Assistant Public Works Director

City of Statesville | Statesville, NC

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Posted Date 3/23/2020

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Assists the Public Works Director in supervisory, administrative and professional engineering work activities of the Public Works Department; does related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is a highly professional and administrative position involving engineering work of substantially difficult caliber requiring thorough familiarity with engineering and surveying principles. This position plans, supervises, and coordinates the activities of the Engineering Division subject to the general supervision and concurrence of the Public Works Director and exercises supervision over division personnel responsible for the various activities within the framework of the City policies, standards, and specifications. This position may carry out the duties of the Public Works Director in his absence.


  • Performs engineering design work related to streets, storm drains, etc., related to any activity associated with the Public Works Department;
  • Assists with the administration and ongoing development of the City’s Phase II stormwater program in accordance with Federal/State guidelines;
  • Provides plan review and other technical support to the stormwater program;
  • Supervises and directs Engineering Division positions and activities, including construction inspection and surveying activities;
  • Works with consulting engineering firms regarding City projects including conducting research and preparing proposals;
  • Reviews proposed development plans for the compliance with City Ordinances and works with developers regarding such plans;
  • Reviews construction plans and meets with developers, architects and engineers to resolve problems concerning compliance with ordinances, regulations, and general construction issues;
  • Assists in the development of annual work programs for the repair, maintenance and construction of public infrastructures such as streets, sidewalks, water, sewer, and storm drainage;
  • Prepares plans and specifications for the resurfacing of streets, building of new roads, installation of new curbs and gutters, installation of new sidewalks, and installation and maintenance of bridges, culverts and storm drainage facilities;
  • Assists in the preparation of budgets, reviews current budgets to assure compliance with expenditures;
  • Reviews contractor’s payment requests to assure compliance with contractual work;
  • Investigates citizen complaints regarding storm drainage, street and sidewalk conditions, dead trees, etc.;
  • Assists the Public Works Director in the performance of routine or special activities;
  • Establishes criteria for design and construction of public works projects, evaluates existing or proposed standards and recommends revisions where needed;
  • Makes detailed engineering surveys, prepares design drawings and specifications for bidding of construction projects;
  • Directs preparation of Powell Bill records and reports;
  • Prepares engineering cost estimates and materials lists for construction projects;
  • Assists in the training programs to ensure employees are properly trained in safety methods and procedures and operation of various pieces of equipment;
  • Meets with groups of City, State, and/or Federal officials on matters which presently involve or may involve Public Works programs;
  • Assists the Public Utilities Director with engineering related issues involving the Water and Wastewater systems;
  • Coordinates projects with work of other City Departments, private and public agencies.

JOB RELATED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS: This position involves sedentary work requiring the employee to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and less force frequently to move objects. Physical activity related to this position may include stooping, kneeling, crouching, standing, walking, talking, and hearing. Sufficient visual acuity is required to prepare and analyze data and figures; do extensive reading; and use measurement devices and a computer terminal. An employee in this position will be exposed to indoor and outdoor environmental conditions including extreme heat and cold, and noise; exposed to hazards of doing field work in construction sites; exposed to fumes, odors, and dusts; exposures to confined spaces as defined by OSHA, and potential exposures to blood borne pathogens.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of professional civil engineering theory, principles and practices as it applies to the administration of diversified public works and municipal engineering activities; ability to understand and interpret design drawings, construction specifications and contracted documents; ability to plan, layout, direct and supervise public works activities/subordinates; ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Federal, State and local agencies, public utilities, business, City officials, employees and the general public; ability to use a survey level and transit; ability to use a PC based CADD system.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university; considerable experience in design and/or construction of Civil or Public Works projects with experience in a supervisory capacity; experience in the area of land surveying as it relates to Civil Engineering; any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a license to practice as a registered professional engineer in the State of North Carolina or Engineer-in-Training with ability to acquire the P.E. within 18 months preferred; possession of a license to practice land surveying desirable or extensive experience in land surveying; managerial training and experience in coordination of large projects highly desirable; experience in water, sewer, storm water regulations desirable; computer skills in the use of a CADD system and hydraulic/hydrologic modeling software desired.

This position is “exempt” (learned professional) and is not eligible for overtime pay.

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