Director of Public Works/Services

City of Eastpointe | Eastpointe, MI

Posted Date 10/02/2018

In this role, you will be responsible for the overall management of public works, utility operations, parks contract and motor pool. The scope of responsibility encompasses the City's roads including State trunkline, water distribution system, sanitary sewer system, stormwater collection system, rubbish collection contract oversight, motor pool, parks contract oversight, and other related operating areas. Directs all resources of the department to achieve a timely and adequate response to the City's public works, parks and related service needs.

Position Summary

Under the administrative direction of the City Manager, this role is responsible for the overall management of public works, water/sewer, parks and grounds, utility operations and motor pool. The scope of responsibility encompasses the City's roads including State trunkline, water and sewer distribution systems, storm collection system, rubbish collection, motor pool and other operating areas. Directs all resources of the department to achieve a timely and adequate response to the City's public works, parks, and other related service needs. Develops short and long-range plans. Directs the supervision of all DPW staff and oversees/coordinates contractual work,

Essential Job Functions

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  1. Develops a departmental mission and long-term plans to realize goals in accordance with community needs and City vision. Plans, organizes, and directs all aspects of departmental operations, including personnel, budgeting, planning and general administration. Develops and implements departmental policies, procedures and regulations,
  2. Assesses department operations, staffing levels, facilities and equipment. Analyzes capital needs, makes recommendations for improvements and implements changes. Monitors operational costs and makes recommendations for increasing efficiency.
  3. Assists in the recruitment and hiring of personnel and is the recommending authority. Delegates and assigns work, supervises personnel, evaluates performance, mentors and oversees training and professional development. Takes disciplinary action according to established procedures.
  4. Prepares and presents the annual budget requests, administers the departmental budgets, and ensures that the authorized budgetary and purchasing procedures are properly used.
  5. Attends City Council meetings when necessary, completes special projects and research, prepares status and special reports, and makes presentations. Attends other meetings, such as Planning Commission, Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe (RARE), Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and Parks Commission, etc., as necessary
  6. Prepares bid specifications, reviews bid proposals and provides recommendations for equipment, materials and services. Oversees and monitors contracted services.
  7. Confers with the City Manager on key issues and progress being made toward objectives. Makes recommendations to assist management in making needed improvements.
  8. Attends and participates in staff meetings, completes required forms and regulatory reporting, prepares work programs and reports progress periodically.
  9. Keeps abreast of public works, streets, water, sewer, motor pool, rubbish, parks developments, new administrative techniques, and current issues through continued education and professional growth. Maintains cooperative relations with peer agencies and other governmental units. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars, as appropriate,
  10. Acts as department spokesperson, establishing and maintaining effective relationships with citizens, news media, community groups, city officials, employees, and other interests. Responds to public inquiries and investigates complaints.
  11. Assists and plays a key role in capital improvement planning for the City's infrastructure, parks, associated buildings and other physical assets. Works cooperatively with contracted engineers for project design and construction, and maintains regular contact with county, state and federal agencies, professional and technical groups, related RARE Directors, and the general public regarding construction activities and services.
  12. Oversees and periodically inspects water distribution system activities to ensure compliance with state and federal standards and local ordinances.
  13. Oversees and prepares the detailed reports and statistical data as required by the State of Michigan and other governmental agencies. Coordinates and implements compliance with other governmental agencies in the Storm Water National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations.
  14. Works with the parks' contractor and RARE on maintenance and programming matters to maximize the benefits of recreation offerings and develop means of funding program improvements including the creation and approval of a state-approved five-year Parks and Recreation plan. Directs the development of related agendas, oversees the minutes and generally coordinates Parks Commission activities.
  15. In addition to directing the preparation of and updates to the five-year Parks and Recreation Master Plan, consults the Plan to guide upgrades, improvements and to determine capital projects. Seeks and secures alternative funding sources such as grants, partnership agreements and sponsorships.
  16. Periodically attends RARE Board meetings, as relevant to make suggestions and coordinate mutually beneficial outcomes.
  17. Secures, oversees or writes multiple grants annually and manages grant reporting.
  18. Performs other duties as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills. Abilities and Minimum Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

Requirements include the following

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, engineering, construction management, or related fields and five (5) years of progressively more responsible experience in public works administration, parks administration, construction management, contract management, grants management, or an equivalent level of education and experience.
  • Must have a S-1 Water Distribution Certification by the State of Michigan, or an equivalent, until such time as a Michigan S-1 Water Distribution Certification can be secured.
  • Knowledgeable in various levels of parks maintenance and certification as a park professional is desirable.
  • Valid State of Michigan driver's license.
  • Thorough knowledge of the professional public management techniques involved in budgeting, personnel administration, labor relations, public relations, grant writing, procurement and contract administration, and project management.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of general construction techniques, plan review, surveying and site inspection.
  • Considerable knowledge of state and local building codes and ordinances as well as federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
  • Considerable knowledge of the safety practices, equipment, methods, and materials utilized in public works and parks maintenance, including playground safety guidelines, and construction projects.
  • Skill in assembling and analyzing data, preparing comprehensive and accurate reports and formulating policy and service recommendations.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, project contractors, representatives of other governmental units, professional contacts, other city administrators and the public.
  • Ability to critically assess situations, solve problems, work effectively under stress, within deadlines, and in emergency situations.
  • Ability to supervise staff through second level managers.
  • Ability to use basic office equipment such as telephone, calculator, copier, fax and computer with applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, GIS/mapping and email/internet.

Additional Requirements

City employees are expected to possess and maintain a record of orderly, law-abiding citizenship, sobriety, integrity and loyalty as it pertains to and reflects upon their employment with the City,

City employees must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential duties of their position without excessive absences.

In addition to the above requirements, all City positions require the ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language as necessary for the position, including the ability to follow written and oral instructions.

Physical Demands and Work Environment 

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works both in an office and in the field. The employee is regularly required to communicate in person and by telephone, read regular and small print, view and produce written and electronic documents and enter data on a computer keyboard. The employee must be mobile in both an office and field setting, stand, sit, stoop, walk and kneel, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items of moderate weight and must frequently operate a vehicle to travel to other locations.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is also required to work in the field to inspect and direct engineering and public works projects. While on project sites, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions and moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the office work environment is usually quiet to moderate but may become loud on project sites.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City of Eastpointe and employee and is subject to change by the City of Eastpointe as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.


Salary Range: $74,207 - $101,294 with excellent fringe benefit package, starting salary depending upon qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to, or apply via our website:

Candidates who meet all minimum qualifications will be required to pass an oral board interview. Prior to employment, applicant must pass city-designated physical examination, which includes drug screening. EOE. 

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