Public Works Director/City Engineer - City of Cocoa

Position Information
Organization: City of Cocoa
Category: Management
Position Status: Full-Time
Position Title: Public Works Director/City Engineer

Position Description: JOB SUMMARY: Under the indirect supervision of the Assistant City Manager, performs highly responsible administrative, operational, professional, and technical duties. This position is responsible for directing and coordinating of the Public Works Department, including Capital Project Management, Grounds Maintenance, Facilities Management, Solid Waste Management, Fleet Management, Stormwater Management, Streets Management and Lighting. Moreover, the incumbent should possess strong leadership skills, be an excellent communicator, and have the ability to effectively manage employees and multiple projects across several departmental functions. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Provides leadership in all facets of the department and supports the community, City administration and City Council through creating an environment to ensure the City's Strategic Plan strategic issues are timely and appropriately achieved. Ensures the City's Core Values and Mission serve as a guide for decision-making and dealing with community stakeholders, City staff, and City Council. Plans, organizes, directs, and administers all activities of the Public Works Department including, but not limited to, personnel, general departmental operations, and contract administration. Directs the long-range planning, design, operation and maintenance activities of the department. Formulates and prescribes work within the Department for all departmental staff. Appraises conditions of work in the Department and takes necessary steps to improve operations. Assists with preparation of bid specifications and project cost estimates. Prepares Capital Improvement Plan, administers capital improvement and public works contracts, and evaluates contractors' performance. Prepares, submits and publicly defends recommendations for consideration by the City Council. Oversees permitting of all work that is performed within the Public Right of Way. Interfaces with other regulatory agencies to ensure complete evaluation of proposed improvements. Prepares and administers the Public Works budget, overseeing the control and expenditure of the individual divisions. Directs the review of plans, maps and development proposal to determine effects on facilities, transportation, transit and drainage infrastructure. Interfaces with all other Department Directors and management to ensure coordination of City responsibilities. Prepares and reviews plans, specifications, cost estimates, permits, grants and legal documents for Public Works projects, including constructing, installing and maintaining storm water drainage systems. Coordinates work activities and programs of the department with other city programs and projects. Represents the department and acts as liaison with other governmental agencies, contractors and the general public within the Public Works arena. Prepares and reviews ordinances, resolutions, grant applications, agreements and other legal documents affecting the Public Works Department. Updates the City Manager's Office with reports/information on progress of all public works activities and projects. Oversees the Solid Waste contract. Directs and controls purchasing and inventory of equipment or material, including capital equipment. May fulfill the duties of "City Engineer" as required in the City Code of Ordinances. Designated Essential Employee and may be required to work during a declared or undeclared emergency. Performs other related job duties as assigned. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of current/pending applicable federal, state, and local legislation. Knowledge of administrative, supervisory and technical capabilities for planning and directing public work activities in the following divisions: Grounds and Facilities Management, Capital Projects, Storm water, Streets, fleet operations and Lighting and Road pavement management. Knowledge of the role of Public Works in growth and development process. Knowledge of modern techniques, methods, procedures, principles and practices of Civil Engineering and all phases of Public Works. Knowledge of personnel, finance, general office, business administration and the ability to apply them to real situations. Knowledge of the use and care of all types of engineering tools, equipment, materials and supplies. Skill in the use of a variety of computer programs, including Microsoft Office, and various other office equipment. Ability to effectively perform Program Evaluation through the use of data analytics and recommend improvements to current and additional programs. Ability to plan, direct, supervise, coordinate, organize and inspect public works and engineering plans, programs and activities. Ability to address civic organizations or other public or private groups on subjects relative to public works programs and projects. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, supervisors, city and governmental officials and the general public. Ability to read and understand maps, engineering reports and contract documents. Ability to prepare, develop and present long-range public work plans and programs. Ability to exercise considerable independence and personal discretion in the management of departmental operations. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with city officials and employees, the general public and representatives of other agencies toward the accomplishment of assigned projects. Ability to gain the trust and cooperation of others to effectively communicate concepts and ideas. Ability to work effectively with a variety of staff, other governmental representatives, and the public. Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with all members of the public and maintains composure in difficult and/or stressful situations. Extensive knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles and practices of organization, management, personnel, and financial administration in the operation of a complex municipal department. Extensive knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of civil engineering particularly as applied to municipal public works activities and construction projects. Considerable knowledge of the material, equipment, principles and practices of public works project management, construction, operations, maintenance and repair. Considerable knowledge of state and federal laws, and agency rules and regulations as they relate to the planning, development, construction, inspection, and maintenance of municipal public works projects. Ability to plan, organize, direct and appraise the work of a large staff of managerial, professional, technical, and administrative support personnel engaged in a variety of activities. Ability to identify management problems, select appropriate study and analytical methods, to conduct studies and to propose effective solutions. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, to groups and individuals using simple, non-technical language. Ability to establish attainable goals and objectives, to develop long-term plans and programs, and to make sound decisions on matters of operating policy and administrative problems. Ability to negotiate complex contractual relationships with private service firms. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other City employees, county, state and federal officials, private consultants, contractors, representatives of other agencies, and the general public.

Position Requirements: QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or related field with ten (10) years of experience in administrative public works or public management to include four (4) years of progressively responsible supervisory/managerial experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Special Qualifications: Must possess a valid current Florida driver's license or be able to acquire one within 45 days of hire. Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Florida is required. This position requires attendance at City Council meetings during evening hours, and other night meetings as required, representing the Public Works Department.

Salary Information: $69,992.00 - $118,996.80

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Organization Information
Organization: City of Cocoa
Point of Contact: Everett Wegerif, PE
Address: 155 N Wilson Avenue
City: Cocoa
State: Florida
Zip Code: 32922
Phone: 321-433-8777
Email: [email protected]