Under the general direction of the Director of Public Works, this position is responsible for assisting in the management and direction of the Department of Public Works. This position is responsible for the Department of Public Works in the absence of the Director and also functions as the Director of Engineering. This is professional and administrative work involving the coordination, design and construction of City and Storm Water Utility engineering projects, and in the absence of the Director of Public Works, is responsible for overview of public works operations. This position has direct responsibility for the planning, design and construction of engineering projects, including, but not limited to the construction of storm sewer systems, street and highway construction, and other capital improvements assigned to the division, as well as Traffic Engineering activities. Supervision is exercised over subordinate engineers, and technicians, field crew and clerical support staff.
Effectively supervises and recommends the hiring, discharge, assignment evaluation, discipline, and adjustment of grievances of subordinate employees.
Plans and directs the activities of the Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works.
Furnishes technical advice to various City departments, County, State and Federal agencies.
Supervises the planning, design and construction of storm sewer systems.
Works with engineers and technicians in the design and construction of public works infrastructure projects.
Directs preparation of project chronology, project specifications and bid invitations.
Directs field and office engineering and construction management of construction projects.
Reviews and directs the work of engineering consultants for compliance with contracts.
Recommends approval of plans requiring State agency approval.
Administers engineering grant-in-aid and capital improvement engineering programs and other contracts.
Attends meetings and prepares reports for the Common Council, various committees and commissions, and citizen organizations.
Coordinates division activities with other City departments and agencies, including traffic engineering activities.
Determines division need and develops division budgets.
Assists in preparation of the Public Works Department operating and capital improvement budgets.
Responsible for the Department of Public Works in the absence of the Director.
Assists in the development of specifications and the purchasing of materials and equipment.
Responsible for the control of expenses within areas of his/her responsibility.
Makes recommendations for efficiency enhancements during budget and prepares necessary reports.
Evaluate and propose administration of department safety programs.
Facilitate and organize meetings related to the department functions including public, department and team meetings.
NOTE: The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the various types of work performed by persons in positions covered by this classification specification. This list is not all inclusive. The omission of a particular job duty does not mean that the duty is not one of the essential functions of the position. Management reserves the right to assign employees in this classification to duties not listed above, if the duties are fairly within the scope of responsibilities applicable to the level of work performed by employees in positions covered by this classification specification. This classification specification does not create an employment contract between the City and the employee and is subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and the department change over time.
Training and Experience:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in civil engineering.
Master's Degree in civil engineering (municipal/urban transportation management) or in public or business administration is highly desirable.
Minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible professional public works engineering experience, some of which shall have been at a supervisory or managerial level; or an equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin or ability to obtain same.
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities:
Ability to manage, coordinate and control large, complex operations.
Thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of public works engineering.
Knowledge of administrative methods, operational techniques of civil engineering, planning and public administration principles; principles and practice of administration and management.
Ability to plan, assign and review the work of subordinate employees.
Good knowledge of budgeting principles.
Demonstrated ability to direct and supervise public works engineering activities on a large scale and in a coordinated manner.
Ability to anticipate and plan for construction and maintenance requirements as related to areas of responsibility.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other agencies and the public.
Initiative and resourcefulness in handling general public works engineering problems and resolve conflicts.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing and to prepare comprehensive and coherent reports.
Task is essentially sedentary, with occasional walking, bending, light lifting, or other restricted physical activities.
Task may require infrequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
Task requires oral communications ability.
Possession of a valid driver's license and a good driving record.
May be required to provide a personal vehicle for use on the job.
The City of Kenosha, Wisconsin is conveniently located between Chicago (55 miles to the south) and Milwaukee (36 miles to the north) on the southwest shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Because of its proximity between two major metropolitan areas, Kenosha has become a ideal destination for many people seeking relatively lower housing costs in a safe, friendly and prosperous envi...ronment. With easy access to the Interstate 94 corridor, international airports at Chicago and Milwaukee, and the Metra rail line from Kenosha to Chicago, residents are able to choose from an extensive list of amenities, educational resources and career opportunities available within the commuting area.
The population of Kenosha is in excess of 100,000, making it the fourth largest city in the state. The Wisconsin Department of Administration estimates that the number of residents within our community will continue to grow steadily because of the influence of the nearby metropolitan areas.
Kenosha community websites: kenosha.org, kaba.org, kenoshacvb.com,
The City of Kenosha is governed by a full-time Mayor with a 4-year term and a part-time Council comprised of 17 Alderpersons elected by district every two years. A full-time City Administrator functions as the City's Chief Operating Officer. City Department Heads report directly to administration. The working atmosphere is collaborative and inclusive.
The City employs over 750 full-time with an additional 250 seasonal employees who work primarily during the summer construction and recreation season. The majority of these seasonal employees contribute to various Public Works divisions.
Department of Public Works - Highlights
This department is comprised of the following major operating divisions: engineering, streets (including all signs and markings and snow and ice removal), waste collection and disposal, fleet maintenance, electrical maintenance, storm water, and parks.
Annually, the divisions within Public Works are responsible for maintaining over 300 miles of streets, collect 23,000 tons of curbside waste, beautify and maintain over 900 acres of park lands at 75 park locations, and provide safe and enjoyable water facilities for fun and fitness. The Parks division operates a popular 9-hole golf course that residents enjoy during spring and summer months, as well as a newly resurfaced velodrome, the Sesquicentennial bandshell, bikeways, and a brand new, state-of-the-art "Dream Playground" designed in mind for children with disabilities. In winter 2014-2015, the Street Division implemented a new brine making facility to allow for safer streets during snowfall by helping prevent snow and ice bonding to pavement. The Department of Public Works is on the move, and these are just a few examples of their services to the community.