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Job Specification

PUBLIC WORKS SUPERINTENDENT

DEFINITION

Under direction, performs administrative and supervisory duties in 
planning and organizing the installation, maintenance, and repair of 
various public works facilities; does other related duties as required.

NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes 
only.  A particular position using this title may not perform all duties 
listed in this job specification.  Conversely, all duties performed on 
the job may not be listed.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Executes and plans for the effective utilization of available funds, 
personnel, equipment, materials, and supplies.

Prepares department budget and maintains balances.

Is responsible for all department purchases.

Establishes and maintains procedures for the use of equipment 
and materials.

Prepares specifications for all departments bids.

Remains current with changes affecting department operations 
and purchase procedures.

Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships 
with contracting, engineering, and manufacturing representatives, 
as well as state agencies.

Develops suitable work programs for the varied functions of the 
department.

Provides assignments and instructions to staff engaged in public 
works activities and supervises their work.

Investigates complaints and takes action to see that repairs are 
made with a minimum delay; prioritizes repair requests.

Ensures adherence to established safety precautions.

Inspects ongoing and completed work to ensure adherence to 
established procedures.

Prepares reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
 
Obtains, stores, safeguards, and supervises the use of equipment, 
materials, and supplies.
 
Establishes and supervises the maintenance of essential records 
and files.

May be responsible for the supervision and administration of a 
water supply and sewage treatment system.

Prepares plans and specifications for work performed by private 
contractor and follows through on public work projects undertaken 
by private contractors to ensure that such work is completed 
properly and in compliance with terms of contract.

In conjunction with the municipal engineer, plans, designs, and 
recommends to governing body new and improved public works 
facilities to meet future needs of the community.

May oversee the billing of water and sewer services.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic 
and/or manual recording information systems used by the 
agency, office or related unit.

REQUIREMENTS:

EXPERIENCE:

Five years (5) of supervisory experience in the construction, 
maintenance, and repair of streets, sewer, water, sanitation, 
or other public work facilities or similar heavy construction 
and maintenance work.

NOTE:  Satisfactory completion of college level credits 
in engineering courses at an accredited college or university 
may be substituted for up to two (2) years of experience on the 
basis of thirty (30) semester hour credits being equivalent to 
one (1) year of experience.

LICENSE:

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid 
in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than 
employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of 
the position.

NOTE:  Where the position involves responsibility for supervision 
and administration of a water supply and/or sewage treatment 
system, appointees will be required to possess a license of the 
appropriate grade issued by the New Jersey Department of 
Environmental Protection to operate a public water, sewage 
treatment plant, and/or public water supply system.

NOTE:  Jurisdictions may require a single position in this title to 
function as the Principal Public Works Manager for the jurisdiction. 
Such appointees will be required to possess certification as a 
Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) issued by the 
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Local 
Government Services.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the techniques used to plan for effective use of 
available funds, personnel, equipment, materials, and supplies.

Knowledge of procedures used to make routine/complex repairs 
to water/sewer equipment and in the construction, maintenance, 
and repair of street/roads.

Knowledge of construction plans/specifications.

Knowledge of the problems and procedures used in the design 
and supervision of public works construction projects.
 
Knowledge of engineering principles relating to the construction 
and maintenance of public works facilities engineering functions 
are performed.

Knowledge of varied engineering calculations when engineering 
functions are performed.

Knowledge of problems involved in supervision of various public 
works construction and maintenance projects.

Ability to coordinate varied, interrelated departmental programs 
and activities.

Ability to read, interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies, 
and procedures related to the organizational unit.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret construction plans and 
specification.

Ability to participate in the development of construction projects.

Ability to organize assigned work.

Ability to provide assignments and instructions to staff.
 
Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and  informative reports 
containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Ability to establish and maintain essential records and files.

Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
recording information systems used by the agency, office or related 
units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign 
Language or braille may also be considered as acceptable forms 
of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long 
as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without 
reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be 
made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, 
such persons may not be eligible.

code:  02936  1/7/2016