Director of Public Works

City of San Luis | San Luis, AZ

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Posted Date 3/08/2020


PAY RANGE: $46.93 - $54.00
(Negotiable Depending on Qualifications)

Closing Date: Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Eligibility list will be maintained for up to six months.


Under administrative direction,  plans, organizes, directs and reviews the functions of the Public Works Department including but not limited to: potable water treatment and distribution, water and wastewater collection and treatment, solid waste collection and disposal, street installation, maintenance and repair, fleet services, subdivision/plat reviews, capital project construction, and construction inspection;  provides leadership to the department and the City organization;  coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.

Examples of Duties

The duties listed below represent the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Develops, plans, and implements Department goals and objectives; develops and implements long and short-term strategic plans; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provides staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Directs, oversees, and participates in the development of the Department's annual work plan; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Supervises and participates in the development and administration of the Department budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates personnel; provides a high level of leadership; provides or coordinates staff training; conducts performance evaluations; implements discipline procedures; maintains discipline and high standards as necessary for efficient and professional operations of the Department.
  • Represents the Department to outside groups and organizations; participates in outside community and professional groups and committees; provides technical assistance as necessary.
  • Researches and prepares technical and administrative reports and studies; prepares written correspondence as necessary.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates all operations relating to potable water treatment and distribution, water and wastewater collection and treatment, solid waste collection and disposal, street installation, maintenance and repair, fleet services, capital project construction, and construction inspection.
  • Participate in the development of the City's capital improvement program.
  • Advises on problems related to the operation, construction, and maintenance of City water and wastewater systems.
  • Review plans, engineering reports, and budget estimates prepared by subordinates, outside consultants and other City departments.
  • Coordinates with developers/stakeholders in the review and critique of subdivision design and plat submittals for final plat recording.
  • Evaluate, recommend, and administer professional consultants and contracts.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  •  Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration, and human resource management.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Technical principles of civil engineering, mathematics and physics.
  • Duties, powers, authorities and limitations of a City Engineer.
  • Relevant Federal/State/County/City codes, laws, and regulations related to construction, water/ wastewater treatment, and solid waste disposal.
  • Principles and practices of project planning, management, and evaluation.
  • Techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources.
  • Environmentally responsible and resource-efficient public works maintenance techniques.
  • Principles and practices of managing municipal infrastructure development and maintenance.

Ability to:

  •  Plan, direct, and control the administration and operations of the Department.
  • Prepare and administer department budgets.
  • Develop and implement department policies and procedures.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with City employees, officials, and representatives from other local, state and Federal agencies.
  • Assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, local, and department policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Interpret and apply technical standards and procedures, Federal and state rules and regulations, and City policies and procedures governing civil engineering functions.
  • Analyze engineering issues, evaluate alternatives, and recommend effective solutions.
  • Use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Check designs, details, estimates, plans, and specifications of engineering projects.
  • Interpret technical instructions, analyze complex variables, and review and verify mathematical calculations.
  • Identify and respond to public and City Council issues and concerns.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and perform repetitive movements of hands or wrists. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 30 pounds unaided.
Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Mental Demands
While performing the duties of this class, an employee uses written and oral communication skills; reads and interprets data, information and documents; analyzes and solves problems; uses math and mathematical reasoning; performs highly detailed work; deals with multiple concurrent tasks; and interacts with others encountered in the course of work, including frequent contact with customers and/or the public and dissatisfied/abusive individuals.
Work Environment: 
The employee generally works in an office environment where the noise level is usually quiet, but may work perform certain tasks in a field environment.
May require after hours work including evenings, weekend and holidays.


Typical Qualifications

Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in Engineering or closely related area of study. Job related experience may substitute for the required education on year-for-year basis. Five (5) years professional civil engineering experience including management experience in a municipal or governmental setting.
Certain positions within this classification may require driving. When driving is an essential function of the position, a valid Arizona driver license will be required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.
Special Requirements:
Registration as a Civil Engineer with the State of Arizona, or licensure in another state and able to obtain Arizona registration within six (6) months of employment.

  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Residency within 25 miles of San Luis and within the US required, San Luis residency preferred.
  • Must have the ability to pass an extensive background check including polygraph examination.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

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