Public Works Director

City of Miami Springs | Miami Springs, FL

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Posted Date 11/11/2020

The City of Miami Springs is seeking a Public Works Director who will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing its public works functions, including solid waste collection and the maintenance of the City's infrastructure, streets, stormwater drainage, grounds/green spaces, tree canopy, municipal buildings and structures, and vehicle fleet.

Salary: $80,868.00 - $107,823.00

The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Possess a high level of integrity and a strong sense of ethics; open and honest in all internal and external relationships;
  • Is action and results-oriented; open to change and innovation; and able to work in a fast­paced environment;
  • Ability to be inclusive at all levels, from an entry-level employee to fellow department heads to a City business owner/resident to the City Manager/City Council;
  • Has demonstrated experience in managing a diverse team and displays a balanced approach between equity and firm decisionmaking while acknowledging and recognizing performance accomplishments and success;
  • Maintains a positive work environment that inspires quality work, accountability, and high morale within the Department; always willing to cultivate and support positive change within the Department and the City;
  • Experienced in speaking publicly with staff, City boards, and the general public;
  • Enjoys the challenge of effectively managing a demanding workload of quickly shifting priorities and assumes ownership of key priorities and projects;
  • Has strong analytical skills, analyzes and resolves complex issues, considers alternatives, project consequences, and recommends appropriate solutions;
  • Exhibits sound judgment, open and honest communication, and treats all employees with respect and dignity.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Plans, directs, organizes, coordinates, supervises, and evaluates programs, plans, services, staffing, equipment, infrastructure, and activities of the Public Works Department to fulfill the public works functions of the City of Miami Springs.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the City’s mission, vision, values, and goals, and represents the City in a professional, dignified manner at all times, both in actions and appearance.
  • Responsible for the efficient collection of residential solid waste citywide; oversees and coordinates the maintenance of the City’s infrastructure, streets, sidewalks, lights, stormwater drainage, City-owned grounds/green spaces, all municipal buildings and structures. Assists code enforcement relating to permits and rights of way.
  • Maintains the City's vehicle fleet, including coordinating repairs, inventory, auctions, and fuel operations; handles City transit issues, including reports and audits for the Miami-Dade County Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust (CITT).
  • Maintains and enhances the City’s tree canopy, including planting new trees, in-house or by contract; ensures the City continues its Tree City USA community designation by implementing municipal arborist standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.
  • Plans, develops, and implements department operating and capital budget and monitors all department costs and expenditures.
  • Directs and supervises all Public Works Department employees, either directly or through subordinates; resolves grievances and maintains harmony among workers; issues directives, determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow.
  • Evaluates public works needs and formulates short and long-range plans to meet needs in all areas of responsibility, including street, sanitation, drainage, light, and park and building maintenance; studies and standardizes department policies and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Maintains records of all Public Works Department activities; researches, collects, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports, and recommendations.
  • Effectively presents information in writing and orally to the City Manager, the City Council, and various community groups; provides and initiates recommendations, presentations, and reports on various public works functions, projects, plans, and operations; responds to inquiries from the City Manager, City Council, the media, and the public to ensure consistency with policies, goals, and initiatives; provides services to other departments and outside civic groups.
  • Performs as liaison and maintains regular contact with consulting engineers, construction project engineers, County, State, and Federal regulatory agencies, professional and technical groups, and the general public regarding department activities and services; coordinates and interacts with various City departments on issues, projects, and events that are interrelated; monitors inter-governmental actions affecting public works and manages of interlocal agreements.
  • Interacts with the public effectively and courteously; oversees the research of problems and complaints; provides direction to staff when resolving complex and sensitive customer service issues; ensures staff members maintain records and documents of customer service issues and resolutions.
  • Assists in the City's disaster preparation and disaster recovery efforts and should expect to work before, during, and after an emergency.
  • Oversees the development or update of the City’s capital improvement program; coordinates the preparation of reviews and updates the sanitation, storm drainage, and street system maps, database, and other plans involving the municipal infrastructure.
  • Oversees the preparation of engineering plans and specifications, bidding, competency of contractors and vendors, and the selection criteria for public contracts; provides contract and project management for construction projects; ensures contractor compliance with time and budget parameters.
  • Responsible for the procurement of department equipment, materials, supplies, and services in compliance with all City procurement rules and policies.
  • Must be able to meet minimum attendance standards and work irregular work hours as needed.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications

Six (6) years of public works experience with management responsibilities and a 4-year degree from an accredited college or university. Additional public works management experience may be substituted for the 4-year degree requirement on a year-by-year basis. Must possess a valid driver's license (CDL license preferred).

Important Information - Please Read

In addition to completing the application, each applicant should upload a resume and cover letter. Applicants may choose to upload additional documents at their discretion. All applicants should completely detail their work experience for the past ten (10) years on the face of the application or risk being disqualified. Applicants should start with the current or most recent position and work back.

The job application must be completed in full and submitted with all required documents. Applicants must provide a valid email address in order to receive notices of required testing and eligibility. Applications/resumes submitted for City employment are a matter of public record governed by Florida law.

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be subject to a comprehensive background check and a drug screening. This position is not covered under the Miami Springs General Employees Retirement System. The City will instead provide the incumbent with a comparable defined contribution (401a) deferred compensation plan. 

Veterans' Preference points are awarded in accordance with F.S. 295.07. If Veterans' Preference is being claimed, it must be indicated on the application form and proper documentation, such as form DD-214 (Member 4), should be uploaded and submitted with the application.

The City of Miami Springs reserves the right to end this recruitment prior to the posted end date and accelerate deadlines in accordance with City needs. Individuals with questions should contact the HR Department by email at or by phone at (305) 805-5008/09. 

The City of Miami Springs is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Individuals with disabilities needing reasonable accommodation in the recruitment and/or selection process should make their request to the Human Resources Department.

Close: Dec 09, 2020


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Local Government
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