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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Original Author: MTAS
Date of Material: 09/27/2002

Public works--Administration
Public works--Personnel

Director of Utilities and Public Works Job Description

Reviewed Date: 07/21/2021
Job description for the position of Director of Utilities and Public Works.



The person in this position is under the direct supervision of the Commissioner of Public Utilities. This employee is directly responsible for the management of the Natural Gas operations, Water and Wastewater operations, Street Maintenance operations and Cemetery operations. The employee is responsible for implementing and enforcing the policies relevant to each department as adopted by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners.


The employee will operate a computer, fax machine, copier and other modern office equipment.
The employee, at certain times, to operate a back hoe, dump truck, gas fusion equipment and other small wheel equipment such as a tractor mower, etc.
The employee will operate an automobile with radio transmitting and receiving capabilities for constant communication access.
The employee typically works indoors in an office environment and may be exposed to tobacco smoke, however sometimes work is performed outdoors regardless of the weather.
The employee may be required to lift heavy objects weighing more than 25 pounds.
The employee's work may expose him/her to high places, dangerous machinery and its moving parts, sharp tools, fumes, chemicals and/or toxic substances.


Plans, develops, coordinates and administers departments providing water and sewer services, natural gas purchasing and distribution, cemetery services, construction and maintenance of city streets, public buildings and city equipment.
Establishes procedures and work methods for the department to economically and efficiently utilize personnel and equipment, including, but not limited to, the areas of purchasing, inventory control, equipment and facilities maintenance.
Reviews and analyzes methods, equipment used, and performance to find methods of increasing effectiveness and efficiency in operation and maintenance activities.
Directs the keeping of records and supervises the preparation of necessary reports.
Provides for the instruction and training of personnel.
Prepares department budget requests.
Plans and recommends improvements in the activities under his or her jurisdiction.
Assists in writing specifications, compiling cost estimates and recommendations to the commission and/or approval of all departmental purchases.
Initiates and maintains contact with consultants and reviews their work for the city.
Directs and performs inspections of contract work, determines compliance and recommends to the commission acceptance or non-acceptance of the work.
Maintains satisfactory public relations through courteous and prompt attention to complaints.
Plans, schedules, delegates and appraises work to be accomplished by subordinate supervisors and workers.
Assists subordinates in assigning employees to specific duties on a project.
Assists supervisors in determining the materials, equipment and supplies to be used on a project.
Transfers personnel and equipment from one project or position to another as necessary.
Assists by making recommendations concerning the hiring, promotion, discipline and/or termination of employees.
Assures that operations and procedures of the department comply with federal and state occupational health and safety regulations.


Performs other duties as may be directed by the Mayor and Commissioners.


Knowledge of modern management practices and techniques.
Knowledge of fleet vehicle management and maintenance of equipment and facilities.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of construction and maintenance supervision.
Knowledge of practices used in the operation of heavy and light mobile track and wheel equipment.
Knowledge of accepted construction principles and practices.
Knowledge of materials and equipment used in public works, public utilities and public facilities maintenance and construction work.
Knowledge of the elementary principles and practices of civil engineering as it applies to construction and maintenance of streets, utilities, drainage and other public facilities.
Knowledge modern methods, materials and practices related to the operation, construction and maintenance of water plant and distribution systems, sewage treatment collection systems, street systems, gas purchasing and distribution systems, and other public facilities.
Knowledge of the occupational hazards of work to be accomplished and supervised and the necessary safety precautions needed.
Knowledge of laws and regulations regarding employee health, safety and employment practices.
Knowledge of state and federal laws governing labor practices, building codes, water and wastewater operations, cemetery operations, street and highway signage and gas operations.
Ability to plan, organize, assign, supervise and inspect the work of subordinates.
Ability to maintain inventory control and administer appropriate purchasing policies and procedures.
Ability to conduct engineering, economic and operational evaluations of system operations and facilities.
Ability to implement innovative methods to provide more efficient and effective operations.
Ability to keep routine operational and personnel records and make reports.
Ability to express ideas and information clearly, concisely and effectively in writing and orally.
Ability to develop sound plans for the future development of public utilities systems and other public facilities in relation to community needs.
Ability to establish and maintain an effective relationship with the public and other employees.


Graduation from a four year college or university of recognized standing with a public administration or engineering degree with major course work in civil, sanitary and/or environmental engineering or related fields (PE designation desired).
At least 5 years extensive responsible administrative and supervisory experience in the public works and public utilities field.
Extensive knowledge of F.E.R.C. regulations required.
Water Quality Distribution Grade I certification by the State of Tennessee required within first year of employment.