Summary Under general direction of the County Administrator, is responsible for the administration and operation of the County Highway Department. Performs related duties as required .
Examples of Duties:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Assumes all duties as provided by Wisconsin Statutes.
Develops departmental administrative and operating policies and procedures and reporting activities.
Plans, assigns and supervises highway construction and maintenance.
Manages the preparation of designs, drawings, and specifications of construction and maintenance of highways and highway structures.
Prepares and monitors the annual budget. Secures and administers Federal and State funding. Prepares department schedules and operating reports.
Participates in the development of a five (5) year plan for the Highway Department. Reviews and adjusts the plan due to budget and maintenance constraints. Reviews Wisconsin Information Systems for Local Roads (WISLR) and prioritizes conditions of the highway system for future maintenance.
Maintains fleet of equipment. Advises the Highway Committee on purchase of new equipment.
Responsible for and implements training on the proper use, maintenance and storage of all equipment.
Assists in the purchase of right-of-way for new road construction and bridge projects.
Develops cost estimates of proposed highway projects for the County, towns, cities, villages and related projects for other departments within the County organization.
Investigates highway conditions for needed repairs and hazards.
Orders materials and equipment and provides inventory management of materials.
Cooperates, advises, and collaborates with and makes presentations to, municipal officials, state and federal governmental agencies, County Board, various community business and education groups, and County departments regarding, but not limited to, department activities, funding issues, and regulatory requirements related to the construction and maintenance of highways.
Directs and participates in agenda preparation, recording of minutes, development of background information, meeting content, and other staff support for Highway Committee Meetings, Semi-annual Safety Meetings, and Safety Committee Meetings.
Drafts, maintains, reviews, and files records and reports as required. Custodian of all records, reports and plans related to the County Trunk Highway System.
Remains on call, or appoints designee to be on call, twenty-four (24) hours a day for highway emergencies.
It is unlikely an employee will perform all the duties listed on a regular basis, nor is the list exhaustive in the sense it covers all the duties that an employee maybe required to perform. The examples are merely indicative, not restrictive.
Manages employees in the Highway Department. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the Highway Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelors Degree with major in civil engineering, business management, or other related field from an accredited college or university; five or more years management experience in highway maintenance; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and communicate orally and in writing and respond to questions from County Board Supervisors, Town Boards and Chairpersons, legislators, municipal officials, civic groups, business representatives, State and Federal transportation agency personnel, other County Highway Commissioners, Department Heads, employees, vendors, and the general public. Ability to communicate and enforce departmental and county policies, procedures and practices. Ability to persuade, explain, defend, and justify departmental activities and functions to others within and outside of the County.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to use functional reasoning in performing influence functions such as supervising, managing, leading, teaching, and directing.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of word processing software, spreadsheets and database programs. Ability to learn the operation of County computer systems.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Possession of a valid Wisconsin Driver's License. Commercial Driver’s License Class A, B, C, D and endorsements N and Air Brakes preferred.
Other Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of the laws, codes, regulations, and budget process pertaining to the construction and maintenance of highway and highway structures.
Thorough knowledge of highway machines and equipment. Ability to prepare specifications for equipment and purchases.
Thorough knowledge of engineering design concepts related to road construction, maintenance and costs.
Ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of others in all phases of assignments associated with highway construction and maintenance.
Ability to manage contractors performing road construction for the County.
Ability to give technical advice and to make comprehensive recommendations in important problems.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and perform public relation activities with county officials, Department Heads, municipal representatives, state representatives, vendors, department employees, and the public.
Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to walk and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit and smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock and vibration.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.