Public Works Director

City of Merriam | Merriam, KS

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Posted Date 3/06/2023

Salary: $123,323 - $141,814 yearly

The City of Merriam is seeking a Public Works Director. The qualified applicant will be responsible for performing complex supervisory, administrative and professional work in planning, organizing, directing, and supervising the Public Works Department, including storm sewer, snow removal and de-icing, fleet management, traffic control, street lights, park and building maintenance, forestry and other public works projects and programs. Recommends and administers Capital Improvement programs and projects. The city will initiate the applicant review process at the beginning of April.

Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Supervises division managers and department support staff, either directly or through subordinates.
Oversees work procedures, preparation of work schedules and work flow.
Issues written and oral instructions.
Studies and standardizes department policies and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances.
Prepares composite reports from individual reports of subordinates.
Resolves errors and complaints.
Prepares and documents budget requests; administers adopted budget in assigned area of responsibility utilizing the City’s financial/accounting software.
Plans, organizes, coordinates, supervises and evaluates programs, plans, services, staffing, equipment and infrastructure of the Public Works Department.
Evaluates public works needs and formulates short- and long-range plans to meet needs in all areas of responsibility, including transportation, street, drainage, street lights, forestry, building, fleet management and park maintenance.
Oversees the development or update of the City’s 5-year Capital Improvement Program and other plans involving the municipal infrastructure.
Oversees the selection of design professionals for public projects, monitors design contracts, reviews preliminary design plans and construction contract documents. Coordinates the issuance of invitations to bid, bid openings, and construction contract awards.
Supervises the construction inspector and administers construction project contracts, schedules change orders and monitors corresponding budgets.
Prepares grant applications or other intergovernmental funding programs (such as CARS, SMAC, STP and FEMA). Manages grants, assures grant requirement compliance, monitors wage compliance and other grant related requirements.
Oversight of local utility companies for adjustments and relocations of services and faculties due to construction.
Oversees project management for the construction of the municipal public works projects. Oversees assigned projects to ensure contractor compliance with time and budget parameters for the project.
Oversees the maintenance of infrastructure and other records.
Responds to public or other inquiries relative to department policies and procedures. Evaluates issues and options regarding municipal public works and makes recommendations.
Maintains regular contact with consulting engineers, construction project engineers, City, County, State and Federal agencies, professional and technical groups, and the general public regarding division activities and services.
May assist in the training of City personnel in public works systems and/or techniques.
Monitors inter-governmental actions affecting public works.
Other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.


Graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university with a degree in business, public administration, civil engineering, or closely related field.
At least 5 years of progressively responsible public works experience.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.


Considerable knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices, and methods as applicable to a municipal setting.
Thorough knowledge of applicable city policies, laws, regulations affective department activities.
Ability to effectively operate modern office equipment; motor vehicle; and radio.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, city officials, and the general public.
Ability to conduct necessary research and compile comprehensive reports.

Merriam is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Merriam believes there is strength in diversity, where in our vibrant community, every voice matters. Though small in size, we are big at heart.

We welcome employees from every background. We’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace like the community we serve. We embrace teamwork, and empower every employee to grow and shine. We cultivate our strengths to build a community where we are all proud to belong. That’s what makes Merriam Just Right.

If you share our values and enthusiasm for building an inclusive workplace – please apply.

If reasonable accommodation is necessary to apply contact Stephanie Thompson:

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Local Government
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