Street Maintenance Supervisor

City of Tacoma | Tacoma, WA

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Posted Date 3/19/2024

The City of Tacoma, Public Works Department, is recruiting for the position of Street Maintenance Supervisor.


The Street Maintenance Supervisor plans and supervises the day-to-day activities of large crews or specific work programs in the construction, maintenance, and repair of roads, bridges, and other facilities for the City of Tacoma. They are responsible for responding to citizen requests for service; leading, coaching, and training employees; and assigning and inspecting the work of field crews.

Street Maintenance Supervisor's work in the Street Operations Division, where they pride themselves on being both a reactive and a proactive division and they strive to continually improve service to their customers. This goal is reflected in their Mission Statement.

"To be proactive in our approach to maintaining City rights-of-way and respond to the needs of both internal and external customers at the highest level possible."

This recruitment will be used to establish a Civil Service Eligible List that will be used to fill Street Maintenance Supervisor positions as they occur for a period of one year.

Essential Duties:

Direct the work of personnel involved in the maintenance of city streets, rights-of-way, landscaped areas, and special projects. Organize, assign, and inspect the work of streets and grounds maintenance personnel. Generate, prioritize, and dispatch crews.
Provide input and understand City, department and division goals and budgets.
Receive, investigate, resolve, and respond to customer requests, concerns, or complaints.
Direct and participate in maintaining records including time, material and equipment use records. Requisition supplies and materials; participate in the purchase of equipment.
Interview, evaluate and make hiring decisions. Participate in the probationary and disciplinary process and help with handling Union grievances.
Instruct subordinates concerning proper methods of work performance and safety standards.
Provide information and service. Support and maintain contact with various City departments, contractors, vendors, agencies, and the public.
Prepare effective reports and maintain records.
Participate in continuing education and certification classes and training programs.
Ensure compliance with regulations, contracts, and rules such as the Endangered Species Act and Environmental Protection Agency.
Handle emergency situations according to City standards and policies.
Assist crews as necessary.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Office environment: drives to work sites to observe and monitor work. Encounters traffic and construction hazards, fumes, dust, and inclement weather. Rotating on-call status to respond to emergency situations.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
An equivalent combination of education, training or experience which provides the background required to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the essential duties listed above, including five (5) years of increasingly-responsible experience in street maintenance, which includes two (2) years of experience providing work direction to others in a lead capacity.

Valid Washington State driver's license with maintenance thereafter.
A flagger's card, and First Aid and CPR certificate with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills
Knowledge of principles and practices of administration, organization, and personnel management
Knowledge of materials, methods, and techniques commonly used in construction, maintenance, and repair activities as related to the area of specialization
Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety precautions of the work
Knowledge of standard purchasing procedures
Effectively persuade, inform, educate, train, solicit information, motivate, and direct a wide variety of individuals or groups
Communicate effectively verbally and in writing with a diverse work force
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the public
Assist with the development and implement program budgets
Observe and communicate applicable laws, codes, regulations, collective bargaining agreements, policies, and procedures
Prioritize, assign, and inspect field crew's work
Interpret and work from plans and blueprints
Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine a proper course of action; use appropriate independent judgment to make decisions of a technical, management, and/or administrative nature in support of Department/City goals and objectives
Observe legal and defensive driving practices
Plan and organize work to meet program schedules and timelines
Skill in the use of personal computers and software applications
Organize and facilitate meetings
Selection Process & Supplemental Information
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To be considered for this career opportunity:
Please apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. Individuals must meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the examination process.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference points, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

Examination Process:
This is a competitive selection process. The test to establish the Eligible List will be a two-tiered process. Per Tacoma Municipal Code 1.24.510/Minimum Grades on each Section, a candidate must pass each examination to progress in the hiring process. Candidates who fail either examination will fail the entire testing process.

Test #1) Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to Supplemental Questions # 8-11 reviewed and scored by a panel of subject matter experts, as the Experience and Training Test. This test will be weighted at forty percent (40%) of the total score. Candidates must pass the Experience and Training test with a minimum score of seventy percent (70%) to advance to the Oral Examination. Please note: It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers, including your roles in the position and key activities. DO NOT respond with see resume in lieu of answering these questions; this will result in a failing score.

Test #2) The oral board examination will consist of a panel interview and represent sixty percent (60%) of the total score. During the oral examination, candidates will respond to questions from the panel and their responses will be rated.

Candidates will receive notifications concerning their score at each step of the process.

Those who pass both the Experience and Training test and Oral Examination with a combined minimum score of seventy percent (70%) or higher will be placed on an Eligible List for hiring consideration for a period of one year. Any vacancy that comes up within the one-year period will draw from candidates on the Eligible List for potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.

Applicants who pass the test will be placed on an Eligible List for potential interview and hiring consideration.

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to passing a background check and may include a pre-employment medical exam and drug screen.

This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local Union 17 PTE.

New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period to attain permanent status in this position; promotional employees must successfully complete a six-month probation period to attain permanent status.

The City of Tacoma:
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world.
Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, and our schools are exceptional.

When you work for the City of Tacoma, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. For your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, please call Human Resources at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.

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