This is highly responsible administrative work in directing and managing the operations of the Ionia County Road Department. Under the direct supervision of the County Administrator, the Managing Director is responsible for planning, coordinating and supervising road projects and maintenance projects. The Managing Director is responsible for establishing departmental policies and procedures, preparing an annual budget, controlling expenses, and managing and supporting Road Department personnel. Work is performed in accordance with overall policies established by the County Board of Commissioners ("Commission") and within budgetary limits. Work may originate in the form of specific assignments from the Commission and/or the County Administrator, or upon receipt of communications from members of the public. Periodic operational and financial reports are reviewed by the Commission. Work involves extensive contact with a wide variety of government agencies, land developers, landowners, private contractors and the general public.
• Makes recommendations to the Commission regarding short- and long-term goals and objectives for all Department projects throughout the County.
• Supervises road construction and maintenance projects, roadway sanding/salting and snow removal, automotive and construction equipment maintenance and repair, and equipment operations of the Department.
• Supervises plans and work schedules for construction and maintenance projects; conducts staff meetings with Department personnel; administers rules, regulations and policies established for Department employees.
• Writes or directs the writing of construction specifications, special provisions for contract work on road/bridge construction and maintenance projects, specifications for the purchase of vehicles and heavy equipment; prepares or oversees cost estimates for construction and maintenance projects.
• Evaluates the relative merits of using private contractors as opposed to Department work force for conducting construction and maintenance projects; recommends and administers contracts for work being performed.
• Studies the administrative, financial and operational procedures of the Department; develops, recommends and implements new or improved methods; conducts such other studies, statistical and financial analyses as needed for performance reporting on operations.
• Under policy direction of the Commission, participates in collective bargaining negotiations; collects operational information, prepares cost estimates of union and management contract proposals and provisions and potential impacts upon operational effectiveness of various contact proposals and provisions.
• Develops and administers a program to respond to complaints regarding the operations of the Department.
• Performs related work as required as assigned/authorized by the County Administrator and/or Commission.