Position overview: The City of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Public Works Director plans, organizes, administers, and directs public works including engineering activities, solid waste disposal, parks and recreation, street and sewer collection systems, construction and maintenance, recycling program, maintenance of city-owned buildings and grounds, industrial park development, capital improvement plan, and wastewater treatment. Responsible for the interdepartmental coordination for short and long-range planning of new construction as well as infrastructure management and replacement efforts. The work is performed under the direction of the mayor.

Essential functions: The following are normal for this position but are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive; other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, evaluates operations of and controls major projects including sewer and street construction, wastewater treatment plant modifications, industrial park development, and others as directed. Coordinates to ensure that all construction activities address the needs, plans, and design standards of various affected departments. Drafts RFPs and functions as project manager.
  • Directs preparation, recommendation, and administration of annual departmental budgets. Reviews and approves expenditures and revenues. Develops, facilitates, and evaluates annual capital improvement process. Directs development of one-year, five-year, and 10-year capital improvement plans. Recommends capital improvement projects and is responsible for keeping projects on time and costs within the budgeted amounts.
  • Drafts operational policies.
  • Supervises or drafts technical specifications and engineering criteria. Supervises plan preparation, cost estimating and other project detail development. Inspects and monitors progress of construction projects to ensure timely completion as well as contracted compliance.
  • Attends and participates in Common Council and other meetings as required. Advises city officials regarding department activities and on technical matters. Prepares and gives reports and presentations.
  • Supervises department (Engineering, Parks, Street and Wastewater) through supervisory personnel. Determines project priority; reviews projects and activities. Assigns and reviews work. Participates in employee hiring, discipline, promotions, commendations, and termination. Resolves labor grievances and may participate in labor negotiations.
  • Coordinates major construction projects with City Engineer and Public Works Superintendent.
  • Represents city to various county and state agencies regarding public works matters. Communicates and confers with Water Works and Lighting Commission (WWLC) and other utilities. Obtains appropriate permits for wastewater plant and other department activities.
  • Plans improvement and expansion of industrial parks.
  • Negotiates and administers solid waste and recycling contracts.
  • Responsible for department operational process improvements. Applies Lean Six Sigma or similar performance improvement methodologies to department operations and processes.
  • Receives and resolves questions, complaints and concerns from the public.

Educational and related requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or engineering-related field
  • Professional Engineer license
  • Seven to 10 years public works experience with three years’ supervisory, administrative, budgeting, and construction contract development experience; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Experienced in the use of AutoCAD software is desired, as is Municipal and Lean Six Sigma experience is also desired.

Other requirements

Language ability and interpersonal communication

  • Ability to modify existing policies, strategies, and/or methods to meet unusual conditions within the context of existing management principles. Ability to analyze and categorize data and information, to determine consequences and identify and select alternatives. Ability to decide the time, place, and sequence of operations within an organizational framework as well as the ability to oversee their execution.
  • Ability to manage and direct a group of workers, including the ability to provide counseling and mediation. Ability to persuade, convince, and train others. Ability to advise and interpret application of policies, procedures, and standards to specific situations. Ability to provide formal instruction in a classroom or other structured setting.
  • Ability to utilize a variety of advisory and design data and information such as billing invoices, monthly financial reports, budgets, equipment specifications, bids, contracts, construction/maintenance schedules, blueprints, site plans, equipment maintenance records, accident reports, personnel policies, employee records, worker safety regulations, labor agreements, FHWA’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, technical operating manuals, statutes, ordinances, procedures, guidelines, and non-routine correspondence.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with city officials, contractors, department personnel, other department heads, county and state agency personnel, attorneys, consulting engineers and the general public.

Mathematical ability: Ability to apply algebraic and trigonometric formulas. Ability to perform and to interpret statistical calculations which include frequency distributions, reliability and validity of tests, regression and correlation techniques, and factor analysis.

Judgment and situational reasoning ability

  • Ability to apply functional reasoning in synthesizing information and functions, and ability to influence others in activities such as leading, controlling, managing, supervising and teaching.
  • Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness, and creativity required in situations involving the direction, control, and planning of an entire program or multiple programs.

Physical requirements

  • Ability to operate, maneuver, and/or steer equipment and machinery requiring simple but continuous adjustments, such as drafting instruments, computer terminal, computer printer, and telephone.
  • Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet, and limbs in performing movements requiring moderate skill, such as typing.
  • Ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work that may involve lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.
  • Ability to recognize and identify individual characteristics of shapes and sounds associated with job-related objects, materials, and tasks.

Environmental adaptability: Some tasks may risk exposure to construction site hazards, irate individuals, intimidation, and deadline pressures.

Salary range: $82,611 - $93,469 with excellent benefit package.

A complete job description and application are available at http://www.wirapids.org/department/division.php?structureid=68.

To apply

Submit cover letter, resume, and application to bbakunowicz@wirapids.org or:

City of Wisconsin Rapids

Human Resources Department

444 West Grand Ave.

Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54495-2780