Public Works Director (Fultondale) The Personnel Board of Jefferson County The Personnel Board of Jefferson County

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Grade 26




The Public Works Director II directs the overall operation of a large Public Works Department including street construction and maintenance, refuse and trash collection, parks and recreation, cemetery operations, storm drainage and a brush landfill. The Public Works Director II is involved with the planning, assigning and reviewing the work of 100-150 subordinate employees and the supervision of projects may be exercised directly or through subordinate supervisory personnel. Assignments are typically received in the form of general instructions from the Mayor and Council Members and the incumbent is expected to organize the details of the assignments and carry them through to completion. The Public Works Director II also exercises independent judgment and action under the general direction of the Mayor and in accordance with Federal, State and local laws, ordinances, policies and procedures. Work performed by the Public Works Director II is reviewed through meetings and reports for overall program effectiveness.


  • Plans, assigns, reviews and coordinates the work activities of staff through subordinate supervisors, meetings, reports and through visual inspections.
  • Performs general supervisory duties of the department to ensure adequate staffing, training, employee discipline and employee development.
  • Communicates with other departments and individuals through phone, radio, emails and memos to ensure information is disseminated and, questions are answered.
  • Develops and monitors the departmental budget and ensures adherence throughout the fiscal year.
  • Performs administrative duties in support of paying/approving purchase orders, bills, developing and monitoring contracts and specifications and any issues that the mayor or city council addresses in various meetings and committees.
  • Maintains or oversees the maintenance of personnel records, including vacation time, sick time, amount of hours worked by each employee, approves payroll, etc.
  • Ensures the maintenance of equipment through inspection and communication with staff and the maintenance shop.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

  • Driver's license.
  • Experience directly supervising administrative staff in the area of public works, maintenance, or construction to include delegating, monitoring and evaluating work.
  • Experience participating (e.g., researching equipment, contacting vendors, assisting with developing specifications, etc.) in the purchasing of equipment and supplies to include purchases regulated by State Bid Guidelines.
  • Experience developing, monitoring, and administering a departmental/organizational budget.
  • Experience operating a computer to perform basic tasks such as drafting emails or other correspondence.


  • Possession of a Commercial Driver’s License (Class B).
  • Possession of a Herbicide or Pesticide applicator’s license.
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Business Management, Public Administration or a related degree.
  • Experience complying with government regulations such as Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Certification as a Public Works Administrator.


  • Adaptability and Flexibility.
  • Leadership and Management.
  • Oral Communication and Comprehension.
  • Planning and Organizing.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making.
  • Professionalism and Integrity.
  • Self Management and Initiative.
  • Teamwork and Interpersonal.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Training and Facilitation.
  • Written Communication and Comprehension.


  • Knowledge of budgetary principles and procedures, and encumbrances/expenditures such as revenues, expenditures, and appropriations involved in establishing and maintaining budgets.
  • Knowledge of drafting principles related to mapping, street layouts, parking lots and traffic control devices.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions when working near utility lines (e.g., power, gas, water, etc.).
  • Knowledge of techniques, materials, small and heavy equipment operation, and tools used in paving and road construction and repair.
  • Knowledge of the appropriate uses and functions of heavy or construction equipment (e.g., what type of equipment can be used where).
  • Knowledge of the Erosion Control, Sediment Control, and Storm Water Management ordinance.


Work is conducted both indoors in office setting as well as regular field visits to external construction worksites. Work involves use of standard office equipment, such as computer, phone, copier, etc. Work may also involve the use of various hand tools such as hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. Workers may be exposed to weather conditions, such as extreme hot or cold temperatures, or other potentially hazardous conditions such as near roadway traffic, etc.


Job occasionally involves moderate physical exertion required for occasional prolonged periods of lifting, carrying, balancing, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling. Job may involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at [email protected], or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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