Deputy Director - Public Works

Coconino County | Flagstaff, AZ

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Posted Date 12/04/2019

Salary: $89,340.00 - $131,329.00 Annually

Nature of Work

Public Works is one of the largest departments within Coconino County, home to about 115 employees who work across numerous divisions: Office of Director, Administrative Services, Engineering, Fleet Services, and Road Maintenance. Public Works also administers the Solid Waste Program and the Coconino County Flood Control District, including the Forest Restoration Initiative. While our work involves a broad breadth of public works expertise, we focus on building an engaged team that encourages learning and accountability as fundamental to our experience together. Most department decisions are made as a Collaborative Leadership Team, a team that regularly convenes and includes the Director, Deputy Director, County Engineer, the four Division Managers as well as the Forest Restoration Director.
The Deputy Director works closely with the Director and County Engineer to provide leadership and direction for this dynamic department. Specifically, the Deputy Director plays a critical role in developing strategic, thoughtful oversight to the key areas of Administrative Services, Fleet Services, Facilities Management, Solid Waste, Flood Control, as well as Safety & Training.
The ideal candidate is knowledgeable and experienced in the areas outlined here, and brings an energetic, uplifting attitude to our team. You are future oriented--constantly innovating for more effective solutions and identifying new opportunities for better serving our communities and customers. You are confident in your skills and eager to leverage your influence toward real impact for our communities and our team members.

Typical Duties

(Illustrative Only)

  • Assists the Director and County Engineer with the overall management of the department
  • Plans, organizes, implements, and evaluates departmental operations and strategic initiatives
  • Reviews records, evaluates operational data, and performs cost/benefit analysis
  • Oversees the establishment of appropriate benchmarks and metrics for the areas of responsibility within the department. Ensures achievement of those benchmarks and reports back on those metrics. Oversees the implementation of continuous quality improvement.
  • Hires, supervises, evaluates, and disciplines managerial, technical, administrative, and clerical staff who perform a range of functions
  • Provides oversight and supervises division and/or program managers in the following areas:
    • Administrative Services--financial planning, budgeting, fiscal operations
    • Fleet Services--automotive and heavy equipment maintenance, fleet management and mechanical services (which provides fleet services to the entire County organization and related programs)
    • Facilities Management--R&R & Capital Improvements planning & implementation
    • Solid Waste Program--operations, short & long-term planning
    • Safety & Training--operations, short & long-term planning
  • Ensures compliance with all laws, policies, and regulations governing departmental operations
  • Advises and assists with the preparation and administration of departmental budget. Provides fiscal oversight along with the Administrative Services Division Manager and supports management of several 10-year financial plans
  • Assists with implementing the County's Organizational Renewal and Diversity/ Equity/ Inclusion initiative at both the County and department levels.
  • Regularly represents the department with the media, other agencies, and the public
  • Maintains relationships and communicates regularly with community partners and the public about important and sensitive topics
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and, with support of the Director and County Engineer, consults with and/or provides presentations to the Board of Supervisors on public works activities/initiatives
  • Demonstrates discretion and professionalism when interacting with elected officials, County leadership, community members, partners, and colleagues
  • Serves on the department's Collaborative Leadership Team and the County's Elected Officials/Leadership Team
  • Is on-call Public Works Emergency Director on a rotation
  • Is prepared to respond to local emergencies as needed, per the Director, Emergency Manager, or County Manager's request.
  • Acts as the Director in that person's absence

Essential functions include: working with and around others; working with frequent interruptions; repetitive (hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder) motion for computer work; visual acuity (near and far) for computer work and working with applicants; color vision for working with computer screen; hearing and speech for ordinary and conversations and training; touch for computer work.


Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree in public administration and five years of progressively responsible work in public works or related field, including three years of supervision; OR, any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.

Must obtain an Arizona driver's license by date of hire and maintain it throughout employment; must satisfactorily complete drug and alcohol screen, criminal background check, and driver's license check. Final jo offer will be contingent upon a satisfactory 5-year Arizona Motor Vehicle Report.

This position is exempt from overtime.
This position is at-will.

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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public works and public administration
  • Principles and practices of personnel management, coaching, and supervision for a diverse workforce including entry-level and skilled trades workers, professionals, administrative and accounting staff
  • Laws, regulations, policies, and standards governing Public Works operations within Coconino County including fleet, solid waste, flood control, and transportation functions
  • Governmental budgetary and accounting practices
  • Financial and strategic budgeting and fiscal management, including long-range financial planning practices
  • Use of technology to enhance workflow
  • Principles and practices of transformational leadership and creating thriving work environments
  • Fleet operations
  • Solid waste operations
  • Principles and practices of excellent customer service, including communication and media relations

Working knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace
  • Currently utilized office equipment and software
  • Standard office management practices
  • Report preparation and records management
  • Inventory management practices
  • Governmental purchasing procedures, including bidding and contracting
  • Emergency response and recovery, specifically related to the role of Public Works in response and recover

Ability to:

  • Innovate and question the status quo
  • Work effectively with a diverse workforce
  • Address personnel issues through constructive and caring approaches
  • Contribute to a learning culture with a commitment to facilitating learning for others across the department
  • Conduct data analytics for effective decision-making/ evaluate cost benefit data
  • Schedule and coordinate complex operations
  • Determine operational needs and manage multiple programs
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public
  • Work safely and support the culture of workplace safety
  • Analyze complex administrative problems and recommend solutions
  • Develop and implement management decisions and policies
  • Effectively carry out difficult and complex assignments requiring considerable independent judgment and initiative with a minimum of supervision
  • Plan, initiate, and manage projects from beginning to end, with minimal direction
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

Veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.


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Local Government
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