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on Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:39 pm
We invite you to view our Director of Public Works/City Engineer brochure for background information on the City and the department, as well as the requirements and expected qualifications for this position.

The City of Fitchburg seeks a collaborative, customer-focused public works professional to direct a broad range of services including engineering, operations, transportation planning, sustainability, water, sewer and storm water utilities, fleet management, and parks maintenance. The ideal candidate is an innovative thinker and ready to be an inteĀ­gral member of the City's management team.

The position is responsible for managing a division of 30 full-time and seasonal employees, and overseeing approximately $9.0 million in operating and utility budgets, plus more than $2 million in annual capital improvement programming. The position reports to the City Administrator.


Plan and implement capital improvement program including road resurfacing, road maintenance, street design, stormwater management facilities, sanitary sewer interceptors, water distribution and production facilities, and buildings and public facilities.
Oversee the refuse and recycling function of the City.
Coordinate and oversee the overall operation of ice and snow control.
Oversee design of engineering plans for certain City-funded improvement projects such as sidewalks, street reconstruction, bike paths, sanitary sewer interceptors, and water distribution and production facilities.
Serve as City liaison with Engineering Consulting firms contracted with the City for specific improvement projects and review all work performed by these firms.
Provide enforcement of the City's stormwater and erosion control ordinances.
Negotiate agreements for public improvements contracted through private developers, private contractors or the County, and certifies their conformity with existing City codes and land use policy.
Review and make recommendations for pending subdivision approvals, rezoning requests, and architectural reviews before the City Plan Commission.
Inspect construction progress to insure conformance with existing City codes and land use policy.
Work with developers and engineers to resolve problems.

Key Initiatives for the new Director of Public Works/City Engineer:

North Fish Hatchery Road Reconstruction Project
This is a major project running through a business district in the City, which will have a profound impact on the planned redevelopment of the area. The project includes utility upgrades, intersection improvements, reconfiguration of the traffic lanes and medians, access modifications, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and decorative streetscaping, among other improvements. The project is currently planned for construction beginning in late 2019 through 2021, and will involve major traffic disruptions for through commuters as well as businesses and residents. More information on this project can be found here.

Verona Road Project
Another important ongoing project with impacts to Fitchburg is the Verona Road project, which is managed by WisDOT. More information on that project can be found here.

Analyze and Recommend Long-term Capital and Infrastructure Public Works Needs
Review and propose cost-effective means to address the City's long-term capital and infrastructure needs, including projecting the needs of the city's utilities will be an important role for the Director. Not unlike many communities throughout the Midwest, and despite its new growth and development, there are areas where Fitchburg's infrastructure is under strain, particularly streets, sidewalks and parks. Thus, understanding and analyzing the City's infrastructure needs and demands relative to the Department's capacity, with an eye toward examining whether the size of the workforce, staff deployment, staff cross-functionality and training, and the Department's structure is meeting the challenges of a growing municipality in a proactive manner will be a challenge for the position.

Develop Collaborative Relationships
The next Director can expect to infuse within the department an organizational culture that is focused on customer service, responsiveness and proactive outreach. Along those lines, developing deliberate and measurable steps to improve the chain of communication both within the department and among the elected officials, and with the city's residents and the development community will be a key requirement for the position. To help facilitate these outcomes, the Director will find an eager staff open to team leadership in this area. The Director will need to develop collaborative working relationships with intergovernmental agencies such as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, neighboring municipalities, and Dane County.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate will:
Be customer-service focused;
Possess an inclusive managerial style, and clear, concise, and open communication skills;
Be adept at combining a hands-on management style with confident professionalism and an ability to work with a variety of stakeholders; and
Have a record of creative problem-solving.
Candidates should also have:
A Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or related field; a Master's degree in engineering, public administration or related field is a plus.
Five years of progressively responsible public sector public works management, or general public administrative or managerial experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
Supervisory experience.
Registration as a P.E. in Wisconsin, or ability to attain such within the first year of employment.
A valid driver's license.
In evaluating candidates for this position, the City may consider a combination of education, training, and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential duties of this position.

Special Requirements
Necessary Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City elected and appointed officials, co-workers, and the public.
Comprehensive knowledge of modern principles and practices of public works administration; including, civil engineering, laws and regulations, water production and distribution facilities.
Demonstrated ability to direct and supervise public works activities in coordinated manner.
Skill in review and analysis of designs, plans, or actual site conditions to determine compliance.
Knowledge of sewer collection, water production facilities, and water distribution systems.
Knowledge of environmental/technological issues related to solid waste, recycling, and storm water.
Knowledge of engineering principles, municipal engineering operations, local government structures, public works, transportation operations, traffic engineering and maintenance of roadways, and related policies and procedures.
Knowledge of Computer Aided Design (CAD), Geographical Information Systems (GIS) traffic modeling software and other Civil Engineering software programs.
To view the full list of knowledge, skills and abilities, please see the class specification.

Supplemental Information:
Tools and Equipment Used:
Personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet software; phone; copy machine; fax machine; Computer Aided Design (CAD), Geographical Information Systems (GIS) traffic modeling software and other Civil Engineering software programs.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Requires walking or standing to a significant degree, or requires sitting most of the time. Requires walking or standing to a significant degree primarily on construction sites, various land developments, and all Utility facilities which required the capabilities of moving about.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Normal office working conditions with minimal exposure to disagreeable elements. Outside work (no effective protection from weather) to visit construction sites and City facilities is 20% of the time.

City of Fitchburg (WI)
5520 Lacy Road

Fitchburg, Wisconsin, 53711
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