Lamont County is located less than 45 minutes east of Edmonton and is part of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. With a population of approx. 4,000 and a service area of over 9,500 residents, we contribute to over 40 major industrial companies and investments of over $45B. The county is adjacent to Strathcona County and the City of Fort Saskatchewan, as well as many important municipalities in the region.
We are theCradle of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada, including the honour of receiving the first Ukrainian settlers in Canada over 130 years ago, and home to over 40 historic churches—Lamont County is designated the Church Capital of North America.
We offer exciting and challenging job opportunities focused on delivering and supporting high-quality programs and services to our residents.
Lamont County has an opening for an experienced Director of Public Works on a full-time permanent basis. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Director of Public Works is responsible for the overall management of roads, utilities and drainage infrastructure operations, the Public Works Shop, Public Works Administration, inventory and asset management.
Working with the CAO and Senior Administration Team, this position applies technical expertise and establishes best practices in managing Public Works operations. This position develops and executes departmental operating plans, implements programs, provides leadership and guidance to staff, and is responsible for responding to and solving complex operational issues.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Able to foster a team environment, with a focus on mentorship and collaboration.
Able to coach and motivate staff within the Department.
Inspires a culture of discipline and accomplishment.
Communicates instructions that can be easily discerned by others in the organization.
Capable of identifying team needs; through planning, development and prioritizing goals.
Identifies and utilizes best practice methods for project management.
Determines methods and procedures for construction and maintenance projects.
Experience with developing and implementing operational and capital budgets.
Contributes to Lamont County’s short- and long-term strategic and business planning.
Researches and prepares capital proposals.
Ensures compliance with Occupational Health and Safety.
Ensures programs, policies, bylaws, and Council goals and objectives pertaining to the Public Works Department are observed and carried out as intended.
Organizes personnel and assigns tasks effectively to achieve Department goals.
Ensure that all capital and maintenance projects are undertaken in a manner following standard construction and engineering principles.
Oversees professional engineers and contractors in the implementation of County projects and departmental operations.
Oversees and implements asset management for Public Works through programs, systems, and ensuring sustainability through policy and directives.
Responsible for the preparation of tenders or contracts in consultation with the CAO.
Prepares, monitors and reports on the Public Works capital and operating budgets and programs in consultation with the CAO and Chief Financial Officer.
Responds to inquiries and complaints from the Public regarding Public Works concerns in a professional and efficient manner. Manages the completion of Service Requests on a priority basis.
Oversees fleet maintenance, annual County Road construction and bridge inspection programs, water distribution systems, and drainage maintenance.
Participates and presents in weekly director meetings, monthly Council meetings, and other scheduled meetings as required.
May be required to respond to emergency situations.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Post-secondary education in Public Administration, Business or Engineering or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered
A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in a leadership role in a municipal public works environment, preferably in a rural setting.
Experience directly working with the maintenance and implementation of road development, capital and operational budgeting, asset management, and infrastructure improvement plans.
Demonstrated knowledge of related Municipal Legislation, Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Legislation, and Alberta Environmental regulations.
Thorough knowledge of principles and practices in budget development, implementation, and administration.
Demonstrated leadership in developing a team, including coaching and mentoring staff, providing direction and ongoing feedback.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Valid class 5 Alberta Driver’s License.
A satisfactory and valid Driver’s Abstract.
A satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
This position is based on a 40-hour work week, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
What we offer?
We are a growing municipality that is focused on energy, agriculture, and tourism.
Staff engagement and satisfaction are crucial to our success. Our leadership team values your voice and input and welcomes feedback.
We support local charities and the Lamont County foodbank.
We are connected to each other and access to other employees is easy for advice, support, or answers (both in person and virtually).
Parking is free at our administration and public works/agriculture services buildings, located within the town of Lamont.
We have a defined benefit pension plan, a competitive health and dental benefits plan, education and professional membership opportunities, generous vacation, and a friendly team environment that allows work from home when practical.
Lamont County: Make it Safe! Make it Personal! Make it Home!
Lamont County is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace and to promoting the health and well-being of its employees. We are a smoke-free work environment; smoking & vaping is permitted in designated outdoor areas only.
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Lamont County thanks all applicants for their interest. Please note: only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Please indicate in your application which position you are applying for and submit a separate application for different positions. All resumes are retained on file for a period of six months.
Additional Job Information:
Posted Date: Oct 21, 2022
Closing Date: Nov 12, 2022