Manager of Public Works

City of Williams Lake

City of Williams Lake

Manager of Public Works 

Competition 18-45

For lifestyle, Williams Lake’s mixture of frontier charm and urban living can’t be beat. A regional centre with all major amenities.  Living and housing is very affordable with a range of residential opportunities from modern urban subdivisions and townhouses to large rural properties. The attractive mix of high-quality lifestyle and surrounding pristine wilderness playground makes Williams Lake a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Williams Lake offers year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. In the winter, the Cariboo offers snowmobiling opportunities and amazing cross-country ski trails, as well as snowshoeing and ice fishing. Williams Lake, known across North America as the “Shangri-La of Mountain Biking”, boasts the largest mountain bike park in the British Columbia’s interior, and over 200 kilometres of single track trails and tens of thousands of board feet of lumber constructing a variety of riding features all within metres of the City. The lake city is a great base for hiking, camping, four-wheeling, waterskiing, swimming, golfing and sport fishing as well. Our indoor recreation facilities are first rate, with the Cariboo Memorial Recreational Complex offering a brand new leisure pool with waterslide, new lap pool, steam room, sauna, massive swirl pool along with two arena ice sheets, and a brand new fitness centre.

Management (Union Exempt)

Hours of Work:           
37.5 hours per week, five days a week, Monday to Friday inclusive and attendance at meetings as required.

General Statement of Duties:
The Manager of Public Works reports directly to the Director of Municipal Services and will administer and oversee the day-to-day operation and maintenance of municipal infrastructure; the overall supervision of Public Works employees involved in maintenance and construction of sidewalks, roadways, streets and boulevards; clearing and removal of snow; maintenance and construction of parks and parks equipment; municipal cemetery, solid waste management, airport, water, sewer, fleet, drainage, buildings, and mechanical shop.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manager of Public Works will work closely with the Director in the management of roads and related infrastructure, construction of parks and parks equipment, public works capital projects, utilities, fleet, buildings, airport, mechanical shop, etc.
  • Manages the day to day operation of the Public Works Division including but not limited to management of supervisors and union employees, provide effective leadership and initial step in complaint resolution in a unionized work environment.
  • Provide interim support in the absence of the Director of Municipal Services, up to and including attendance at council meetings and presenting of reports.
  • Determine operational priorities in consultation with supervisors
  • Serve as a contact between consultants and contractors involved in Public Works projects
  • Assist in the development, preparation and monitoring of operating and capital budgets, manage and control approved fiscal allocations
  • Monitor financial performance, taking prompt action to avoid problems
  • Develops and implements training programs for Municipal Services personnel and prepares assessment reports, as required, on the performance of subordinate staff members
  • Liaises with outside agencies and organizations as required and represents the City on committees as assigned
  • Participates as a member of the Senior Management Team and provides recommendations to strategic reports, policy development, human resource management, financial and other management decision making processes
  • Implements and monitors the Occupational Health and Safety program within the Municipal Services Department, in accordance with Work Safe BC Regulations.
  • Ensure all activity reports, logs and maintenance reports are current and stored safely 
  • Prepare reports and estimates as required by the Director.
  • Maintain a supportive working relationship with the public and staff to resolve issues and concerns
  • Act with independence within policy guidelines, legislation, contract and collective agreement
  • Perform other related tasks as required

Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

Education, Experience, and Qualifications:
  • Diploma or certificate in Civil Engineering or related discipline. A combination of similar training and experience may be considered by the City of Williams Lake
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in public works or related field. Minimum 3 years  of experience in a Supervisory role
  • Certification under Project Management and Local Government is an asset
  • Emergency management operations courses/experience is an asset
  • Proficient in the use of computers (e.g. word, excel and outlook)
  • Must hold and maintain a minimum Class 5 Driver’s License

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of civil engineering principles
  • Knowledge and background in contract management
  • Thorough knowledge and background in capital and operational budget preparation and control (long and short term)
  • Knowledge and understanding of asset management practices
  • Knowledge of GIS systems
  • Knowledge of  working with a collective agreement in a union environment
  • Strong working knowledge of all applicable federal, provincial and local laws, codes and regulations governing the administration of public works functions and activities
  • Strong understanding of the principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and the maintenance of public records; organization and functions of an elected City Council; the City's personnel rules and policies
  • Strong working knowledge of the principles and practices of management and supervision

Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, presentation, facilitation, decision making and general management skills
  • Ability to supervise staff and interpret and apply collective agreement rules consistently and fairly
  • Ability to effectively lead, coach and motivate staff in a team environment
  • Ability to plan, direct and integrate broad, comprehensive public works programs and activities
  • Ability to organize and direct activities of all personnel and equipment
  • Proven skills in problem resolution with public, employees and other agencies
  • Ability to effectively plan and manage a multi-function department
  • Ability to deal effectively with representatives of government, business, consultants, developers, the general public, City staff and Council members
  • Ability to effectively prepare and present reports to council 
  • Ability to organize and prioritize
  • Ability to work independently on own initiative

A Competitive Salary for this non-union position will be commensurate with experience and education.  It will include a comprehensive benefits package as well as a compressed work week schedule if desired. The City of Williams Lake is dedicated to continuation of Professional Development and is supportive of Employee Wellness initiatives.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter outlining qualifications, experience, copies of applicable certifications, and letters of reference no later than 4:00 pm, October 12, 2018 to the attention of Ashley Williston, Director of Human Resources, City of Williams Lake, 450 Mart Street, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1N3 - Fax (250) 392-8484, or email

Organization: City of Williams Lake
Location: Williams Lake, BC
Region: North Central / Cariboo
Professional Category(s): Public Works & Operations
Posted: September 10, 2018, 2:26 pm
Expires: October 12, 2018, 4:30 pm

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