Employment Opportunities

Current Employment Opportunities with the City of Meridian:

Job Title: Director of Public Works
Department: Public Works
Reports To: Mayor
Open Date: April 29, 2021
Close Date: Open Until Filled, First Review May 14, 2021
Hiring Salary: $8,553.35 - $10,921.17 per month, DOE
Salary Range: $8,553.35 - $12,823.71 per month, DOE

Job Summary:

The Director of Public Works is responsible for providing broad and high-level oversight of a full-service Public Works organization for the City of Meridian. Duties include developing and overseeing public works standards, practices, policies and procedures; planning, organizing and supervising the financing, design, construction and maintenance of potable water production and distribution systems, wastewater collection and treatment systems, reclaimed water treatment and distribution systems, engineering services for land development, storm water program, flood plain program, coordination with county and state street agencies, streetlights, , business operations, fleet and facility maintenance services, GIS activities, asset management, environmental services, solid waste and recycling, and other public works projects, plans, programs and services. This position is part of the Mayor’s executive team and participates in the formulation of City and Public Works Department operations policies.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Serves as principle advisor to the Mayor and Council on engineering and Public Works matters. Exercises extensive independent judgment and initiative in the performance of work.

Directs and supervises through subordinates, all operations of the Public Works Department.

Coordinates the development of long-range strategies, plans, policies and programs with other City and government agencies.

Represents Public Works and the City before legislative and special governmental bodies and before the general public; consults and coordinates on behalf of the City as needed.

Directs departmental budgets, personnel, and physical plant requirements.

Prepares, reviews, defends and administers multimillion-dollar annual department budgets; includes forecasting, cost analyses, enterprise fund rate studies and financial performance audits and reports.

Oversees department ten (10) year consolidated financial plan including operational and capital expenditures

Oversees utility rate reviews and recommends changes to established rates.

Manages the City’s Enterprise Fund to assure its financial integrity; communicates with the CFO on the financial condition and the long term needs of the funding sources.

Directs the preparation and review of plans, specifications, estimates and contracts for a wide array of public works projects.

Oversees public works maintenance activities and organizes available resources for maintenance, improvement, and repair of water, sewer, public works vehicles and equipment, and City facilities; determines the need for new equipment and facilities, major repair and rebuilding projects.

Reviews construction plans and consults on engineering and land development design.

Develops performance measures and targets; implements continuous process improvement strategies.

Works closely with Community Development in creating economic growth and development strategies, land use, policies and plans.

Provides departmental support for the public, City departments, public agencies, community organizations, Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council as well as regional and State governmental entities.

Provides coordination and collaboration with local and state transportation agencies including but not limited to ACHD and ITD.

Provides coordination with local irrigation entities

Provides executive review and ensures compliance with local, state and federal legislation and policies.

Assesses organizational risks and managed liabilities.

Identifies, secures and administers partnership funding opportunities.

Other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, business administration, public administration or a related field required.

Master’s degree in same or similar disciplines preferred.

Certified Professional Engineer License preferred.

Requires a minimum of ten to twelve (10-12) years of progressively responsible management experience in professional engineering, administration or management, five (5) of which should be at a managerial level; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Previous experience must include providing leadership to subordinates including effective coaching, change management, performance management, and demonstrating a positive attitude with resiliency to bounce back from setbacks.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Position requires working knowledge of municipal or utility engineering, including administrative experience.

Requires working knowledge of the field of public works administration, wastewater, water, transportation practices and City ordinances, especially those relating to Public Works.

Requires working knowledge of state and federal regulations as it relates to the operation of water and wastewater utilities.

Requires working knowledge of standard personnel management practices.

Requires working knowledge of budget development and implementation.

Must have proven organizational/time management skills, delegation and presentation skills.

Must display an attitude of cooperation and demonstrate the ability to work well with others.

Position requires the ability to think strategically to continue to identify, evaluate, articulate and execute strategic opportunities.

Must be proficient with Microsoft Office suite of programs.

Must possess excellent technical writing skills and the ability to prepare reports and correspondence.

Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, whether in a group or on a individual basis and be proactive in addressing conflict and providing mentorship.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

Work is performed primarily in an office environment with moderate noise level. The incumbent is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions. The position also requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes which permits the employee to function in the general office environment to accomplish tasks.

Often requires sitting at a desk or in meetings for extended periods of time up to 8 hours per day and the ability to lift up to 40 lbs.

Constantly requires clarity of speech and hearing, which permits the employee to communicate effectively.

Constantly requires clear vision to read printed materials and computer screen to accomplish work.
Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.

Travel Requirements

Frequent local travel is required using City-owned vehicles. Occasional statewide or out-of-state travel may be required.