Butler Township Employment Opportunities
Director of Public Works
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
Nature of Work
The position of Director of Public Works involves supervisory, administrative and professional work in the planning, organizing, directing and supervising of the Public Works and Recreation Maintenance Departments. The person employed in this classification is responsible for the daily operation of the department. This includes environmental, storm sewer, road, traffic control signs, maintenance, projects and programs. The Director of Public Works is responsible to the Township Manager for all Public Works Department functions, coordinating projects with the Facilities Manager regarding building and grounds maintenance, street maintenance, storm sewer maintenance and construction, and township vehicle maintenance. The position requires supervision over a staff of employees including a great deal of interaction with the public. This is a non-union professional management position under the general direction of the Township Manager.
The Director of Public Works is responsible for performing the following duties:
- Responsible for all activities required of the Public Works Department and any subordinate units as provided by law, administrative code, department administrative manual, collective bargaining agreement, and / or any township ordinance. Manages and coordinates assigned staff, develops goals and priorities, and assigns tasks and projects; conducts performance evaluations and implements corrective action.
- Administers and directs the construction, inspection, review, drainage rights of way and infrastructure, maintenance and operation of the streets and roads, parks, buildings and grounds, storm sewers, vehicles and equipment. Insures that the job performance of all departmental employees is efficient and meets safety requirements.
- Develops and recommends capital improvement projects to the Township Manager.
- Plans long and short term maintenance and replacement programs for roads, drainage and other infrastructure operations. Develops and administers work schedules for both department employees and private contractors engaged in the performance of certain duties or projects.
- Directs the installation and maintenance of municipal facilities including traffic signs, directional signs and street name signs.
- Attends regular Board of Commissioner meetings when requested.
- Administers department operations, purchases goods, services and materials within established policy guidelines, develops a long and short term paving program, develops a long and short term drainage program, controls departmental expenditures and develops an annual department budget with written justifications, including personnel, equipment maintenance and replacement, street maintenance including in-house and contracted work, street cleaning, snow and ice control, parks and recreation, building and grounds, traffic control including street signs and markings. Exercises independent judgment when job assignments must be modified in order to be completed and during periods of adverse climatic conditions that may affect the safety or welfare of the community.
- Establishes and maintains a public relations program to keep township citizenry informed of the department’s activities. Prepares and distributes all appropriate news releases when necessary.
- Evaluates and researches programs and assesses needs for new programs, makes recommendations on projects and programs to the Township Manager. This includes the maintaining of detailed files on all township facilities.
- Serves as emergency and on-call duty supervisor including making decisions as to an appropriate response to the problem and the necessity of calling in additional personnel.
- Prepares such reports as requested by the Township Manager.
- Trains personnel in public works systems and techniques.
- Scheduling activities associated with bids for materials, supplies and contracts for paving, drainage, equipment and other items. This includes work associated with paving, drainage, in-house work which includes maintenance, repair or replacement of equipment and vehicles, roads, drainage infrastructure, signs and markings, street sweeping, snow and ice control, parks and buildings.
- Approves specifications for all Public Works Department bids and requests for proposals.
- Recommends disciplinary action for Public Works Department employees.
- Oversees the PA One Call Program.
- Conducts inspections of work projects and offers technical assistance and guidance to subordinate staff as necessary, oversees ongoing work projects to assure that safety rules and regulations are adhered to and that all equipment is in safe operating condition, determines and prioritizes equipment repair and maintenance needs.
- Other related tasks as required.
Responsibility and Authority
The position involves direct supervision of the Facilities Manager, Public Works Clerk and all departmental employees. The Director is responsible to the Township Manager for all departmental functions.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The position of Director of Public Works requires the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Knowledge of management principles and ability to utilize them in the department.
- Knowledge of management principles and techniques and the ability to prepare and implement budgets for all operations under the Director’s supervision.
- Ability to read and write plans and technical specifications.
- Ability to assess and plan for future needs of the department in delivery of services.
- Ability to communicate in an effective and tactful manner, orally and in writing with other employees, consultants, other governmental representatives, elected officials, manager and the public and the ability to conduct necessary research and compile comprehensive reports.
- Demonstrated knowledge of engineering principles, practices, and methods as applicable to a municipal setting; through knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and township policies affecting department activities.
- Skill in operating any or all departmental equipment, including computer, word processing, spreadsheet, and database software; motor vehicle; telephone, radio and etc.
The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee may work in outside weather conditions. Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time. Lifting up to 25 lbs. of weight, walking, use of hands, stooping or kneeling and travel to attend a variety of meetings. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet , hot, cold and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The employee must occasionally visit and inspect facilities that are accessible only by uneven paths of travel.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
Employee must demonstrate the ability to develop planned work schedules for seasonal periods of time. Employee must also have the ability to react accordingly and reasonably to emergency situations that jeopardize the welfare and health of the community.
Other Skills and Abilities
- Considerable knowledge of materials, methods and techniques in public works activities.
- Knowledge of effective supervisory techniques.
- Ability to simultaneously plan, direct and supervise work of more than one group of equipment operators, laborers, and private contractors.
- Considerable knowledge of the liabilities and occupational hazards involved with the entire job functions associated with the department’s operation.
Minimum Experience and Training
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Works, Public Administration or related field, or at least five years of experience in a similar position with management of collective bargaining agreement employees are required for the position of Director of Public Works. Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.
Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; physical; drug test and position related testing, if required.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
Candidates for the position must submit letter of interest, resume, completed application, salary history, and three (3) references to :
Tom Knights, Township Manager, Butler Township
290 South Duffy Road
Butler, Pa 16001.
Application deadline is November 1, 2018.
Butler Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.