Director of Public Works

City of Bonner Springs | Bonner Springs, KS

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Posted Date 11/12/2018

Provides leadership, fiscal management, and direction to the Department of Public Works. The Director is responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the City’s transportation infrastructure, water production and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment facilities, storm water infrastructure, waste management, building maintenance, and cemetery. The Director will coordinate assigned activities with the public, other City departments, and outside agencies.



  • Exhibits behavior consistent with mission, vision, and strategic direction of the City of Bonner Springs.
  • Develops and supports long and short-term direction of the department through progressive strategic planning and departmental goal setting that is responsive to the needs of the community.
  • Provides teaching, mentoring, and motivation to other employees within the organization through the sharing of knowledge, skills, and information; is proactive in performing and improving his/her work and suggests and participates in projects and activities to improve the function of the Department and entire organization.
  • Demonstrates emotional intelligence in day-to-day work, decision making, and problem solving.
  • Oversees, initiates, and suggests actions to improve departmental and City operations, employee performance, morale, and work methods.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to provide and require excellent customer service through cooperative team and individual efforts.


  • Provides suggestions, advice, and support to City Manager, other City employees, employee teams, and the City’s customers.
  • Communicates the City’s mission, vision, and strategic direction through words and actions.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with the City Manager, City employees, employee teams, and the City’s customers.
  • Works cooperatively with all City employees toward common goal of providing high-quality services.
  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal and human relationship skills


  • Participate in development and mentoring of staff to achieve a cohesive work unit consistent with City’s mission, vision, and strategic direction.
  • Accountable for the delivery of quality services and work product as a part of the overall departmental and City-wide strategic direction, goals, and objectives.
  • Contributes to a superior work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop leadership, management, and technical skills in all employees.
  • Effectively manages multiple assignments and priorities to ensure the fulfillment of projects, tasks, and responsibilities.
  • Oversees submittal, development, and preparation of, and adherence to, operational and capital budgets and exhibits good stewardship of the organization’s resources.
  • Suggests and carries out procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety, and risk avoidance.
  • Obey and comply with all City ordinances and policies.


  • Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level supervisory and managerial personnel, the Department of Public Works work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibili­ty; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Serve as one of the City’s resources for technical engineering expertise.
  • Develops department policies to ensure compliance with city, state, and federal regulation.
  • Represents City on boards regarding special interests relating to Public Works and municipal utility operations.
  • Coordinates, reviews and approves the work of the City’s contract City Engineer and a wide variety of independent service providers, including traffic engineers, public works maintenance and construction contractors, public utilities maintenance and construction contractors; landscape architects and landscaping contractors, tree maintenance contractors and others.
  • Monitors developments related to public works and utilities matters, evaluates their impact on City operations, and implements policy and procedure improvements.
  • Represents the City in negotiations with other agencies, utilities, groups and individuals on a wide variety of issues pertaining to public works and public utilities.
  • Develops and/or oversees specifications and bid documents for a variety of public works and public utilities-related designs, construction and maintenance projects; recommends contract awards, negotiates contract provisions and coordinates, reviews and approves contractor’s performance.
  • Reviews and advises on development plans and permits for work in City rights-of-way.
  • Advises the City Council, City Manager, citizen groups, individuals, contractors and others on departmental issues; assembles necessary resources to solve a broad range of programmatic and service delivery problems in the delivery of public works and utilities services; assists in the preparation of new City ordinances and the revision of existing ordinances.
  • Assist other departments and perform other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.
  • Service on the Development Review Team.

Experience: Eight years of progressively responsible civil engineering and public works or utilities experience, at least four of which were at a management and supervisory level.

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Civil Engineering, or related field is required. Experience may be considered as substitute for degree.

License/Certification: The employee must have a valid Kansas driver’s license.

National Incident Management System Training: IS700, ICS100, ICS200, ICS300, ICS400, NRP800.

Technical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the theory, principles, practices and techniques of public works, traffic engineering, municipal water and sewers engineering, and public works and utilities maintenance functions; applicable federal, state and local law, codes and regulations governing the administration of public works and public utilities functions and activities; principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and the maintenance of public records; organization and functions of an elected City Council; the City’s personnel rules and policies; principles and practices of management and supervision.

Ability to plan, direct and integrate broad, comprehensive public works and utilities programs and activities; analyze complex engineering and maintenance issues and problems, evaluate alternative solutions and develop sound conclusions, recommendations and courses of action; present proposals and recommendations clearly and logically in public meetings; understand, interpret, explain and apply local, state and federal law and regulations governing public works and utilities services; evaluate management practices and adopt effective courses of action; develop clear, concise and comprehensive technical reports, correspondence and other written materials; exercise sound, expert independent judgment within general policy guidelines; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Council, officials, other governmental and regulatory officials, staff, private and community organizations, developers, contractors and others encountered in the course of work.

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Local Government
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