Director of Public Works

District of Stewart

District of Stewart

Director of Public Works


District of Stewart:
Situated across from Alaska's Misty Fiords National Park and at the end of the Portland Canal, Stewart, BC is a unique border town attracting tourists from every corner of the world.

Located in the “Golden Triangle” the economy of Stewart is supported by a varied range of industries including mining and mine exploration, logging, and tourism. A deep-water port with two port facilities it is destined to become a major west coast port for distribution of ore, logs and other commodities.

Stewart is rich with history and those who visit often wish they could stay. The current population is about 400 but with two mines set to go into production we are at the precipice of another boom era. Life may be relaxed here but there is never a dull moment!

If you are looking for a beautiful destination with fishing, wildlife, hiking and breathtaking scenery, Stewart welcomes you!

Position:
The Public Works Director is a management position responsible for the planning, organization, direction and integration of the District’s public works, utilities and facilities. The Public Works Director will provide expert professional assistance to the CAO in areas of expertise including engineering, municipal water, sewer collection, wastewater collection, street, building and landscape maintenance. Other responsibilities will include policy development, program planning, fiscal management, administration, and operational direction of the District’s public works, water distribution, sewer and wastewater collection system and maintenance functions.

Develops, coordinates, and oversees delivery of the District’s Occupational Health & Safety program including policy, procedures, training and records management. Arranges for or performs Certificate of Recognition (COR) audits.

Affects bylaw enforcement up to adjudication.

The Public Works Director is responsible for accomplishing department objectives and goals within guidelines established by the District Council and CAO.

This position requires a technically strong individual who is capable of communicating effectively with employees, residents, customers and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will also possess demonstrated leadership skills in effective service delivery by keeping a balance between social, economic and environmental considerations.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package and relocation assistance will be provided as required. The District thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applications:
Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter of application and a resume in confidence prior to 4:00 p.m. on December 13, 2019 quoting “Director of Public Works” (shortlisted applicants will be asked for three (3) references) to:

Tammy McKeown, Chief Administrative Officer
PO Box 460, Stewart, BC V0T 1W0 (705 Brightwell Street)
Or via email to: cao@districtofstewart.com

For job description and qualifications listing, please see the District website: www.districtofstewart.com

We thank all applicants, but only those being considered for interviews will be contacted.
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS - JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
CLASSIFICATION: MANAGEMENT
REPORTS TO: CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (CAO)

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Public Works Director is a management position responsible for the planning, organization, direction and integration of the District’s public works, utilities and facilities. The Public Works Director will provide expert professional assistance to the CAO in areas of expertise including engineering, municipal water, sewer collection, wastewater collection, street, building and landscape maintenance. Other responsibilities will include policy development, program planning, fiscal management, administration, and operational direction of the District’s public works, water distribution, sewer and wastewater collection system and maintenance functions.

Develops, coordinates, and oversees delivery of the District’s Occupational Health & Safety program including policy, procedures, training and records management. Arranges for or performs Certificate of Recognition (COR) audits.

Affects bylaw enforcement up to adjudication.

The Public Works Director is responsible for accomplishing department objectives and goals within guidelines established by the District Council and CAO.

JOB DUTIES:
  • Plans, organizes, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of the Public Works department to ensure that municipal roads, water systems, sewerage, drainage systems, streetlights, garbage collection, parks and recreational areas and municipal property are inspected regularly and operated in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the performance of assigned staff.
  • Establishes performance requirements and personal development targets.
  • Regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development.
  • Takes disciplinary action to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with the District’s personnel rules and policies.
  • Provides leadership and works with department staff to develop and retain highly competent, customer service-oriented staff through selection, compensation, training and day-to-day management practices which support the District’s missions and values.
  • Integrates and directs the efforts and results of staff engaged in the maintenance and repair of the District’s public works, water distribution, sewer and wastewater collection system infrastructure.
  • Represents the employer as a member of the Bargaining Committee for the Collective Agreement and of the Labour Management committee.
  • Coordinate, review and approve the work for municipal construction projects including any contractors so engaged and solicits advice from consulting engineers for the resolution of difficult problems.
  • Recommends contract awards, negotiates contract provisions and coordinates, reviews and approves contractor’s performance.
  • Develops specifications and bid documents for a variety of public works and public utilities-related designs, construction and maintenance projects.
  • Represents the District in negotiations with other agencies, utilities, groups and individuals on a wide variety of issues pertaining to public works and utilities.
  • Develops, implements and monitors long-term plans, goals and objectives focused on achieving the District’s mission and Council priorities.
  • Monitors developments related to public works and utilities matters, evaluates their impact on District operations, and implements policy and procedure improvements.
  • Directs the development of and monitors performance against the annual department budget.
  • Prepares departmental budget for Council approval. Monitors, once approved, working co-dependently with the Finance department.
  • Determines the availability of grants, subsidies and other forms of funding and ensures eligibility, scheduling/timing and implementation requirements are fulfilled.
  • Assists in the preparation of new District bylaws and the revision of existing bylaws.
  • Advises the District Council, CAO, citizen groups, individuals, contractors and others on departmental issues.
  • Attends council and council committee meetings as a technical resource.
  • Ensures conformance with all Federal and Provincial legislation and regulations.
  • Develops and administers the occupational health and safety program to ensure compliance with legislative requirements of the municipality and workers’ compensation legislation and regulations.
  • Administers safety management software; trains, coaches and monitors users; develops procedures, reports and user guides
  • Performs or arranges for annual internal (COR) safety audit.
  • Attends division safety talks and conducts crew safety meetings; ensures employees follow safe work procedures and have required safety training and equipment; conducts safety inspections of worksites and equipment and ensures corrective measures are taken
  • Reviews and approves engineering drawings for all department construction works.
  • Reviews and approves engineering drawings for subdivision developments and ensures compliance.
  • Responsible for subdivision site inspections.
  • Reviews and advises on development plans and permits for work in District rights-of-way.
  • Investigates, processes and responds to public inquiries/complaints, concerning bylaw infractions and violations in a professional manner and takes appropriate action as required in accordance with the District’s established policies and procedures and provincial legislation.
  • Investigates, conducts site inspections, enforces and gains compliance with the District’s various regulatory bylaws.
  • Coordinates all matters arising from the issuance of Municipal Ticket Information including summons services and the recovery of outstanding fines through the court system including adjudication processes.
  • Coordinates the collection and recording of evidence for legal action; prepares documentation for legal proceedings; develops case management strategies and appears in court as a witness as required
  • Undertakes related duties and special projects as required.

NOTE: The duties and responsibilities listed above are not set forth for the purpose of limiting the assignment of work and are not to be construed as a complete list of duties normally or temporarily to be performed.
The incumbent may encounter information associated with the privacy of individuals or that is sensitive in nature; accordingly, confidentiality must be maintained at all times.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Secondary school graduation.
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in local government with at least three (3) years previous management experience in a public works environment.
  • Computer literacy with word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
  • Valid BC Driver’s Licence (minimum Class 5).
  • Sound knowledge of the methods, practices, techniques, tools and aids used in safety training programs - including the ability to conduct field inspections and identify health and safety hazards.
  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS).
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in the application of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations affecting municipal operations.
  • Strong working knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and the maintenance of public records.
  • Strong working knowledge of all applicable federal, provincial and local laws, codes and regulations governing the administration of public works and utilities functions and activities.
  • Theory, principles, practices and techniques of public works, traffic engineering, municipal water and sewers engineering, and public works and utilities and facilities maintenance functions.
  • Thorough knowledge of the operation and maintenance of municipal infrastructure, including parks and recreation facilities, especially in the area of public health and environmental protection.
  • Able to plan, organize, supervise and coordinate the work of the municipal works staff in a wide variety of maintenance and repair projects.
  • Able to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with municipal staff, the public, Council and senior levels of government.
  • Able to analyze statistical data and physical conditions and able to prepare cost estimates, reports, policies and procedures.
  • Resourcefulness when faced with an emergency situation and able to organize the appropriate response given the capabilities or limitations of equipment and volunteers, and to recognize the impact of external factors.
  • Able to work independently and as a member of a team, and able to delegate and supervise employees, volunteers, subordinates or contractors under his/her supervision.
  • Strong understanding and commitment to customer service and public relations, and able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and to deal with others effectively and tactfully.
  • Evenings and weekends may be required.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
  • Membership in the Public Works Association of British Columbia and the British Columbia Water & Waste Association.
  • Holding the following valid certificates from the Environmental Operators Certification Program: Municipal Wastewater Treatment (Level I); Wastewater Collection (Level II); Water Distribution (Level II) and Water Treatment (Level II).
  • Graduation from a related program at a technical institute and successful completion of related courses from recognized organizations and institutions.
  • Proficiency with geographic information systems and computer aided design.
  • A valid Occupational First Aid, Level 1 certificate.

Organization: District of Stewart

Location: Stewart, BC
Region: North Coast / Nechako
Professional Categories: Public Works & Operations
Posted: November 28, 2019, 3:20 pm
Expires: December 13, 2019, 4:00 pm

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