Plans, directs, manages, and oversees overall operation of the County Public Works Department including engineering, stormwater, energy, roads and bridges, parks and recreation, facilities and Runyon Field Sports Complex. Renders technical direction and advice on matters of an engineering nature related to County operations including roads and bridges, building construction and other capital projects, environmental issues and ADA compliance matters.
Responsibilities include strategic and technical direction of all Public Works projects and activities, budgeting and fiscal management, procurement, facility and equipment management, and supervision of division managers.
Examples of Duties
Essential Job Functions
Exercises direct, first-level supervision of positions, employees, operations and activities. Includes coordinating staff training, assigning and reviewing work, participating in the interview and selection process, making recommendations impacting pay, status and disciplinary action, evaluating performance independently or in conjunction with a higher level supervisor/manager and approving time off, and approving staff timesheets.
Leads, manages and act as a mentor for a diverse group of engineering, professional, technical operators, field and administrative staff in the accomplishment of wide-ranging municipal public works functions; directly supervises division managers.
Oversees development of appropriate policies, procedures, and plans to ensure the successful completion of public works projects in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and maintain accurate records of project costs, revenues, and progress.
Manages projects with time sensitive deadlines, challenging situations and monetary budget constraints.
Addresses multiple types of public audiences and to communicate openly and directly at all levels on technical subjects and sensitive topics in a clear, objective, and persuasive manner.
Oversees mineral extraction, specifically gravel pits, with the ability to interpret and explain rules, regulations and operational procedures.
Reviews and administers energy conservation efforts, renewable energy project review and implementation and green initiatives.
Oversees and administers large scale recreational facilities and fosters a positive working relationship with their board of directors.
Participates in decisions related to overall planning, designing, and managing construction, capital improvement and general engineering projects.
Participates in decisions related to overall road and bridge engineering, design, construction and maintenance services.
Participates in decisions related to overall planning, designing and implementing all modifications and improvements to County facilities, including all modifications as they relate to ADA compliance; participates on Pueblo ADA Advisory Committee.
Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of civil engineering principles, management principles and project management skills in operations to further County mission and goals.
Oversees the preparation of applications and administers federal (such as FEMA) and state grants for capital improvement programs; ensures coordination of grant program administration with financial grant administration.
Plans, directs, controls and coordinates, through subordinate level managers and supervisors, the work programs of the department; establishes and monitors controls to evaluate performance, meets with managers and supervisors to identify issues, recommends and takes appropriate actions to correct performance and to adjust program efforts to meet requirements.
Manages positions and personnel of the department; enforces County personnel policies and procedures within the department.
Plans and uses resources; prepares budgets, negotiates contracts and approves expenditures; develops and administers departmental informational resources and safeguards their use.
Performs cost control activities including monitoring revenues and expenditures to assure sound fiscal control; preparing annual budget requests, and assuring effective and efficient use of budget funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.
Oversees project management for Public Works and Facility projects; practices an efficient project management system (i.e. Gantt Charts) to monitor all projects to ensure compliance with time and budget parameters.
Provides regular reports on project timelines and budgets.
Coordinates departmental plans and schedules with other County units; reports delays and problems and takes appropriate actions to ensure effective coordination of activities.
Develops plans to meet unexpected situations and new developments; prepares for emergencies; keeps abreast of changes in fields of Civil Engineering, Public Works administration and facilities.
Communicates, interacts effectively, and maintains effective public relations with individuals and groups at all levels; informs interested and involved parties of matters requiring their attention.
Maintains an efficient Work Order System for all work request.
Ensures compliance with all government levels of applicable policies, rules, regulations, and laws.
Serves on task forces, work groups, and committees as working member, resource, and leader. (Specifically, Pueblo County Risk Management Committee, Pueblo ADA Advisory Committee.)
Resolves problems affecting services to users.
Represents the department and County as required.
Responds to emergencies; 24/7 response time.
Drives a vehicle in the normal course of business.
Builds and maintains community relations.
Performs other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Fills in for other staff as necessary and/or required.
Attends meetings, classes and trainings as required or requested by supervisors.
Responds to citizen requests and concerns related to public works activities, addresses complaints and resolves problems.
Solicits changes to improve procedures that would result in efficiencies, cost savings, and safety.
Communicates actively, clearly, and regularly with supervisor and co-workers on all work-related topics.
Understands, observes, enforces, and complies with all Governmental, Pueblo County, and Departmental policies, procedures, and protocols when performing job duties.
Possesses excellent oral and written skills to communicate effectively.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with Pueblo County employees from same or different departments/offices, entities, vendors, members of the community, and all customers.
Ensures that employees observe all safety procedures and practices in order to prevent injuries or damage.
Schedules meetings with employees on regular basis to provide adequate information to ensure active communication at all levels.
Fosters a positive and safe work environment among all public works staff based on respect, integrity, fairness, and teamwork.
Experience with, and understanding of, occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Knowledge of methods of preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, reports and recommendations relating to municipal utilities and other public works.
Effectively manages multiple projects at once.
Effectively deals with stressful situations.
Easily adapts to sudden and unexpected changes in work assignments.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to operate standard office equipment, including, computers, computer software, calculators, printers, copiers, scanners and facsimile machines.
Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including training, discipline, selection, and evaluation.
Supervises and mentors professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
Principles, practices and methods of civil engineering.
Principles and practices of road engineering and transportation planning.
Strong knowledge of the principles and practices of project management.
Knowledge and understanding of procurement policies and methods that assure the best value at the best price while maintaining a strict compliance with Pueblo County bidding and procurement rules.
Methods, material techniques, and equipment used in the construction of facilities and systems.
Knowledge of Project Management reporting tools.
Ability to create reports and Gantt Charts.
Public Works planning, design and administration.
Ability to plan, organize and direct a large public works agency; to provide technical direction and
leadership to staff, including professional engineers.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the County Commissioners, County Manager, employees, other agencies and the general public.
Knowledge of management principles and techniques as applied to the organization and direction of a large public works agency.
Ability to develop, review and administer RFP's and Grants.
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Civil Engineering required.
Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering preferred.
Minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible Civil Engineering experience required.
Minimum of four years of supervisory experience.
Minimum of three years of management and administrative responsibility required.
Experience with RFP's and Grants preferred.
Licenses and/or Certificates:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
Colorado Professional Engineer License preferred.
Must successfully pass background check.
Pueblo County residence or relocation to Pueblo County required.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
Occasionally (Less than 25% of the time)
Strength-Lifts, carries, push, pulls or otherwise moves objects up to 25 pounds.
Strength-Lifts, carries, push, pulls or otherwise moves objects from 25 to 50 pounds.
Strength -Lifts, carries, push, pulls or otherwise moves objects from 50 to 75 pounds.
Strength-Lifts, carries, push, pulls or otherwise moves objects from 75 to 100 pounds.
Climbing-Ascends or descends using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
Stooping-Bends body downward and forward. Requires use of lower extremities and back muscles.
Kneeling-Bends legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
Crouching-Bends body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.
Crawling-Moves about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
Feeling-Perceives attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, or texture, by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
Vibration-Exposure to a shaking object or surface. This factor is rated important when vibrations cause a strain on the body or extremities.
Equipment Utilized-Basic hand tools such as hammers, shovel, screwdriver, etc.
Equipment Utilized-Power tools and small motorized equipment such as radial saw, drill, lawn mower, floor polisher, etc..
Hazards-Proximity to moving, mechanical part or exposure to electrical shock.
Hazards-Works in high, exposed places.
Hazards-Exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals.
Schedule-Works shift work, weekends, holidays and subject to on call duty.
Frequently (25% to 50% of the time)
Reaching-Extends hand(s) and arms(s) in any directions.
Handling-Seizes, holds, grasps, turns or otherwise works with hand(s).
Exposure to Weather-Exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid or windy conditions caused by the weather or non weather-related conditions.
Hazards-Exposure to dust, fumes, gases or airborne particles.
Regularly (50% to 100 % of the time)
Strength-Sits with brief periods of walking and/or standing.
Strength-Walks and/or stands with brief periods of sitting.
Fingering-Picks, pinches, types or otherwise works primarily with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm as in handling.
Noise-Exposure to constant or intermittent sounds or a pitch or level sufficient to cause marked distraction or possible hearing loss.
Platform for Movement-Work requires walking on uneven surfaces, climbing or working on ladders, scaffolds or heavy equipment.
Equipment Utilized-Office equipment such as computer, phone, fax, copiers, scanners, adding machine, etc.
Hazards-Works in roadways, constructions or accident zones.
Vehicles-Drives automobile and/or truck.
Balancing-Maintains body equilibrium to prevent falling on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces; or maintains body equilibrium when performing feats of agility.
Confined/Restricted Working Environment-Work is performed in narrow or restrictive space(s).
Equipment Utilized-Heavy equipment such as backhoe, grader, dump truck, etc.
Occasional out of town travel required.
Work is subject to recurring deadlines and interruptions, and the employee is required to work beyond normal scheduled work hours.
24/7 response time required.