Department of Public Works Superintendent
Distinguishing Features of the Class: Work involves management and complete operation of the Public Works Department, including highways, buildings, parks, water and wastewater treatment plants and other public works functions. Work is performed under the general direction of the Mayor in conjunction with policies established by the Common Council, with wide leeway for independent decisions in scheduling and planning of work methods and procedures. Does related work as required.
Typical Work Activities:
• Directs and supervises the safe and efficient operation of the City’s public works department.
• Prepares and maintains work schedules.
• Develops and implements policies pertaining to the public works department.
• Prepares budgets and administers budget appropriations.
• Implements approved plans and specifications for public works projects.
• Prepares specifications for public works contracts.
• Performs routine inspections of plants, buildings, and equipment.
• Makes recommendations for necessary repair, maintenance, and/or replacement.
• Aids in the development of personnel policies, municipal bargaining strategies, and labor contracts.
• Serves in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and other government officials as it relates to the public works department.
• Serves as City representative to various local, county, regional, state, or national organizations and agencies which formulate policies and develop planning criteria or methods for assessing merits of various public works programs.
• Represents the City in discussions with other governments, organizations, agencies, and individuals as they relate to public works programs and functions.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics:
• Thorough knowledge of the practices used and equipment required as they relate to the municipal operation of streets, parks, various types of water and wastewater systems, and computer system as they relate to the public works function.
• Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions.
• Ability to communicate effectively with superiors and subordinates and with the general public verbally and in writing.
• Plan and supervise the work of others efficiently.
• Good knowledge of standard budgetary procedures.
• To read and work from engineering drawing and schematics.
• Thorough knowledge of common personnel procedures and practices, including staffing, supervision and deployment of personnel.
• Ability to set and meet goals.
• Sound judgment, integrity, discretion, and resourcefulness.
• Physical condition commensurate with the duties of the position.
• Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma.
• Graduation from a regionally accredited or NYS registered four year college with a bachelor’s degree in civil or environmental engineering or a related field and four years’ experience in public works operations or a related field.
• Graduation from a regionally accredited or NYS registered two year
college with a associate’s degree in civil or environmental engineering or a related field and seven years’ of progressively responsible experience in public works operations or a related field.
• Ten years of progressively responsible experience in public works, with a minimum four years’ experience in public works management.
• An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of the above, sufficient to demonstrate the ability to perform the work.
• Candidate must possess the following at time of appointment:
o A valid NYS driver’s license.
o Grade III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators certificate issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
o Grade D, C, IIB and IIA Water Treatment Operators Certificate issued by the NYS Department of Health. IA and IB certificates are desirable but not required.
o Must obtain a 5A NYSDEC Aquatic pesticide Certificate within one year of employment.