DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

$77,064 - $96,330 yearly
  • Pueblo West Metro District
  • 280 East McCulloch Boulevard, Pueblo West, CO, USA
  • Sep 24, 2020
Full time Government

Job Description

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the District Manager, directs the overall operation of the Pueblo West Department of Public Works, which includes the Divisions of Engineering and Streets and Roads.

Work involves planning, organizing, and directing, the functions, operations, and services of the above divisions.  Responsibilities include supervising department staff, preparing budgets and performance measures and overseeing the services provided and representing the department.  Responsibilities also include preparing policies and providing general project oversight and this position may be responsible for providing updates, presentations, policies and project updates to the Board of Directors.

 

Essential Job Functions

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Plan, organize, direct, manages, and oversees the activities, projects and operations of the department; establishes and monitors controls to evaluate performance.
  • Manages positions and personnel of the department; counsels employees and administers discipline; enforces District personnel policies and procedures within the department.
  • Develops department budget, performance measures and short-term and long-term goals.
  • Identify, plan and implement strategies to ensure fiscal sustainability and innovation within the department.
  • Coordinates department plans and schedules with other District departments.
  • Develops plans to meet unexpected situations and new developments; prepares for emergencies; keeps abreast of changes in the field.
  • Direct the development and implementation of the department goals, objectives, and priorities.
  • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
  • Assess and monitor the District’s infrastructure to provide adequate levels of public services.
  • Communicates and interacts effectively with individuals and groups at all levels.
  • Identifies grant and other funding opportunities and assists with grant applications.
  • Ensures compliance within the department with applicable policies, rules, regulations and laws.
  • Be advocates promoting health and safety in the workplace.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position manages all employees of the department and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within that department.
  • Serves as a positive and engaged member of the District Management Team and manages employees for optimum productivity.
  • This role takes a proactive approach to the management of employee performance while creating and maintaining a supportive, professional, and open environment, consistent with the District’s culture.
  • Participates in the employee selection process, evaluates employee’s performance, provides regular feedback and participates in quarterly performance alignment conversations.
  • Motivates, encourages and develops direct reports.
  • Develops and maintains training program for staff to ensure employee development, growth and engagement.
  • Demonstrates a respectful attitude toward customers, co-workers, elected officials, and supervisors that promotes teamwork, open communication and effective customer service.
  • Embodies the District Core values.

Other Duties

 

  • Serves on task forces, work groups, and committees as a working member, resource and leader. Represents the department and the District as required. Performs related work as required.

 

Knowledge

 

  • Knowledge of public works infrastructure principles.
  • Knowledge of management principles and techniques.
  • Advanced computer skills to include the ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Gmail.
  • Knowledge as well as the ability to learn and use an asset management program and customer relationship management (CRM) system.
  • Thorough knowledge of current principles and practices applicable to assigned areas of responsibility; local, state and federal laws and regulations related to assigned functions.

 

 

Skills

 

  • Skills in analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Demonstrate excellent strategic, creative, and critical thinking skills.
  • Utilize positive and professional communication skills.
  • Skills in encouraging and developing innovative solutions and techniques to achieve goals.
  • Skills in budgeting and developing performance measures.
  • Organizing and prioritizing.
  • Managing time and projects.

 

Abilities

  •  Ability to plan, organize, direct and control departmental functions.
  • Ability to provide direction and leadership to staff.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to identify and respond to community issues, concerns and needs.
  • Ability to develop and administer goals, objectives and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to effectively practice conflict management to resolve interpersonal conflict.
  • Ability to identify and recommend solutions to problems in a timely manner.
  • Ability to adapt to unique and changing situations.

Required Qualifications (Note: Any acceptable combination of education, training and experience that provides the above knowledge, abilities and skills may be substituted.)

 

Required Education/Certifications

 

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Environmental Science, or a closely related field.   
  • Must have and maintain a valid Colorado class “R” driver’s license.   

 

Experience Required

 

  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience in public works operations and engineering.
  • Minimum of two (2) years supervisory experience; or some equitable combination of these requirements.

 

Preferred Requirements

 

  • Colorado Professional Engineers (P.E) license or ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire.

 

 

Physical Demands

 

  • Frequent use of keyboard devices. Field visits require walking over uneven or rough terrain, occasional light to moderately heavy lifting, occasional work in inclement weather.
  • The work is mostly sedentary with periods of light physical activity, and is performed in office surroundings.  Typical positions require workers to walk or stand for long periods. May occasionally be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; climb stairs, bend, reach, hold, grasp and turn objects; and use fingers to operate computer or typing on keyboards. 

 

Work Schedule

 

  • Worker is subject to frequent interruptions and deadlines, subject to being on call and providing required assistance during emergencies, may be required to attend meetings outside normal working hours, may be required to work unusual hours, weekends and holidays.
  • Regular organizational business hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.  Actual work schedule can be flexible to balance organizational and personal needs outside of the normal business schedule.  Work is subject to recurring deadlines and interruptions.  Attendance is expected at regular Pueblo West Metropolitan District Board of Director evening meetings as scheduled (currently the second and fourth Monday of each month) and any special meetings.  Attendance at Committee of Architecture meetings would be on an as needed basis.     

 

This position is considered a “safety-sensitive” position and will be subject to monthly random drug and alcohol screenings.

 

Pueblo West Metropolitan District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.