Public Works & Utilities Director Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the administrative direction of the City Manager.  Reports to the City Manager through the Deputy City Manager. Performs highly responsible managerial and administrative work in directing the short and long range plans and programs of the City's public works and water and wastewater systems.  Work involves ensuring that the work programs and budgets of the various divisions are coordinated to achieve their respective objectives.  Work is performed with considerable professional and managerial independence within general policy guidelines.  Work is evaluated for the successful accomplishment of both short and long range objectives, and for the efficient operation and maintenance of the system.  Performs other work as required.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Plans, directs, and coordinates the activities of the Water and Wastewater Utility  that includes the Utilities Operations, Water Production,  Water Reclamation,  and Environmental Community Outreach Divisions.

Plans, directs, and coordinates the activities of the Streets Management Division.

Plans, directs, and coordinates the activities of the Facilities Maintenance Division.

Plans, directs, and coordinates the activities of the Fleet Management Division.

Maintains liaison with appropriate County, State, and Federal agencies regarding the City's water and wastewater utility.

Establishes standards, plans, schedules, and procedures for expanding, operating, and maintaining the City's utility system.

Assesses the need for consultant services and recommends accordingly; represents the City's interests in overseeing and evaluating consultant recommendations.

Appraises adequacy of facilities and develops plans and priorities for modification and extensions; evaluates soundness and efficiency of operations; supervises the installation of improvements; and develops work programs and budgetary estimates.

Recruits, selects and supervises upper management employees within the Division as well as presiding over and participating in personnel matters within the Department.

Attends special meetings and prepares Divisional reports.

Responds to questions and complaints from utility customers and the general public.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A.    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in Business, Public Administration, or Civil Engineering;  and  a minimum of seven years municipal or county public work and utilities operation and maintenance experience at the management level; or an equivalent combination of training, education, and experience.   

B.    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of the principles, practices, equipment and facilities in the operation of municipal public works and utility systems.

Knowledge of principles and standards in the engineering disciplines related to municipal water supply and distribution; wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal; and, road and drainage systems.

Knowledge of the construction methods and the maintenance of public infrastructure systems.

Knowledge of regulatory and permitting issues associated with public water and wastewater systems.  

Knowledge of modern management practices and methods and the ability   to handle personnel issues for general employees and employees in a bargaining unit.  

Skill in the use of various office equipment such as a personal computer and various applications programs, two-way radio, copy machine, and calculator.

Skill in directing the activities of the water and utility.

Ability to plan, organize, direct and appraise the work of a relatively large staff of professional, technically skilled, and semi skilled personnel.

Ability to deal effectively with utility customers regarding service and rate difficulties or special requirements.

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department directors, municipal employees, regulatory agencies, and with the general public.

C.    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to speak on and operate a telephone for extended periods of time.

Ability to operate a City vehicle.

Ability to read and write the English language for extended periods of time.

Ability to hear and interpret conversations in the English language of a technical nature.

Ability to climb up and down stairs and ladders.

Ability to sit for extended periods of time not to exceed 8 hours in one day.

Ability to identify standard symbols and markings on construction plans.

Ability to work in inclement weather, unpleasant conditions, excessive noise and around various chemicals.

Ability to work for extended periods of time without sleep.

Ability to walk, stand, and work on unstable soil.

Ability to walk for extended distances not to exceed 300 yds.

Ability to grasp objects that are considered difficult to hold.

Ability to deal with mental demands such as deadlines, personnel matters, and work emergencies.



THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS, OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION.  WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD, OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY.  THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision Date - 7/29/2009