City of Ypsilanti
  • 31-Aug-2018 to 25-Mar-2019 (EST)
  • Administration
  • Ypsilanti, MI, USA
  • Full Time



This is a department director position responsible for the administration of the public works of the City, including but not limited to construction project management; streets maintenance, city property and facility maintenance; fleet management; sanitation; related capital improvements; and departmental budget preparation and administration.  Work includes managing, supervising, and motivating a medium size work force directly or through various subordinate supervisors.  Reporting to the City Manager, work is performed with latitude to complete departmental goals within budgetary guidelines.  Supervision is received from the City Manager through work accomplishment, routine meetings, and periodic performance reviews.




  • Initiates, directs, and coordinates projects and daily work programs of the Public Services Department, including but not limited to streets, storm sewers, sanitation, parks and boulevards, and city buildings and grounds
  • Prepares and administers the annual budgets related to Public Services activities
  • Provides leadership and motivation for all subordinates of the department, promoting unity and cohesion, and maintaining positive working relationships between all department personnel and other city officials and employees, as well as other state, county, and local officials
  • Ensures compliance with federal regulations, city ordinances and policies, state statutes, and environmental regulations to secure the safe and efficient operation of the department
  • Directs the planning and conduct of adequate and proper training for department personnel and evaluates the performance of department employees
  • Participates as a management bargaining team member in collective bargaining efforts
  • Properly and fairly administers the provisions of all relative collective bargaining agreements in consultation with the Human Resources Director and City Manager
  • Oversees the bidding and purchasing of supplies, equipment, and services utilized by the department and controls expenditures in accordance with city policies
  • Directs the maintenance of snow and ice control, as well as other work, on state highways within the city in accordance with any contract terms
  • Coordinates department activities with the city's engineering consultant in matters relative to public improvements, construction, and repair projects and makes recommendations for public improvements to the City Manager and engineering consultant
  • Oversees the repair of departmental equipment and maintenance of city buildings and grounds as directed
  • Prepares and reviews correspondence, records, and reports timely
  • Directs the maintenance of city-owned parking lots
  • Reviews and processes complaints relative to public services for investigation, correction, and report
  • Represents the City Manager on various committees and at various meetings as directed
  • Supervises and reviews legislation and ordinances relative to the areas of responsibility involved and prepares preliminary studies, reports, and recommendations for the City Manager
  • Coordinates work activities and monitors work of utility companies as the same relates to city property
  • Monitors the quality, quantity, and standards of subcontracted work of the department
  • Acts as Street Administrator for funds received by the city from the state or county
  • Continuously reviews programs of Public Services activities and makes recommendations to the City Manager for improvements, alterations, or changes
  • Utilizes available technology to promote the efficient and effective operations of the department
  • Safeguards the confidentiality of city administration by exercising appropriate discretion in communicating information to employees, residents, property owners, officials, administrators, consultants, and the general public and in handling departmental records and files, personal actions, performance evaluations, merit, promotion, and tenure decisions and similar confidential materials
  • Performs other related manual labor and administrative functions as required to preserve the integrity of Public Services structures, facilities, and projects, to foster good public relations, or as assigned by the City Manager





Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from a college or university of a recognized standing with a Bachelors degree in civil engineering, forestry, landscape, architecture, public administration or a related field
  • Five (5) years of experience is required in public services activities at the supervisor level
  • Experience may be substituted for required college degree on the basis of two (2) years of experience for one (1) year of college, in addition to five (5) years of supervisory experience.

Special Requirements:

  • Must have a valid Michigan driver's license and maintain a good driving record




The physical demands characterized here, epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to: stand, walk or sit, talk or hear, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  Also, the employee will frequently be required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects and to reach with hands and arms.


The employee is occasionally required to exert a force equivalent to, or lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Vision requirements for this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.



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