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Director of Street Maintenance -- Public Works
at City and County of Denver
Denver, CO

Director of Street Maintenance -- Public Works
at City and County of Denver
Denver, CO

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About Our Job

The City and County of Denver is seeking an innovative, experienced Director of Street Maintenance. This position will report to the Deputy Manager of Operations/Chief Operation Officer within the Department of Public Works. This is an excellent opportunity to work in one of most vital departments in Denver in one of fastest growing cities in America. It you want to make a difference in the quality of life for the Citizens of Denver, then we want you to come and join our team and serve with us!

The Department of Public Works has a clear vision and focused mission. Our Vision: To be the ideal Public Works department in the country. Our Mission: Denver Public Works, Through its employees, enhances the quality of life in Denver by efficiently delivering effective, high-quality, safe and equitable public infrastructure and services. Our core services include maintaining the City's infrastructure, regulating and enforcing activities in the Right of Way, planning, designing and building transportation projects, and the utility functions of Waste Water and Residential Trash Service. For more information, please visit the Public Works website at. http://www.denvergov.org/dpw.

As the Director of Street Maintenance, you will be is responsible for a division of 225 employees and manage the City's snow removal program, paving and milling programs, sweeping, pothole patching, alley maintenance and hauling. Additionally, you will oversee the Asphalt Plant Operations, along with administrative, budgetary and human resource functions that come along with managing a large division.

As the Director of Street Maintenance, you will be expected to:

  • Direct the Street Maintenance Division which is responsible for city-wide snow removal, the asphalt plant, and all aspects of maintaining city streets including sweeping, paving, patching, and alleys.
  • Develop annual and multi-year work plans and strategies to meet business needs. Develop and direct the implementation of goals, budgets, policies, procedures, and work standards to ensure success.
  • Collaborate with other divisions in Public Works to plan and coordinate city operations and special events including emergency response readiness to deal with city-wide emergency/disaster related events and unplanned response to community needs.
  • Work with other cities and municipalities on work involving streets in both jurisdictions through intergovernmental agreements, communicate and coordinate work programs with downtown business partners, and coordinate with the state to perform work on state highways as outlined in maintenance contracts.
  • Communicate business and work area plans and goals to managers and/or supervisors to secure buy-in. Review, approve, and implement recommended changes to plans and leads the development of process and/or operational improvements.
  • Prioritize and allocate resources to achieve strategies. Utilizes resources to develop or expand services and/or operation. Ensures resources are utilized appropriately and do not exceed the established budget without approval.
  • Create and administer policies and integrates work group procedures across work areas for consistency.
  • Resolve sensitive, controversial issues by making decisions that are inclusive of multiple perspectives.
  • Represent the division/department in meetings with elected and/or appointed officials and other city entities. Serve as the city representative with a variety of public, business, and community organizations. Foster collaborative relationships to the benefit of the organization.
  • Develop goals, documents performance, provides performance feedback and formally evaluates the work of the employee; provides reward and recognition for proper and efficient performance. Assist staff to achieve performance standards and identifies opportunities for continual improvement to performance standards.
  • Resolve escalated employee or citizen complaints including long-term resolutions in problem areas.
  • Select, train, develop, and evaluate subordinate staff. Makes decisions on hiring, terminations, promotions, and disciplinary actions as required.
  • Develop and monitor the budget and oversees financial well-being by analyzing cost effectiveness. Directs cost control activities.

About You

Our ideal candidate is an ethical leader with a passion for coaching and developing employees and leaders. Must be willing to support and carry out the department's Four Strategic Focus areas: Invest in our People, Operate with Discipline, Use Data to Drive Decisions and Deliver Results. You will have the ability to communicate the organization's mission, vision and culture behaviors. You lead by example and walk the talk and have trust in your team. You will be ready to build and lead a culture of engagement, performance, and ongoing development. You will have a strong ability to manage and lead others through change and be ready to listen and engage employees to create a positive work experience that enhances the business outcomes.

Preferred qualifications:

  • 7+ years experience managing teams
  • Masters degree in Business Administration or Management
  • Demonstrated experience developing high performing teams

We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you have at least the following minimum qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Engineering or a related field
  • Experience: Five (5) years of experience at the type and level of Manager.
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: Two (2) years of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education.

About Everything Else

Job Profile

CA2770 Director Street Maintenance

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Position Type


Position Salary Range

$99,649.00 - $159,438.00

Starting Pay

based on education and experience


Public Works

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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