Public Works Director

City of Sandersville | Sandersville, GA

Posted Date 6/04/2024

Salary:  $58,752 - $82,268

The City of Sandersville, Georgia seeks applicants for the position of Public Works Director. Sandersville is located in middle Georgia, centrally located between Macon and Augusta, and Atlanta and Savannah. It is the county seat of Washington County with a population in excess of 5,000. The city strives for a smalltown atmosphere with a focus on continuous improvement.

We seek candidates who are flexible, well-organized, creative, inquisitive, resourceful, detail-oriented, ethical, and collaborative. The ability to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks in a dynamic environment while maintaining quality work products is essential for success in this position. The Candidate will have experience planning, directing, and supervising personnel, ensuring the timely and efficient completion of projects, and the completion of the annual budget for the Department.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree in a course of study or related field. Significant directly related work experience beyond the minimum requirement may be accepted in lieu of degree. At least five years of related technical experience, including three years of supervisory experience, is required. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid CDL issued by the State of Georgia is required.

A detailed job description can be found online at /employment-opportunities

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least five work-related references to Kandice Hartley at . Application materials must be received by June 19th at 5 p.m.

The City of Sandersville is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer

 Job Description:

This position is responsible for directing public works operations for the City of Sandersville.


 Oversees and manages the street construction, street maintenance, cemetery, vehicle maintenance operations, sanitation, and leaf and limb services.

  • Works with the City Manager to develop and implement short- and long-term public works plans and initiatives.  Keeps the City manager informed of all Public Works activities and challenges.
  • Develops cost estimates, report data, and drawings in support of public works projects.
  • Attends meetings of the City Council; prepares agenda items for consideration.
  • Meets with a variety of professionals in the field, including engineers, surveyors, attorneys, and representatives of professional organizations.
  • Operates AutoCad design software to review and revise drawings; creates new drawings as needed.
  • Prepares bid proposals, bid packets, requests for bids, requests for proposals, and requests for qualifications.
  • Manages projects; approves pay estimates; reviews change orders; validates quantities; consults with engineers and project supervisors.
  • Develops public works budget proposals; manages approved funding.
  • Hires, trains, assigns, directs, supervises, evaluates, and disciplines assigned personnel.
  • Handles complaints from the public as received by phone, email, or in-person.
  • Foster and enhance respectable relationships with the public.
  • Plans and oversees the installation of new sidewalks, roadways, parks, etc.
  • Performs related duties.


  • Knowledge of management concepts and principles.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering principles.
  • Knowledge of public works administration practices.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and accounting principles.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules and regulations related to the management and operation of the water and wastewater system.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices, including work planning, safety, and employee evaluation principles.
  • Skill in researching complex issues and forming appropriate opinions.
  • Skill in preparing reports and communicating information clearly and effectively.
  • Skill in formulating and understanding technical designs and in comprehending technical projects.
  • Skill in managing and prioritizing multiple projects.


 The City Manager assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.


 Guidelines include relevant state and federal laws, city ordinances, city policies and procedures, state and federal safety regulations, and departmental rules and regulations.  These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.  This position develops departmental guidelines.


 The work consists of varied administrative, supervisory, and public works management duties. The variety of tasks to be managed contributes to the complexity of the work.

  • The purpose of this position is to supervise the operation of the Public Works Department.  Successful performance helps ensure the effective and efficient operation of the department and affects the quality of life for city residents.


  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, vendors, suppliers, contractors, engineers, other public works professionals, state and local government officials, and the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to exchange information, motivate personnel, negotiate matters, resolve problems, and provide services.


  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping.  The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and distinguishes between shades of color.
  • The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee is exposed to noise.


This position has final responsibility and authority for the work performed by more than one major area, department, or unit. The position is typically responsible for monitoring overall organizational operations, developing or approving recommendations on major policy issues for all departments, and representing the organization with elected officials and the public.


  • Baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field is required.  Significant directly related work experience beyond the minimum requirement may be accepted in lieu of degree.
  • At least five years of related technical experience, including three years of supervisory experience, is required.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid CDL issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.


Job Category
Local Government
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