeding available funding. Managing maintenance needs and maximizing available grant funding is a priority. Implementing infrastructure that not only provides for the safety of Sharon’s pedestrians and cyclists but anticipates the future needs and expectations of our community. As City buildings and facilities age, develop a strategic plan to address the City’s current and future facility needs and ongoing maintenance plans. The Department has a legacy of proactively preparing for and responding quickly to emergency needs, including snow and ice removal and storm cleanup. The Director must successfully balance the delivery of quality baseline services with emergency responsiveness. Research, deploy, and embrace new technological tools, software, equipment, and processes that can improve service. Supervise assigned staff; prioritize and assign tasks and projects; oversee staff training, develop skills, and conduct performance evaluations; work with employees to correct performance deficiencies and review work performed to assure that assignments are completed according to Sharon Public Works procedures and quality standards. Coordinate the planning, management, and evaluation of the Sharon Public Works operating plans; meet with staff to discuss and resolve priorities, workload, and technical issues; analyze workload trends, and recommend staffing and assignment adjustments. Evaluate Sharon Public Works operations, and identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods, priorities, policies, and procedures; investigate and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints. Review, approve, and summarize daily reports. Perform a variety of administrative activities including, scheduling and personnel issues; order supplies and materials, maintain inventories, and assure that adequate materials, supplies, and tools are available. Manage a variety of annual events and special programs for improved community relations; develop community outreach activities to promote Sharon Public Works programs. Support the relationship between the City of Sharon and the public by demonstrating cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors and City staff; maintain confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; perform other duties as required or assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Outstanding customer service skills required; knowledge of codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations pertaining to nuisance abatement, and zoning. Knowledge and familiarity with office equipment including use of personal computer, common office machines and equipment; Ability to perform assignments with considerable independence; effective time management; good organization.
Modern administrative techniques, principles, practices, and procedures particularly as applied to the management of Public Works; supervision principles and practices; operating principles, practices and techniques of public works, street maintenance ; applicable ordinances, snow removal and winter maintenance, laws, and regulations; building maintenance operations; street department rules and regulations; hazardous materials management; incident command system; heavy equipment safety compliance regulations; labor relations techniques; effective training programs and techniques; local geography and public works resources; personal computer operating systems and software applications.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in civil or environmental engineering, construction management, urban planning, public administration, or closely related field. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public works functions in a comparably sized municipal, state, or federal organization. At least three years of experience must be in a managerial or supervisory capacity. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the position will be considered.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; ability to write reports, professional letters, and business correspondence; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, employees, and the public.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite including, Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook, Power Point and Access or a similar data base.
Maintains and upholds strict rules of confidentiality and always exhibits a professional demeanor.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit, or reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, jog, or run. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 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. voice volume and speech clarity to command during emergency operations; walk over rough terrain, climb hills, open and close heavy gates, load and unload vehicles, work outdoors for long periods of time in all types of weather conditions, stamina to perform administrative functions and to meet physical and mental demands during an extended emergency. While performing the duties of this job the employee occasionally works outside, which may include exposure to wet, humid, hot, and inclement weather conditions. The employee may work near moving mechanical parts, under hazardous, life-threatening conditions, such as, but not limited to, heights, in confined spaces, around crowds, with loud noises, with limited visibility, and in the presence of hazardous materials.