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Director of Public Works and Utilities

Social Circle

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Director of Public Works and Utilities:  Full Time - Exempt

Social Circle, Georgia

Posted:  March 29, 2021

The City of Social Circle is seeking a Director of Public Works and Utilities.  This is a senior management level position, overseeing the functions of engineering, maintenance and operation of city properties and infrastructure, and management of the water, wastewater, and gas utilities. This position will also supervise the staff who manage the operations of the Water Treatment Plant and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, exceptional leadership ability, and broad experience in public works, and utility system management. 

Social Circle is a collaborative and community oriented environment where our expectation is excellence in providing City services.  This is a unique opportunity for the right individual to work in a small town atmosphere with excellent quality of life and a positive economic and employment outlook.  The City is supportive of training and networking to provide and maintain exceptional city services in a cost effective and responsive manner.

The Public Works Director is appointed by and reports to the City Manager. The Public Works Department will supervise 25 staff and manage an annual operating budget of approximately $7 m. with up to $3 m of capital improvement projects.

The City of Social Circle is a historic community that is located approximately 45 miles east of Atlanta in the Historic Heartlands section of Georgia in rural Walton County. The population of the city is approximately 5000.  We are a small town with a big heart and we are a community proud of its history.  We are actively seeking ways to maintain our small town atmosphere, to preserve our quality of life, and to create the best business climate for quality growth.  We believe that Social Circle is "Georgia's Greatest Little Town".  Our pride in our city is reflected in our community’s commitment and dedication to excellence.

Ideal Candidates:

Candidates should have demonstrated experience, professional excellence, integrity, and leadership ability, should be able to communicate and interact professionally and effectively in all situations, and should be able to problem solve effectively.  The ideal candidate will be familiar with field operations, personable and service oriented, and able to create and sustain an effective and efficient work group through leadership, training, collaboration, and personnel management.

Preferred qualifications include Class I operator for Water and Wastewater Treatment plants, experience in public works projects and roadway maintenance, familiarity with public utility (water, wastewater, and gas) system management and regulatory requirements, and the ability to effectively utilize appropriate professional consultants while maintaining City priorities and the ability to collaborate effectively with regulators to achieve excellence in compliance in all areas.

Salary/ Benefits:
Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience.  The City offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and defined benefit retirement.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or equivalent related experience, education and training.
  • Three years of supervision and management experience in utilities, construction, or public works;
  • Five years of experience in construction, public works, engineering, project management or utility systems.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.

How to Apply:

Resumes, with cover letter including reason for interest in position, may be submitted by:

  • Email:
  • Mail or in person:        Adele Schirmer, City Manager

City of Social Circle

PO Box 310

166 N. Cherokee Road

Social Circle, GA 30025

Resumes should include at least three (3) professional references.

End Date: Applications must be received by the close of business on Tuesday, April 13, 2021




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