County Engineer/ Public Works Director

County of Benton, MN


Benton County Is Seeking Qualified Candidates to Fill the Position of County Engineer / Public Works Director for the Highway / Public Works Department. This Is a Full-Time (Non-Union) Position.

* Recruitment will Remain Open Until Filled *
* First Review of Applications will Occur on Monday, April 3rd, 2023 *

Position Summary
Provides strategic planning, fiscal, and personnel management for the operations of the Public Works Department.

Scope of Responsibility
Oversees all Public Works programs and services. Directly supervises Accountant- Public Works, Office Coordinator, Assistant County Engineer, and Maintenance Superintendent. Indirectly supervises through first line supervisors the Civil Engineering Technician, Operating Engineers, Mechanic/Crew Foreman, seasonal and intern workers. Provides oversight and direction to contracted County Surveyor and surveying functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Functions
A. Oversees the maintenance and construction of the County highway system.
A.1. Oversees the development of engineered road construction project plans.
A.2. Reviews and approves all construction plans for compliance with applicable standards and engineering theory.
A.3. Develops the 5-yr Road Construction Program, including determining construction year and identifying funding.
B. Develops, presents, and manages the annual Public Works budget.
B.1. Plans for future transportation projects within Benton County and identifies funding for said projects.
B.2. Seeks transportation funding from sources other than local tax dollars, including federal grant programs.
C. Reviews and updates Department policies and operating procedures.
D. Administers the Public Drainage System (County Ditches), including compliance review with state statute and overseeing the design of repair/construction projects.
E. Administers the Bridge Inspection program, including reviewing all inspection reports for compliance with national inspection standards.
F. Develops and implements road maintenance programs, including snow/ice removal and pavement management.
F.1. Reviews the spring load restrictions map to determine appropriate weight limits on county roads.
F.2. Reviews oversize/overweight permits for compliance with county road/bridge weight limits.
F.3. Reviews subdivision plats when adjacent to county roads.
G. Directs the County Surveyor functions.
H. Advises small cities and townships on transportation, road, and bridge matters.
I. Represents the County and Department at various court proceedings.
J. Responds to the public, elected officials, or others regarding a variety of engineering and operational policies and procedures.

Additional Functions
A. Attends trainings as needed.
B. Advises the small cities (Foley, Rice) on transportation related matters.
C. Advises Townships on road and bridge maintenance issues.
D. Represents Benton County and the Department as a technical representative on a wide variety of local, state, and federal organizations and committees.
E. Performs other duties as assigned or apparent.

Minimum Qualifications - Training and Experience Required
Minimum Qualifications
A. Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering or related field; and
B. Seven years’ of progressively higher responsibility of civil engineering work, which 2 years must be in a supervisor or in a leadership role; or
C. Equivalent combination of education and experience.
D. Must possess professional engineer’s license upon hire, and maintain every 2 years.

How to Apply

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Job Details

Job Function
Public Works Director
Position Type
Full Time

County of Benton


531 Dewey St
Foley, MN 56329-8413
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager


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