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Assistant Director of Public Works

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$68,432/yr - $92,601.60/yr
  • Posted Date:12/06/2019


Under the direction of the Director of Public Works, the Assistant Director of Public Works will plan, evaluate, manage, supervise and coordinate the activities and operations within the Public Works Department.  This will include, but will not be limited to the capital improvement program (CIP); construction inspection; floodplain management; GIS management; engineering services; water production, treatment and distribution; wastewater collection and treatment; street maintenance; fleet maintenance; facilities maintenance; recycling; solid waste collection; storm drainage; as well as providing technical oversight to all Divisions within the Public Works Department.

The Assistant Director of Public Works will facilitate, develop and implement short- and long-term goals for the Divisions within Public Works. Will ensure proposed subdivisions and developments, related utility projects and other site developments comply with City codes and standards.  The Assistant Director of Public Works will coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Public Works. Acts as Director of Public Works as appropriate in the Director's absence.  Will perform other duties as assigned.



  • Assist the Director in administration and management of department activities including recommend employment decisions regarding hiring and terminations; plan, coordinate and supervise the execution of projects, work assignments and workloads; assist in staff development, training and disciplinary actions; and provide timely accurate and thorough performance reviews.
  • Participate in the development and administration of assigned division budgets, Capital Improvement Plan budget and assist with preparing the Department’s annual budget.  Will monitor and approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  • Participate in the master planning of infrastructure needs for the City, to include streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, buildings, equipment, storm drains, water system facilities, sewer collection system, wastewater treatment plant and other related facilities and equipment for maintenance, repair and replacement.
  • Provide technical assistance and oversight to the Public Works operations, including but not limited to water, wastewater, roadways, facilities, equipment, recycling and solid waste.
  • Interpret, review and revise City codes and ordinances applicable to Public Works.
  • Prepare City Council agenda items and all associated supporting documentation.
  • Attend City Council meetings as required, as well as other board and committee meetings.  Report results and follow up with commitments and make decisions as authorized.
  • Support and manage the City’s GIS and Cityworks applications; coordinate with City staff and engineers for updates to GIS data; monitor data for quality control and provide technical guidance to staff.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Coordinate with developers and property owners on subdivision, platting and site development applications; review plats and plans for compliance with City codes and other applicable regulations and standards; and inspect site development after completion and as needed during construction to monitor compliance.
  • Oversee plan review, permitting and inspections for residential and commercial construction in the City to ensure compliance with adopted building codes and State and Federal regulations.
  • Assist in regulation of development in the floodplain as Floodplain Manager for the City.
  • Prepare invitations for bid and requests for proposals, including scope of work, specifications, pricing, standard terms and conditions and other factors used in the selection process.  Review proposals and serve on selection committees for consultants.
  • Research grant opportunities and prepare grant applications with applicable supporting documentation. 
  • Prepare contract documents, purchase requisitions, interim reports and change orders, and review contract invoices for accuracy and payment.
  • Serve as lead for damage assessment after an event and coordinate with County emergency management for reporting damage.
  • Coordinate with FEMA on inspections, documentation, hazard mitigation assessments and contracts to ensure compliance with State and Federal requirements.
  • Assist in preparation of emergency management plans and policies including the City’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, Public Works Emergency Response Procedures, Closed POD procedures, pre-disaster Recovery planning, and long-term recovery.
  • Serve as a member on different internal and external Emergency Preparedness Committees.
  • Serve as the lead for the Public Works safety committee and coordinate speakers and topics for the monthly safety meetings.



Mandatory Requirements

  • A minimum of five (5) years of public administration experience in public works such as planning design, maintenance and construction, and municipal supervising experience.
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Valid Class C Texas State Driver's License and safe driving record.
  • Knowledge in principles of budget preparation and expenditure control.
  • Knowledge in applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations pertaining to public works, municipal utilities and solid waste functions.
  • Knowledge in principles of effective management skills.
  • Knowledge of standard engineering documents.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of business correspondence and technical report preparation.
  • Must have good communication skills; requires a calm demeanor in responding to customer questions/and or complaints and dealing with the general public in everyday activities.
  • Must be able to exercise complete discretion.
  • Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Ability to read and interpret legal documents and descriptions.  Skilled in reading, interpreting, applying, and explaining rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to use and operate vehicle and have knowledge of current state and city laws and regulations regarding the use of motor vehicles.
  • Ability to plan and organize work to meet daily and periodic objectives.
  • Outstanding written, oral and presentation communication skills.
  • Experience in negotiating, preparing and vetting contracts for public works projects.
  • Initiative and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher.
  • To perform this job successfully, the person in this position must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • May work abnormal hours as required to complete assigned tasks.
  • Ability to work within established guidelines.
  • This position is considered a Level I position in accordance with Section 6.11.6 of the Personnel Guidelines.
  • Abides by all policies, procedures, rules, etc. associated with the City’s Safety Program.  Must actively promote and personally observe safety and security procedures and uses equipment and materials properly.

Desirable Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering.
  • Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
  • TCEQ Water/Wastewater Licenses.
  • Certified Floodplain Manager
  • NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 & 800.
  • Experience with computer applications for graphics and/or GIS.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • First-Aid/CPR Certified.



  • Endurance/Moving About: Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time). Move from location to location.
  • Endurance/Overall strength: Heavy work. Exerts force and/or lifts or carries objects weighing up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Walking: Constantly (up to 2/3 of the time). Move about on foot.
  • Sitting: Frequently (1/3 or more of the time).
  • Lifting/Carrying: Periodic. Lift by manually raising or lowering an object from one level to another (including upward pulling), and/or carry transport and object, usually holding it in the hands or arms, or on the shoulder.
  • Pushing/Pulling: Periodic. Push by exerting force on an object so that it moves away from the force or worker (including slapping, striking, kicking, and treadle actions); and/or pull by exerting force on an object so that it moves toward the force or worker (including jerking).
  • Controls: Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time). Use one or both arms and/or hands and /or one or either feet or legs to move controls on machinery or equipment.
  • Climbing Periodic. Ascend or descend ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, ropes, and the like using the feet and legs and/or hands and arms above or below 5 feet.
  • Balancing: Periodic. Maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces.
  • Bending/Stooping: Periodic. Stoop by bending the body downward or forward by flexing the spine at the waist, and /or bend by extending the spine backward or from side to side.
  • Kneeling/Crouching: Periodic. Kneel by bending the legs at the knees to come to rest on the knee or knees, and/or crouch by bending the body downward and forward by bending the legs and spine.
  • Crawling: Periodic. Move about on the hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Reaching: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Extend hands and arms in any direction.
  • Handling: Constantly (up to 2/3 of the time). Seize, hold, grasp, turn or otherwise work with the hand or hands.
  • Rotation: Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time). Twist and turn the spine or a ball and socket joint such as the shoulder or hip.
  • Talking: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to clients or to the public and convey detailed spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Hearing: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Perceive the nature of sounds by the ear.
  • Seeing: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Obtain impressions through the eyes of the shape, size, distance, motion, color or other characteristics of objects.
  • Reading: Read water meters, written reports and instructions.
  • Writing: Able to accurately record water meter readings, record information and summary of events.



  • Location: Both inside and outside. Work is spent inside (where there is protection from weather, but not necessarily from temperature changes) and outside (where there may be no effective protection from weather).
  • Extreme Cold: Endure temperature(s) sufficiently low to cause marked bodily discomfort unless exceptional protection is used.
  • Extreme Heat: Endure temperature(s) sufficiently high to cause marked bodily discomfort unless exceptional protection is used.
  • Wet Conditions: Endure contact with water or other liquids.
  • Noise / Vibration: Periodic. Occasionally endure noises, either constant or intermittent, or work sites.
  • Smell: Fumes chemicals, or toxic substances.
  • Requires 24 hour on-call status for emergency situations.
  • Shift work (including weekends and holidays) may be required.



Provides direct supervision to the first line supervisor, to include but not limited to Street & Bridge supervisor, Equipment Maintenance Supervisor, Office Manager, Recycling Manager, Facility Maintenance employees, Building Division employees and Code Compliance Officer.  Will be the second line supervisor for all other Public Works employees.



Receive direction from the Director of Public Works and City Manager.



Normal working hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with one hour for lunch.  Overtime may be required.  In emergencies may be called into work and work schedule will be adjusted during the emergency.



  • Support City and Department goals and objectives.
  • Serve and meet the needs of our citizens during routine or emergency situations.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team, demonstrate team skills, and perform a fair share of team responsibilities.
  • Plan and organize his/her work, time and resources, and, if applicable, that of subordinates.
  • Contribute to the development of others, to the Department, and the City.
  • Produce desired work outcomes including quality, quantity and timeliness.
  • Communicate effectively with peers, supervisors, subordinates and people to whom service is provided.
  • Understand and value differences in employees and value input from others.
  • Consistently report to work and work assignments prepared and on schedule.
  • Consistently display a positive behavior with regard to work, willingly accept constructive criticism and be respectful of others.



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City of Bay City and the employee and is subject to change by the City of Bay City as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.  The City of Bay City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In compliance with the American’s with Disability Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Formal application or letter of interest, rating of education and experience; oral interview, reference and criminal background checks, and drug screens are required.  In addition, job related tests may also be required.

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