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Public Works Director

City of Powder Springs

Posted: Sep. 4, 2018

End Date: Nov. 4, 2018


Employment Opportunity

City of Powder Springs


Job Title:  Public Works Director        Department: Public Works

FLSA Status: Exempt                           Grade 71


Job Summary:  Plans, organizes, and directs the functions of the Public Works Department including solid waste, streets, water & sewer, stormwater and building, fleet and grounds maintenance. Work involves planning, directing, and supervising personnel, ensuring the timely and efficient completion of projects, and the completion of the annual budget for the Department. The Public Works Director is also responsible for determining major Department policies, planning long-term programs, and making difficult administrative decisions. Work is performed under the general supervision of the City Manager.
Major Duties:
  • Plans, directs, and supervises City Public Works employees engaged in the collection, storage, transportation, and disposal of solid waste, maintenance and construction of the City’s streets and right of ways, maintenance of the City’s water & sewer system and stormwater system, and building, fleet and grounds maintenance activities.
  • Schedules, assigns, inspects, and evaluates work; instructs and trains in correct methods and procedures; monitors work on a daily basis; reviews and evaluates employee performance.
  • Ensures that work is done in compliance with state permits and regulations.
  • Conducts regular inspections of the City’s streets, parks, public properties and right-of-ways to plan and schedule needed repairs and/or maintenance.
  • Reviews and approves all residential, commercial and industrial development plans, inspects construction sites for compliance with UDC regulations; coordinates and confers with Community Development and Parks Departments in land development, building permits, and recreation and events planning and implementation processes;
  • Inspects work in-progress and ensures the timely and efficient completion of assigned Public Works projects, conducts re-inspections to ensure proper completion of repairs and maintenance; coordinates activities with other departments and agencies.
  • Develops and implements work schedules, methods, practices, policies, and procedures to enhance the operation of the department. 
  • Ensures employees comply with City and departmental policies, procedures, and safety rules; provides safety training to employees; maintains Public Works building in a clean, organized and workable order.
  • Is on call for emergencies; supervises and conducts street clean up efforts after accidents/storms, or other emergencies; provides other assistance as necessary.
  • Receives, reviews, and investigates citizen complaints/requests; meets with citizens to inspect and/or discuss problems; resolves complaints/requests and schedules needed repairs, construction, or maintenance related to Public Works.
  • Prepares annual departmental operating budget to City Manager based on analysis of projected needs and resources; reviews, approves, and monitors, expenditures within approved budget.
  • Assists in resolving issues related to Certificates of Occupancy for new residential and commercial structures.
  • Serves as final purchasing agent for the department, including preparing all specification for equipment and materials used by the department.
  • Interviews applicants for Department positions; reviews and appropriately acts on various personnel actions including hiring, promotions, and disciplinary actions.
  • Operates City vehicles in the performance of duties.
  • Attends regular scheduled meetings of the City Council and other necessary meetings as requested by the City Manager; provides information and recommendations to the City Manager, Mayor and Council and suggests specific developmental code revisions when deemed in the best interest of the City.
  • Recommends and provides advice about acceptance of dedication of all new infrastructure developed in the City
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 
Knowledge Required by the Position:
  • Knowledge of management concepts, principles, and practices of civil engineering and Public Works administration, land use planning, and stormwater management principles.
  • Knowledge of modern methods, techniques, and equipment as applied to the design, construction, repair, and maintenance of Public Works.
  • Knowledge of City and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices.
  • Knowledge of the geography of the City
  • Knowledge of safety procedures in Public Works operations.
  • Knowledge of state and federal environmental policies and regulations.
  • Ability to understand and interpret design drawings, construction specifications, and contract documents.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and supervise the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Ability to be available for emergency calls on a 24-hour basis.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate reports and records.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state, and county agencies, City employees, and City officials, and the general public.
  • Ability to safely and properly drive and operate the Department’s assigned vehicles and equipment.
  • Ability to work in a variety of extreme weather conditions.
  • Ability to participate in the development of long term plans and programs related to the City and the Public Works Department. 
Supervisory Controls:  Work is performed under the general supervision of the City Manager.
Guidelines:  Guidelines include City and departmental policies and procedures, City codes and ordinances policies and procedures regarding safe operation of vehicles and equipment, Federal and State guidelines and regulations, environmental rules and regulations, and departmental budget.  The guidelines are clear and specific, requiring only moderate interpretation.
Complexity:  The work consists of a variety of highly technical, administrative and supervisory duties. 
Scope and Effect: The purpose of this position is to plan, organize and coordinate the day-to-day operations of the Public Works Department
Personal Contacts: Contacts are typically with elected officials, co-workers, developers, vendors, engineers, and the general public.
Purpose of Contacts: Contacts are typically to give and exchange information, provide services, resolve conflict and solve problems.
Physical Demands: This position requires routine sitting, walking and standing.  The position requires lifting up to 25 pounds, climbing, crouching, kneeling, and pulling.
Work Environment:  The work is typically performed in an office. However, due to the nature of the organization and the on-site supervisory and inspection duties performed, considerable time is spent outdoors. Also, during occasional emergency situations, the incumbent may be exposed to extreme weather and working conditions.
Supervisory and Management Responsibility:  This position is responsible for supervision of all department employees. 


Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, public administration or related field preferred; ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in Public Works, Water & Sewer, and Street & Grounds Maintenance, including at least three (3) years of supervisory and management experience;  possession of a valid State of Georgia driver’s license and a satisfactory motor vehicle record (MVR); equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience overseeing or
Job Title: Public Works Director (continued)
managing external municipal operations such as land use development, permitting, GIS, land use planning, floodplain management, parks and recreation planning and management and building and land use development processes a plus.
Salary: DOQ
The City of Powder Springs is an Equal Opportunity Employer
All applicants must submit a City of Powder Springs employment application. Applications may be down loaded and printed from the website at www.cityofpowdersprings.org or you may visit 4484 Marietta St., Powder Springs, GA to request an application. Please submit letter of interest and resume along with the City of Powder Springs employment application to:
Rosalyn Nealy, Human Resources Director
City of Powder Springs
P.O. Box 46
Powder Springs, GA 30127
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled