Job Alert: City of Buckhannon seeks Director of Public Works

BUCKHANNON — Resumes will be accepted until May 17, 2024, for the Director of Public Works position for the City of Buckhannon, 70 E Main Street, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

The Director of Public Works supervises all City of Buckhannon properties’ maintenance, design, and construction, including buildings, parks, grounds, solid waste facilities, and water/sewer utilities. The Director will oversee the activities of employees within the departmental structure, including engineering, public utilities, and facilities management. This position must exercise tact and courtesy when interacting with public officials, developers, contractors, and the general public.  This position will report to the City of Buckhannon City Council.

  • Trained and experienced in both oral and written communications, the Director of Public Works shall serve as the primary point of contact with the Council of the City of Buckhannon, respecting all identified functions involving all municipal utility functions, municipal buildings and other improvements, oversight of the City’s streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, storm sewers, parks and river trail, cemetery, and such other functions and projects as are specifically designated by the City Council.   
  • The Director shall work closely in collaboration with the City Director of Finance & Administration and all City’s Utility Boards supervisors as well as the City’s engineers and attorney.  The Director oversees and manages the work of all Utility Board supervisors while coordinating collaborative, inter-utility functions and projects.
  • The Director collaborating with appropriate Utility Board supervisors shall be one of the primary contact persons for utility functions, who shall be expected to regularly solicit opportunities to positively present the mission, vision, accomplishments, and/or needs of the City.  The Director shall collaborate with the Public Relations Coordinator to maximize public awareness of all utility activities and programs. 
  • The Director shall regularly attend and actively participate in bi-monthly Buckhannon City Council meetings as well as the monthly meetings of the City’s four Utility Boards, and shall further periodically attend and report to other appropriate entities and organizations about the accomplishments and efforts of the City, as well as schedule regular supervisor’s meetings that will help to instill a “team member” philosophy.
  • The Director shall assist all Utility Board supervisors in proposing an annual fiscal year budget to be submitted to the City’s Director of Finance and Administration on or about February 1 of each year, and shall work closely with Director of Finance and Administration to realize funding for programs and activities of the departments of oversight.
  • The Director shall serve as the primary point of contact with outside organizations and persons soliciting some use of the City’s utility board facilities and/or equipment for purposes not conflicting with the City’s mission, and shall request the approval of such outside uses not conflicting with municipal programs with the City Council. 
  • The Director shall be very familiar with the physical plants; municipal buildings, and all other City facilities and equipment. 
  • The Director shall collaborate with the Utility Board supervisors to identify building, facility, and equipment needs and respective departments’ needs and including individual activity and program review.
  • The Director shall report and advise on requests to the City Council and/or City Utility Boards, of any and all needs for any scheduled or extraordinary repairs or maintenance or improvements to municipal buildings, facilities, and/or equipment as well as capital purchase requests of new equipment.
  • The Director shall conduct Annual Evaluations of all Utility Board supervisors, city engineers, and other personnel assigned to the Director’s oversight and shall make recommendations for merit pay increases when appropriate.
  • The Director shall oversee the administration of street addressing and ADA compliance, delegating functional responsibility for such municipal matters to city engineers and others as appropriate.
  • The Director shall possess a CDL driver’s license and have knowledge and experience with construction projects and the operation of construction equipment
  • This is a full-time position with benefits that include Health Insurance, participation in the WV Public Employees Retirement System, vacation and sick leave.

Salary starting at $60,000 annually, or commensurate with candidate experience and qualifications levels.

Candidates must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience at an executive level in planning, budgeting, and construction management. Candidates with experience in solid waste, stormwater, wastewater, and water operations are preferred.

Your resume will need to include three professional references.  Professional references are individuals who can attest to your job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Resumes will be received or postmarked before midnight May 17, 2024, at City Hall, 70 E Main Street, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

The City of Buckhannon is an EEOC employer committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all qualified persons.

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