Director of Public Works

  • 105201

SUMMARY: Under general direction, plans, manages, and directs the operations and services of the Public Works Department; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics). This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Develops and shapes an appropriate organization structure to support current and future department objectives.
  2. Integrates and evaluates the work of the department’s divisions.
  3. Ensures appropriate distribution and accountability for decision-making and the capacity to act.
  4. Monitors management staff and coaches as needed in the development, implementation and monitoring of long term departmental plans, goals, and objectives focused on achieving the City mission and the City Commission’s priorities.
  5. Stays current on issues relative to street lighting, grounds operations, streets and sidewalks and other issues relative to the department’s service delivery responsibilities.
  6. Responds to and resolves sensitive and complex community and organization inquiries and complaints.
  7. Manages and coordinates development of the department budget. Monitors and approves expenditures. Advises staff on budget matters and adjusts budget as necessary.
  8. Reviews and evaluates service delivery methods and systems including administrative and support systems and internal relationships.
  9. Identifies opportunities for improvement of services and implements changes to standard operating procedures to enhance services.
  10. Oversees the selection, training and evaluation programs for departmental personnel.
  11. Identifies and resolves staff differences, conflicts and deficiencies.
  12. Oversees operation of the department to assure all work flows in the department and is prioritized appropriately.
  13. Supervises the activities of assigned staff. Writes and conducts evaluations.
  14. Schedules employees, assigns work and monitor its progress. Guides and develops employees in the accomplishment of their duties.
  • Knowledge of general management principles and practices to include budgeting, policy and procedure development, and personnel management and supervision.
  • Knowledge of modern principles and practices of public works.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering theory, techniques, principles and practices applicable to the planning, design and construction of public works projects.
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, state, and city laws, codes, regulations and ordinances governing the administration of Public Works.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and methods of short and long range planning.
  • Knowledge of the organization and functions of elected officials, appointed boards and commissions.
  • Skill in planning, organizing, assigning and coordinating the activities of professional and technical staff.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating information and in expressing ideas clearly when providing oral and written reports and recommendations on administrative, financial, and technical issues.
  • Skill in forming cooperative relationships with others whom do not have a direct reporting relationship.
  • Skill in dealing constructively with conflict.
  • Skill in researching, evaluating, and using new methods and techniques for operational improvements.
  • Skill in responding with tact, composure and courtesy when dealing with individuals who may be experiencing significant stress.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves sedentary to light work in an office setting. There is frequent need to sit, talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel. There is occasional need to stand, walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, reach with hands and arms, taste or smell and lift light objects (up to 10 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field and seven (7) years experience in a public works setting to include three (3) years in a management capacity with responsibility for a large division, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: E B/U: None Last revision: October 2001
Overtime: No
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