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City Seeking Applicants for Public Works Director

The City of Osawatomie is seeking applicants for the position of Public Works Director due to the retirement announcement of the incumbent director. This position is full-time and eligible for full benefits including KPERS and ICMA retirements. The full job description can be downloaded here.

Job Description

The full job description can be downloaded here.

As a Department Director, the primary purpose of this position is to manage, plan, direct and review the daily activities and operations of Streets and Alleys, Parks and Cemeteries, Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance, Stormwater, and the Flood Protection System. Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the activities of the Streets, Alleys, Parks, Lakes, Cemeteries, Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance, Stormwater, and Levee System
  • Establishes standards, plans, schedules, and procedures for operating, and maintaining the City’s Street and Alleys infrastructure and maintenance policies and procedures for Parks, Lakes, Cemeteries, Vehicles and Equipment, and Levees
  • Recruits, selects and supervises employees within the Departments
  • Attends City Council Meeting and advisory board meetings as needed and responds to questions and complaints from the General Public
  • Assist in developing the annual budgets and capital improvement needs in support of long-range planning of City capital improvement plans or initiatives for each department with assistance from the various departments, and collectively monitor the progress of the budget throughout each fiscal year
  • Hire, assign, supervise, and evaluate superintendents and other staff. Assist with hiring and evaluation of other City personnel and ensures that his/her and all employees under his/her direction, comply with the City’s Personnel and Policy Rules and Regulations, safety and security standards
  • Assists with City functions and special events and works on-call to handle emergency work as required or necessary
  • Works with Engineers on projects, with the objective of keeping projects on schedule, and within budget
  • Carefully monitor work done by outside firms, including engineers and contractors, to ensure the work being done is of high quality, and in the best interest of the city
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, minimize over-time, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide high-quality customer service
  • Role model the values of the organization through example and accountabilities
  • Facilitate solutions to problems facing the departments
  • All other duties as assigned

The Public Works Director is an important leadership position with high levels of responsibility. The Public Works Director reports to the Deputy City Manager and works closely with other Department Directors on a number of critical infrastructure projects.

To Apply

Interested persons should send a PDF binder containing a cover letter, resume, and at least one letter of reference or recommendation to:

Samantha Moon
Assistant to the City Manager
[email protected]

The cover letter should include the applicant’s salary requirements and explain any gaps in employment or experience. Applicant binders are due no later than April 29th, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.