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Public Works Director

Hiring Agency: City of Waycross
Ends: August 28, 2019
Full Time

JOB TITLE: Public Works Director                                                                               PW01/ES25

DEPARTMENT:  Public Works, City of Waycross


JOB SUMMARY:  This position is responsible for planning and directing department operations, including the street and drainage, solid waste, garage and cemetery divisions.



  • Plans and directs the work of the department; supervises the work of division managers.
  • Develops short- and long-range plans and goals for the department; determines project priorities in conjunction with the City Administrator.
  • Prepares the annual department budget; monitors expenditures under the current budget.
  • Implements policies and procedures as directed by the City Manager.
  • Responds to public complaints and inquiries about city streets and drainage solid waste collection and disposal, landfill operations, and parks, cemetery and tree maintenance; provides information as requested.
  • Inspects street, bridge, and drainage systems; plans maintenance and repair projects.
  • Writes specifications and solicits bids for the purchase of equipment.
  • Selects and requisitions all materials, equipment, and hardware used in the department.
  • Ensures that department operations comply with applicable safety regulations and city policies.
  • Interviews position applicants for the department; makes hiring and firing recommendations to the City Manager.
  • Conducts performance evaluations of assigned personnel.
  • Reviews preliminary plats to ensure developers comply with local ordinances.
  • Assists with right-of-way acquisitions; ensures that easements are properly recorded.
  • Meets with various local, regional, and state agencies and commissions to discuss department activities and projects.


  • Prepares and presents operating and progress reports as requested.
  • Meets with other department heads to draft ordinances; presents proposed ordinances to the City Commission.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge of public administration principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the techniques, equipment, and supplies used in engineering and street and drainage system construction and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the techniques, equipment, and supplies used in grounds maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the techniques, equipment, and supplies used in solid waste collection and management.
  • Knowledge of department and safety policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and local ordinances relevant to department operations.
  • Knowledge of the geography of the city, including road and street names and locations.
  • Knowledge of city policies and procedures, including purchasing and budgeting procedures.
  • Knowledge of the operation of a variety of heavy equipment.
  • Skill in budgeting and public financial management.
  • Skill in supervision and management.
  • Skill in developing and interpreting plans and specifications.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints.
  • Skill in negotiating property acquisitions.
  • Skill in using office equipment such as a computer, calculator, copier, and facsimile machine.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication. 



SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:  The City Manager assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives.  The work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of department operations.


GUIDELINES:  Guidelines include relevant state and federal laws, city ordinances, policies and procedures, and department rules and regulations.  These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.  This position develops department guidelines.


COMPLEXITY:  The work consists of varied planning, administrative, and supervisory duties.


SCOPE AND EFFECT:  The purpose of this position is to manage the overall operation of the department.  Successful performance helps ensure the effective and efficient operation of the department and affects the quality of life for city residents.


PERSONAL CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically with co-workers, vendors and suppliers, other city employees, elected officials, state and local government officials, and the general public.


PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically to exchange information, motivate personnel, negotiate matters, resolve problems, and provide services.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is typically performed while sitting, standing, walking, or stooping.  The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and distinguishes between shades of color.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, where the employee is exposed to machinery with moving parts.  The work may require the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.


SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY:  This position has direct supervision over Administrative Services Manager (1), Street Superintendent (1), Cemetery Supervisor (1), Garage Superintendent (1), and Solid Waste Supervisor (1).



  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.  In lieu of a degree, ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of experience managing a Public Works Department along with managing multiple time sensitive projects and solid waste collection and disposal.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.


Equal Opportunity Employer – Drug Free Workplace


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