Director of Public Works

City of Chesapeake | Chesapeake, VA

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Posted Date 3/12/2020

Salary: $125,000 - $150,000, depending on qualifications  

The Director or Public Works' primary role is to lead the City's Public Works Department, coordinate the development and maintenance of the city's infrastructure, ensure outstanding customer service, help to coordinate our environmental sustainability and resiliency initiatives, and serve as a member of the City Manager's senior leadership team.

The ideal candidate will possess senior-level leadership experience and demonstrate sound decision-making, strong business acumen, dedication to process improvement, and outstanding customer service skills.

The primary responsibilities of the position include:

• Manages staff (460 FTEs) including establishing staffing standards, organizing, selecting or approving selection, training and providing for technical or professional growth.

• Develops and executes a department budget of over $100 million. Plans and collates City's Capital Plan of over $500 million and oversees expenditures.

• Directs administrative matters such as conducting special studies, managing correspondence and records, preparing routine or special reports, and other administrative duties.

• Develops goals, objectives, policy and procedures for City public works activities and programs in consultation with regulatory agencies, elected or appointed officials, senior management, department heads, and department staff.

• Articulates policies and procedures to all department levels and evaluates to ensure compliance and identify deficiencies.

• Monitors and researches trends, new methodology and technology, laws, rules, and City policy to develop and enhance City public works processes and activities and plan for future expansion to meet growth needs.

• Directs public works activities including Public Works First Responder capabilities, contingency planning, storm response and recovery, safety, and other activities, processes, or programs.

• Advises and consults with elected and appointed officials, commissions, federal or State regulatory agencies, department heads, staff agencies, developers, civic or private groups, individuals, and others on problems, strategies, policies, and procedures related to public utility services.

• Represents the City on regional and local boards or committees and at meetings concerning public utilities related issues; makes presentations to elected or appointed officials, department heads and staff, and other public or private agencies or groups on significant public utility issues or programs.

Directs Public Works activities including:

• Engineering Design and Construction
• Surveying and Right of Way Management
• Environmental Permitting Compliance and Inspection
• Streets and Bridges
• Stormwater and Drainage
• Facility Maintenance and Construction (100 buildings)
• Waste Collection and Recycling (68,000 households)
• Chesapeake Transportation System (Toll Facilities)
• Accounting and Resource Management

Job Category
Local Government
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