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Organization:  City of Derby
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Kansas (KS)
City:  Derby
Post Code:  67037
Salary and Benefits:  $57,967.000


1) 40% Assist the Director of Public Works in administration of the Public Works department.

Tasks may include the following:

Meet regularly with senior staff to review needs and direct activities in the department and keep all members informed of pertinent information and problems.Develop and execute departmental policies and procedures.Present information to the City Council, interact one-on-one with residents, participate as a member of the city’s management team, and relay information to the news media when authorized.Oversee complex projects and coordinate implementation.Act as liaison to other departments and community organizations.Assume the duties of the Director of Public Works during absences, including participating in the City Manager’s weekly meetings of senior staff and interacting with the City Manager and Director of Finance to make key decisions.

2) 40% Responsible for operation of the Stormwater, Water and Wastewater divisions.

Tasks may include the following:

Provide management, supervision, and direction, including delegating and assigning projects and tasks to subordinates. Ensure employees understand what is required and have the necessary resources.

Advise the Director on employment-related decisions involving (hiring, discipline, etc.). Develop individual performance expectations and evaluate employee performance through formal and informal performance reviews.Compile, compose, and interpret comprehensive data on utility operations and make professional, concise written reports and oral presentations to the City Manager and City Council.Serve as liaison to City Engineer on development and execution of capital improvement projects.Review written documentation and technical reports and communicate key information to the public and to elected officials.Develop methods and procedures to increase efficiency and safety.Develop departmental budget and managing procurement within the purchasing policy (including developing bid specs and issuing requests for proposals).Respond to and provide follow up on concerns or complaints, assuring a positive public image, professionalism, and timeliness.Oversee operations in response to weather-related situations and during certain planned public events.Monitor each division’s compliance with city, state, and federal laws and regulations.Coordinate with state and federal agencies on environmental and health-related issues.Respond to departmental and city emergencies.Operate a motor vehicle and other equipment on a regular basis.Work with consultants on completion of projects and overseeing project management.

3) 20% Responsible for strategic planning. Tasks may include the following:

Assisting with the administration of the department budget process, including the development of divisional budgets, capital improvement programs and long term infrastructure maintenance plans.Coordinate with the Director to respond to inquiries regarding budgetary and accounting matters for the department.Lead efforts to engage employees in employee-centered activities such as the employee wellness program and other key initiatives.Develop and monitor long- and short-range goals, objectives, and action plans for the department.

(Continually look for new and improved ways of completing the above functions. Other tasks as assigned will be performed to address business needs.)


Roles: This position requires the ability to work independently, work well with others, and perform in a team environment on a daily basis. The ability to delegate tasks and responsibilities, provide formal and informal training, and provide performance feedback and reviews of others is essential. The ability to effectively communicate and promote direction on technical ideas and concepts both written and verbally is crucial. Regular participation in budgetary and strategic planning is expected. Negotiation, persuasion, tact, and diplomacy are essential for effectively performing tasks.

Impact: Successful completion of work tasks results in reduced operating costs and liability and improved processes and procedures, community satisfaction, and utilization of materials and equipment.

Latitude: Most duties are self-determined with flexibility in scheduling and accomplishing tasks. Problem solving requires advanced technical knowledge. Decisions are made independently based on city policy. Must consult with appropriate person(s) when making decisions affecting operations of their departments. Makes purchasing decisions within budgetary limitations. Makes decisions involving contractual commitments.

Interaction: Routine face-to-face interaction with employees throughout the organization, city boards/ commissions, general public, consultants and contractors.


Bachelor’s degree in management, civil engineering, biological sciences, or related field, required. Master’s in public administration or similar field, preferred.


Three years progressive public works, public administration or related utility experience, preferred.Three years progressive supervisory experience, preferred.Two years municipal budgeting experience with enterprise funds, preferred.


General knowledge of water storage, distribution, planning and management or knowledge of the equipment, materials and practices of modern water pollution control facilities and of the chemical, physical and biological processes involved in the treatment of sewage.General knowledge of the principles and practices of public works, project planning, and water quality regulations.Knowledge of municipal budgetary preparation.Ability to read and use blueprints.

Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public and communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing.Ability to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper English sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, representatives of outside agencies, and the public. Ability to efficiently operate a computer, prepare technical reports, and conduct research.Ability to effectively use Microsoft Access, Excel and Word to track projects and prepare reports and PowerPoint to make presentations.


Valid Kansas driver’s license and a good driving record, required.Water or Wastewater Level I certification, preferred.FEMA National Incident Command Systems (NIMS) courses IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700 within 12 months of employment.

Work Environment: Exposure to adverse weather conditions, fuels, chemicals, and hazardous elements. Regular maneuvering through rough terrain. Occasional carrying and lifting of 30 pounds. Regular bending, squatting, twisting, manual dexterity, hand/eye coordination, and visualization of a computer screen throughout the day. Occasional evening and weekend meetings.

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