Operations Manager

City of Lakewood | Lakewood, CO

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Posted Date 9/16/2022

Under a high degree of autonomy, manages and leads the Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works, which includes the service areas of Street Resurfacing, Street Maintenance, Street Cleaning, Stormwater Utility Maintenance, Snow and Ice Control and maintenance of the city’s water/sewer system, which serves a portion of the Lakewood population. The Infrastructure Operations Engineer also directs the activities of engineering consultants and contractors performing work on maintenance projects, and provides engineering expertise to plan and construct a wide variety of maintenance projects.

Salary and Benefits: $103,625.60 - $142,521.60 Annually. Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Pension, Sick Leave, Vacation, Holidays

Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities
Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City’s discretion. Employees must be able to perform the essential duties of this job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Manage activities of the Maintenance Division to ensure the city’s street, drainage, water and sewer infrastructure are properly maintained.
Coordinate and act as liaison with other agencies, departments, divisions, citizens and council members to develop strong teamwork and good communication. Apply for grants from federal and state resources.
Manage division staff including providing positive leadership, clear direction, regular feedback, training and open communication channels.
Manage work of consultants, vendors and contractors retained to provide engineering services for large maintenance projects, such as storm water, water and sewer and utilities.
Act as engineer in charge of planning and directing maintenance projects of varying complexity to be completed by both in-house and contracted forces.
Manage and purchase construction materials and equipment.
Determine schedules, policies and priorities for maintenance of the city’s public works facilities.
Prepare and administer the Maintenance Division budget.
Make recommendations regarding budget, staffing levels, departmental procedures, disciplinary actions, etc., to the Department Director.
Complete special engineering and other projects as assigned by the Department Director, including complex special engineering projects with wide-range impact.
Act as Emergency Manager for the Department, coordinate with and support the City’s Emergency Management Program.
Requires regular and prompt attendance.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Reporting Relationships
Supervision Received: General supervision by the Director of Public Works
Supervision Exercised: Directly responsible for Division Supervisors, Technicians and Clerical Staff

Essential Qualifications
Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or acceptable related engineering field.
A record of continuous professional development preferred.
Experience: Five or more years progressively responsible experience in design, construction and maintenance practices required.
Five or more years supervisory experience required.

Certification/Licenses/Specialized Training
Colorado Professional Engineer registration preferred.
Valid driver’s license and good driving record is required.
KSA's and Physical/Mental Reqs
Ability to make sound decisions under general direction from the Director of Public Works.
Ability to make sound decisions regarding policies, procedures, contracting, work priorities, etc., for the Maintenance Division.
Ability to supervise, manage and administer a large-scale operation and a wide range of people performing maintenance, technical work, engineering and construction of a broad range of maintenance projects.
Ability to interact with others in a positive manner.
Ability to communicate with and present information to citizen groups on complex projects.
Ability to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
Knowledge of construction and maintenance techniques sufficient to achieve recognized standing in the field of infrastructure maintenance and operations.
Ability to plan and direct major engineering projects of a complex nature.
Ability to regularly make independent decisions on engineering problems and methods.
Ability to work as a team player and to cultivate teamwork among others.
Ability to demonstrate a professional demeanor including strong interpersonal skills.
Ability to demonstrate strong leadership skills that positively influence staff.
Proficiency in use of a personal computer for technical and managerial tasks.
Ability to think and make effective decisions quickly in emergency and non-emergency situations.
Ability and motivation to create an inclusive, respectful and equitable work environment.


Lifting and Carrying
May lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds when working in the field. Items moved may include sandbags, debris, asphalt, etc.
Body Positions
Moves around Maintenance Division offices and field locations frequently. Occasional fieldwork requires squatting, reaching, bending, shoveling and moving about construction sites, gulches, streets, etc.
Must be able to respond to the phone and audible signals from equipment.
Must be able to read handwriting, enter data into computer, etc.


Must have all computational skills for engineering design, review and budget work.
Must remember past approaches to ensure consistency and must remember policy and technical procedures for frequent application.
Language Ability
Must be able to read and interpret engineering terms and drawings, to write with appropriate format and grammar on memos, letters and reports, and speak and listen to communicate with engineers, contractors, maintenance personnel, secretaries, individual citizens and groups, etc.
Must make decisions using judgment to ensure balance is achieved between regulations, common sense, public and private interests.

Work is performed with general independence under the guidelines of the Director of Public Works.
Flexibility is present to organize and plan work activities for staff within the Division.
Majority of work is in the office with the remainder being in the field related to maintenance activities.
Work includes frequent interruptions as well as working with people who may be angry, frustrated or upset.

Personal Computer
Personal and City-owned vehicle

Close: 09/28/22

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

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