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Public Works, Utilities, & Parks Director
POSITION TITLE: PUBLIC WORKS, UTILITIES AND PARKS DIRECTOR
EXEMPTION STATUS: Non-Exempt
JOB FAMILY: Department Head
JOB LEVEL: 36
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: This position 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, sidewalks and drainage; storm water management; maintenance of drainage; administration of contract sanitation services; water, sewer and electrical utility operations; the collection and disposal of trash; sanitation services; the maintenance and repair of cemetery and park buildings and grounds and vehicle maintenance.
POSITION RELATIONSHIPS
SUPERVISES: This position has direct supervision over the Street Maintenance Department, the Property Management Department, the Grounds Department, the Administrative Coordinator and Receptionist.
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SUPERVISED BY: CITY MANAGER

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• To support the vision, mission and guiding principles of the city.

• While performing any procedure, all personnel must observe applicable Safety, Health, and Environmental rules and guidelines.

• Attend and participate in training opportunities and seminars relevant to this position.

• Adhere to appropriate city operating procedures, benefit rules, employment, and safety policies/practices.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Manages the general operation of the department, including the oversight of the Public Works Superintendent, the Electrical Superintendent, Parks & Recreation Superintendent.

• Manages the provision of public works services, including the provision of streets, yard debris, park, cemetery and building maintenance and repair.

• Hires, trains, supervises, counsels, and evaluates staff.

• Develops and implements operating policies and procedures as well as short and long range plans for the department.

• Develops the operating and capital budgets for the department; oversees the monitoring of expenditures under the current budgets.

• Reviews the operation of each departmental function to ensure compliance with procedures and to assess efficiency and effectiveness.

• Assists with conducting building inspections as needed.

• Assists other department heads with performing duties and resolving problems as necessary.

• Serves as purchasing officer for the department.

• Serves as liaison with consulting engineers and citizen groups on related projects.

• Resolves serious or complex customer complaints or inquiries.

• Assists in the field as necessary.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Any other duties as assigned.

JOB SCOPE

Job has recurring work situations involving high degrees of discretion. The need for accuracy and effective utilization of accepted programs and routines is high. Errors in judgment will waste resources and adversely impact performance. Incumbent operates independently but work is verified. Content of work priorities are determined by supervision. The purpose of this position is to direct the overall operations of the Public Works Department. Successful performance helps ensure the effective and efficient provision of utility and public works services and affects the image of the city.

COMMUNICATIONS/CUSTOMER CONTACT

Contacts are typically with other city employees and the general public. Contacts are typically to exchange information, provide services, and resolve problems.

COMPETENCIES/SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE OR TRAINING PREFERRED:

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 the essential functions. Guidelines include city codes and personnel management regulations, and the Southern Building Code. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application.
Complexity: This position consists of a variety of tasks in planning, supervision and management. The need to project long-range revenues and expenses contributes to the complexity of the work.

Education and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in project management, engineering or management supplemented by five to ten years experience, Equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
• Fluent in Spanish language preferred but not required.

• Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type vehicle or equipment operated.

• Have an acceptable Motor Vehicle Record.

• Be able to take and pass a Drug and Alcohol Screening.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of relevant federal, state and local codes and regulations.

• Knowledge of accounting and budgeting principles and procedures.

• Knowledge of the materials, equipment, procedures and methods used in public works construction and maintenance activities.

• Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary to the operation of heavy trucks and equipment.

• Knowledge of geography and streets of the city.

• Knowledge of basic street construction techniques.

• Ability to organize and supervise the work of others.

• Ability to understand, interpret and carry out oral and written instructions.

• Ability to give clear verbal instructions to public works employees.

• Ability to understand and interpret simple diagrams and drawings of assigned projects.

• Ability to maintain records of daily work assignments and projects.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other city staff and the general public.

JOB CONDITIONS: (SEE EXAMPLES BELOW)

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate 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:

• The work is typically performed with the employee sitting at a desk with intermittent standing, walking, bending, crouching or stooping.

• The employee must occasionally lift light or heavy objects, climb ladders, use tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and be able to distinguish between shades of color.

• The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors while inspecting departmental work or building construction.

• The employee is exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, irritating chemicals, and occasional inclement weather.

• The work requires the use of protective devices such as gloves.