The Director of Public Works manages and directs all activities and operations involving the City’s Public Works (streets, solid waste, right of way beautification, and water and sewer utilities). This position directs the department through effective planning, staff management, and resource allocation; and assures the effective completion of projects and compliance with state and Federal regulations, City policies, procedures and goals. Position is responsible for the timely addressing of citizen complaints, both verbal and written, related to the Department’s operation. Performs a variety of administrative, supervisory and complex professional work for environmental, water, sewer, street, and other public works projects and programs ensuring technical competence and compliance with all current codes and criteria; May serve as a Project Manager.
Reports to the Assistant City Manager
Exercises autonomy and sound judgement over public works employees and functions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Directs the activities of the Public Works staff; plans, prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects, instructs and trains staff, monitors work, develops staff skills, and evaluates performance; provides leadership, direction and guidance in operational strategies and priorities; coordinates Public Works operations within the City, and assures program objectives and standards meet City goals
Assess, analyze, and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes. Evaluates City needs and Capital Improvement Program plans, and determines operational plans, strategic plans, priorities, resource requirements and goals
Effectively and courteously communicate with the public and employees, in person, on the telephone, and in writing. Communicate on a proactive basis to resolve citizen complaints as they arise. Analyzes department financial and resource information, manages operating budgets, calculates operating costs. Provide capital improvements planning and recommend options for public works projects and capital improvement programs for the City’s 5-year Capital Improvements Plan
Prepares for and responds to various City emergency situations; ensures appropriate staff is trained and respond in accordance with the City's Emergency Management Plan.
Coordinates and/or undertakes the development or update of the City Transportation Improvement Program (T.I.P.), Comprehensive Sewer Plan, Comprehensive Water Plan, the Capital Improvement Program, and other plans involving the municipal infrastructure.
Coordinates the preparation of, or develops, reviews and updates the sanitary sewer, water, storm drainage, and street system maps, data base, and comprehensive plans. Maintains infrastructure records.
Reviews utility permits, street use permits, franchise utility permits, etc.
Performs other related duties as assigned or required.
Represent the City at public and private meetings and conferences relating to City business.
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, crawl, talk, hear and manipulate objects. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those and employee typically encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is generally performed outside structures and inside buildings including but limited to confined spaces, open fields, residential and commercial structures. The noise level in the field work environment is typically loud.
The Town of Pecos City provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and three years Public Works Administrative experience or High School Diploma (or equivalent) and five years Public Works Administrative experience.
Strong background in water, wastewater and solid waste.
Considerable knowledge of municipal government with three years experience in upper management capacity.
Proven experience related to team management and oversight of at least 40 employees.
Possession of a license to practice as a professional civil engineer in the State of Texas -OR- Possession of, or ability to obtain within six months, Texas Class B licenses for BOTH Water and Wastewater.
Must possess a valid Texas Driver's License or acquire one within six (6) months. Must have a safe driving record.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS
Civil engineering principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting;
Federal, state and local ordinances, laws and regulations relating to departmental activities; thorough knowledge of applicable City policies, laws, and regulations affecting Division activities;
Principles of effective administration, to include planning, directing, evaluation and coordinating; thorough knowledge of effective supervisory principles and techniques;
Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive water utilities program, including, but not limited to: Treatment Processes and troubleshooting for both water and wastewater treatment, laboratory and testing procedures, SCADA, pumping systems, backflow prevention, industrial pretreatment, line construction, line maintenance, line repair, metering, safety, customer service.
Development and maintenance of water and sewer systems.
Principles and practices employed in budget development, implementation and administration; thorough knowledge of report and record maintenance principles and practices;
Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
Municipal purchasing procedures and processes.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Principles and procedures for developing goals, objectives and management plans.
Skill in both verbal and written communications for effective expression of concepts and ideas and clarity in task assignment;
Conduct verbal or written presentations to all levels of City employees, elected officials and the general public; ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with City administrative personnel, subordinate personnel and outside organizations and agencies
Communicate clearly, concisely, and in a professional and congenial manner, both orally and in writing.
Manage and direct a comprehensive water utilities program.
Analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.
Analyze data and information; draw conclusions; propose responsive actions.
Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs.
Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of lower-level staff.
Delegate authority and responsibility.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
Interpret and apply applicable Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.
Communicate clearly and concisely in English, both orally and in writing.
Operate a computer and other office equipment to perform calculations, complete and submit reports, draft correspondence, obtain and utilize GIS data, and other duties as necessary.
Maintain confidentiality of certain City information and personnel issues; courteous, discreet and exhibit sound judgment
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Operate assigned vehicle to travel to various meetings and events in the City.
Eight to ten years operational experience as a Public Works Director or Assistant Public Works Director preferred.
Experience in water and wastewater treatment, water distribution and wastewater collection systems, streets and solid waste.
Capital Improvements experience preferred
Asset management experience preferred.
Membership in the American Public Works Association is preferred
Strong Preference for Texas Class A water and wastewater licenses, or any combination of A and B licenses.
About Town of Pecos City, Texas
Local government agency located in the heart of the Delaware Basin Oil Boom. Pecos is a fast-growing community which is focusing on balancing growth and existing infrastructure needs, and we are in need of a Public Works Director that can work in a fast-paced environment.