The purpose of this classification is to plan, direct, and administer the operations and staff of the County’s Public Works programs which include the operations and activities of four major divisions: Fleet Maintenance, Roads & Drainage, Sanitation, and Transportation; and project management for a significant number of county-wide Capital programs.
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Manages, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals.
Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; prioritizes and schedules work activities in order to meet objectives; ensures that subordinates have the proper resources needed to complete the assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff to assist with complex/problem situations and provide technical expertise; and provides progress and activity reports to County administrators and elected officials.
Oversees the County’s Public Works function to include the design, administration, and implementation of Public Works policies, procedures, and programs; participates in executive-level decision making; and advises the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Commissioners, and the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) on matters pertaining to Public Works.
Formulates, implements, and directs short- and long-range plans and department policies and procedures for operations pertaining to motor fleet procurement and maintenance, street and drainage design and maintenance, transportation, and solid waste collection and disposal; and implements initiatives to improve operational efficiency and quality of service to the public.
Manages and coordinates efforts to obtain federal and state financial assistance; identifies grants and other funding opportunities; ensures compliance with program requirements; and manages significant intergovernmental activities with local, state, or federal agencies.
Manages the development and preparation of the department’s annual budget; provides forecast data, information, major project estimates, long-range proposed budget, and cost plans, etc. to develop the County’s annual budget; and manages expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget.
Coordinates with Environmental Protection Division; and ensures adherence to and compliance with appropriate specifications, and County, state, and federal laws, regulations, ordinances, and other guidelines.
Represents Public Works at all Board of Commissioners' meetings; resolves citizen complaints and addresses inquiries and concerns as directed; and acts as liaison to various public and private sector agencies and community groups.
Directs the planning, preparation and implementation of a significant number of capital improvement programs, including design, permitting and coordination of construction activities.
Bachelor's degree in Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Public Administration, or related field required (Master’s degree preferred); twelve years of progressively responsible experience in the public works administration, with five years of senior management experience for a comparably sized organization or as a director for a smaller organization; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. Georgia Professional Engineer’s license (PE) preferred.
It’s In DeKalb
From Stone Mountain Park, home of the world’s largest free-standing piece of exposed granite, to its popular Perimeter commercial district and its 269 square miles teeming with residents who speak 140 different languages, “It’s In DeKalb.”
Located in the metropolitan Atlanta area, DeKalb is the fourth most populous county in the state, with approximately 735,000 residents, ...according to 2016 U.S. Census Community Facts population estimates.
In addition to a portion of Atlanta, several cities have joined Decatur: Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain and Tucker.
Employment opportunities are plentiful for the ready-for-business county with the DeKalb County Government! So whether it’s cultural diversity, natural attractions, higher education options or a business-ready environment with employment opportunities, “It’s In DeKalb.”
Mission, Vision and Values
As part of the county's budget process, the county has a defined vision, mission and values. They will be used as the foundation for shaping the goals, strategies and action steps in the strategic plan.
Statement of Vision: To build a new consensus for a better DeKalb County.
Mission: To make the priorities of the citizens of DeKalb County; the priorities of County government - by achieving a safer DeKalb, building stronger neighborhoods, creating a fiscally accountable and more efficient county government and uniting the citizens of DeKalb County.
Statement of Values: In working to accomplish our mission, we value:
• An inclusive approach involving the whole community.
• A team approach to preventing problems.
• Well-trained employees committed to excellence.
• A responsive and responsible service delivery system.
• Our cultural diversity.
• Positive change, innovation and creativity.
• Mutual trust and respect.