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Public Works Manager - Permanent Position

Posted: August 8, 2019

Position Title:

Public Works Manager


Public Works

Reports to:

Chief Administrative Officer


To provide a Job Description for the permanent position of the Public Works Manager for the R.M. of De Salaberry.  The Public Works Manager is responsible for the supervision of the public works staff, the operation and maintenance of municipal buildings, landfill, water and sewer utilities, municipal roads and drains, health and safety, capital and operating budgeting, etc.



·  Ensures that the maintenance and construction of municipal infrastructure adheres to established standards including the regular inspection of roads, drainage and other municipal infrastructure

    ·  Hires and supervises personnel, along with training, and ensures that safe work environment procedures are followed by staff at all times

·  Provide yearly performance reviews to employees

·     ·  Performs maintenance related duties as assigned or required, and directs the day to day operations of the works and operations department

      · Oversee snow clearing of streets and roads in accordance with municipal policy

·  Oversee grading and road gravelling

·  Apply for required Provincial permits as needed

·    ·  Maintain spreadsheets for culvert applications and ensure culverts are installed

·  Maintain spreadsheets for drainage applications, including classifying the requests, ordering surveys, applying for applicable permits, and ensuring ditching is completed

·  Maintains equipment, tool inventory, and repair shop inventory and supplies including road signs

·       · Ensures the shop is stocked with fluids, filters and necessary parts to maintain equipment in a timely fashion

·  Assesses vehicle and equipment requirement purchases, and is responsible for management and safe operation of all assets for the Municipality including developing plans for facility and general equipment maintenance

· Performs special projects as directed by the CAO and/or Council

   · Maintains a written record (daily log) of his and other staff time related to billable projects and activities

·        Participates in the long term planning of infrastructure requirements related to the Municipality including participating in the annual formulation of the budget including the 5 year capital budget

· Ensures that safety procedures and standards are followed by personnel throughout the department

·  Develops policies, procedures and programs for accomplishing approved objectives, including the development of methods, standards, scheduling and reporting systems for an effective delivery of municipal services.

·Ensures that good relations are maintained with the general public when dealing with complaints and that the complaint is dealt with in an efficient and practical manner

   ·  Prepares written reports (for council committees, LUD, utility, public works, etc.), tenders and requests for proposals/quotes as required or directed by the Chief Administrative Officer.


Experience & Qualifications

·         One year related experience in operating heavy equipment and be able to complete necessary administrative documentation related to daily operations.

·         Management experience (Municipal environment preferred)

·         Valid Province of Manitoba driver’s class five (5) licence (minimum).

  • Certified Engineering Technologist, or related certification, or an equivalent combination of education and experience would be an asset
  • Level 1 Water Treatment & Distribution, Level 1 Wastewater Collection and Level 1 Wastewater Treatment
  • Education and experience providing staff management, infrastructure operation/development, facility operation & maintenance, GIS, GPS and laser technology

·         Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise and manage employees

·         Ability to establish priorities, and action work objectives with a high level of independence and minimal supervision

·         Knowledge of facility management as it relates to municipal building and infrastructure

·        Knowledge of construction and maintenance techniques, equipment and heavy machinery operations including road construction, landfill and/or utility operations.

·         Previous municipal work experience would be an asset.

·         Ability to coordinate, organize and problem solve

·         Ability of communicate effectively; verbally and in writing

·         Ability to deal with the public in a respectful manner


General Expectations

Management encourages all municipal employees to be analytical in the performance of their duties as well as providing suggestions to improve existing methods and/or procedures to enhance the level of service to municipal ratepayers.

Required to Operate Equipment Such As:

Any equipment owned or operated by the municipality, including graders, tractors, welders, power drills, chain saws and steamer.  Improper actions could result in serious loss of time or resources, or cause significant embarrassment within the organization and on the municipality’s public image.

Management encourages all municipal employees to be analytical in the performance of their duties as well as providing suggestions to improve existing methods and/or procedures to enhance the level of service to municipal ratepayers.

Unique Position Requirements

During the summer season, incumbents may be required to work 50 hours per week in accordance with the Heavy Construction Industry labour standards.  These hours may be reduced to 40 hours per week during the winter season. 

Position requires after hours call-out duties as they arise

Dealing with complaints and requests from ratepayers on a daily basis requires a certain degree of diplomacy to resolve disputes. 

The Public Works Manager may be required to attend Council or Committee meetings from time to time. Flexible work days will be necessary in order to accommodate attendance at meetings.

Computer software and equipment use:

The incumbent requires a working knowledge map-info, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Excel as well as any other software application that may be implemented from time to time.  The incumbent requires the ability to use computers, scanners, photocopiers, facsimile machines, calculators and printers.