Civil - Project Management, Civil - Urban and Community Planning, Civil - Water / Wastewater, Civil Engineering
4 Year Degree
About the Position
The Public Services Director reports to the Township Superintendent/Manager and leads a team of 8 employees while overseeing the operations of 94 miles of water distribution main, 22 miles of wastewater main, 800 acres of park land, 38 miles of pathway, 2 cemeteries, and the Township's buildings and grounds.
Operating with a combined budget of $7.3 million, the Public Services Director is responsible for providing the highest level of water, wastewater, parks and recreation, building and grounds services including:
Operating the lift stations, pump stations, and storage facilities;
Maintaining compliance with all Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), EPA, and other local, state, and federal requirements;
Analyzing complex engineering and maintenance issues to evaluate solutions, provide sound recommendations, and develop courses of action;
Coordinating with inspections and contracted engineering staff on design and construction projects;
Maintaining effective working relationships with staff, engineers, contractors, and governmental officials;
Serving on boards and committees as assigned, representing the Township at professional meetings, and delivering presentations; and,
When necessary, responding to after-hours emergencies.
A high priority will be placed on compliance with State regulations and collaborating with developers, as well as completion of a staffing and succession plan to ensure continuity during anticipated retirements in the department over the next five years.
An important member of the Township's leadership team, the position of Public Services Director requires highly developed management, organizational, and technical skills. The new Director will manage an extremely experienced team with many direct report personnel having more than 20 years of experience with the Township. The successful candidate will possess the following attributes and qualifications:
A trusted leader with a high level of personal and professional integrity
An approachable and confident communicator who gains the respect of the team by sharing information and conveying the details of the decision-making process
An articulate presenter with the necessary skills to effectively present and communicate ideas and information verbally and in writing to groups and individuals
A collaborative leader with exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain a deep level of trust and respect with Township management and department staff
An extremely organized manager capable of coordinating and overseeing multiple high-level projects at the same time
An individual who relates well to people while maintaining focus on the best possible outcome for the Township and its residents
A change agent who embraces the Township's Grand Way customer service initiatives
A confident manager with financial oversight experience
How to Apply
Review of resumes and qualifications will be conducted upon receipt. Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the process and prior to March 31, 2021. Final round, on-site interviews will be tentatively scheduled for April 2021. Ideally, the selected candidate will join the Township in May 2021 (or a mutually agreed upon date).
Electronic submittal of resumes is preferred via email to email@example.com. Candidates are requested to submit a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume for consideration. This is a confidential process and references will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.
For more information on this position contact: Andrea Dumbrell, Human Resources Director firstname.lastname@example.org 616.604.6309
This position is open until filled.
Grand Haven Charter Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workforce.
Please see www.ght.org/departments/human-resources/employment-opportunities/ for full recruiting brochure.
Education & Experience
The Public Services Director position requires a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, public administration, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Ten years of experience in municipal administration management and public works operations, Michigan S-2 Water Distribution Certification, plus experience and knowledge of engineering practices and principles, is also required. Professional engineering certification and experience/training is highly desired, along with achievement of a Michigan S-1 Water Distribution Certification during employment.
Additional qualifying education or experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, or abilities may be considered as a substitution.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is negotiable and dependent on qualifications. The Township offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; tuition reimbursement; and, paid certification and testing. The Township participates in the Municipal Employees Retirement System (MERS) at a 5% employee deposit rate with a municipal contribution of 10%. Cell phone is provided, as well as paid personal time off and holiday leave.
About Grand Haven Charter Township
We are a beautiful, thriving community of over 16,000 residents, located in Northwest Ottawa County where our residents and visitors can find miles of pristine beaches, towering sand dunes and breathtaking sunsets along the shores of Lake Michigan. Our clean and safe community values a family-centered atmosphere; we also offer vibrant parks, world-class schools, as well as an appreciation of the arts and healthy lifestyles. Our community is a place where agri-businesses and industry seek to locate, bringing with them more opportunities for growth.
We are an organization that values trust and mutual respect. Our staff members are empowered to make decisions and create positive change. We are committed to continuous improvement through the use of technology and collaboration with our customers, peers, and neighbors. We know our past, and we learn from it so that we can grow together as a community.