Public Works Director
Travis County - Austin, TX

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Under direction of the TNR department's Assistant Director, plans, organizes, directs, reviews and evaluates the activities, functions and operations of the Public Works division. Coordinates and works closely with officials, department heads and outside agencies. Serves as professional technical advisor, and may represent the department and/or County with customers and media. Monitors and oversees that services delivered are in compliance with statutory applicable laws, rules, regulations and applicable standards and procedures established by the state, court and the department.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This is a job classification within the Senior Management/Middle Management job family. Incumbents in this classification serves as the administrator. This classification is distinguished by the administrative duties and responsibilities, licensed as a P rofessional Engineer (P.E.), and required additional senior level management, project management and/or administrative experience. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Plans, organizes, directs, reviews and evaluates the activities, functions and operations of the division.
  • Coordinates and works closely with officials, department heads, multiple outside suppliers, other County employees and outside agencies. Serves as professional technical advisor, and may represent the department and/or County with customers and media.
  • Monitors and oversees that services delivered are in compliance with statutory applicable laws, rules, regulations and applicable standards and procedures established by the state, court and the department.
  • Manages the resources of the department to ensure the completion of long-term projects on time and under budget. Develops and implements plans for financing improvements and reviews and approves the improvements. Reviews plans, reports, budget estimates and proposals. Manages the preparation and administration of the budget. Prepares a variety of fiscal and administrative reports.
  • Negotiates and oversees services contracts, supplemental agreements and services assuring financial integrity. Oversees the preparation of bid documents and contracts, and manages these contracts to successful completion. Monitors inter-governmental actions.
  • Directs and participates in the development and implementation of strategic short and long-term plans. Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures or priorities, and coordinates with officials to achieve those goals. Plans, schedules, reviews and evaluates work needs on a short and long-term basis. Studies and standardizes department policies and practices.
  • Supervises professional, technical and administrative support staff, evaluates staff job performance, coordinates schedules and assignments. Authorizes staff productive and non-productive work hours. Confers with and advises staff on problems related to the design, operation, interpretation and compliance of systems.
  • Analyzes and responds to difficult inquires, grievances and complaints.
  • Represents the County by attending meetings, community meetings, seminars, conferences and professional association meetings. Participates in private organizations and serves on related committees.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering AND eight (8) years of directly related, increasingly responsible and varied professional engineering project management, developing and managing public works, or municipal management experience, including five (5) years of senior level management, project management and/or administrator experience.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
Licensed to practice as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Texas issued by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. If licensed in another state, must acquire license reciprocity in the State of Texas within six (6) months of date of hire.
Valid Texas Driver's License.

Preferred:
Master's degree in Civil Engineering or a directly related field AND eight (8) years of directly related, increasingly responsible and varied professional engineering project management, developing and managing public works or municipal management experience, including five (5) years of senior level management, project management and/or administrator experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices, programs, systems, methods and techniques of municipal public works, including planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance.
  • Technical, legal, financial and public relation problems involved in the conduct of a municipal public works program.
  • Methods of preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, reports and recommendations relating to proposed public works facilities.
  • Principles of project management, including scheduling, estimating, contracts and budgeting.
  • Theory, principles, practices and methods of state and local public engineering, construction, street maintenance and contract administration.
  • Advanced mathematical and statistical methods as used in engineering and planning.
  • Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, regulatory codes, rules, permits, licenses, purposes, sources, standards, policies and procedures.
  • Recent developments and current literature regarding engineering.
  • Methods, practices and techniques of inspections, compliance and enforcement.
  • Budget preparation and office management.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, maps, records, graphics, project scheduling and management, and other related engineering applications.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
Skill in:
  • Planning and directing a variety of engineering projects.
  • Improving seamless customer service delivery.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with the community, employees and other agencies.
  • Analyzing and evaluating complex data, technical engineering data and reports.
  • Contract negotiation, compliance and dispute resolution.
  • Supervisory principles, practices and techniques.
  • Applying principles and practices as used in engineering.
  • Adapting approved engineering methods and standards in variety of engineering projects.
  • Contract management and project budgeting.
  • Using and caring of equipment, tools and testing materials.
  • Using and caring of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), Geographic Information System (GIS) and other related electronic equipment.
  • Explaining complicated technical problems in simple non-technical language.
  • Problem-solving and technical decision-making for developing effective solutions.
  • Both verbal and written communication.
Ability to:
  • Direct, plan and implement division operations and activities.
  • Provide operational management, administration, organizational leadership and team building.
  • Manage and prioritize programs, projects and activities.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility, and to schedule and program work on a long-term basis.
  • Perform complex engineering studies, analysis and design.
  • Work independently.
  • Exercise sound judgment and make decisions.
  • Manage time well, perform multiple tasks and organize diverse activities.
  • Perform technical research, calculations and computations, and prepare plans and reports.
  • Convey complex ideas and concepts verbally and in writing.
  • Plan, assign, supervise, train and review the work of professional and technical subordinates.
  • Interpret plans, specifications, standards, policies, procedures and regulatory codes.
  • Respond to inquiries from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the professional community.
  • Perform in a fast-paced and stressful environment while maintaining a professional manner.
  • Make appropriate and effective public presentations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees and officials, developers, engineers, contractors, representatives of outside agencies, and the general public.

Work Environment & Other Information:

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 10-60 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions. Subject to contact with noise, vibration, fumes, foul odor, dirt, dust, mist, gases, and poor ventilation, parts, and tools or machinery. Requires use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, and gloves. Requires fieldwork, and exposure to traffic, public work development sites, construction site hazards, climbing and walking and traveling over rough, uneven, mud, rocky, high grass terrain, and indoors/outdoors in all types of weather (excessive heat and cold).

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
*Works some nights and weekends

Location: 411 West 13th Street, Austin

Department: Transportation and Natural Resources

Driving, Education & Employment Background Check Required

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