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Public Works Director

Oconee County Board of Commissioners

Posted: Nov. 8, 2018

End Date: Dec. 6, 2019

The purpose of this classification is to perform complex administrative and supervisory work responsible for directing the daily operations and long-range planning of the Public Works Department which is comprised of  Administration, Engineering, Roads and Bridges, Solid Waste, and Stormwater/Environmental.  Work involves planning, prioritizing and overseeing the activities of the divisions within the department.  This position reports to the County Administrator.


The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.
Develops and manages departmental goals and objectives; coordinates and oversees the work of each division, including the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges.
Plans and organizes major departmental tasks and projects; approves and assists with specification writing on major projects; works with appropriate personnel in the submission of Public Works grant applications.
Directs and supervises personnel; recruits, interviews, and hires personnel in supervisory positions; establishes priorities; monitors work; ensures departmental and safety policies and procedures are followed; implements personnel disciplinary action as needed; reviews and evaluates employee performance evaluations.
Prepares and submits to the Board of Commissioners a priority list of recommended road and bridge improvements including grading, paving and resurfacing.
Serves as the primary point of contact for all projects and operations of the department.
Serves as technical liaison between the County and the Georgia State Department of Transportation in securing and implementing contracts for state-funded improvements on roads and bridges; and reports on activities to county and elected officials.
Responds to complaints and inquiries and provides timely solution when possible.  Prepares, submits and monitors departmental budget; works with staff to devise annual budgets; assists staff in identifying projects for inclusion in annual budget.
Maintains departmental records of active, inactive and completed projects; prepares and/or ensures the preparation of administrative forms, monthly reports, and other paperwork related to public works operation.
Prepares and presents studies and reports to the Chairman and the Board of Commissioners; attends Commission meetings as needed and advises the Board on public works matters.

Maintains and updates professional knowledge; reads new laws affecting work and standards; attends training programs, seminars, workshops and meetings as necessary or required.
Serves as technical liaison with Water Resources Department.
May operate County vehicles in the performance of duties or to attend training programs.
Works with other county departments to identify and implement operational assistance service to those departments from Public Works.
Serves as the department liaison to the Emergency Operations Center when activated during a disaster or other emergency.
Adheres and ensures adherence to established safety procedures and county Safety Policies and Procedures; oversees utilization of safety equipment and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.

May serve as on-call personnel for after hour events and incidents, including traffic light malfunctions, traffic flagging operations and other traffic or transportation related events.



Performs related work as required.


Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Engineering or related field, local government experience preferred; supplemented by five (5) to ten (10) years of previous experience and/or training involving public works, engineering, and road construction; or any equivalent combination of education, training, or experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.  Must possess three (3) years supervisory experience.  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia Driver’s License.