Streets and Grounds Manager - Kirkland

City of Kirkland | Kirkland, WA

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Posted Date 4/28/2022

Salary: $100,373.52 - $130,964.67 Annually

The Streets and Grounds Manager is responsible for providing leadership and managing the maintenance of the City’s infrastructure system, including streets, sidewalks, curbs/gutters, ADA ramps, street trees, medians, and trails, as well as snow and ice removal programs, policies, practices, and employees of the Streets and Grounds Division. The position performs a substantial amount of management, administrative, and supervisory duties in the direction, evaluation, and daily operations of the Streets and Grounds Division within Public Works. The position has responsibility for personnel management, financial administration, long-range strategic planning, employee development, and implementation of complex operational procedures.

Principal Accountabilities

This position is responsible for maintaining and operating components of the City’s infrastructure including: streets, sidewalks, trails, medians, street trees, and grounds assets. Responsible for implementation of short and long-term projects and programs designed to assure the most cost-effective and efficient approach to the continuous quality operation and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure. This position possesses decision-making authority to:

  • Attract, retain, and motivate a professional and competent staff.
  • Adhere to budget guidelines and manage Division’s biennial budget.
  • Resolve, both internal and external, customer inquiries, concerns, and complaints in a timely and professional manner.
  • Coordinate Division’s activities with other Public Works divisions and other City departments.
  • Manage established levels of service for streets/roadways, sidewalks, paving, snow/ice control, street sweeping, parking facilities, street trees, roadside grounds, and medians (public), path/trails, gateways, triangles, landscaping of City owned buildings including fire stations, and City banners and flags.
  • Manage Maintenance Center yard operations.

Essential Functions

  • Plans, organizes, and implements comprehensive preventative maintenance and repair programs for streets maintenance.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive work/maintenance plan assigned for street operations and grounds maintenance, including some surface water assets/facilities.
  • Leads, hires, trains, evaluates, coaches, mentors, and disciplines.
  • Fosters a positive and supportive work environment; promotes an equitable workplace that demonstrates an environment respectful of working in a multicultural society.
  • Manages 24-hour snow and ice removal operations including responding to and overseeing emergency operational needs including work outside of normal work hours or weekends.
  • Prepares and administers the Division’s annual operating budgets, including planning operational expenditures, identifying service enhancement packages, monitoring ongoing fiscal activities, and forecasting the impact of resource changes on the Division and department operations.
  • Develops Divisional workflow procedures and implements improvements and practices using collected and analyzed asset management, work order system, and customer service request data.
  • Collaborates with Department managers, supervisors, leads and senior level staff throughout the City in goal and policy development assuring alignment with the Division’s mission, goals, and work plan priorities.
  • Develops and implements Divisional goals and work plan in coordination with the other Public Works division managers.
  • Represents the Division at Department and interdepartmental planning meetings.
  • Interprets and enforces collective bargaining agreements covering unionized employees.
  • Directs planning and project plan review process for the Division.
  • Provides departmental management support, including serving as “Acting Superintendent”; actively participates on the Department’s Management Team.
  • Provides input, feedback, and recommendations to the Public Works Superintendent and Director with regard to Department policies and procedures.
  • Develops specifications and criteria, prepares, and authorizes requisitions for the procurement of maintenance service contracts, equipment, tools, and supplies.
  • Prepares reports, memorandums, and presentation materials in response to residents, Council inquiries, and others as needed.
  • Develops bid specifications for Request for Proposals (RFPs) or scope of work for Request for Qualifications (RFQs); negotiates and administers contracts for consultants and contractors.
  • Actively participates in citywide emergency management preparation, planning, and response for the City.
  • Investigates, researches, documents, and develops responses for claims for damages for street, sidewalk, tree issues.
  • Provide public information to the media, neighborhood associations, and other groups or individuals requesting information regarding City/Departmental/Division activities.
  • Participates in county-wide, regional, or state task forces or committees.
  • Responsible for updates to the Division’s elements of the Public Works Department Pre-Approved Plans.
  • Coordinates street and grounds activities with other city, district, county, regional and State agencies and organizations.
  • Performs special assignments as directed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and plans.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of construction methods and engineering practices.
  • Advanced organizational skills to effectively manage multiple priorities.
  • Advanced analytical, public relations, and communication skills (both verbal and written) to comprehend, interpret, and explain rules, regulations, legal requirements and policies.
  • Ability to apply customer service de-escalation techniques with residents and businesses and to resolve difficult and challenging situations.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills to build and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external customers and contacts.
  • Ability to remain flexible to changing priorities.
  • Advanced negotiation skills and contract administration skills.
  • PC proficiency including word processing, spreadsheet, database, visual presentation, communication software, maintenance management and/or work order systems, and other specialty software used by Public Works.
  • Working knowledge of construction equipment and machinery operations of all applicable City equipment.
  • Working knowledge of Street field maintenance activities.
  • Working knowledge of Grounds field maintenance activities.
  • Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • AA Degree in construction, engineering, project/construction management, or related field, plus 10 years of experience in construction, street maintenance, utility operations, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5 years of responsible supervisory experience.
  • Prior experience in a municipality or public works department is desired.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License, valid First Aid and CPR certification (or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire date).

Working Conditions

Work is primarily conducted in a typical office environment. Incumbent is frequently required to sit for extended periods of time. Incumbent is occasionally required to conduct site visits, which may include climbing ladders to enter confined spaces, using manhole steps or access ports to inspect facilities or resolve problems. Site visits frequently include travel in the field to view problem sites, which may expose the incumbent to high decibel levels from operating equipment, hazardous conditions, rugged terrain, chemicals, electrical shock, and/or outside weather conditions.

Selection Process

Position requires a resume and cover letter (letter of interest) for consideration of application. Please note how you meet minimum qualifications within the cover letter. Applicants who are selected for next steps in the hiring process will be invited by phone or email. Job open until filled with first review of applicants by 15th day of initial posting.

Vaccination requirement

Effective November 8, 2021, all new hires to the City will be required as a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start date

Close: May 19, 2022

Job Category
Local Government
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