Assistant Public Works Director - Box Elder, SD
Open until filled

Salary Range: $26.85 to $32.75 per hour, dependent upon experience (new employees typically start at the low end of the pay range)

Under administrative direction of the Public Works Director is responsible for the administrative direction, coordination of personnel and activities of the Public Works Departments, including parks/streets/water/sewer operations and sign/traffic control; Performs related work as required.


Graduation from an accredited College or University with a bachelor's degree in engineering, Industrial Technology or related field, and three (3) years of applicable experience in the construction/engineering field; two (2) of which must have been in a supervisory capacity; or an acceptable combination of experience and education. Basic surveying knowledge and design standards as applied to construction required. 


Supervises, hires, trains and disciplines personnel in the Street/Solid Waste, Sign/Traffic Control, Parks and Utility divisions of the Public Works Department; Plans, directs, assigns, organizes and inspects the work of subordinate staff in the construction, operation, and maintenance, repair, construction and cleaning activities of city streets, alleys, parking lots, parks, snow removal and ice control and traffic control; Responsible for the water distribution systems; Establish and implements and supervises preventive maintenance and repair schedules for city, streets, alleys, parks, parking lots and all equipment used in the operation; Assists in preparation of annual departmental budgets and maintain departmental inventory; Investigates and prepares estimates on damage to city equipment, property, works with insurance carriers and law enforcement; Prepares specifications and bid documents on departmental equipment and materials; Responsible for cost estimates and work assignments; Approves disbursements of funds for equipment and supplies; Requisitions necessary materials and supplies; Responsible for necessary instructions, recommendations, alterations, improvements, construction and repair operation of the Parks/Street Water/Sewer, Sign/Traffic Control and Utilities division in the Public Works Department; Prepares works orders and initiates and issues instructions and work assignments to foremen; Plans and directs the streets, snow removal and cleaning programs by designating routes and areas; Coordinates all Public Works activities with all other city departments; Supervises maintenance of payroll records and personnel records; Responsible for compliance with State, Federal and Municipal regulations and maintains appropriate records, reports, reviews or surveys required; Responsible for carrying out administrative directives and to follow-up through inspection on complaints and concerns and issue appropriate corrective measures; Maintains public relations; Establishes and maintains liaison with related city departments and other utilities.


Considerable knowledge of effective methods of administration and supervision materials, equipment, methods and practices essential to the construction, maintenance and repair of city streets, alleys and parking lots, and traffic control practices; signage and signal equipment, water distribution and sanitary sewer collection systems; Considerable knowledge of proper procedure, techniques, materials and equipment in public works. Skill to effectively supervise and direct individuals tactfully; Ability to plan and carry out assigned work programs, maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public and to work under pressure and criticism. Possess administrative ability and good communicative skills, both oral and written, and the ability to deal tactfully with personnel and public.


Applicants selected for interviews may be subjected to an appropriate background check.


Submit a complete application, letter of interest resume and transcripts to following address:

City of Box Elder
Personnel Department
420 Villa Drive
Box Elder, SD 57719

Please note: Incomplete applications packets will not be considered. Resumes are required and are not reviewed in lieu of your application; therefore, ensure your application is complete.


Five (5) days' vacation; Six (6) days of personal paid time off; Nine paid holidays; Employee Health (includes dental) and Life Insurance; Short Term Disability; Long Term Disability and Retirement benefits; Social Security contributions; other optional benefits. PROBATION: An established probationary period must be satisfactory served by each employee. NOTE: When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the selection process.


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