Assistant Public Works Director, City of Cle ....


Organization : City of Cleveland Heights
Job Category : Director Public Works
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : OH
City : Cleveland Heights
Salary and Benefits : $66,929 - $80,000

Assistant Public Works Director

City of Cleveland Heights

Salary: $66,929 - $80,000

Published: December 24, 2018

Deadline to apply:  January 18, 2019, 11:59 pm

Application Type: Application

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SUMMARY:   Incumbents are second in command and have line authority.  Incumbents are responsible for putting final touches on budgets; providing oversight and direction for internal operations; serving as a liaison with outside agencies.  Incumbents are heavily involved in policy making; have resource responsibilities; and are responsible for conducting and managing special projects.


The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed.

  • Supervises staff to include prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; ensuring employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe work environment; and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations
  • Plans, organizes, develops, directs, and supervises the administration and management of major divisions of the Public Works Department to include Streets, Sanitation, Vehicle Maintenance, Parks and Facilities, and advises the Public Works Director about issues
  • Plans, develops, and implements goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for assigned divisions and the Department.  Additionally, incumbents ensure City facilities comply with all Federal, State, and local codes
  • Provides direction and guidance to external consultants and/or vendors engaged in studies and projects on behalf of the City; initiates and monitors the progress of special studies to be undertaken by internal staff
  • Reviews departmental operations to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of services and/or programs
  • Prepares and maintains records and statistical reports on division activities and incidents by providing regular and accurate reports to the Director and ensures all records are properly kept for each division, including the condition of the infrastructure, and development, including identifying funding needs and options
  • Administers and monitors divisional budgets, which may include capital improvement programs, including allocating resources and approving expenditures; oversees fuel procurement for all City operations in a manner that complies with purchasing regulations; oversees vehicle and equipment procurement, and replacement funding; coordinates Facilities operations efforts with customer departments so City facilities meet their functional needs in a cost-effective manner
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of bid documents or Council communications for major projects of assigned divisions
  • Responds to inquiries and concerns from citizens, the media, and government authorities
  • Coordinates and directs activities and personnel involved in the implementation and completion of applicable projects/contracts, which may include design, scheduling, construction, legal procedures, budget, and construction compliance
  • Acts in the absence of the Public Works Director
  • Maintains regular attendance and punctuality
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level


Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.


Knowledge of:

  • Management principles
  • Public administration and governmental operations
  • Accounting and financial management principles
  • Advanced theories and principles related to area of assignment
  • Strategy development principles and procedures
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations
  • Program development and administration principles and practices
  • Program/Project management planning principles and techniques
  • Conflict mediation principles
  • Public relations principles
  • Budget principles
  • City-required safety procedures
  • Solid Waste principles and practices (including generally accepted Best Management Practices), as well as Federal, State and Local regulations
  • Community norms and expectations related to Solid Waste collection and disposal
  • Street Maintenance principles and practices (including generally accepted Best Management Practices), as well as Federal, State and local regulations
  • Community norms and expectations related to Street Maintenance and traffic operations
  • Fleet management principles and practices (including generally accepted Best Management Practices), as well as Federal, State and local regulations
  • Internal customer department norms and expectations related to Fleet operations
  • Facilities management principles and practices (including generally accepted Best Management Practices), as well as Federal, State and Local regulations
  • Internal customer department norms and expectations related to facilities operations

Skill in:

  • Using computers and related software applications

Ability to:

  • Analyze and interpret project specifications, design plans, construction plans, schematic drawings, flow charts, project schedules and blueprints
  • Monitor and evaluate employees
  • Prioritize and assign work
  • Provide leadership
  • Manage projects
  • Manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Speak in public
  • Analyze and develop policies and procedures
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations
  • Interpret and apply applicable laws, rules, and regulations
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Resolve conflict
  • Manage change and sensitive topics
  • Write technical procedures, policies, contracts, and/or other related detailed materials
  • Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
  • Communicate effectively using interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc., sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
  • Plan, coordinate, direct, and evaluate the functions and activities of large divisions within the Public Works Department
  • Supervise, train, and develop employees effectively
  • Prepare, administer and monitor budgets
  • Perform research, analyze findings, and prepare and present reports and recommendations on Public Works Department issues
  • On occasion, inspect projects or services in the field


Bachelor's degree in a related field, five years technical experience, and three years of responsible supervisory experience directly related to the area assigned; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.


Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Ohio driver license.


The work environment and physical demands described here 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 functions. 


Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


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