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Title:  Public Works Director

Employment Status:  Exempt

Reports to:  Town Administrator


General Statement of Duties:

This position is responsible for overseeing the design, installation, operation, maintenance and repair of the town’s electric, water, wastewater, and sanitation departments.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Public Works Director is responsible for coordinating and directing all activities of the public works program for the Town.  Work involves the improvements, water and sewer systems, operation of the water and wastewater treatment plants and the electrical distribution system.  Works includes the responsibility for planning and implementation of public works projects.  The employee must exercise independent judgment and initiative.   General supervision is received from the Town Administrator and will report to the Board of Aldermen and Alderwomen at Board meetings.  Work is evaluated through periodic conferences and observation, and by public acceptance of the public works program.

Plans, reviews, and approves major construction projects for the department.

Cultivates and maintains healthy customer relations;

Monitors, maintains, and proposes changes to the town’s utility systems;

Oversees the organization and staffing needs of the department.

Oversees and assists with traffic control in parades and assists with event set-up during scheduled events.

Oversees the preparation and administration of the department operating budget and the Capital Improvement Plan.

Serves as town representative to commissions, committees, and task forces.  Remains active in civic and community relations.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of standard practices, procedures, and methods used in street maintenance, water distribution, wastewater collection, and electrical distribution operations.

Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and proper safety precautions involved in public works projects.

Supervises community work crews.

Ability to direct and supervise departmental planning effectively.

Hands-On work may be required when necessary.

Physical Requirements:

The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, walking, bending, crouching, or stooping.  The employee occasionally lifts light objects, climbs ladders, and must be able to distinguish between shades of color.

Desired Experience and Education:

Knowledge of the engineering and operational fundamentals for electric, water and sewer collection/distribution systems.

Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations pertaining to utilities.

Knowledge of local government budgeting, financial management and purchasing practices.

Knowledge of utility rate design and application.

Skill in management and supervision.

Skill in analyzing data and making decisions.

Skill in establishing work priorities and organizing work.

Skill in developing short and long-range plans.

Skill in the use of general office equipment, including a computer, calculator, facsimile machine , and copier.

Skill in public and interpersonal relations.

Skill in oral and written communication.

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 required three to five years of related experience.

Considerable experience in public works, public utilities, or private construction operations, including some supervisory experience.

Graduation from high school with some formal education beyond high school, or an equivalent combination of experience and training.

Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Salary will be commensurate with education, certifications, and experience.

The Town of Fremont offers an exceptional benefits package.

The Town of Fremont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Town of Fremont will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Please submit your resume’  to:

Tony Howell, Town Administrator

Town of Fremont

PO Box 4

Fremont, NC  27830

126 East Main Street
P.O. Box 4
Fremont, NC 27830
Phone: 919.242.5151
Fax: 919.242.7212

The Town of Fremont is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer
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