Public Works Deputy Director of Operations

City of Commerce City | Commerce City, CO

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Posted Date 1/16/2023

Hiring salary is dependent upon experience.
The hiring range for this position is $47.0822 - $63.5609/hour ($97,931 - $132,207/annual).

The Public Works Deputy Director of Operations, under the general direction of the Director of Public Works, provides leadership and vision by developing and improving services to the citizens of the City. Provides strategic direction to align the department with the vision and goals of the City. Supervises assigned operations divisions managers, develops assigned division budgets, approves expenditures and establishes procedures.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities


  • Oversees and administers the daily operations of the building maintenance, fleet services, public works streets maintenance, parks maintenance and parks capital improvement projects and ensures divisions are in compliance with guidelines, requirements, and regulations; oversees the submittal of required reports 
  • Responsible for ongoing development and administration of a citywide inventory of all physical assets and real property owned by the City 
  • Reviews and researches policy, administrative and organizational issues; conducts studies, makes recommendations and implements approved changes 
  • Motivates and influences people to facilitate organizational effectiveness and collaborative relationships to enable the implementation of the City's mission, vision and goals 
  • Understands and adjusts to changes in priorities, directions, operations, and industry trends and city needs 
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in public works including the areas of building, fleet, streets maintenance, parks maintenance and parks development/construction. 
  • Oversees and participates in providing customer service to internal and external customers; responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints 
  • Listens to internal customer priorities, anticipates needs, and offers suggestions 
  • Assigns, reviews and monitors assigned staff resources and demands to meet the department's goals and objectives 
  • Develops, organizes and presents annual work program and budgets for assigned divisions, including parks, trails and open space Capital Improvement Program projects. 
  • Monitors and approves assigned division expenditures to meet budget expectations 
  • Confers with Department Director and other stakeholders as appropriate to foster open communication, trust, and collaborative working relationships 
  • Writes reports, request for proposals, and department policies and procedures 
  • Coordinates assigned divisions personnel administration, including selection process, development of staff, performance appraisals, and disciplinary actions, and other related activities 
  • Develops and implements portions of the Public Works Strategic Plan and Annual Work Plan for assigned divisions. 
  • All employees must model and demonstrate the City Values at all times during the course of employment; to include: Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Respect and Excellence. 

Performs other duties as assigned

Essential Supervisory Duties

  • Assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of assigned staff 
  • Develops goals and objectives for subordinates consistent with organizational goals and objectives 
  • Manages a professional and accountable work group focused on continuous improvement and effective and efficient services to the public and internal customers. 
  • Manages division personnel including overseeing selection, training and development of the staff, performance appraisals, promotions, demotions, disciplinary actions, and terminations 
  • Mentors staff; identifies training opportunities to maximize performance 
  • Oversees employee corrective action processes and outcomes; provides guidance and is involved as needed on bargaining unit issues and formal grievances 
  • Establishes the division structure and processes including lines of authority, communication channels, and allocating staff and delegating duties as appropriate 
  • Determines employment actions such as hiring, termination, and salary changes 
  • Prepares timely performance evaluations that clearly define expectations; holds staff accountable to meet or exceed expectations 
  • Encourages creative thinking and teamwork among subordinates 
  • Leads regular staff meetings and confers one-on-one with direct reports 
  • Monitors training outcomes based on established training standards and requirements 
  • Interprets and enforces policies and procedures established by regulatory agencies 
  • Develops and implements Division policies, procedures, levels of service and performance expectations 
  • Utilizes and develops the talents of staff 
  • Encourages participatory decision-making, as appropriate.



Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Engineering, or related field. Master’s degree and/or Public Works Professional Management certification preferred. Five to seven years’ management experience in Public Works operations required. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate to a diverse variety of individuals including citizens, planning and construction professionals, and public officials 
  • Advanced knowledge of the policies, procedures, activities, mission and goals of the City 
  • Ability to communicates effectively, in verbal and written form 
  • Advanced knowledge of principles and practices of public works projects and activities 
  • Strong ability to prepare and deliver presentations to internal and external customers 
  • Ability to plan and coordinate activities of diverse functions 
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the workings of a Municipality including general principles and practices of City administration 
  • Strong ability to implement fair consistent decisions to internal and external customers 
  • Ability to build relationships with colleagues for effective workflow 
  • Ability to apply basic principles and techniques of supervision 
  • Ability to quickly assimilate information and implement an appropriate course of action 
  • Advanced knowledge of financial and legal principles and practices 
  • Ability to respond to requests and inquiries from the general public 



Equipment Used, Work Environment and Physical Activities


  • Driving: Drives a city or personal vehicle in the normal course of business
  • Office Equipment: Daily use of computer, keyboard, copier, scanner, printer, calculator, phone (desk & cell), camera, and electronic diagnostic equipment. Daily use of software programs including Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Word, Excel 
  • Other Equipment: Occasional use of ladders.  
  • Physical Activities: Moderate physical activity that may include walking, sitting, standing, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting & carrying 
  • Lifting: Frequently lifts, carries, and exerts up to 40 pounds
  • Vision and Hearing: Must have visual acuity to see and read paper and electronic documents. Must be able to answer telephones, communicate conversation and respond to verbal inquires. Must be able to recognize sound on construction sites that indicate nearby equipment and/or safety hazards
  • Exposure to Environmental Conditions: Will be exposed to extreme heat, cold, dry, wet, odors, smoke, loud noises, vibrations, dust or intense light and hazards normally associated with construction sites. May be exposed to chemicals including cleaners, solvents, paints and other potentially toxic agents. Work may be performed in precarious or tight spaces.
  • Schedule: Position generally scheduled Monday - Friday; occasionally weekend work. May require attendance at off-site meetings.
  • Additional Working Conditions: May be exposed to work settings that vary in convenience and comfort. May be required to visit external, non-city work sites with the City having limited control over the work environment.
  • Safety Sensitive: This position is subject to the city’s drug screening

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications. Employees are accountable for all duties associated with this position.


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