Director of Public Works


Director of Public Works
40 hours per week                             

Administers plans and directs the activities of Public Works Department; does related work as required.  The work of this class involves administrative responsibility for the activities of the Public Works Department includes construction and maintenance of streets and sidewalks, drainage system, storm water traffic engineering, motor vehicle maintenance, maintenance of public grounds parks, harbors and coordinate the activities of the Department, subject to the general directions of the Town Manager.  The duties involve responsibility for furnishing technical advice to other department heads, the Town Manager concerning public works issues.  The position requires a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering, and a high degree of ability to plan and coordinate the work of others.

Supervision Scope: Performs highly responsible work requiring the exercise of considerable independent judgement in the planning, direction and control of the operation and maintenance of public works infrastructure.

For work outdoors, the incumbent is subject to variable weather conditions and the hazards associated with construction sites and public works projects.  Administrative work is performed under typical office conditions.  May be required to work on weekends and may be contacted at home at any time to respond to important situations and emergencies.

Makes frequent contacts with the general public, other town departments/boards/committees, regional and state governmental agencies, vendors, contractors, developers, and real estate brokers.  Contacts require a high level of persuasiveness and resourcefulness to influence the behaviors of others. span>  Contacts are in person, in writing and by telephone and require discussing complex managerial, administrative, and technical matters.

Prepares plans, and schedules public works projects, and plans future projects;

Prepares specifications and bid requirements for materials, equipment and supplies;

Reviews plans and specifications for construction projects;

Conducts public hearings and meetings as required for construction projects and grant applications;

Prepares reports on various Department activities, programs, projects and proposals;

Reviews and approves Department purchases and bill payments;

Investigates damage claims;

Prepares specifications for and supervises solid waste collection contracts;

Supervises operation, maintenance of street system, including pavements, signing and markings;

Responds to citizen’s inquiries and complaints;

Confers with subordinates on special problems of Departmental administration;

Oversees the ongoing construction projects by private contractors and consulting engineering Contracts;

Follows up Departmental activities through periodic reports of subordinates and through Inspections;

Supervises the compilation of cost data and estimates;

Makes field inspections of projects;

Develops the Department’s budget/prepares long financial studies/oversees finances of department.

Helps prepares five year Capital Improvement Program within guidelines determined by the Town Charter;

Responds as necessary to emergencies and must be available for 24/7 on call status to respond to emergency events.

Coordinates local efforts in industrial pretreatment and cross connection programs;

Seeks state and federal grant funds for DP projects and purchases, and state and federal funds for reimbursement for outlays of the town in addressing emergency situations;

Works with financial departments in monitoring and tracking the expenditure of federal state funds, ensuring timely reimbursements and the appropriateness of the expenditures;

Regular attendance at the workplace is required;

Performs similar or related duties as required or as situation dictates.

Thorough knowledge of the principal civil and sanitary engineering as applied to the administration of diversified public works activities; through knowledge of the sources of construction information and facility in the application of engineering methods; ability to develop working plans, and supervise and coordinate engineering and construction work; ability to prepare plans and reports; initiative and resourcefulness in handling general public works problems; good physical condition; thorough knowledge of municipal finance.  Bachelor’s Degree in Civil, Environmental or Chemical Engineering required additional engineering disciplines or education in Business Management or Public Administration will be considered with the requisite experience. Extensive responsible professional municipal public works administrative experience five to eight years of progressively responsible experience in a municipal public works management, construction and maintenance; supervisory experience required; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the combination of education and experience. 

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.

Work requires moderate physical effort.  The incumbent must have the physical ability to work outside during all types of weather conditions.  This position requires the physical ability to occasionally lift materials more than 60 pounds while working in adverse weather conditions.  Employee is constantly required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear; vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

The Town offers excellent health, vacation and pension benefits. The salary for the Public Works Director will be based upon qualifications and experience.  To receive consideration for this position, submit a cover letter of interest, resume, and at least three professional references.  Send information to Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Manager, P.O. Box 220, Block Island, RI 02807, electronically to  Position open until filled. EOE


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