Director of Public Works

City of Gastonia | Gastonia, NC

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Posted Date 4/15/2018

Salary and Benefits: $48.07-$55.29 per hour

Post Date: 04/13/2018

Performs complex professional and administrative work overseeing the Public Works Department including equipment services, solid waste, field operations, and building maintenance. Work involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the Assistant City Manager. Departmental supervision is exercised over all departmental personnel. Does related work as required.

Essential Functions/Duties:

Serves as Department Head over the Equipment Services, Solid Waste, Field Operations, and Building Maintenance divisions. Plans, directs, oversees and coordinates activities of the department through supervision of subordinate personnel. In consultation with division managers, establishes broad operating policies and procedures, goals and objectives.35%
Oversees the preparation and reviews departmental operating budgets and capital budgets; oversees the development and implementation of solid waste rate schedules;15%
Facilitates the disposition of correspondence and preparation of a wide variety of administrative and technical reports concerning all functions of the department for the City Manager, Mayor and City Council, City Council committees, appointed citizens committees and the public.10%
Reviews and interprets state and federal regulations and legislation that relate to the Public Works Department.15%
Plans, reviews, approves and oversees major projects involving the construction of a variety of public works projects; Arbitrates contractual disputes with contractors, developers and consultants;20%
Researches and makes recommendations regarding administrative and operational policy and ordinance changes to the City Manager and Mayor and City Council;5%

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of public works operations; extensive knowledge of the materials, methods, practices and equipment used in the operation of equipment services, solid waste, field operations, and building maintenance; knowledge of municipal public works administration, planning and design; comprehensive knowledge of municipal accounting and finance as related to public works operations; ability to prepare comprehensive financial, administrative and technical studies and reports and communicate complex ideas effectively, to a variety of audiences; ability to maintain effective working relationships with City officials, other local, state and federal career and elected officials, employees, contractors, industries, and the general public.

Education/Experience/Physical Demands/Special Requirements/Additional Information:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Engineering or related field and extensive experience in managing public works administration and operations, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's degree and Professional Engineering registration in the State of North Carolina preferred.


NIMS 100, 200, 300 400 and 700 levels within twelve months of hire.
Valid North Carolina driver's license.

The physical activity of this position includes:

Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or couching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces. This factor is important if the amount and kind of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium

Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction

Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.

Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of the fingertips.

Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal spoken word levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on machined parts.

Repetitive Motions: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.

The physical requirements of this position:

Office Environment Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Office environment work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are categorized as office environment if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other Office Environment Work criteria are met.

The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision:
The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform the following:

Preparing and analyzing data and figures; accounting; computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines (including inspection)

The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position:
The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions; Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.

The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in a typical office or administrative work environment).

Drug screening, criminal background, and a POET (post offer employment testing) are required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The City of Gastonia is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/H


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