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Organization:  City of Kirkland
Job Category:  Facilities
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Washington (WA)
City:  Kirkland
Salary and Benefits:  The annual salary range for this position is $89K - $115K.

City Government

The City of Kirkland is located on the eastern shore of Lake Washington and is near several major transportation routes including Interstate 405, State Route 520, and Interstate 5. These routes connect the city economically and socially to the greater Seattle area. Kirkland is the twelfth largest city in the State of Washington and the sixth largest in King County. The current estimated population is 81,480. Since its incorporation, Kirkland has grown in geographic size to eighteen square miles -approximately twenty times its original size. This growth occurred primarily through the consolidation of the cities of Houghton and Kirkland in 1968, the annexations of Rose Hill and Juanita in 1988 and the annexation of North Juanita, Finn Hill, and Kingsgate areas in 2011.

Kirkland operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is the policy-making branch of Kirkland’s government and consists of seven members elected at large to staggered, four-year terms. The Mayor is elected from within the Council. The City Council is supported by several advisory boards and commissions and the City Manager. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the professional administrator of the organization, coordinating its day-to-day activities.

The City of Kirkland offers a full range of municipal services, which are provided by eleven operating departments. The city boasts forty-five parks, including eleven that are located on the waterfront, as well as two community centers, a swimming pool, and a teen center. The broad range of recreational facilities provides year-round services for citizens of all ages.

About the Operations and Maintenance Section

The Operations and Maintenance Section is part of the Public Works Department, in addition to its management staff the section has 72 staff represented by the Teamsters and AFSCME. It consists of the following four divisions.

The Internal Services Division is made up of the Fleet Management, Facility Services, and operations and maintenance administration groups. Fleet Management provides for safe, cost effective, and reliable vehicles and equipment for all city departments, while Facility Services operates and maintains all city buildings to be safe, resource efficient, and reliable.

The Streets & Public Grounds Division is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and repair of the city transportation system including pavement, shoulders, bike lanes, walkways, traffic signals, signage, illumination, parking, landscaping and roadside vegetation. Stewardship of the Public grounds of city buildings and the urban tree canopy located within the public rights of way also are under the Division’s care.

The Water Division provides daily maintenance and repair activities and assists with the long term planning and efficient operation of the city’s water storage and distribution system and their controls.

The Surface Water and Wastewater Division provides daily maintenance and repair activities and assists with the long term planning and efficient operation of the city’s surface and waste water systems. Surface water components include the built system of inlets, pipes, and vaults and the natural system of streams, ditches and water bodies. The wastewater components include collection pipes and manholes and the system of interconnected pumping facilities and their controls.

Public Works Superintendent ’s Role The Superintendent leads operations of all divisions and sets priorities for the maintenance and repair of city infrastructure and assures programs achieve Public Works Department goals and standards. The Superintendent manages and coordinates regional infrastructure standards and utility activities with other cities, districts, state agencies and regional organizations for recommendation to the Public Works Director, City Manager and City Council.

In addition the Superintendent: develops the division’s annual operating budget and annual infrastructure maintenance budgets, and generates service enhancement packages or service reductions for consideration during the budget process; functions as lead on the Labor/Management Committee; coordinates, monitors, and supervises response to emergencies including floods, wind storms and earthquakes; and acts as the Public Works Department’s operational emergency response control point.

Challenges and Opportunites

Recently, Juanita, Finn Hill, and Kingsgate neighborhoods were annexed by Kirkland. This has increased the city’s population and the geographic area served by the city by over 60 percent. Late this summer work began to remove and salvage the rail and other materials along the Cross Kirkland Corridor. This made way for the construction of the interim trail to begin in early 2014.

In 2012 Kirkland voters approved Proposition 1: City Street Maintenance and Pedestrian Safety and Proposition 2: City Parks Maintenance, Restoration, and Enhancement Levy as permenant property tax levies. The city is committed to efficiently implementing levy funding with transparency and accountability.

In addition to the priorites listed above, succession planning will be a priority for the Public Works Superintendent.

Desirable Qualifications A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field; and five years in management of construction and maintenance programs; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work of this position. Emergency management training and certifications are required or achievable within 6 months of appointment. 

The Ideal Candidate For this important role the City of Kirkland seeks an experienced, unifying leader who is deeply committed to the success of the city and is a strategic big-picture thinker. The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and will lead by example.

The new Superintendent must have the desire and capability to lead a team in implementing innovative programs that care for the spaces, places and active lifestyles that define the city’s identity and quality of life.

The preferred candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas: • Visionary and strategic leadership.

• Customer service and the ability to mentor, coach and direct the work of staff.

• Advanced public relations and communication skills (both verbal and written) to comprehend, interpret, and explain rules, regulations, legal requirements and policies; ability to convey technical ideas and information to a variety of audiences.

• Advanced interpersonal skills to build and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external customers and contacts, often with conflicting interests.

• Advanced analytical skills to evaluate operations and maintenance data to determine trends in use, liability, and safety.

• Ability to remain flexible to changing priorities and be responsive to citizen and council requests.

• Comprehensive knowledge of project management principles and construction techniques.

• Cultural competency that enables effective working relationships in cross-cultural situations.

• Successful planning and implementation of change management strategies.

• Forming and maintaining public-private partnerships and knowledge of innovative funding approaches.

• Significant experience managing in a unionized environment.

• Integrity, honesty, compassion, courage, optimism, and good judgment - particularly in situations characterized by disagreement, conflict, tension, and uncertainty.

• Creative problem solver, bringing fresh ideas and a progressive approach.

Application Process Persons Interested in this position should submit the following information: • Cover letter • Salary history • Current resume

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360.956.1336. This position will remain open until filled. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application materials by January 14th to: marissa@karrasconsulting.net or fax to 360.956.1348 .

Total Compensation The annual salary range for this position is $89K - $115K. The starting salary for this job is likely to be less than the maximum amount. The city offers a competitive benefit package including health, vision, and dental insurance, as well as vacation and sick leave.

Living in Kirkland

Kirkland is a city and community like no other. Located on the eastern shores of Lake Washington directly across from Seattle, Kirkland enjoys a moderate climate all year round. The city is routinely recognized in reputable rankings for its livability. Kirkland is also within easy driving distance of major national parks, the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade and Olympia Mountains and the urban centers of Seattle, Portland and Vancouver BC. Kirkland offers a wonderful opportunity to live in a smaller, safer environment, and still have big city nightlife and opportunity just around the corner. With Lake Washington and a gorgeous harbor as a backdrop to this wonderful community, residents enjoy an abundance of natural beauty.

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