Director of Public Works/Town Engineer

Town of Firestone, CO

Job Details

  • Job Function: Public Works Director
  • Salary: $110,000 - $135,000.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 14,500
  • Where: 7500 WCR 20, Firestone, CO 80504
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Dec 5 2018

Deadline: Jan 4 2019


General Purpose

The Director of Public Works/Town Engineer plans, organizes, manages and directs Public Works activities and functions; provides professional assistance to Town management in areas of expertise, including general engineering, storm water, environmental management, facilities and buildings, fleet, grant management and application, street operations and maintenance, project development and management of capital projects.

Essential Duties

• Confers with, directs, and advises officials and personnel responsible for streets, building construction and maintenance, water, storm drainage, and fleet; coordinates use of resources, facilities, and equipment.
• Attends Town related meetings as required to present budgets, programs, services and facilities activity reports, studies, analyses, and plans for present and future activities.
• Attends meetings of Town department heads and staff; advises same of progress on current or projected projects and impact on Town.
• Prepares budget requests to include expenditures for equipment and supply purchases, capital outlay items, and personnel costs; exercises fiscal control over the application of allocated departmental resources; prepares requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and materials and bid specifications for high cost equipment.
• Prepares a variety of periodic reports for relevant state agencies to reflect departmental activities in support of receipt of state funds.
• Confers with suppliers and places orders with purchasing for equipment, materials, and supplies.
• Maintains operational administrative and supervisory responsibility for the activities of the Public Works Department to include the maintenance and repair of streets and alleyways, sidewalk maintenance, surface drainage systems, snow and ice removal, street sweeping, trash removal from Town facilities and traffic control signs.
• Allocates available resources to maintain effective and efficient operations; establishes work priorities and schedules; supervises work directly or through lead staff; establishes and approves work methods and procedures; maintains records of work performed.
• Meets with consultants to plan and approve construction projects; reviews submitted plans to ensure appropriate charges; inspects, approves and accepts projects upon completion.
• Reviews requests and issues permits for construction in public right-of-ways and/or for street cuts by various public and private utilities.
• Responds to citizens regarding streets and facilities and delegates work to correct problem(s) as appropriate.
• Establishes and/or approves specifications for repair of public works facilities, prepares cost estimates, specifications, and plans for purchase of materials.
• Supervises the maintenance of inspections on all Town vehicles and completes required mechanical work to level of ability; directs the completion of minor mechanical work or schedules out on a contractual basis.
• Administers and works closely with consulting engineers on designs and specifications and administers requests for bids and assignment of contracts for projects; controls project program planning, contracting, and construction supervision.
• Confers with Town’s water attorney and Director of Community Resources on water-related issues.
• In coordination with the Director of Community Resources, plans and establishes priorities and operating procedures for capital improvements, coordination of raw water requirements, rights, and shares with various surveyors.
• Directs the Stormwater Enterprise Utility including implementation of measures required in Town’s NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Stormwater Phase II permit according to annual goals.
• Serves as the Town’s floodplain administrator, responding to inquiries about floodplain boundaries, maintaining records, managing participation in national community floodplain rating system for insurance industry, and reviewing/issuing floodplain development permits in accordance with established procedures and regulations.
• Oversees and performs Town traffic engineering tasks including traffic counts, school zone signage, and maintaining model traffic code schedules.
• Works with the Police Department in placing appropriate and necessary traffic control signage.
• Directs related administrative activities including departmental purchases, personnel selection, reports, employee training, and correspondence in administration of projects.
• Plans, assigns, and directs work; addresses complaints; manages conflict and resolves problems. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Town policy and applicable laws.
• Responsible for regularly scheduled performance evaluations on all assigned personnel.
• Performs related work as required and assigned.

The above listed duties are typical for this position. An incumbent in this position may not perform all the duties listed and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those listed due to changes in needs and practices within the work environment.

Supervisory Duties/Independence of Work

The Director of Public Works/Town Engineer exercises considerable independence of judgment in meeting assigned objectives and delivering services to the Town of Firestone. Works under the general direction of the Town Manager. Meets with the Town Manager to establish overall goals and objectives. Responsible for keeping management informed of potentially controversial matters and areas of far-reaching implications. This position supervises the work performed by the staff of the Public Works Department.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

• General knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision, administration and budgeting; ability to effectively apply same to the planning and direction of personnel and material resources.
• Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of administration as applied to the design, construction, maintenance, and technical inspection of public work facilities and services.
• Extensive knowledge of the procedures, equipment and materials required to maintain and repair Town streets, sidewalks, alleyways, drainage systems, and signs.
• Extensive knowledge of civil engineering principles, particularly for utility and roadway construction.
• Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices applied in the operation and maintenance of water and transmission systems.
• Working knowledge of M.U.T.C.D. and applicable state and highway specifications; ability to apply same to work performed.
• Working knowledge of FEMA maps and regulations.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with developers, contractors, property owners, employees and the general public.
• Ability to supervise the preparation of designs, plans, and specifications for a water and sewer utility.
• Thorough knowledge of codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards governing public facilities construction, maintenance and repair.
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.
• Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
• Ability to write memoranda, letters and reports that can be understood by both technical and non-technical individuals.
• Ability to effectively present information to Town Manager, the Mayor and Board of Trustees, public groups, and/or other public bodies, businesses, and regulatory agencies.
• Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts to engineering and design problems, such as structural elements, hydraulics, surveying, growth projects, mechanics of materials, engineering economics, and the chemistry and biology of water.
• Ability to develop and manage operating and capital budgets.
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
• Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
• Skill and experience in computer budgeting, engineering and design software, word processing, spread sheet and data base desired.

Education & Experience:

• Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) or equivalent.
• Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering or a related field is preferred.
• Seven years experience related to public infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, water lines and storm sewers.
• Experience and/or training in administering projects, personnel, budgets, capital improvements program, and construction of facilities.
• A combination of education and experience may be considered

Certificates, Licenses & Certifications:

• Valid Colorado Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record.
• Colorado Professional Engineer (PE) License

Must be able to attain successful results for all of the following pre-offer and post-offer/hire processes: Interview, reference check, background check and satisfactory driving record release through DMV.

Work Environment:

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.

Outdoor environment. Exposure to weather, cold, heat, wind. Elevated noise levels and operation of hand tools, mechanical and motorized equipment.

Physical Activities:

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

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Peripheral vision and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, or kneel. Frequent driving of a variety of motor vehicles. Required to be available and on-call at various hours.

Body Movement:
Walk, stand, stoop, bend, climb and sit while performing duties. Repetitive hand movement while keyboarding and writing.

Uses sight in the normal range with or without correction to perform duties.

Uses hearing in the normal range with or without correction to perform duties.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job.