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Public Works Director

City of Kennesaw

Posted: Aug. 27, 2018

End Date: Sep. 24, 2018





The purpose of this classification is to plan, direct, manage, and oversee operations and activities associated with public works for the City.


The following duties are normal for this position.  The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification.  Other duties may be required and assigned.
Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals.
Monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff, assists with complex/problem situations, and provides technical expertise.
Ensures departmental compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individual; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
Consults with City Manager, City Council, Mayor, and other officials to review department operations/activities, review/ resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations; attends City Council meetings; provides testimony at City Council meetings regarding Public Works and City Engineering issues; provides reports, documentation, and presentations to City officials and staff members as appropriate.
Manages and coordinates activities of the Public Works Department, including the following: street repair and maintenance; landscaping, cemetery operations, fleet maintenance, engineering, traffic engineering, storm water management, solid waste services, Capital Improvement Projects, and other public works activities.
Develops and implements departmental budget, including operating, maintenance and capital improvements; monitors expenditures and revenues to ensure compliance with approved budget; coordinates with division staff members regarding division budgets; writes specifications for the purchase of new equipment, materials, supplies, and contractual services.
Develops and implements long and short term plans, goals, and objectives for the department and for the City; develops long term plans for Public Works development; plans for City’s ability to provide essential services, such as transportation, water and sewer and storm water services, etc., in the future; analyzes data for impact on traffic, drainage systems, environment, or other issues.
Researches and compiles various statistical, demographic, or administrative data; makes calculations, analyzes data, interprets data, and identifies trends; prepares reports, charts, and recommendations to assist City officials in making informed public works decisions to improve City development and services; provides demographic information to outside agencies and the public as requested.
Develops and implements policies and procedures for effective operations and maintenance; issues written and oral directives; reviews progress and directs revisions or modifications.
Meets with citizens to answer questions; responds to public complaints, questions, and/or problems; investigates complaints and problems with divisional supervisors.
Communicates with City officials, employees, other departments, property owners, residents, consultants, vendors, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or give/receive advice/direction.
Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, budget documents, SPLOST report, weekly activity reports, performance appraisals, goals, capital improvement project reports, flow charts, statistical analysis, performance appraisals, or other documents.
Receives and reviews various records such as project reports, sanitation reports, vehicle maintenance and fuel reports, transportation and architectural drawings budget reports, timesheets, contracts, policies, procedures, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
Attends various meetings, serves on committees, and makes presentations or speeches as needed.
Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; maintains an awareness of new products, methods, trends and advances in the profession; maintains awareness of issues and methods; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.
Operates a personal computer, general office equipment, or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, to include the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, or other system software.


Performs other related duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Public Administration or related field; supplemented by seven (7) year(s) of progressively responsible management experience in engineering, public works or related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.  
Data Utilization:  Requires the ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and/or theorize concerning data involving modification of existing policies, strategies and/or methods to meet unique or unusual conditions. Requires the ability to do so within the context of existing organizational theories and management principles.
Human Interaction:  Requires the ability to function in a director capacity for a major organizational unit requiring significant internal and external interaction.
Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization:  Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize consulting and advisory data and information, as well as reference, descriptive and/or design data and information as applicable.
Mathematical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations involving basic algebraic principles and formulas, and basic geometric principles and calculations.
Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or synthesis functions; to deal with several concrete and abstract variables; and to analyze major problems that require complex planning for interrelated activities that can span one or several work units.
Situational Reasoning:  Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving broader aspects of organizational programs and operations, moderately unstable situations, or the direction, control and planning of an entire program or set of programs.
Physical Ability:  Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
The City of Kennesaw, Georgia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Kennesaw will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.