Director of Public Works (Open Positions: 1)

  • Richland County, SC
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jul 12, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Public Works

Job Description

Announcement Number: 1990437493

The purpose of the class is to plan, direct and supervise all programs and operations of the Public Works Department, including the management of County infrastructure, roads and drainage, stormwater, engineering and capital improvement programs; to direct Public Works' support of emergency and disaster response, and to perform other professional, administrative and supervisory work as required. This class researches and formulates long-range goals for the organization, develops policy and position papers, and negotiates with chief administrative officers and/or elected officials. This class also serves as a member of the County Administrator's Executive Cabinet team.


The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

Plans, organizes and directs all programs and operations of the Public Works Department, including the management of County infrastructure, roads and drainage, stormwater, engineering and capital improvement programs.

Ensures departmental compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, County policies and procedures, and standards of quality and safety.

Supervises subordinate supervisory and support staff. Supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; approving employee discipline and discharge.

Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed.

Provides for adequate staff training and development opportunities.

Provides guidance and expertise to the County Administrator, Assistant County Administrator and members of County Council in areas of responsibility.

Develops and administers the department budget; ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.

Develops and implements all department policies and procedures; develops and recommends ordinances related to County public works functions.

Analyzes department schedules and workloads; makes adjustments as necessary to ensure optimum productivity and efficiency.

Evaluates the County's public works needs and formulates short- and long-range plans to meet those needs in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Administers the department's capital improvement program, ensuring projects are completed appropriately.

Inspects projects under construction.

Meets with County officials, residents and citizen groups to discuss and resolve problems related to public works operations and projects.

Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes and as required by the County and regulatory agencies.

Coordinates department activities and functions with those of other County divisions, departments, municipalities and outside agencies as appropriate.

Attends and participates in County Council meetings.

Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns, complaints and requests for assistance regarding areas of responsibility.

Performs general administrative / clerical work as required, including but not limited to preparing reports and correspondence, copying and filing documents, entering and retrieving computer data, attending and conducting meetings, etc.

Attends meetings, workshops, conferences, etc., as appropriate to maintain knowledge of current legislation, trends and technology in assigned areas of responsibility.

Requires Bachelor's degree or education and training equivalent to four years of college education in public administration, business administration, civil engineering or a related field. Must possess a valid state driver's license. Requires over six years and up to and including ten years of relevant experience.