Managing Director for the Road Department

  • ORGANIZATION
    Calhoun County
  • LOCATION
    Marshall, MI
  • SALARY
    $92,269 - $117,877
summary
Under the direction of the Administrator/Controller, the Managing Director is responsible for all operational aspects of the Calhoun County Road Department, including budgeting, financial performance, planning, organizing, leading, promoting, communicating, evaluating, and problem solving. This position develops long-term and short-term goals, objectives, strategy and utilizes a comprehensive planning model. Serves as spokesperson for the Road Department on matters of established policy and program development, as well as serving as liaison with local, state, and federal agencies. This is a high-level management position requiring complete confidentiality.


Position Responsibilities
• Provides oversight to the planning, organizing, implementation, execution and evaluation of the Road Department functions and services, including development of goals, objectives, strategy and utilization of a comprehensive planning model. 
• Provides effective leadership to the Calhoun County Road Department and develops/maintains an engaged and productive workforce that delivers a high level of professional service. 
• Establishes, implements and monitors administrative policies and procedures for the Road Department. Executes the terms of County policies, procedures, and labor agreement(s). Assists in the collective bargaining process as needed. 
• Develops and implements a program that enhances teamwork and builds employee involvement in the operations of the Department. 
• In coordination with the County Finance Department, oversees the preparation of the annual budget, monitors ongoing expenditures and recommends budget revisions as appropriate. Ensures compliance with all required GASB Pronouncements & Treasury Regulations, as well as required year end reporting, Act 51 compliance, and audits. 
• In coordination with the County Human Resources Department, oversees the personnel management functions of staffing, recruitment/employment, training, performance evaluation, the handling of disciplinary issues, and other similar matters. 
• Provides the Board of Commissioners with timely information and data related to operating procedures, finances, staffing, statutory requirements and other pertinent issues. Implements Board decisions including policies, procedures, provision of services and programmatic and financial objectives. 
• Supervises the development of long-range road and bridge construction and maintenance programs for the primary and local road systems. 
• Reviews and approves contract documents for construction projects, equipment suppliers and township projects. Reviews and approves equipment, materials, parts and supplies purchases. 
• Administers the preparation of both winter and summer work schedules on County Roads and State Highways. Coordinates the State Maintenance Contract with MDOT. 
• Oversees the fleet and equipment management for the Road Department. 
• Evaluates the relative merits of using private subcontractors as opposed to department work force for conducting construction and maintenance projects; recommends and administers contracts for work being performed. 
• Maintains effective public relations for the Road Department and acts as spokesperson in dealing with the news media, civic and community groups and professional organizations, in coordination with County Administration. Effectively responds to public complaints and concerns. 
• Networks and collaborates with other road related agencies and governmental municipalities, including townships and villages, the Michigan Department of Transportation, utility companies, contractors’ and other relevant individuals and groups. Cooperates with all police and dispatch agencies. 
• Maintains professional affiliations and standing. Keeps abreast of new and innovative techniques through reading, research and continuing education. 
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
• The job requires knowledge normally acquired through the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Engineering, or a closely related field. Master’s Degree Preferred. 
• Six to eight years of management or supervisory experience in public transportation, civil engineering, or a related field, preferably in a unionized setting. Public Works and/or Road Commission experience is also desirable. 
• Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license and an acceptable driving record required.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required
• Leadership experience and management skills necessary to develop and maintain a positive, professional, and safe working environment for staff, as well as to effectively oversee the daily operations and administration of the Road Department. 
• Computer skills necessary to effectively utilize word processing, databases, spreadsheets and software applications for the creation and compilation of various documents, communications, reports and records. Ability to use the Internet and e-mail required. 
• Knowledge of Act 51 and a thorough understanding of local, state, and federal highway financing. Considerable knowledge of public works, including building, equipment, construction maintenance and repair. 
• Ability to effectively communicate with the general public, government officials, and various levels of County personnel. 
• The ability to network with others and to build trusting relationships with employees, coworkers, elected officials, department heads, and the public. A professional appearance and demeanor is required. 
• Mental ability to simultaneously handle multiple projects requiring concentration and attention to detail with frequent disruptions. Frequent pressures related to deadlines, fulfilling scheduling requirements, etc. are experienced. 
• Professionalism is an absolute necessity, along with the ability to appropriately handle both confidential information and sensitive situations.

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