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Chief Operations Engineer
JOB CODE:101543
SALARY RANGE:$68,941 - $95,431
Department of Public Works
Under the direction of the Public Works Director, performs responsible administrative and professional engineering work as a licensed professional engineer assisting with directing Department of Public Works activities. Work involves responsibility for the efficient administration of all public works operations efforts; the supervision of a large staff of technical, clerical, skilled, semiskilled, and unskilled personnel through subordinate supervisors; financial stewardship of City-Parish funds; and representation of the department in a variety of public forums (e.g. Metro Council meetings). Work requires exceptional teamwork and the use of independent judgment within established policy guidelines. Performs other work as requested.
Actively participates in the senior leadership team of DPW to enhance operational efficiency, continually improve client services, and build the capability of the staff through workforce development programs. In this role, consults closely with the Public Works Director and fellow senior leadership team members. Directly supervises the managers of Complaint Resolution (includes Solid Waste and Barricades), Inspections and Environmental (includes Landfill and Subdivisions), Waste Management, Urban Forestry, Street and Bridge and Canal Lots; assists in the planning and supervision of their subordinate staff; ensures staff understands and applies federal, state, and local codes and ordinances. Oversees public streets, drainage systems and structures to ensure proper maintenance; provides for the enforcement of the Flood Plain Ordinance, inspection of new streets and drainage systems, and bridge construction prior to acceptance for public maintenance. Responsible for meeting operating budget and goals; assess need for mid-term adjustments to comply with annual limitations. Develops an annual master plan for the planned City-Parish operation activities, and specific operating procedures for unplanned and emergency activities, to ensure quality and provide financial stewardship of City-Parish funds. Consults with stakeholder groups (contractors, architects, engineers, developers, citizens, City-Parish government employees) regarding public works projects, clarifying the roles and responsibilities of Public Works and the processes/procedures for working with them. Appears in a variety of public settings to represent Public Works, including Metro Council meetings, public hearings, public outreach programs, and before various boards and courts to testify in appeals and other legal actions.
Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, policies, and procedures. Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering, particularly as applied to municipal public works. Knowledge of policies and procedures of the department. Skill in the use of a light motor vehicle. Ability to effectively represent the department with a variety of stakeholders Ability to organize, plan, direct, and evaluate the work of others. Ability to read and accurately interpret plans, specifications, blueprints, maps, and/or records. Ability to manage public works projects. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, superiors, architects, contractors, and other interested parties. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
Bachelor's degree in one of the recognized branches of engineering from the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board, and ten years of experience in professional engineering (such as sewer, traffic, streets and/or drainage planning, and/or construction), including four years of managerial experience (may include complex project management).
Any equivalent combination of education and experience as recognized by the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board.
Possession of a license to practice professional engineering as issued by the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license. If license is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position.
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.