Public Works Division Director
Plans, directs, supervises, and coordinates the efforts of the Public Works Department heads responsible for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of County public works including County roads, bridges, parks, landfills, and fleet vehicles. Provides highly responsible and technical staff assistance. Coordinates activities with other County departments and outside agencies.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general guidance and supervision from the County Manager
- Exercises direct and indirect supervision over professional, technical, and clerical staff.
- Responsible for ensuring that the division operates in full compliance with all county policies.
- Responsible for developing the mission and goals of the division consistent with the Board of County Commissioners' mission and goals which includes developing strategic plans aimed at meeting those mission and goals.
- Direct and provide leadership for the division, supporting values consistent with excellent customer service and organizational effectiveness.
- Provide broad general direction to department heads responsible for the direction, supervision, and coordination of professional engineering work in the design and construction of roads, bridges, and other public works.
- Provide broad general direction to department heads responsible for the direction, supervision, and coordination of departmental engineering, roads construction and maintenance, surveying, and right-of-way activities.
- Provide broad general direction to department heads responsible for the supervision and coordination of the operation and maintenance of County parks including the acquisition and planning of new areas and facilities.
- Provide broad general direction to department heads responsible for the supervision and coordination of the operation and maintenance of the County's sanitary landfill and weed abatement programs.
- Provide broad general direction to department heads responsible for the supervision and coordination of the maintenance of the County's automotive and construction equipment fleet.
- Respond to the most difficult citizen complaints and requests for information.
- Evaluate the need for and develop plans and schedules for long-range public works programs.
- Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
- Develop and manage the budget; review and approve expenditures.
- Review monthly cost and revenue reports for departments within Public Works.
- Coordinate public works activities with outside agencies.
- Serve as a member of Larimer County's senior management team; review and resolve internal issues; develop and implement strategic direction for the organization; attend County meetings to represent the division before the Board of Commissioners.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Engineering principles and practices as applied to the field of public works including planning and development, land surveying, engineering design and construction, and operation and maintenance.
- Technical, legal, and financial problems involved in the conduct of a County public works program.
- Methods of preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, reports and recommendations relating to proposed public works facilities.
- Landfill operation and maintenance practices.
- Fleet acquisition and maintenance practices.
- Leadership methods and management skills.
- Budget management and resource allocation according to governmental standards and procedures.
- Oversee, coordinate, and control through subordinates the work of engineering, operating, inspection, and other departmental personnel.
- Prepare comprehensive and complex technical reports.
- Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
- Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Ten years of increasingly responsible professional civil engineering experience, at least five years of which shall have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity in local government public works.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Civil Engineering or a related field.
- Equivalent to a Master's degree from an accredited college or university preferred.
- Possession of a valid State of Colorado certificate of registration as a professional engineer.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Colorado driver's license.