Employment Opportunities  >>  Public Works & Utilities



Posted: May. 23, 2018

End Date: Jun. 15, 2018

JOB TITLE: Projects/Public Works Director
REPORTS TO: City Manager
SALARY: $50,000 - $60,000

Performs highly responsible professional, administrative and technical work involved in planning and directing public works activities in the areas of construction, maintenance and cleaning of streets and sidewalks. Also oversees the review of all permits and licenses for drainage, paving, site improvements, public improvements for land subdivisions; the collection and disposal of trash; sanitation services; the maintenance and repair of cemetery and park buildings and grounds; and vehicle maintenance.
Provides support to the City Manager in all assigned areas; coordinates activities with other departments and outside agencies; performs other work as required. Work involves the responsibility for long range and current planning, survey, design and inspection of all contract engineering projects. The employee delegates day-to-day activities to supervisory staff, but performs unusual tasks which require a high degree of skill and technical knowledge. The employee exercises independent judgment and discretion on all technical matters within the department subject to guidelines set by the City Manager.

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
• Supervises subordinate public work supervisors and department support staff, either directly or through subordinates.
• Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow.
• Issues written and oral instruction.
• Assign duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures. 
• Studies and standardizes department policies and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operating.
• Prepares and documents budget requests; administers adopted budget in assigned area of responsibility.
• Performs administrative tasks to manages the public works department including maintaining awareness of state and federal safety requirements. Monitor operations to assure a safe working environment, provide for necessary safety requirements. 
• Review plans and oversee public and private (developer) construction projects. Coordinates the duties of the City’s Civil Engineer in completion of capital projects. 
• Determines applicable codes, regulations, and requirements for assigned projects.
• Oversees project management for the construction of assigned public works projects. Oversees assigned projects to ensure contractor compliance with time and budget parameters for the project.
• Coordinates the preparation of reviews and updates street maps, storm drainage maps, data base, and comprehensive plans. 
• Oversee the maintenance of infrastructure and other records.
• Responds to public or other inquiries relative to department policies and procedures. Evaluates issues and options regarding municipal public works and makes recommendations to the City Manager. 
• Attend regular and special meetings as requested. Concisely present complex technical information and politically sensitive subjects to the City Manager, and city council, planning board, ad hoc committees and members of the public as requested by the City Manager. Participate in emergency management drills and work cooperatively with other agencies during natural and man-made disasters. 

• Considerable knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices and methods as applicable in a municipal setting as they relate to applicable City policies,  laws, and regulations affecting public works activities; Skill in operating the listed tools and equipment. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, City officials and the general public; Ability to conduct necessary engineering research and compile comprehensive reports.
• Knowledge of civil construction and inspection standards, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Standards and Specifications and GDOT Design Manual.   
• Knowledge of Emergency Management Operations and the operation of an Emergency Operations Center.
• Ability to perform a broad range of supervisor responsibilities.
• Ability to develop a positive working environment and effectively utilize all employees in the Public Works Department.
• Ability to effectively communicate city plans, policies and programs orally and in writing with a broad range of individuals.
• Ability to organize, direct and coordinate the activities of several divisions – water distribution and treatment, cross connection control, sewer collection management and treatment, parks and recreation including cemetery, and solid waste management.
• Ability to develop long-term plans and programs and to make major policy decisions on complex technical and administrative problems.
• Ability to learn and implement city procedures, regulations and requirements with respect to procurement, budget, safety, operations and organization.

Six years of work experience with at least two years supervisory experience with responsibility for human resources, equipment, materials and budget. Or, any combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Requires the use of personal or city vehicles on city business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid Georgia State driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record. 

Exercises supervision over clerical, administrative, maintenance and professional staff as assigned. This position serves under the direction of the City Manager.

The Public Works Director is required to travel to various job sites in the local area and on occasion to training outside of the local area. 


Ability to read, interpret, and communicate basic instructions and technical manuals.  Ability to write and convey information through notes and other documents. Ability to speak effectively to direct the work of others.  

Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages.

Must be able to communicate orally and in written form in order to give or obtain information and provide service.  Contacts are typically made with the general public and other City employees.    

Ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written and oral format.  The incumbent must also possess the ability to deal with unique problems in standardized situations.  

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.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, stoop, bend, lift, or carry heavy objects up to and exceeding 50 pounds.  

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.  The work environment is outdoors where the employee may be exposed to a wide variety of elements.  Some tasks may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substance.