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Director of Public Works

College Park

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POSITION/ JOB FAMILY:        Director of Public Works

DEPARTMENT:                         Public Works Department

SALARY RANGE:                      $96,485

FLSA STATUS:                         Exempt

REPORTS TO:                          City Manager


A successful candidate will play an active role in the City of College Park’s existing operational success. The purpose of the position is to perform managerial work functions associated with the activities of major utility divisions or direct particular phases of operation concerned with the production and distribution of utility products and services. Plan and direct the operations and activities of the Public Works Department, including Public Works Administration, Highway & Street Maintenance, Water & Sewer Systems, Solid Waste (Sanitation), Stormwater, Buildings & Grounds, and Parks. The role will also assist in managing all roadway and associated capital projects consisting of SPLOST, T-SPLOST, State and Federal Grants, and Georgia Department of Transportation funding.

Essential Functions:

Independent judgment is required to identify, select and apply the most appropriate available guidelines and procedures as well as interpret precedents. The Director of Public Works is responsible for managing, supervising, and participating in a wide range of capital; maintenance, and repair-related projects involving public infrastructure for public utility operations, fleet and equipment, and base facilities accomplished in compliance with all applicable regulatory operational, procedural and budget guidelines; and by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors. This is an advanced-level supervisory management position with significant field and administrative responsibilities for planning and delivering program services, responding to emergencies, and supervising personnel.

  • Plans, directs and supervises City Public Works employees engaged in the collection and disposal of solid waste, maintenance and construction of the City’s streets and right-of-ways, maintenance of the City’s water & sewer system, engineering activities, and building and grounds maintenance activities.
  • Ensures that work is done in compliance with State permits and regulations.
  • Conducts regular inspections of the City’s streets, parks, and right-of-ways to plan and schedule needed repairs and/or maintenance.
  • Reviews and approves all residential, commercial, and industrial development plans, and inspects construction sites for compliance with UDC regulations.
  • Inspects work-in-progress and ensures the timely and efficient completion of assigned Public Works projects, conducts re-inspections to ensure proper completion of repairs and maintenance.
  • Develops, analyzes, and/or recommends new processes, techniques, equipment, and products for potential use within the department.
  • Oversees departmental maintenance program; inspects vehicles, machinery, equipment, buildings, and facilities to ensure proper maintenance and operations.
  • Negotiates contracts in all divisions of the Public Works Department; evaluates contract proposals; recommends contract awards; meets with contractors and monitors status of work.
  • Coordinates activities with other departments and agencies.
  • Supervises and conducts street cleanup efforts after accidents/storms, or other emergencies.
  • Receives, reviews and investigates citizen complaints/requests.
  • Meets with citizens to inspect and/or discuss problems.
  • Resolves complaints/requests and schedules needed repairs, construction, or maintenance related to Public Works.
  • Oversees the development of the department’s annual budget; responds to budget needs and requests; administers approved budget; monitors inventory of department resources; initiates orders for new/replacement items; ensures availability of materials to conduct work activities; approves departmental payroll.
  • Prepares annual departmental operating budget for City Manager based on analysis of projected needs and resources.
  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with departmental operations, per established procedures, and within designated timeframes; prepares and/or completes various forms, correspondence, reports, tables, charts, graphs, technical studies, performance appraisals, meeting minutes, presentations, and other documents; distributes documentation or maintains records as appropriate.
  • Reviews, approves and monitors expenditures within the approved budget.
  • Regularly attends scheduled meetings of the City Council and other necessary meetings; provides information and recommendations to the Mayor and Council and suggests specific developmental code revisions when deemed in the best interest of the City.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that logically relate to the position.

We seek candidates who are flexible, well-organized, creative, inquisitive, resourceful, detail-oriented, ethical, collaborative and committed to inclusive educational excellence.

The ability to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks in a dynamic environment while maintaining quality work products is essential for success in this position. The candidate will have experience planning, directing, and supervising personnel, ensuring the timely and efficient completion of projects, and the completion of the annual budget for the Department.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must have knowledge of management concepts, principles, and practices of civil engineering and Public Works Administration.
  • Must have knowledge of modern methods, techniques, and equipment as applied to the design, construction, repair, and maintenance of Public Works.
  • Knowledge of City and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices.
  • Knowledge of the city’s geography.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures in Public Works operations.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal environmental policies and regulations.
  • Must be able to understand and interpret design drawings, construction specifications, and contract documents; to plan, direct, and supervise the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Must be available for emergency calls on a 24-hour basis.
  • Must be able to prepare and maintain accurate reports and records;
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Federal, State, and City agencies, City employees, City officials, and the general public.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of extreme weather conditions.
  • Must be able to participate in the development of long-term plans and programs related to the City and the Public Works Department.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling objects of average weight up to fifty (50) pounds, standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Note: In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), those functions of the job which are identified as essential are required to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.  Requests to facilitate the performance of essential functions will be given careful consideration.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering; Master’s preferred; PE certification preferred;
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in Public Works, water & sewer, streets & highways, sanitation, and buildings & grounds maintenance.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Possession of a valid State of Georgia driver’s license and a satisfactory motor vehicle record (MVR)
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience in communicating with diverse communities, and in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, as well as knowledge and understanding of the organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Extensive hours and weekends will be required at times.
  • Pre-Employment screening is required: criminal background check and drug testing.

Qualified applicants are asked to submit a cover letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and/or certifications, if applicable. 

Supplemental Information

In addition to the completed application, candidates must submit a list of three professional references (at least one from a previous employer) that includes names and contact information. Review of application materials will begin ASAP and will continue until the position is filled.

Resumes will not be accepted without an application. You can obtain an application from the City’s website:

The City of College Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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