Public Works Director

City of Idaho Springs -Assisted by KRW Associates

City of Idaho Springs, CO – Public Works Director

Salary up to $114,688, depending on education and experience.

Plus, excellent benefits.

 

The City of Idaho Springs is being assisted by KRW Associates, LLC. Submit application materials to: apply@KRW-associates.com Deadline: February 24, 2023 (5:00 PM Mountain)

 

The City & Surrounding Community

The City of Idaho Springs is a statutory city located approximately 30 miles west of Denver. Founded in 1859, it is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County with a population of approximately 1,800 full-time residents and approximately 830 residential homes including apartments.

The population increases by approximately 250 residents when rafting employees and USFS employees take residence in the area during rafting and the summer visitation season.

The City incorporates approximately 2 square miles bisected by approximately 4 miles of Interstate 70 which runs East/West through Clear Creek Canyon and is within the City’s jurisdiction.

In the early period of the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, Idaho Springs was the center of the region’s mining district. Mining in the immediate area has ceased; however, the history of that period and culture has reemerged as historic sites are being researched and developed. Chief among these are the City’s downtown and the Argo Mine and Mill site which are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Idaho Springs is a beautiful small town where residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of restaurants, shops, parks, hiking trails and historical landmarks. A small historic district located in the center of the city has increasingly become incorporated in visitors’ day-trip itineraries as well as stop-overs for skiers, hikers and thru travelers.

Idaho Springs appeals to those who love the outdoor lifestyle and all four seasons– it experiences moderately cold winters with an annual snowfall of 60 to 72 inches. Snowfall in the City itself varies due to it being situated in a canyon. Summers are warm through the day but evenings generally are cool yet comfortable. The community is diverse. Many residents have been employed in the mining industry or are the ancestors of those who worked or supported the local mining industry. Most residents have an appreciation of the region’s significance in Colorado and American history. Tourism in the area has seen a noticeable increase, and many residents are employed by the tourism industry.

 

The Position

The Public Works Director (PWD) reports to the City Administrator and is responsible for managing the Public Works Department. This department is comprised of 11 employees; two, the Public Works Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) and the Water Resources ORC, report directly to the PWD.

This managerial and supervisory position is responsible for all City of Idaho Springs infrastructure. Responsibilities include storm drainage collection and maintenance, road and street maintenance, street signs, parks, cemetery building and grounds, and water resource facilities. This is a full-time exempt salary position.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

·         Exercise proper care and custody of all property, public and private; prepare and maintain property inventories.

·         Administer and enforce all regulations of the City governing excavations in, access to and uses of City streets and other property.

·         Prepare written preliminary budget request for the Public Works Department; administer the adopted annual budget.

·         Attend all scheduled Council meetings / work sessions, participate in discussions, prepare department update and make recommendations to the City Administrator and City Council.

·         Administer and enforce the conveyance and acceptance of the public improvement provisions of this Code.

·         Maintain, repair and service all equipment and other City property in the custody of the position or subject to its control.

·         Maintain City buildings and park and open space properties.

·         Plan, design and operate the city street lighting and traffic control devices.

·          Develop, maintain and implement master utility plans for the water, sanitary sewer and storm water utilities.

·         Maintain the Idaho Springs Cemetery; administer rules and regulations pertaining to the erection and maintenance of monuments, as directed by the City Clerk. Coordinate with the City Clerk in the preparation and maintenance of burial records.

·         Plan, design, administer, coordinate and maintain the public works of the City, including storm water utilities.

·         Prepare and maintain official maps of the City in coordination with the Community Development Planner and acquire the necessary easements, rights-of-way and real property for City public works, park, open space and utility facilities.

·         Regulate and maintain public streets, alleys and municipal parking areas within the City.

·         Clean improved public streets and remove snow from streets designated for plowing.

·         Maintain and preserve all records of engineering and improvements work performed by or for the City.

·         Develop, maintain and implement master utility plans for the storm water utilities.

·         Hire, discipline and terminate all employees of the Public Works Department; in accordance with the policies of the City

·         Maintain a safety training program and perform inspections as required by insurance carrier.

·         Prepare and maintain essential records and reports as required by governing agencies.

·         Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the City Administrator and City Council.

 

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills, attributes and characteristics.

·         Visionary and innovative

·         Personable and solution-oriented

·         Sensitive to the need to balance historic preservation with infrastructure improvements

·         Adept at balancing the interests of residents with the demands of a tourist and recreation -based economy

·         Ability to balance administrative responsibilities with oversight in the field of operations and projects

·         Responsive to the needs and concerns of the community through excellent customer service

·         Ability to lead, equip, train and inspire a stable and experienced public works staff

·         Ability to work cooperatively and creatively with other professional staff including engineers, planners, attorneys and the management team

·         Knowledge of and interest in diverse and complex municipal public works activities including streets, parks, building maintenance, and water resources and reclamation

·         Ability to manage various funding sources including taxes, user fees and grants

·         Technical expertise in the field of public works and water resources

·         Willingness to be on-call as required to manage 24-hour operations

 

Qualifications

•        Minimum five years supervisory experience.

•        Municipal experience a plus.

•        Parking management experience a plus.

•        Civil Engineering degree preferred and professional engineer (P.E.) license a plus.

•        Any equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

 

Opportunities

In recent years, the City has completed $50 million of infrastructure improvements including reconstruction of streets and related infrastructure, expansion and improvements for the Water Resource Reclamation Facility with state-of-the-art technology, and construction of hiking and biking trails in the 500-acre mountain park.

 

The new Public Works Director will oversee projects including:

•        Construction this spring of a new public works facility.

•        Design and construction of a downtown mobility hub and parking structure in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

•        Implementation of improvements under a Downtown Master Plan that was adopted in 2021.

•        Design and construction of a new water supply main from the water treatment plant.

•        Design and reconstruction of streets and infrastructure.

•        Multi-family housing and commercial space expected to break ground this spring.

•        A privately-funded gondola, parking structure and mountain-top venue expected to break ground in the near future at the mountain park as part of a public-private development agreement with the city.

•        CDOT’s reconstruction of Interstate 70 at Floyd Hill that begins this summer and involves the east entrance of the city and potential development opportunities at Hidden Valley.

 

Compensation & Benefits

 

Salary: Up to $114,688, depending on education and experience.

 

The City of Idaho Springs offers a generous benefit package to its full-time employees. Generally, benefits are available on the 1st day of the month after 30 days of employment. Benefits offered include:

 

Paid Time Off

•        15 days of PTO; increases to 20 days after 5 years of service and 25 days after 10 years of service.

•        11 paid holidays

Health Insurance

•        Three options are offered through the Colorado Employees Benefit Trust (CEBT):         UMR Preferred Provider; UMR Exclusive Provider; and Kaiser Permanente HMO.

•        The City pays 90% of the premium for employees, spouse and dependents as determined annually.

•        Employees including their dependents are responsible for the remaining 10% of the premium required.

Dental Insurance

•        Delta Dental is offered through CEBT.

•        Employee, spouse and dependents can go to any dentist of their choice.

•        The City pays 90% of the premium for employees, spouse and dependents as determined annually.

•        Employees including their dependents are responsible for the remaining 10% of the premium required.

Vision Insurance

•        VSP Vision is offered through CEBT with no City contribution.

Long Term Disability

•        60% of salary, maximum $6,000/month, after 30 day waiting period.

Life Insurance

•        CEBT Group Life Insurance is provided at no cost to the employee.

•        Employees are insured for $50,000, plus $50,000 for Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D).

Retirement and Deferred Compensation Plans

•        Voluntary plans are available through Empower after 6 months of continuous employment.

•        Employees may elect up to 20% of their base pay withheld; the City matches up to 5%, except for sworn police officers.

Clear Creek Recreation Center Passes – free to employees

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – free to employees

AFLAC – (supplemental accident, illness and disability coverage) -available with no city contribution

Legal Shield – available with no city contribution

 

To Apply:  Application materials will be accepted electronically at:    apply@krwassociates.com

 

Attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 6 professional references. 

Deadline: February 24. 2023 (5:00 PM Mountain)

To apply for this job email your details to apply@krw-associates.com