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New Job Director Of Public Works And Engineering In Northwest Territories

Director of Public Works and Engineering
Director of Public Works and Engineering

Director of Public Works and Engineering

Company : Town of Hay River
Salary : $129,000–$179,000 a year
Location : Northwest Territories

Full Description

The town of Hay River is looking to hire a Director of Public Works and Engineering.

The Director is responsible for leading the management, operation, administration and implementation of all municipal works, engineering, and community planning programs and services in order to ensure effective and appropriate services for residents and stakeholders.

The position of Director of Public Works and Engineering reports to the Senior Administrative Officer. The Director is accountable for the proper management of engineering services and maintenance of municipal roads, bridges, culverts, drainage and water/wastewater operations. The Director also provides support to other Departments for troubleshooting and design of infrastructure and facilities.
The Director develops long-term capital plans and ensures appropriate preventative maintenance plans are in place to support public works assets. The Director is accountable for the preparation and monitoring of the Public Works Department’s annual operations and capital budgets.

Directs, monitors and oversees the activities of the Public Works and Engineering Department. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations including water treatment plant/solid waste facility/water standards, delivery of water, sanitation & sewage services, and inspections of roads, bridges & drainage systems.
  • Oversees the road/highway maintenance programs.
  • Ensures inspections of public buildings are carried out.
  • Ensures Town equipment and vehicles are maintained and repaired.
  • Maintains accurate files, drafts and/or prepares for Mayor or SAO signature, letters to government and industry.
  • Ensures compliance with all relevant legislation, policy, bylaws, and regulatory requirements.
  • Preparse and files reports required by all levels of government.

Plans, prioritizes and ensures the implementation of Town works, community planning, construction and maintenance programs. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Leads proposal calls, tenders, invitational tenders and purchasing for the Public Works and Engineering Department.
  • Recommends and manages consultants retained by the Town.
  • Liaises with contracted architects, planners & engineers.
  • Schedules work
  • Provides project management for the Town
  • Evaluates and respond to operational challenges and opportunities for improvement.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of a preventative maintenance systems
  • Leads required work on land administration, planning and zoning.

Develops departmental standards, policies and procedures. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Responsible for the ongoing development of and adherence to maintenance standards.
  • Recommend design standards for new developments.

Provides engineering recommendations and advice to Council. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Applies design standards and comments on various development submissions to the Town.
  • Monitors construction progress and activities.
  • Attends Council meetings.

Manages staff effectively. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Directly supervises the Public Works Supervisor, Development Officer / Building Inspector, and Civil Infrastructure Manager.
  • Undertakes employee performance management, including annual goal setting/work-planning, annual performance appraisals, and discipline as required in conjunction with Human Resources.
  • Provides regular feedback to subordinates as part of ongoing performance management of staff.
  • Participates in the recruitment, hiring, training, management, scheduling and professional development of public works employees and various casual staff.
  • Attends Department Head meetings and provides regular updates to staff.
  • Ensures staff are appropriately trained, both to meet operational needs and for personal/career development.
  • Reaffirms the importance of safety in the workplace and contributes to the safety culture.

Responds to inquiries and investigates complaints from the public and public agencies. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Participate in the development and implementation of public service standards.
  • Deals with public concerns
  • Responds to Ministry of the Environment inquiries.
  • In collaboration with Director of Finance & Administration, prepares and monitors Budgets. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Works with Finance, as part of the senior management team, to prepare departmental operating and capital/infrastructure budget for Council approval.
    • Monitors the availability of grants, subsidies and other forms of funding and ensure eligibility, scheduling/timing and implementation requirements are fulfilled.
    • Reviews expenditures and approvals for payment.
    • Prepares applications for funding of public works projects.
    • Infrastructure development responsibilities.

This includes but is not limited to:
  • Reviews and approves (on behalf of the Town) engineering drawings for all department construction works and subdivision developments and ensure compliance.
  • Undertakes land development and administration, planning and zoning Ensure land development, planning and zoning are undertaken in accordance with bylaws, policies, best practices, and legislation.


The following knowledge and skills are required for an individual to be able to perform the duties of this position:
  • Basic knowledge of Municipal Services program administration, including preventative maintenance and inspection procedures.
  • Knowledge of water & sanitation systems
  • Knowledge of building and road maintenance & repairs.
  • Knowledge of contract development and management.
  • General knowledge of mechanical, plumbing, heating & electrical systems and heavy-duty equipment operation.
  • Knowledge of applicable bylaws, procedures, programs and regulatory requirements.
  • Good writing, communication and problem solving/analytical skills.
  • Understanding of project management best practices.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership/team-building skills.
  • Stress and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with GIS and CAD software as well as Microsoft Office.

Post-secondary education in a related engineering discipline and five years of experience as a Professional Engineer, preferably in a civil/municipal context. Equivalencies will be considered.

  • A satisfactory criminal record check is required.
  • Class 5 driver's license required.