Public Works & Utilities Dir

City of Littleton

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Public Works & Utilities Director Brochure

The City of Littleton is seeking an experienced Public Works & Utilities Director to lead, plan, coordinate,
and direct all the operations of the Public Works & Utilities Department. The director utilizes
professional project and asset management principles and practices in establishing priorities, goals, and
objectives. This position provides the highest levels of customer service by fostering positive
relationships with internal and external customers and city leadership.

The ideal candidate will be skilled and enthusiastic about taking the Public Works and Utilities
Department to the next level! Experienced leaders who are energetic and committed to strengthening
the organization through service and collaborative teamwork will thrive. The ideal candidate is a
visionary leader with broad public works familiarity and a willingness to be on the ground with the team
regularly. They will have a commitment to delivering extraordinary services to the public, including a
passion for enhancing multimodal safety and accessibility and an understanding of how to integrate
environmental sustainability ethics into the operations of the city. Those with strong project
management skills, high emotional intelligence, and someone who actively works with the executive
team and city management to accomplish the Council’s goals and objectives is desired.

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience:
 as a senior manager challenged with broadening services and scaling up team project workload
 managing competing service demands from numerous constituencies, and
 building teams and managing changes in values and expectations

The City of Littleton is a vibrant community south of Denver and is consistently voted as one
of America’s Best Small Cities, and one of Colorado’s top five places to Raise a Family. Home to a vibrant
and historic downtown, and a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, parks and trails, there is a lot to
offer to the wonderful people who live and work here. The City of Littleton offers outstanding benefits
and perks to our employees. For more information, please see the 2024 Benefit Guide.

The City of Littleton believes in attracting and retaining the best talent and our strategies include hiring
in at market pay and creating career development opportunities. In addition to your application, please
submit a cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for this position with the City of

Starting pay range is $189,400 – $209,300 per year

This full-time position is exempt per FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Application Deadline: Resumes will be accepted until finalists are identified or the position is filled,
but preference will be given to complete applications received by May 31, 2024.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:.
 Participates in the review of private project development plans for compliance with codes,
regulations, and standards, adequacy of applications for permits and compliance with approved
plans. Participates in the development and update of transportation improvement plans,
wastewater treatment plans, comprehensive water plan, capital improvement program and
other plans involving municipal infrastructure.
 Oversees the preparation of engineering plans and specifications, bidding, competency of
contractors and vendors, and the selection of criteria for Public Works contracts.
 Oversees project management for the construction of public works projects to ensure
contractor compliance with time and budget parameters for the project.
 Maintains confidentiality of information consistent with applicable federal, state and city rules
and regulations. Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates the activities and personnel of the
Public Works Department.
 Manages and supervises administration, design, and operations to achieve goals within available
resources; plan and organize workloads and staff assignments; train, mentor, motivate and
evaluate assigned staff; review progress and direct change as needed.
 Provides leadership and direction in the development of short- and long-range plans; gather,
interpret, and prepare data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinate department
activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
 Makes necessary changes in organizational structure, methods, and procedures for
divisions. Formulates department policies and procedures to assure the efficient and effective
operation and maintenance of the department; assure compliance with established policies and
 Coordinates and balances activities of department with other city divisions/departments,
consultants, developers, contractors, governmental agencies, community organizations, and the
 Assigns work to subordinate supervisors who, in turn, direct the work of their divisions.
 Issues verbal and written guidelines and approve procedures developed by subordinate
 Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and
standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
 Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness,
and conformance to policies and procedures.
 Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances; performs or assists subordinates in
performing duties.

 Evaluates work completed by department to determine effectiveness in meeting goals and
objectives of department.
 Ensures that responsibilities are performed within budget; performs cost control activities;
monitors revenues and expenditures to ensure sound fiscal control; prepares annual and semi-
annual budget requests; ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel,
materials, facilities, and time.
 Prepares and administers budget for all areas under department; approves the purchase of new
and replacement equipment.
 Prepares or reviews routine and complex/detailed reports, projects, and recommendations
(including City Council reports, letters, and memoranda) as requested by city management.
 Prepares or reviews ordinances and resolutions related to public works activities.
 Conducts special management projects as required.
 Operates a personal computer including associated software programs.
 Operates a motor vehicle in traveling to and from work sites or meetings.
 Provides professional advice to City Manager and City Council; makes presentations to
supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public. Represents the city at
various meetings with external officials, agencies and other groups, including South Platte
 Attends regular City Council meetings, special meetings, and study sessions, and meetings of
various city boards and commissions.
 Attends and participates in meetings of the city management team. Attends civic and other
community organization meetings to discuss the various public works activities of the city and to
establish favorable public relations.
 Addresses inquiries and complaints from the public or other city divisions or departments
concerning department's programs and activities. Communicates official plans, policies and
procedures to staff and the general public.
 Maintains liaison with other departments as well as state, local, and other public officials.
 Evaluates service costs and makes related recommendations.
 Identifies and recommends improvements in divisional and departmental operations to ensure
assigned functions are efficient and cost effective.
 Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to
prevent accidents.
 Uses all required safety equipment. Performs related duties as required.
 Develops and implements (and revises as necessary) performance measurement criteria for
 Seeks innovation and continuous improvement for department.
 Assists in the city's participation in special community events and other activities.
 Observes and follows established city and department policies and procedures in the daily
conduct of the job.
 May serve as an Emergency Worker.
 Performs other duties as assigned by the City Manager or their designee.

Minimum Qualifications:

 Bachelor's degree in business management, public administration, civil engineering, or a closely
related field

 Seven (7) years of progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience; or
 An equivalent combination of education, training and work experience that produces the
knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position,
 Must have a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
 Advanced knowledge of systems approach to safe, healthy, equitable mobility and accessibility for
all users of municipal infrastructure.
 Requires solid interpersonal, oral, public speaking, and written communication skills; effective
presentation skills, solid staff leadership; public relations skills; and the ability to effectively
communicate and interact with individuals or groups of individuals of varying social, cultural,
economic, professional, and educational backgrounds, including the ability to effectively deal with
individuals who may be upset; the ability to act with tact, good judgment, and discretion; maintain
the confidentiality of matters as appropriate; ability to prioritize community engagement, build buy-
in for change, and foster support for city initiatives; and ability to establish and maintain effective
working relationships with City Council, Mayor, City Manager, department directors, consultants,
staff, and the public.
 Advanced knowledge and ethic for environmental stewardship and responsible use of sustainable
practices and conservation that improves human well-being and ecosystem resilience.
 Requires expert knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of public management and
administration; public works management and administration; budget development and oversight
and short and long range planning; project management; personnel planning and administration;
selecting, supervising, training, and evaluating supervisors, professionals, and administrative
personnel, exercises sound judgment and possesses the skill and ability to apply that knowledge to
perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
 Requires solid knowledge and understanding of applicable state and federal laws; the city charter
and codes; relevant areas of municipal civil liability; methods, materials, and techniques employed
in public construction and maintenance project; and knowledge of laws and regulatory codes
related to the development and construction of public works construction and maintenance.
 Requires the knowledge, skill, and ability to safely and effectively operate the following equipment
and vehicle(s) as may be required to perform essential job functions, as demonstrated by previous
work experience and demonstrated on-the-job performance: personal computer with assigned
software; telephone; assigned city vehicle or personal vehicle when required for city business.

Working environmental & physical activities:
 Long periods of sitting, standing or walking may be required.
 Work is, primarily, performed in a standard indoor working environment.  Outdoor work includes
travel may include exposure to adverse weather conditions; occasional noise exposure up to 100
decibels; and possible exposure at construction sites to fumes, odors, dusts, mists, and gases.

 Work requires irregular hours and being available via cell phone during and after work hours and
use of various city vehicles and office equipment.
 Work environment requires ability to lift objects up to 20 pounds, bend, stoop, reach, climb
ladders/stairs, crouch, etc.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Littleton is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and intends to provide equal
employment opportunities to all employees and job applicants regardless of age, ancestry, color,
disability, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other non-job related characteristic, and to hire
and retain the best-qualified individuals without regard to any of these factors. This prohibition includes
unlawful harassment based on a protected class.

The City of Littleton will consider reasonable accommodations throughout the recruitment process and
employment. Applicants and employees can request an accommodation by contacting Human
Resources at 303-795-3857 or emailing

Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace
The City of Littleton is committed to the health and safety of all its employees. To ensure a safe and
productive work environment the city prohibits the use, sale, dispensation, manufacture, distribution or
possession of alcohol, drugs, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia on any city premises or
worksites. No employee shall report to work or be at work with alcohol or with any detectable amount
of prohibited drugs in the employee's system. A detectable amount refers to the standards generally
used in workplace drug & alcohol testing. This prohibition specifically includes marijuana, and
decriminalized psychedelics whether used for medical purposes or obtained legally under state law.

For more information, please contact:
Chandler Beaman
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