Howard County, Maryland is seeking a professional, dynamic, and creative individual to lead its department of public works.
The Director of Public Works is an executive exempt (at-will) position that reports to the County Executive. The Director of Public Works directs the general operation of the Department of Public Works; advising and providing information to the County Executive and the County Council on matters relating to public infrastructure, capital budget and the core services it provides.
Howard County is located between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD with a residential population of approximately 310,000 citizens. The County's main population center, Columbia/Ellicott City, MD has been ranked by Money magazine among the top ten best places to live for the past decade. The County's school system is highly ranked in the state and its library system is ranked in the top one percent of the nation's libraries.
Applicants seeking to serve a county rich in diversity and quality of life are encouraged to apply.
To be considered for this position, applicants must have a complete application that includes all of the following items:
The online application via NeoGov (access also available on Howard County website under Human Resources/Employment Opportunities)
Attached formal Cover Letter (required)
Attached formal Resume (required)
Attached valid Credentials, Certifications and Licensing (if applicable)
All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by June 18, 2020 for initial review, but position will be open until filled. Applications, resumes and cover letters will only be accepted electronically.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Performs executive level engineering work under executive direction. Work includes directing the general operation of the Department of Public Works, advising the County Executive and County Council on related issues, and developing and monitoring the department and related capital budget program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
Plans, directs and coordinates the administrative and technical activities of the Bureau of Engineering, Bureau of Environmental Services, Bureau of Facilities, Bureau of Highways, and the Bureau of Utilities.
Directs matters relating to rights-of-way, fee simple land, rights of entries and easement acquisitions on a variety of projects. Ensures that administrative requirements have been met during the land acquisition process.
Responsible for the preparation of reports, studies, surveys, maps, plans, specifications and estimates for the County's public facilities and utilities.
Represents the department at public meetings, conferences and other meetings with elected officials, the public and representatives of other government agencies. Attends and provides testimony at public hearings.
Oversees County response to weather events such as snow, wind and flooding, and assists County response to other emergencies.
Serves as the Executive Secretary of the Public Works Board.
Directs the preparation of the capital and operating budget requests.
Directs that each volume of the Howard County Design Manual is complete, accurate and reflects the latest available data and best practices.
Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws; hires employees as the Appointing Authority for the Department; appraise performance; reward and discipline employee; address compliant and resolve problems.
Manages two subordinate Deputy Directors, one Assistant to the Director, three Bureau Chiefs. There are over 500 employees in the Bureau of Engineering, Bureau of Environmental Services, Bureau of Facilities, Bureau of Highways and the Bureau of Utilities. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units. Directly supervises one Administrative Manager and one non-supervisory employee. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's Degree and at least ten years of increasingly responsible experience in engineering and Public Works administration, including a minimum of five years in a managerial position in Public Works.
PREFERRED EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Graduate degree with significant work in executive level engineering management. Management experience at the mid or upper management levels in a public organization. Possess comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering and Public Works administration. Knowledge of Emergency Management procedures for the County.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this 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 walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work area is usually quiet and typical of an office environment. Field inspections are required which necessitate exposure to varying weather conditions.
LANGUAGE SKILLS, MATHEMATICAL SKILLS AND REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and County Council.
Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as analysis of variances, and analysis of statistical data.
Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.