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Assistant Director of Public Works
Title:Assistant Director of Public Works
Department:Public Works
Salary Range:$88K-$100K annually, DOQ


Under the general direction of the Director of Public Works, the Assistant Director is responsible for the operations and maintenance of public works infrastructure (water distribution, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, streets, drainage, traffic operations and solid waste).  The Assistant Director will manage a diverse group of 40+ individuals, developing training programs, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), safety programs and a variety of other documents and programs associated with the Public Works field.  The Assistant Director provides informational support in the form of reports and presentations to the Director, Deputy City Manager, City Manager and the Town Council. The candidate must be highly motivated and demonstrate Little Elm’s Core Values of Integrity, Customer Service, Efficiency, and Innovation.



Must have a minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible work experience including three (3) years of general management and supervisory experience in the Public Works or Engineering fields, and (3) years of project management and/or construction experience with Public Works type projects.  Must have a minimum of (3) years of experience with developing annual budgets for Public Works departments.  Bachelor’s degree in engineering, public administration or related field is preferred.  Licensing in the Water, Wastewater, Stormwater and/or Traffic Operations field/s is also preferred.   



  1.           Must obtain a class “C” water distribution certification within (2) two years from date of hire.
  2.           Must obtain a class “C” wastewater treatment certification within (2) two years from date of hire.



1.            Ability to read, write, and speak English fluently.

2.            Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or authorities, or members of the local business community.

3.            Ability to create and give oral presentations to a variety of audiences including Town staff, the community and the City Council. 


SKILLS & Knowledge

  1. Reading and interpreting plans, reports and budgetary documents.
  2. Following and maintaining safety standards.
  3. Closely following verbal and written instructions and procedures.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of Town staff, city management, city officials, vendors, contractors, business organizations, professional organizations and the general public.
  5. Skill in using a personal computer and specialized software applications.
  6. Skill in oral and written communication.
  7. Skill in proposal, RFQ, RFP, RFB review and recommendation.
  8. Adhere to State and Federal laws and regulations governing water distribution, wastewater collection, and wastewater plant operations; including Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) standards.
  9. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished by management in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to operate various machines and/or equipment; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Outdoor environment; exposure to conditions of construction and Public Works project sites including loud noises, dust, heavy vehicles and equipment; exposure to inclement weather; exposure to traffic and other hazards while conducting field inspections; exposure to moving vehicles and equipment, slippery surfaces, and other related conditions.



This job description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required. City management has exclusive rights to alter this job description at any time without notice.  Employees will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.



  1. Manages department operations by providing leadership and guidance.
  2. Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of methods and procedures and recommends improvements.
  3. Responsible for completing annual reports required by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality.
  4. Participates in the development and implementation of department goals and objectives.
  5. Develops and evaluates department standard operating procedures (SOP).
  6. Assists with development of departmental budgets by recommending appropriate staffing levels, forecasting additional funds, equipment, materials, contracts, and supplies.
  7. Supervises personnel by selecting and hiring new employees, coordinating training for department personnel, evaluating work performance, coaching employees, and recommending disciplinary action when necessary.
  8. Serves as the department liaison by meeting with residents, business owners, consulting engineers, contractors, vendors, outside organizations, other department managers, directors and Council, discussing planning, evaluating, recommending and resolving issues and problems and responding to questions, inquires and concerns.
  9. Participates in Infrastructure master planning, assisting in the development of water sewer, street, stormwater and emergency management plans.
  10. Assists with project management and construction management on a variety of Public Works projects.
  11. Assists the Development Services department with major Infrastructure capital projects.
  12. Monitors the progress of the department’s strategic objectives and assists with the implementation of the Town Council’s strategic plan.
  13. Operate computer and other office equipment.
  14. Acts as the Director of Public Works in the absence of the Director.
  15. Performs other duties as required.


E.O.E.  The Town of Little Elm does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or military service in employment or the provision of services.

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