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Organization:  City of Farmington
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  New Mexico (NM)
City:  Farmington
Post Code:  87401
Salary and Benefits:  $99,100 - $121,788 / Annually

• Plans, directs, and reviews the activities of the Public Works Department, including engineering, water/waste water, construction inspectors, traffic operations and street maintenance; coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; and, provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.
• Responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the activities of the several divisions comprising the Public Works Department. The Public Works Director is responsible for determining major departmental policies, for planning long-term programs, and for making difficult technical decisions.
• Exercises direct, technical, and functional supervision over professional, technical, and clerical personnel.
• Develops, plans, and implements long and short term departmental goals and objectives; recommends and administers policies and procedures. Plans, directs, and reviews the activities of the Department, including engineering, water/waste water, construction inspection, street maintenance, and traffic operations.
• Supervises and participates in the development and implementation of Public Works projects, including preparing and monitoring project budgets and completion deadlines, staffing, and other project management issues.
• Receives administrative direction from the City Manager, or his /her designee.
• Works under the general supervision of the City Manager in accordance with COF Sec. 21-7-12.
• Ability to anticipate problems, identify alternative courses of action, prepare pro-active recommendations; present, defend and support those recommendations before the City Manager, City Council, advisory groups, regional and state agencies and/or citizens.
• Formulates long-range plans for engineering, water/waste water, construction inspection, street maintenance, and traffic operations. Confers with and advises administrative staff on problems related to the maintenance and operations of the Public Works infrastructure and related systems and the interpretation and related enforcement of rules and regulations.
• Maintains responsibility for the preparation of the Five Year Capital Improvements Plan as part of the annual City budget process.
• Serves as technical advisor to the City Manager and City Council on Public Works matters; conducts special studies and assignments; develops comprehensive recommendations for management use.
• Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates personnel; establishes and monitors employee performance objectives; prepares and presents employee performance reviews; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
• Responds to and resolves the most difficult citizen inquiries and complaints. Meets with the public in small and large groups to discuss City Public Works policies, practices, and problems.
• Determines need for new equipment and facilities and major repair and rebuilding projects. Coordinates Public Works activities with other City departments and with outside agencies.
• Maintains departmental awareness of contemporary developments in management and the fields of specialty. Performs related duties, as assigned.
• Prepares budget estimates for the department.
• Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of human resource management.
• Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and works cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.
• Knowledge of methods, procedures, and standard practices of civil engineering applicable to public works programs, projects, and functions.
• Knowledge of federal, state, local, city and other applicable environmental and safety statutes, ordinances, and codes.
• Federal (OSHA) and state regulations and City policies regarding safety training and safe work practices.
• Using excellent customer service skills, establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and all members of the general public.
• Operates a motor vehicle to assist in carrying out the business of the department and the City.
• May serve on various committees, as required and assigned.
• Attendance at work is an essential function of this position.
• Public hearing, review, and approval processes.

• Serves, when needed, as a member of a task force or committee composed of city, county, state or private groups.
• Serves as a member of various staff committees as assigned.
• Provides staff support to various boards and commissions, as needed and assigned.


• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in public administration, business management, engineering, or related field.

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, New Mexico Professional Engineers (P.E.) license.
• Substantial high level professional experience in public works, utilities, engineering, or any combination of experience, education, or training that demonstrates the applicant has the leadership competencies necessary to fulfill the job requirements.
• Ability to effectively organize and direct personnel to affect maximum efficiency, communication, and coordination within the department.
• Ability to deal effectively and cooperatively with councils, commissions, boards, other departments and agencies, and the general public.
• Ability to prepare and submit clear, concise, and accurate reports either orally or in writing.
• Ability to select, direct, and evaluate other personnel of a high technical and administrative level.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other employees, government officials, and the general public.
• Ability to work under stress and handle stressful situations.
• Ability to meet deadlines.
• Ability to operate tools and equipment listed.
• This position is subject to the City’s Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Program. This includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing.
• Valid New Mexico driver’s license with acceptable driving record for past three years.
• Extensive background checks required.

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