Director of Public Works

City of Big Spring | Big Spring, TX

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Posted Date 1/08/2019
is seeking applicants for the position of
The beginning annual salary is $93,000 - $110,000 DOE.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, along with the online application available at
A complete job description and benefits information are also available on the website.
Under the direction of the City Manager, this position is an advanced level supervisory position responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Public Works Department consisting of Water and Wastewater Treatment, Distribution and Collection, Street Maintenance, Sanitation, Landfill, Planning, and Code Enforcement. Duties involve recommending and administering policies and procedures, directing and coordinating department work plans, supervising department personnel, overseeing and participating in the development and administration of budgets, and interacting with other City employees and citizens.
Successful candidates for the position of Director of Public Works will possess, at a minimum, the following qualifications:
• A Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in water and sewer utility, with at least three (3) years in a management position. A Master’s degree may substitute for two (2) years of experience.
• Valid Texas Driver’s License (Class C) required with an acceptable driving record.
• Registration as a professional engineer in Texas and applicable Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality licensing is preferred.
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
• Plans, directs, manages and supervises the operation and maintenance of the Public Works Department including staffing, administration, and financial management.
• Establishes a planned program of short and long range maintenance and replacement to repair the City’s aging infrastructure.
• Confers with the City Manager on formulating the City’s Capital Improvement Program. Has authority over Capital Improvement projects that are funded and scheduled; oversees their successful completion, on time and within the budget.
• Acts as official departmental representative to other City departments, City Manager’s Office, elected officials, outside agencies, the general public and others; explains, justifies, and defends department programs, procedures and activities.
• Coordinates with the City Manager with regard to department recommendations, programs, and projects. Prepares weekly status reports for the City Council.
• Manages the strategic planning and progressive administration of Public Works programs and activities relating to design, maintenance and construction of streets and sidewalks.
• Reviews and comments on City ordinances and current/proposed areas of land development, infrastructure, and capital improvements; reviews planning and zoning submittals and provides recommendations to City Planner. Make presentations to the City Council as required.
• Advises and coordinates with other division heads and staff regarding various activities of the department.
• Ensures effective coordination and communication with neighborhood associations, the general public, media, consultants, public agencies and/or private sector representatives.
• Develops and implements short and long range strategies, objectives, procedures, and priorities; determines appropriate service and staffing levels; allocates resources accordingly.
• Develops the annual department budget; monitors expenditures under the established budget.
• Establishes and maintains standards for work performed for public buildings and facilities.
• Manages the physical assets of the City, estimates needed materials for the construction of Public Works projects and establishes project schedules.
• Ensures productivity, efficiency and quality of services of the Public Works Department.
• Develops and negotiates contracts between the City, consultants, contractors, private developers and
other governmental entities.
• Effectively directs the work of a wide range of consultants involved in various public and private development activities so as to ensure that the City’s objectives are achieved both from an economic and scheduling perspective.
• Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates staff; prepares performance evaluations, counsels, and interviews employees’ on the job performance, resolves informal complaints and grievances, and takes necessary disciplinary action in accordance with City policies.
• Oversees staff safety training and ensures compliance with established safety policies and procedures.
• Represents the Public Works department at monthly meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission,
Board of Adjustments and Appeals (BAA) and Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA).
• Coordinates public relations activities including consulting with the media regarding utility operations and public education opportunities.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.
• Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the administration of diversified public works activities; laws and regulations relating to departmental activities; administrative techniques with regard to public works, planning, and development; good knowledge of modern principles and practices of public administration.
• Skill in financial management, budget administration, capital planning, and public sector debt funded infrastructure projects.
• Knowledge in applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations pertaining to public works and solid waste functions.
• Ability to analyze, evaluate, and implement municipal public works and solid waste programs and projects.
• Ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local regulations is a critical component of the operational duties of the position.
• Demonstrated experience in a public water supply system using both ground and surface water and in
 soliciting, selecting, and managing professional design and planning projects is required.
• Knowledge and demonstrated experience in the technical aspects of design, construction, maintenance, repair, and operation of the physical assets of public facilities.
• Skill to effectively delegate authority and responsibility while maintaining appropriate levels of accountability and operational control.
• Demonstrated commitment to staff development and involvement with intentional focus on developing future leadership for the department and the City. This includes the ability to select, organize, and engage a highly productive and efficient staff. Experience in evaluating and training staff.
• An approachable, friendly, open and collaborative management style that encourages cooperation, communications and productivity within the department while maintaining appropriate levels of accountability and discipline. The ideal candidate must set high standards and achieve high performance and results from and with the department.
• Aptitude to anticipate and solve problems, identify alternative courses of action, prepare proactive recommendations; present, defend, and support those recommendations before the City Manager, City Council, advisory groups and citizens.
• Ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with departmental staff, fellow Departmental Directors and other City employees.
• Ability to collaborate, relate and communicate complex, technical issues effectively to a broad range of people both inside the organization and in the community.
This position is responsible for the full range of supervisory activities for department personnel including, but not limited to selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.
The City Manager assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.
Guidelines include City and department policies and procedures, relevant state and federal laws, Texas Department of Transportation regulations, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and accepted professional engineering practices. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. This position develops department guidelines.
The work consists of varied planning, administrative, managerial and technical duties. The need to explain relevant laws and defend department activities contributes to the complexity of the work.
The purpose of this position is to manage the overall operation of the Public Works Department. Successful performance in this position helps ensure the efficient and effective provision of public works services to the citizens of Big Spring.
Contacts are typically with elected officials, department personnel, other City employees, contractors,
engineers, law enforcement personnel, state and federal officials, municipal officials, and the general public.
Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, motivate personnel, resolve problems, provide services, and negotiate and settle matters.
The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table. The employee must occasionally use light objects, climb ladders, and distinguish between shades of color. May require working long hours during inclement weather events.
The work is typically performed in an office. The employee may be exposed to machinery with moving parts.
This position has direct supervision over Administrative Assistant (2), City Planner (1), Building Official/Code Enforcement Manager (1), Streets Superintendent (1), Utilities Manager (1), Parks Superintendent (1), Water/Wastewater Treatment Manager (1), and Golf Course Manager (1).
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This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to execute other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.
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