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Public Works Director
Title:Public Works Director
Department:Public Works
Closing Date:11/27/2017

Public Works Director


The City of Orangeburg is looking for a well-qualified individual to fill the position of Public Works Director.


The Public Works Director is responsible for performing complex supervisory, administrative and professional work in planning, organizing, directing and supervising the Public Works Department, to include street maintenance, traffic control, drainage, parking, airport operations, solid waste collection and disposal, vehicle fleet maintenance and other public works projects and programs. The Public Works Director exercises complete supervision over clerical, administrative, technical, maintenance and professional staff as assigned to the Department of Public Works. This position works under the policy guidance, identifiable goals, objectives and direction of the City Administrator.


Supervises division managers and department support staff, either directly or through subordinates to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes utilization of personnel; motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.


Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans; gathers, interprets and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.


Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules and expedites workflow; issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness and conformance to policies and procedures.


Studies and standardizes department policies and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.


Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances.


Prepares and documents budget requests; administers adopted budget in assigned area of responsibility.


Plans, organizes, coordinates, supervises and evaluates programs, plans, services, staffing, equipment and infrastructure of the Public Works Department.


Evaluates public works needs and formulates short and long ranges plans to meet needs in all areas of responsibility, including transportation, street maintenance, drainage, parking, solid waste collection and disposal, vehicle fleet maintenance and airport operations.


Supervises the review of project development plans for compliance with codes, regulations, and standards, adequacy of applications for permits and compliance with approved plans.


Oversees the development of Orangeburg Municipal Airport, updates the City Transportation Improvement Program (T.I.P.), the Capital Improvement Program, and other plans involving the municipal infrastructure.


Evaluates solid waste division needs and formulates short and long range plans to meet needs in all areas of responsibility, including solid waste, collection, disposal and recycling.


Supervises building code and property maintenance code personnel and enforcement. Determines applicable codes, regulations, and requirements for assigned projects.


Oversees the preparation of engineering plans and specifications, bidding, competency of contractors and vendors, and the selection criteria for public works contracts.


Oversees project management for the construction of the municipal public works projects, including street, parking, drainage, solid waste, vehicle fleet maintenance and airport; Oversees assigned projects to ensure contractor compliance with time and budget parameters for the project.


Coordinates the preparation of reviews and updates the storm drainage and street system maps, data base and comprehensive plans.


Oversees the maintenance of infrastructure and other records for all divisions.


Responds to public or other inquiries relative to department policies and procedures. Evaluates issues and options regarding municipal public works and makes recommendations.


Maintains regular contact with consulting engineers, construction project engineers, City, County, State and Federal agencies, professional and technical groups and the general public regarding division activities and services.

Monitors inter-governmental actions affecting public works.

Communicates importance of compliance with OSHA, State DOL and City safety rules and regulations to employees; schedules safety training in conjunction with Human Resources and ensures departmental compliance.

Assists in training of City personnel in the public works systems and techniques.

Serves on various employee or other committees as required.

Performs other related duties as requires.



1.  Four-year degree in civil engineering, public administration or a closely related field, and
2.  Minimum of six (6) years of previous public works experience, including at least two (2) years in an advanced 
     supervisory capacity, or

3.  Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

4.  Valid SC State Drivers License.

5.  Registration as a Professional Engineer, preferred.
6.  MBA with a four (4) year civil engineering, public administration or closely related field, along with minimum stated previous work experience, preferred.



1.  Thorough knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting; 
     thorough knowledge of applicable City policies, laws and regulations affecting department activities;

2.  Computer proficiency with Microsoft office tools: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access; proficiency
      in operating all other office tools, fax, copier, phone, etc.

3.  Proficiency with engineering design programs: AutoCad, Revit, SolidWorks or Microstation, preferred.

4.  Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, consultants, other governmental agency 
     representatives, City officials and the general public; ability to conduct necessary engineering research and compile
     comprehensive reports; ability to review and analyze plans and specifications for the construction of public facilities;
5.  Ability to implement and manage capital improvement projects; ability to effectively supervise staff.

Physical Requirements:


The essential functions of the job require a mixture of sitting, standing and walking each day; use of hands, and fingers to feel, or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. Duties may occasionally require to sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; talk or hear and smell.


Occasionally employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Work Environment


Employee may occasionally work in outside weather conditions in addition to working near

mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid

conditions, fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electric shock and



Noise level in the work environment ranges from quiet to moderate; can be loud at times.


Work environment described is representative of what an employee will encounter while

performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be

made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Compensation commensurate with relevant work experience, history in the Public Works sector and other personal factors such as hard and soft skills and level of education.

Average starting range $77,000 - $90,000 with full benefits package including employer-paid medical, dental, vision, paid holidays, state retirement, life insurance, long term disability insurance and more.

Conditional offer of employment based upon satisfactory results from pre-employment physical, drug screen and criminal background check.


It is the policy of the City of Orangeburg not to discriminate against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment and promotional opportunities. THE CITY OF ORANGEBURG IS AN AT-WILL, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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