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Organization:  Town of Somerville, Tennessee
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Tennessee (TN)
Post Code:  38068
Salary and Benefits:  $60,000

Public Works Director

The Town of Somerville, TN is seeking a Public Works Director.  The position reports to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen through the City Administrator.   The position will have direct responsibility for 17 FTE’s and the water, sewer, natural gas, streets, and cemetery operations and oversight of the solid waste contractor.   Somerville’s gas utility serves 6,064 customers and covers 150 square miles.  Water and sewer utilities are smaller, serving 1,813 and 1,469 customers respectively.  Major renovation projects have been completed in gas and sewer.  Additional gas system improvements will go to bid soon and work on another sewer project has just started with additional work planned within 12 months.  A water system modeling project is underway as is a study to move to either AMR or AMI meter reading.  Also, proposals for a GIS system are being evaluated.  The full job description can be viewed on Somerville’s web site:  www.somervilletn.org.  Starting salary is $60,000.  Resumes may be sent to City Administrator, Austin Edmondson, via e-mail cityadmsom@bellsouth.net or by mail to P. O. Box 909, Somerville TN, 38068.  The Town of Somerville is an EOE employer.  The position is open until filled and resumes will be reviewed as received.  

Job Description
Under general administrative direction of the City Administrator, the Public Works Director acts as the executive manager for the water, wastewater, natural gas utility, streets and cemetery operations of the City.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
• Assumes full management responsibility for all Public Works and Utilities Department functions, programs, and operations including the operation of the City’s water, wastewater, natural gas, streets, cemetery, and related operations, functions, and program areas; oversees the operation of the water treatment and wastewater treatment plants.
• Assists the City Administrator in the development and implementation of
Departmental policies, goals, objectives, procedures, and priorities for each assigned service area.
• Establishes, within Town policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly.
• Assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.
• Plans, directs, and coordinates, through subordinate level staff, the Department’s work plan; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
• Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
• Develops and administers the Department budget; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; prepares water and wastewater rates, fees and charges; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary to meet the end result.
• Provides staff assistance and support to the City Administrator, prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports including those for Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings; prepares and/or reviews written correspondence on a variety of Town programs and projects including current and long-range water, wastewater and reclamation projects.
• Represents the Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; represents the Town of Somerville at staff functions, meetings and work groups; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
• Explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
• Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; interfaces with regulatory agencies.
• Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public works and utilities.
• Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
• Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Knowledge of:
• Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive program including water, wastewater, natural gas and street maintenance systems.
• Concepts, theories, principles, and practices of public works and utility administration operations.
• Principles and practices of program development and administration.
• Business practices and financial systems and reporting
• Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
• Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including laws and regulations related to water, wastewater, and reclamation systems.
• Utilities issues related to the Town of Somerville and Fayette County, Tennessee.
• Principles and practices of customer service.
• Principles and practices of project management, administration, and coordination.
• Modern methods, tools, equipment, materials, and work practices utilized in utility operations.
• Types and level of maintenance and repair activities generally performed in a public works and utilities department.
• Geography and utilities systems of the Town.
• Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.
• Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions.
• Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, GIS, road management systems and databases.
Ability to:
• Manage and direct a comprehensive public works and utilities department including water, wastewater, natural gas and streets.
• Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives and procedures.
• Analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs, and make appropriate adjustments.
• Apply and ensure adherence to appropriate business practices in support of departmental and Town goals.
• Read, analyze, and interpret financial data and prepare related reports.
• Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of a wide range of lower level staff.
• Delegate authority and responsibility.
• Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
• Develop and administer department goals, objectives, and procedures.
• Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
• Prepare and administer large and complex budgets.
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
• Negotiate and administer various agreements and contracts with divergent interests.
• Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs.
• Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
• Oversee the establishment and maintenance of accurate operational record keeping systems.
• Understand the organization, operation, and services of the Town of Somerville and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
• Ensure adherence to established safety rules, regulations, and guidelines.
• Oversee and participate in the provision of a high level of customer service to internal and external customers.
• Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public; tactfully and courteously represent the Department during public contacts.
• Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, pavement management, and database applications.
• Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education/Training: An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, engineering, chemistry, or a related field. A Bachelor's degree is highly desirable.
Experience: Ten years of increasingly responsible management experience in a position with significant financial and operational responsibility over a small to medium-size business/corporation, or
Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in water, wastewater utility, or natural gas system administration including three years of management and administrative responsibility.
License or Certificate - Possession of Water Treatment or Distribution and/or Wastewater Treatment certification is desirable. Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Standard office setting. CONTINUOUS working indoors, dust from paperwork. Work schedule is 10/80 a biweekly period. Work environment is both formal and informal, team oriented, having variable tasks, pace, and pressure. Overtime and attending meetings outside of regular work hours may be required. Work is performed indoors in office and in meeting rooms.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and operate office equipment. CONTINUOUS sitting and upward and downward flexion of neck; fine finger dexterity; light to moderate finger pressure to manipulate keyboard, equipment controls, and office equipment; pinch grasp to manipulate writing utensils. FREQUENT side-to-side turning of neck, walking, standing, bending, stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting at waist; moderate wrist torque to twist equipment knobs and dials; lifting objects weighing up to 20 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 50 yards. OCCASIONAL squatting, kneeling, and reaching above and at shoulder height; moderate grasp to manipulate reference books and manuals; lifting objects weighing 20-35 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 50 feet.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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