Director of Public Works

City of Mt. Pleasant | Mt. Pleasant, MI

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Posted Date 9/30/2019

The City of Mt. Pleasant is seeking an executive-level public works administrator to oversee critical technical, customer service and infrastructure services provided by the City. This full-time benefited salary exempt position is a member of the City's Senior Executive Management Team and participates in the development and implementation of city-wide projects and programs. Reporting directly to the City Manager, the Director of Public Works is responsible for leading, developing and managing the Assistant DPW Director, and five department heads who oversee the daily operations of the Airport, Engineering, Street, Wastewater and Water Department teams.

The ideal candidate will have an inclusive management style and empower employees through delegation of responsibilities.  We are looking for a person with executive-level experience in leading others, public works administration, establishing best practices, managing contracts/budgets, and the ability to move the division forward through teamwork and setting priorities, while focusing on process improvement. The director must be experienced in mentoring staff, be a proven team leader and team builder, who can set clear expectations, hold staff and themselves accountable to the needs of the organization, instill pride, and develop an atmosphere of support where employees are encouraged to try new approaches and solve problems. The Director will coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies, and provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.

As a Division Director, this salaried at-will employee exercises independent judgment and decision-making responsibility in carrying out a wide variety of leadership roles and assignments. The Director of Public Works and other Division Directors serve as members of the organizational executive team working with and reporting to the City Manager. Responsible for protecting and preserving the assets of the City of Mt. Pleasant and meeting the needs of its citizens.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: (By illustration and not limitation)
 Participates in the development and implementation of an organizational direction and institution of city-wide projects and programs which support the City Commission goals, benefit the community, and promote sustainability.
 Utilizing a participatory management style, leads and manages the Public Works Division, including the Airport, Engineering, Street, Wastewater and Water Departments to ensure continuous improvement in service delivery; manages consultant contracts; participates in the development and oversight of the division's annual operating budgets and five-year capital improvement plan; prepares and submits reports; maintains up-to-date knowledge in areas of responsibility; and attends City Commission and other meetings.
 Performs related work as requested.

 Graduation from a recognized college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in public administration, management or related field with progressively responsible executive level experience in public works administration sufficient to meet the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Master's Degree preferred. Current registration as a Professional Civil Engineer will be given additional consideration.

Knowledge Of
 Best practices in public works, engineering, planning, and administrative principles, practices, and procedures.
 Contract administration and oversight and effective project management principles and performance standards.

Skilled In
 Goal setting; program development and implementation; employee development; mentoring and supervision; budgeting; and communication. :
 Using an inclusive management style; exercising a collaborative approach to problem solving; championing innovation; exhibiting honesty and personal/professional integrity and fairness.
 Planning, organizing, prioritizing and coordinating and completing a variety of complex activities in a timely, efficient, and effective manner.

Ability To
 Serve as a member of the executive team; participate in city-wide strategic planning efforts and address city-wide policy and management issues. :
 Build and actively participate in the maintenance of professional work teams.
 Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and establish and maintain positive working relationships with employees, co-workers, and elected officials.
 Instill a strong customer/owner service focus and interdepartmental collaboration.
 Read, analyze, and interpret civil engineering drawings, blueprints, plan specifications, technical procedures, professional journals, and government regulations.

Additional Requirements
 Must reside and maintain principle domicile within the limits of Isabella County or within 20 miles from the nearest city limit, whichever is greater, within twelve months of hire.

To be considered for this position, please submit the following by Friday, October 18, 2019. 

  1. Letter of Interest;
  2. Resume;
  3. Completed Job Application (see website)

Submit these materials to:

City of Mount Pleasant
Human Resources Department
320 West Broadway Street
Mt. Pleasant, MI  48858

Via email: *

*PDF Formats only, please send all attachments in one document

Position is open until filled.  We will complete the first round of interviews on Friday, November 1 and Monday, November 4, 2019.

The City of Mt. Pleasant is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Category
Local Government
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