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Kent County Government - Job Description
Director of Public Works

FSLA Status: Exempt
Closing Date: June 7, 2017

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
KENT COUNTY, MARYLAND

The County Commissioners of Kent County are currently accepting applications for a Director of Public Works. The Director supervises and manages the operations of the Public Works Department, which includes County Roads, Environmental Operations, Buildings & Grounds Maintenance, and Water & Waste Water Services. The position is responsible for policy development, program planning, fiscal management, administration, and operation of the Public
Works Department and its divisions. Must possess a B.S. degree in civil engineering, sanitary,or environmental engineering or related field and seven to ten years’ experience, including three years of supervisory experience, experience managing a public water and wastewater facility desirable, 1 year of experience in road maintenance/construction project management,and contract Administration, or equivalent technical training, education or experience.
Experience in Local Government operations preferred. Licensed as a professional engineer desirable. Salary range is Grade 12 ($79,269 - $126,830),with comprehensive benefits package.

Application and job specification may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, 400 High Street, 2nd Floor, Chestertown, MD 21620, (410)778-4595 or go to www.kentcounty.com. Receipt of application is required by 4:30 pm. on June 7, 2017.

Screening for illegal drug use will be required prior to appointment. EOE.


Job Summary: Supervises and manages the operations of the Public Works Department, which includes County Roads, Environmental Operations (Solid Waste, Recycling, and Public Landings), Buildings & Grounds Maintenance, and Water & Waste Water Services. The position is responsible for policy development, program planning, fiscal management, administration, and operation of the Public Works Department and its divisions.

Essential Functions

Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

 -Plans, directs, and evaluates all daily activities of the department.
 -Develops Requests for Proposals for department vendors, selects successful bidders and obtains Commission approval for all selections.
 -Maintains effective and collaborative relationships with County Commissioners, County Administrator, all departments within County government and with selected vendors.
 -Represents the County in negotiations with other agencies regarding issues pertaining to Public Works.
 -Prepares annual budgets and approves procurements.
 -Provides effective direction to assigned staff including monitoring and evaluating job performance, hiring, training, coaching and modeling expected behaviors.
 -Attends public hearings and meetings as required; addresses public concerns and complaints via oral or written form regarding Public Works related matters.
 -Responds to questions or information requests from County Commissioners and keeps County Administrator aware of any difficulties with department operations.
 -Provides management at any hour in response to severe weather events; directs department responses when other County offices are closed due to severe weather.
 -Writes and reviews reports, engineering documents and plans.
 -Performs other duties as required.

Supervision: The position reports to the County Administrator. The position directly or indirectly supervises department staff.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

 -Communications Skills: Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with public officials, customers, staff and vendors. Ability to write clearly and informatively; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, supervisors and stakeholders.
 -Customer Service: Represents the department professionally and effectively in both internal and external interactions. Manages difficult or challenging situations successfully. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of cultural background, status, or position. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others� views.
 -Leadership and Management Skills: Creates and communicates the department�s vision. Builds commitment and supports employee growth and success. Sets expectations and monitors activities. Recognizes the accomplishments of others; demonstrates ability to create and lead in a team-oriented environment. Builds morale and group commitment to goals and objectives. Inspires and motivates others to perform well. Demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
 -Innovation and Change Management Skills: Displays original thinking and creativity. Develops innovative approaches and ideas. Presents ideas and information in a manner that is easily understood. Understands and contributes to evolving processes in response to changing communities and advances in technology.
 -Technical Skills: Uses e-mail to connect and communicate with staff and stakeholders. Effectively uses the Internet to access local, state and federal data and information.

Education and Experience:
1.Bachelor�s degree in civil engineering, sanitary, or environmental engineering or related field and seven to ten years� experience, including three years of supervisory experience.
2.Experience managing a public water and wastewater facility preferred, 1 year of experience in road maintenance/construction project management, and contract administration.
3.Or equivalent technical training, education or experience.
4.Experience in Local Government operations preferred.
5.Licensed as a professional engineer desirable.
6.Valid Maryland Class C Driver�s License or equivalent and an acceptable motor vehicle record.
7.Knowledge of standard office software.

Physical and Environmental Conditions:
Work is typically conducted in a normal office setting which provides comfortable lighting, temperature and air conditions. Occasional light lifting, such as three to four reams of paper, four or five books, or other materials (up to 50 pounds) may be required.

Work may require exposure to extreme weather conditions or exposure to hazardous chemicals at treatment facilities.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

This and all County positions are subject to transfer, based on need.
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Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
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