Public Works Director

City of Springfield | Springfield, TN

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Posted Date 8/21/2019
Rate of Pay: $74,734.40 - $102,460.80
Job Description
Responsible for directing the strategic and operational interests and functions of the public works department, which includes the street, sanitation, vehicle maintenance, and stormwater departments.  This position is the highest-level supervisory position in the public works department.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Job Duties

Strategic planning, organizing and coordinating of the activities of the public works department.  Also, plans, assigns, and exercises general supervision and leadership of employees engaged in a wide variety of public services.

Manages and coordinates activities of all employees and/or consultants engaged in the planning, design, operation, construction, maintenance, repair and service of public works facilities and infrastructure.
Assists in writing specifications, compiling cost estimates and recommendations to the city manager and board of mayor and aldermen.
Determines major departmental policies, plans long term programs and makes administrative decisions concerning construction of capital projects, reading and adjusting blue prints and outlining projects to conform to specifications.
Develops, revises and administers enterprise and general fund budgets; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance within approved budgets; including the development and review of contractual specifications for bidding capital improvement projects and ensures the completion of capital improvement projects.
Reviews all purchase order (PO) requisitions for materials required to operate the public works department.
Assists subordinate supervisors in determining the materials, equipment and supplies to be used on projects.
Directs, administers, and performs inspections of contract work, determines compliance and recommends acceptance or non-acceptance of the work to the city manager and board of mayor and alderman.
Directs and performs inspections of the city's stormwater management initiatives, infrastructure and programs.
Manages and evaluates subordinate supervisors and workers, processes employee concerns and questions, including counseling, discipline, adherence to the city's personnel policies and reviewing employee performance appraisals.
Makes recommendations concerning the hiring, promotion, discipline and/or termination of employees.
Assures that operations and procedures of the department comply with federal and state occupational health and safety regulations.
Maintains satisfactory public relations through courteous and prompt attention to complaints.
Prepares applicable agenda items for the city manager and the board of mayor and aldermen.
Administers departmental timekeeping and compliance.
Collaborates with other city departments on joint initiatives.


Other Job Duties

Participates in site plan review process.

Provides for the instruction and training of personnel.
Signs off on all subdivision plats.
Develops bonds for subdivision development projects.
Performs related work as required.


Primary Job Challenges

Must balance interests of project needs in negotiating with internal and external stakeholders.

Must consider competing interests of initiatives with city needs.
Must capitalize on most effective use of scarce resources in a complex and continuously changing environment.
Must continually seek to maximize effectiveness and efficiency of outcomes of the public works department.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Bachelors' degree from an accredited degree-granting, four year college or institution in management, public administration, business administration, construction trades, engineering, political science, or applicable area of study; prefer 10+ years of progressively responsible supervisory/management experience in street construction and maintenance, stormwater operation, drainage construction and maintenance, and management of employees - t of which were in mid-level or higher decision-making position; or a combination of experience and training equivalent to the required knowledge and abilities.

REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES:  Must possess a valid Tennessee driver's license.  Must possess, or obtain within a reasonable period of time, a Level (1) Stormwater Certification/License.  Must pass a drug screen and physical examination based on the essential functions of the job given by the city's designated physician.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Thorough knowledge of modern management practices and techniques.

Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws governing environmental compliance, building codes, stormwater management, street and highway signage, and sanitation operations.

Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of construction and maintenance supervision.

Thorough knowledge of accepted construction principles and practices.

Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering as it applies to construction and maintenance of streets, drainage and other public facilities.

Knowledge of fleet vehicle management and maintenance of equipment and facilities.

Knowledge of practices used in the operation of heavy and light mobile track and wheel equipment.

Knowledge of materials and equipment used in public works maintenance and construction work.

Knowledge of safety and OSHA/TOSHA regulations.

Knowledge of city codes, regulations and ordinances.

Ability to obtain and maintain appropriate level of computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite, and applicable software packages pertinent to the work performed.

Ability to plan, organize, assign, supervise and inspect the work of subordinates.

Ability to maintain inventory control and administer appropriate purchasing policies and procedures.

Ability to implement innovative methods to provide more efficient and effective operations.

Ability to keep routine operational and personal records and make reports.

Ability to express ideas and information clearly, concisely and effectively in writing and verbally.

Ability to develop sound plans for the future development of public facilities in relation to community needs.

Ability to analyze and recommend fees, charges, bond measures and financing options.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the members of the public, consultants, accountants and other City employees.

Ability to read and interpret plans, specifications, and blueprints.

Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations for proper course of action.

Ability to establish, communicate and maintain effective working relationships with city manager, board of mayor and aldermen, city employees, and general public. 


Equipment Operated

Personal computer and/or tablet with applicable software; other standard office equipment including copier, printer, calculator, etc.

Light and heavy equipment and machines, power and hand tools occasionally - typically for demonstration and/or training purposes for subordinates.

Automobile and/or truck with two-way radio.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

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