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Director of Public Works

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Leavenworth County
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Job Description

20% 1. Maintain organizational effectiveness.
20% 2. Supervision and work direction provided to employees.
20% 3. Coordinates with other agencies, departments, utility companies and general public on Public Works projects.
20% 4. Safety.
10% 5. Budget preparation and expenditure authorization.
10% 6. Provides technical/engineering advice to County Commission.
Directs the staff and activities of the Public Works Department and holds overall responsibility for all road and bridge construction and maintenance, sewer districts, noxious weed control, fleet management, solid waste, engineering and completion of capital improvements. Provides organizational effectiveness and work direction for over 50 staff members and controls a budget in excess of $8,000,000.00.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: (Required prior to employment)
1. Knowledge of department policies and procedures, including safety.
2. Knowledge of Federal and State construction guidelines and funding processes.
3. Knowledge of civil engineering principles, methods and techniques.

4. Knowledge of civil works construction procedures.*
5. Knowledge of current design standards for civil engineering public works improvements.*
6. Skill in design and construction of public works projects, including roads, bridges and appurtenant installations and structures.*
7. Skill in planning, scheduling, managing and coordinating a civil works program including design, right-of-way acquisition and construction.*
8. Skill in planning, organizing, directing, monitoring and supervising work of others.*
9. Skill in communicating clearly and concisely, both oral and written.*
10. Skill in management and supervision of medium size public department.
1. Works closely with local government officials and with State and Federal personnel in determining needs for road and bridge work and type and amount of funding available in order to develop a coordinated construction program; discusses resources available and works out arrangements for various phases of work performed by other jurisdictions.
2. Negotiates professional design services contracts and recommends approval to the Board of County Commissioners.
3. Works with other county departments to provide technical assistance and coordinate services.
4. Review performance of staff, counseling individuals to help them achieve their potential.
ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS (This is not an inclusive list, other tasks/duties may be assigned.)
1. Based on knowledge of road conditions, bridge structures and information from staff, compiles list of projects the department may be expected to work on: estimates the scheduling for these projects for design, right-of-way acquisition and construction; forecasts manpower, materials and equipment needs; recommends staff level including consultant services; assigns cost to each need and presents information in program and budgetary form to BOCC.
2. Establishes design criteria and scope for each project; recommends whether design is performed in house or by consultant; recommends performance of right-of-way acquisition; oversees solicitation and analysis of bids for construction contracts; recommends performance of inspection and engineering and oversees preparation and negotiation of contract for engineering services for such cases; reviews plans and survey plats. Generates plans and specifications; visits right-of-way acquisitions and constructions sites; develops plans for maintenance of bridges and drainage structures. In all of the above, keeps the BOCC apprised of status. Performs verbal presentations of proposed projects to various groups.
3. Maintains liaison with Planning & Zoning through plat approval process. Reviews work performed and evaluates progress of staff and results achieved; counsels employees on performance and adjusts assignments and training for developmental purposes; through the budgetary process, recommends training to keep staff abreast of the state of the art; handles grievances and disciplinary matters; recommends merit increases; assists in recruiting new employees, interviews job applicants and recommends selection; recommends promotions and other personnel changes.
4. Responds to citizen complaints regarding county road conditions.
5. Responsible for long range planning and implementation of Public Works projects.
6. Coordinates with state, federal and other agencies as well as other departments and utility companies regarding Public Works projects.
7. Responsible for safety conditions of roads and bridges throughout the county.
8. Responsible for safe work conditions for entire Public Works staff including vehicle and equipment safety.
Work is performed in an office setting; travels by auto to site locations and meetings; walks over varying terrain in various weather conditions; exposed to noise, dirt and dust of construction; works around heavy construction equipment, near excavation and other earth-moving operations.
Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and be licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Kansas. Must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in road construction and design. Must have a minimum of five years’ experience in supervision/management. Must meet requirements outlined in Knowledge and Skills section marked with an *.
1. Vision- Adequate for reviewing Engineering plans.
2. Hearing- Adequate for conversation and telephone use. Considerable public contact.
3. Speech- Must speak English clearly enough to give instructions to employees and converse with public.
4. Standing- 20% of the time – construction site visits, interaction with employees.
5. Walking- 30% of the time – construction site visits, interaction with employees.
6. Sitting- 50% of the time – computer use, plan review and meetings
7. Lifting / Carrying- 15 pounds – as required to carry plans
8. Pushing / Pulling 15 pounds – as required to move normal office elements in normal business operation
9. Climbing / Balancing
Construction site visits, bridge or road inspections
10. Stooping / Kneeling- As required for construction site visits
11. Reaching / Handling-As required to move normal office elements in normal business operation, required on most tasks.

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