DPW Director
Pontiac, MI Mayor
Job Type

DPW Director



An incumbent in this position is responsible for ensuring that all of the duties and responsibilities of the Department of Public Works identified in Code of Ordinances are executed in a fair and legal manner. The Director shall be responsible for administering all contracts in which services are provided to the city that assist in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position. 


Supervision Received: Work is performed under the general supervision of the City Administrator.

Supervision Given: Supervision is exercised over all professional, technical, clerical, volunteer, and other personnel and contractors assigned to the department.


Job Environment

· The environment in City Hall is one of a typical business office environment, with electro-mechanical computer- and telecommunications-related equipment; exposure to noise from shredders, printers, copiers, telephones, and other computer-related equipment. 

· Operates PC-based computer system and other office equipment.

· Has regular, daily contact with contractors, personnel, and offices throughout the City Hall in answering questions and solving problems.

· Has access to public information files in the computer systems.

· Errors could result in the damage to or loss of information resulting in legal and financial consequences to the City.

· Failure to address emergency issues in the public right-of-way may result in injury to the public.

· When representing the City at events outside of the office, the environment may include indoor or outdoor venues, which are subject to environmental conditions beyond the control of management. Noise levels may be elevated at some events.

· Employee is considered on call 24/7.


Essential Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position:

  • Administering, implementing and carrying out the activities pertaining to:
  • Public improvement projects of the City, their design, construction and inspection;
  • Streets, sidewalks and rights-of way, their construction and maintenance;
  • Buildings and grounds of City-owned property, their construction and maintenance;
  • Electrical services, including service for all City activities, street lighting and traffic control, their construction, installation, maintenance and operations;
  • Signs, their creation, installation, and maintenance;
  • Cemeteries, their construction, maintenance and operation;
  • Parks and recreational facilities, their construction, maintenance, and operation;
  • Forestry, including acquisition, installation, removal, treatment and maintenance of trees, shrubbery, flowers, grass and other such like growing enhancements and further including the removal of encroachments upon the public right-of-way by such things as well as the monitoring and abatement of diseases or infestations both on public and private property that may adversely affect growing things.
  • Traffic engineering, the maintenance, installation or removal and operation of traffic control devices and determination for need for issuance of traffic control orders;
  • Issuance of permits for construction in rights-of-way and inspection of such construction;
  • Preparation of petitions for special assessments;
  • The use of activities pertaining to the City’s parks, recreation facilities, and community centers;
  • Facilities for the disposal of and systems for the collection of garbage, rubbish, refuse, and waste matter, their construction, maintenance, and operation

  Typical Assignments 


• Selects, supervises, and evaluates DPW staff.

• Oversees all utilities, City streets, and easements. 

• Directs contractors and reviews performance.

• Develops and implements cost saving measures.

• Plans, develops, and organize short-term and long-term departmental goals.


•Speaks clearly and persuasively in various situations.

• Conveys City and department goals and policies to staff and the public. 

•Writes clearly and informatively.


• Identifies and monitors City-specific issues.

• Ensures and maintains compliance with all federal, state, and local law.

•Works with staff to develop materials and prepare briefings for the City Administrator, Mayor, and Council. 

Public Relations 

•Represents the City at public and private functions concerning public works.

•Resolves difficult inquiries of citizens .


Minimal Qualifications

Education, Training, and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in architecture, business administration, community development, engineering, political science or public administration and at least three years experience in the administration of a department of public works or contract administration. In lieu of a master’s degree, 
  • The Director of the Department of Public Works may have a Bachelor’s degree and at least five years experience working in a municipal department of public works during which time shall have had administrative responsibilities.
  • An employee in this classification must possess upon hire and maintain a valid Michigan Operators license.  

Knowledge, Ability, and Skill:


· Thorough knowledge of municipal public works, public services, and public utilities principles, practices and techniques.

· Considerable knowledge of federal, state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations governing the operation of this department.

· Working knowledge of modern engineering principles, practices and techniques.

· Basic knowledge of mechanical devices.

· Thorough knowledge of municipal government principles, practices, and techniques.

· Considerable knowledge of supervisory and administrative practices in a collective bargaining environment.


· Ability to understand, speak, and write in the English language.

· Ability to read and interpret documents and write routine reports and correspondence. 

· Ability to perform multiple tasks accurately and efficiently under time constraints.

· Ability to exercise professional judgment and maintain confidentiality when necessary.

· Ability to apply the overall mission of a department to make executive decisions.

· Ability to type to meet standards in giving out information and referring callers.

· Ability to make decisions and take necessary actions.

· Ability to efficiently handle multiple tasks requiring a high degree of attention to detail.

· Ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise the work of a large number of contractors engaged in a variety of service and utility activities.

· Ability to effectively present information relating to departmental activities.

· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department heads, employees, outside government and agencies, and the general public.

· Ability to communicate effectively to various audiences in a variety of forms.

· Ability to collect and interpret various mathematical and statistical information and reports.

· Ability to understand oral and written instruction.

· Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situations.

· Ability to develop fiscal planning strategies for long-term projects, equipment replacement and/or technical improvements.


· Computer skills that encompass effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, email, and Internet browser software. 

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.

Minimal physical effort required to perform work under typical office conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and stand; must regularly lift and or move items up to ten pounds, frequently lift items up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift or move items up to 50 pounds; be able to clearly hear constituents when speaking in person or on the telephone. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

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