Road & Bridge Director
An appointed, at-will, non-classified Department Head serving by statute at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners without grievance or recourse. This position leads, plans, organizes, manages, supervises, and reviews the work of appointed and classified staff, contractors, consultants, and suppliers. Those supervised are routinely engaged in any combination of, but not limited to, the heavy construction, maintenance, and repair of native, gravel, and paved surface roadways, bridges, drainage systems, all associated structures and appurtenances within the public right-of-way, as well as the design and operation of technological systems supporting such activities accordingly. In addition, those supervised routinely perform the extraction of raw aggregate materials, the production of crushed aggregate material and reclamation of surface mines, and the transportation of roadway maintenance and construction equipment and materials. This position performs a variety of the highest level leadership, administrative, personnel, and operational duties of a departmental CEO nature while managing the County road network. The breadth of responsibility covers all transportation system issues, road and/or bridge construction, and/or repair activity at any location within Larimer County at anytime day or night 365 days a year.
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.
- Leads and exercises both direct and indirect supervision over the Road and Bridge Department Assistant Director (COO), Technical and Support Services Manager (CAO/CFO), Administrative and Support Staff, Functional Group Managers/District Supervisor, Team Leaders, field operations employees, contractors, consultants and suppliers.
- Provide leadership, hire, manage, supervise, motivate, evaluate, coach, train, promote, discipline, and terminate 60 or more regular full time and up to 60 seasonal employees, while directly supervising the chief operating and administrative support positions.
- Exercise indirect supervision over the operations of contractors, consultants, and suppliers.
- Provide professional leadership in dealing with critical, complex, and sensitive issues.
- Develop and implement departmental and County goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
- Define and monitor performance, productivity, and compliance of subordinates with departmental missions, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures to ensure all work meets the required expectations and applicable state and federal regulations.
- Ensure compliance with applicable safety regulations and procedures.
- Discover, plan, evaluate, and adjust activities of personnel performing assigned tasks.
- Exercise final authority for department personnel, payroll, purchases, budgets, and fund transfers.
- Exercise final authority for all Road & Bridge contract administration.
- Must use personally assigned County equipment for business purposes and commuting.
- Provide for formal and informal access of all Road & Bridge employees to management.
- Oversee the planning, scheduling, assignment, and operations aspects of work; provide instruction and technical expertise; review work of those internal and external contractors engaged in the construction and maintenance of the County's roads, bridges, and appurtenances within the public ROW.
- Provide technical expertise and exercise final authority in maintenance management techniques as it relates to improvements within the public ROW, and Road & Bridge equipment fleet operations.
- Develop compensation and employee advancement opportunities within the constraints of sound business and fiscal limitations.
- Inspect roads and bridges, make independent determination, and exercise final authority over extent and cost for construction and/or maintenance for inclusion in both annual future budget(s).
- Participate in development of capital construction and long range regional transportation programs.
- Make independent determination and exercise final authority for course(s) of action regarding maintenance activities within the public ROW.
- Conceptualize and develop plans for future service types and levels.
- Confer with design teams and contractors; negotiate price, terms, and contracts.
- Determine and exercise final authority regarding outsourcing needs.
- Plan, assign, direct, review, and modify the activities of staff and contractors involved in road construction, maintenance, and related activities including, but not limited to, technological, Division-wide, and County-wide efforts.
- Review and inspect the technical details of road and bridge design, construction, maintenance, and repair work.
- Inspect and estimate the extent and costs of repairs or maintenance needed to roads, bridges, and other appurtenances within the public ROW.
- Maintain accurate records and prepare operational reports.
- Delegate and follow-up to ensure assignment completion in a timely fashion.
- Lead Customer Service representative for public ROW issues.
- Provide leadership in the investigation and response to routine complaints and questions posed by internal and external customers.
- Provide final departmental appeal authority regarding investigations as to the cause of accidents, injuries, and/or damage to the County and/or private property and personnel issues.
- Work with individuals and groups including organizing, training, and facilitating consensus building in order to provide exceptional customer service.
- Advise, review, and recommend system and procedural changes to maximize customer satisfaction and economy of operations.
- Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with employees, public, and suppliers and contractors.
- Coordinate Public Works office and field activities with other County departments, divisions, and outside agencies.
- Counsel with employees and client groups to resolve complaints and problems. (
- Exercise final unilateral purchasing authority up to $50K and replacement plan authority of at least $1.7 million per year.
- Provide leadership for collaborative efforts to develop and review plans, specifications, and contracts for external competitive processes.
- Oversee, instruct, give technical expertise, and make final decision to purchase any given product or service.
- Develop and approve bid and proposal specifications.
- Analyze bid results, make independent determination, and exercise final authority of award for contractors, consultants, and suppliers.
- Lead, direct, and oversee the planning, coordination, evaluation, and adjustment of activities involving: heavy construction, maintenance, and repair of native, gravel and paved surface roads; maintenance, construction, and repair of roadway and roadside drainage structures including wood, metal, and concrete bridges, guardrails, and culverts; construction and maintenance of roadside drainage systems; vegetation removal and control; control and/or removal of snow and ice from the County's road network; and the mining and production of specification crushed aggregates.
- Provide leadership, develop, implement, and maintain road inventory and maintenance information systems.
- Input data for specific computerized calculation and report needs.
- Conceptualize software needs and assign design, development, and implementation responsibilities.
Fiscal Issues and Analysis
- Provide leadership in the conceptualization of breadth of use of existing and future technologies within assigned areas of responsibility.
- Use specialized software such as spreadsheet, database, and County tools.
- Use computerized data management and analysis systems.
- Routinely develop and use complex mathematical formulas and computations.
Provide both leadership and individual effort to:
- Develop coding structures for project and activity cost accounting.
- Develop chart of accounts for required and preferred budget activities.
- Develop filing system for required and preferred record keeping practices.
- Perform analysis and modify work programs accordingly.
- Develop and operate within an annual, multi-year, and multi-project budget.
- Develop and operate within a capital equipment replacement plan.
- Make evaluations of current or proposed services and assets by using cost benefit analysis and/or life cycle cost analysis.
- Direct and lend technical expertise to the preparation of project cost estimates and descriptions for construction project work orders.
- Manage by objective and cost centers.
- Use percent complete and other technical tools to stay abreast of budget and program effectiveness/efficiencies throughout the year.
- Determine scope of projects, type and quantities of materials necessary, and estimates of total cost complete-in-place.
- Monitor and compare periodic cost and production reports with contractors' pay estimates to determine remaining cost to complete.
Heavy Equipment Fleet
- Provide the leadership in emergency response to natural disasters that affect the public's ability to travel the County's road network.
- Lead, direct, lend technical expertise, and exercise final authority over the specifications for the purchase, lease, maintenance, planned rehabilitation, replacement, general management, and sale of heavy construction equipment, light vehicles, and tools.
- Make the final determination regarding equipment assignments.
- Lead, plan, organize, oversee, provide funding, and exercise final authority for all departmental facilities construction, maintenance, and replacement needs and requirements.
- Evaluate and exercise final authority over decision making on land acquisition and improvements.
- Negotiate agreements with private landowners and others as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Provide leadership in working with the Media. (M)
- Handle sensitive information appropriately. (D)
- Address environmental issues. (W)
- Provide professional representation of Larimer County within professional organizations (CCI, CARSE, NACE, CAPA, CARMA and so forth).
- Subject to non-restrictive call back 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for routine situations and those including, but not limited to, snow plowing, wildland fires, floods, and other situations.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Completion of all Essential Functions at an acceptable level of performance.
- Leadership of dynamic and complex organizations.
- Personnel management and supervision.
- Interviewing, screening, and selection techniques suitable for making independent selections of high-level job candidates.
- Item/activity, unit cost, total cost, cost accounting, cost allocation, and project cost estimating.
- Construction contracting and contract administration.
- Street and highway heavy construction, maintenance, and repair regarding all road surface and drainage structure types in conjunction with safe work zone practices.
- Snow and ice removal and control.
- Safe work practices and work zone traffic safety.
- Record keeping and reporting procedures.
- Applicable Colorado Revised Statutes and Code of Federal Regulations.
- Roadway Asset Management
- Effective customer service principles.
- Pentium PC use and MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and MS Windows XP and other software applications such as GroupWise E-mail, Oracle Purchasing Module, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Project.
- Principals and practices of pavement management systems.
- Heavy construction, mining, and the production of specification grade crushed and sized aggregate operations in wet and dry pits.
- Mine Safety and Health Administration Regulations.
- Zero-based cost estimating, overhead determination, assignment, mark-up routines, and competitive bidding strategies.
- Heavy Construction project scope determination, quantity takeoff, design, plan review, and on site work inspection.
- Planned and scheduled maintenance and the use of cost/benefit analysis.
- Emergency response techniques and expectations.
- Methods for design and implementation techniques for the equipment, materials, and operations necessary for the heavy construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, culverts, drainage courses, mining operations, specification material crushing and sizing, and reclamation.
- Operations, maintenance, repair, capacities, limitations, useful life, rebuild, and replacement strategies for both heavy and light road construction, maintenance, and mining equipment.
- Management principles and theories.
- Procedures, methods, and equipment used in road construction and maintenance and repair activities.
- BMP relating to erosion, SWMP plans, and water discharge regulations.
- MSHA and OSHA regulations.
- The concepts and costs for bid bonding, performance bonding, and the implications of liquidated damages against a contractor's bottom line.
- The selection of crushed and sized material processing equipment.
- Percent complete accounting and implications for accrual accounting.
- Project management and contract administration.
- Safe operating practices and procedures.
- Motor vehicle and heavy transport laws, regulations, and practices.
- Principles of organizational design, personnel selection, supervision, advancement, promotion, wage structures, benefit packages, training, evaluation, discipline, and termination.
- Procedures and techniques for both general ledger and cost accounting budget prep and administration.
Intermediate Knowledge of the Principals and Practices of:
- Facilities construction, maintenance, tenant finish, and leasing.
- Terminology of skilled trades including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.
- Colorado Real Estate practices.
- Basic Colorado Water Law.
Entry Knowledge of the Principals and Practices of:
- The Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
- Provide effective leadership for the accomplishment of department goals.
- Read, write, and speak to communicate effectively in U.S. English per 49 C.F.R. 391.119(b)(2).
- Manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.
- Follow verbal and written instructions.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Identify, dissect, analyze, and solve problems, their related issues, and extraneous components to develop complex plans of action.
- Make independent decisions with far reaching and long term implications.
- Stand in for the Public Works Director as needed.
- Accurately read and interpret heavy construction plans and specifications.
- Analyze data and work situations to develop effective and workable plans of action.
- Successfully plan, manage, evaluate, and adjust multiple priorities/functions simultaneously.
- Apply generally accepted principles and practices of project management.
- Respond appropriately to public inquiries and complaints.
- Oversee contractors' performance in the delivery of services.
- Develop and manage native, gravel, and paved surface maintenance regimes.
- Develop and maintain roadway, bridge, and drainage systems maintenance regimes.
- Manage heavy construction projects, mining and production of aggregate materials, and the hauling and placing of roadway maintenance materials.
- Use a personal computer and software to enter data and text, develop and manipulate complex mathematical formulas, analyze data, and assist in developing long range plans and short term solutions.
- Work in person, via phone, e-mai,l and through written correspondence.
- Perform field operations and office cost accounting review of construction and maintenance activities accomplished by staff and contractors.
- Apply private sector concepts effectively to public sector administration.
- Develop and monitor project budgets.
- Inspect work to ensure adherence to plans, specifications, and contracts.
- Manage multi-million dollar capital construction projects, annual budgets, and heavy equipment fleets.
Intermediate Ability to:
- Review, analyze, and make independent assessments of accident and traffic count data.
- Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, members of the community, outside contractors, consultants, suppliers, and others contacted in the course of work though dispute mediation and coordination of efforts.
- A Bachelors egree in a suitable major course of study from an accredited college or university.
- Ten years of progressively more responsible supervisory/management experience in field design and operations, estimating and office management areas of public works heavy construction, maintenance, and repair to include construction and maintenance of asphalt and gravel roadways, earthen roadways, and roadway drainage structures, roadside drainage systems and earthwork, production of aggregate materials, hauling and placing of roadway construction materials, and safe work zone practices.
- Possession of and ability to maintain any related professional licenses and designations desirable.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
- Ability to climb in and out of standard size four wheel drive truck approximately 5-6 times per day.
- Ability to walk 1 to 3 miles a day on various outdoor terrain.
- Ability to drive 100 to 200 miles per day in a four-wheel drive truck.
- Climb up to 20 steps 3 times per day to second floor office.
- Able to sit, stand, or walk up to 1 to 3 hour intervals.
- Fine and gross motor coordination to operate a manual or automatic vehicle.
- Hear and speak clearly on the phone to citizens and employees. May be using a hands free cell phone while operating a vehicle.