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Public Works Director job in Colorado Springs

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Job Ref:  11469
Organization:  City of Colorado Springs
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Colorado (CO)
City:  Colorado Springs
Salary and Benefits:  $125,674-$157,093 Annually
05/07/2014

The City of Colorado Springs, with an estimated 2014 population of 446,439, occupies 195 square miles at the base of majestic Pikes Peak and enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine per year. Colorado Springs is the state’s largest city in terms of area and second to Denver, Colorado in population. The “Springs” is home to several military establishments including the Air Force Academy, many colleges and universities, the United States Olympic Committee Headquarters, and over 40 different sports organizations. Colorado Springs is a thriving city with over 30 Fortune 500 companies and a leader in aerospace and defense industries. It also has a diverse collection of non-profit organizations and businesses with a large number of tourist attractions.

Our family-friendly city is known for its affordable housing and was ranked in 2012 as one of the top fifteen cleanest cities in the U.S. according to the American Lung Association and also ranked second as the safest city in the United States by InsuranceProviders.com. Colorado Springs was a 2013 finalist for the All-America City Award.

The City of Colorado Springs, which is among the community’s largest employers, is organized as a home rule Council-Mayor form of municipal government with a popularly elected Mayor and nine council members. Learn more about the City of Colorado Springs as an employer and what our beautiful city has to offer as a place to live and work by clicking on this link: http://www.springsgov.com/units/empservices/recruitment/candidate information packet.pdf. This information may change annually.

Public Works Director

The Public Works Director (PWD) is a highly responsible at-will executive position reporting to the Chief of Staff/Chief Administrative Officer with responsibilities for management of the public infrastructure within the city in accordance with federal and state regulations and City Code. The Public Works Department is staffed by 209 budgeted employees (FTEs) with a 2014 department budget of $108 million.

The PWD oversees City Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Streets Division, and Mountain Metro Transit. The PWD leads, develops, and administers the department’s operations, activities, and budget; provides oversight, management, and direction for the Public Works division managers and personnel; and oversees programs such as capital improvement, roadway maintenance, mapping and geographical information systems, asset management, design engineering and surveying, roads and transportation, and engineering development review. The PWD will establish the goals and objectives for the department; assure alignment of Public Works’ priorities with the City’s strategic and organizational goals; and carry out City policies and procedures and works collaboratively with other departments, agencies, contractors, land developers, and community partners to improve quality, maximize use of resources, and increase efficiencies.

Typical Responsibilities

  • Assume full management responsibility for all department services and activities including City Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Streets Division, and Mountain Metro Transit
  • Represent the department to other groups, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinate assigned activities with appropriate groups, outside agencies, and organizations
  • Develop and implement the department's annual budget and align the objectives, policies, and priorities for the department's programs
  •  Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures

Examples of Job Competencies

  • Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive public works program
  • Knowledge of operations and organization of municipal government, as well as municipal budget preparation and administration
  • Understanding of principles and practices of civil engineering and transportation planning; methods and techniques of highway and street maintenance and improvement; transit; program development and administration; construction management and project delivery; and strategic management
  • Ability to manage and direct a comprehensive public works transportation program
  • Ability to identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs
  • Strong creative leadership skills including the ability to:
    • communicate effectively on financial and technical matters orally and in writing
    • create a culture conducive to change and conducive to selecting, recruiting, retaining, developing, and motivating a skilled and talented team where everyone is valued and knows their mission, role, and job
    • establish and maintain effective working  relationships with subordinates, peers, elected leaders, and citizens
    • evaluate organizational efficiencies including  privatization, outsourcing, and other methods 
  •  Ability to simultaneously coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to innovate and identify areas for efficiency
  • Ability to lead change

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil engineering, construction management, public administration, business administration, or related field.

Eight years of responsible full-time public works, project management, construction management, or civil engineering experience involving city or county public works projects, including five years of management experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Significant experience in all aspects of stormwater management and regional stormwater authorities; experience with capital construction and maintenance programs and stakeholder processes. Experience with public meetings with elected officials, boards and commissions, and neighborhoods; working with industry groups such as the Housing and Building Association, Board of Realtors, and similar organizations; and various project delivery methods including Design/Bid/Build, Design Build, and others.

Licensed as a Professor Engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado or able to obtain a reciprocal PE license in Colorado upon hire.

Note: Colorado allows reciprocal licenses to be granted to out of state engineers if they are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction requiring qualifications “substantially equivalent” to those required by Colorado law (Colorado Revised Statutes 12-25-114).

Additional Information

Please visit www.springsgov.com on the Human Resources/City Jobs page to fill out an online application by clicking the City of Colorado Springs Job Openings – Apply Now button. All job applicants will need to create a new login and online application (unless you already have a NEOGOV/governmentjobs.com user ID and password).

Completing your application in full, including the entire work experience section, will assist Human Resources (HR) in the applicant screening process. Your application may not be considered if all of the information requested for each employer you list is not provided.

Our NEOGOV application system does not allow you to edit your application after it has been submitted for a position. If you want to make changes, you may submit another application prior to the position’s closing date and time listed in the job posting. HR will review the last application you submit for a position.

If hired, you will be required to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the United States.

To view the status of your application, go to http://agency.governmentjobs.com/cosprings/default.cfm.

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