Personal Traits/Management Style The City of Newberry, FL, seeks a strong customer-focused, team-focused, strategic leader to serve as its Assistant Director of Public Works and Utilities. Demonstrating both technical and interpersonal competence, the next Assistant Director will help lead the Utilities and Public Works Department by balancing a strong operational focus and long-term strategic approach to the City’s assets. The ideal candidate should be a problem solver, practical, and a person who genuinely cares about Newberry and its residents. The ideal candidate must be a strategic thinker and planner that can assist in leading the department and gaining the trust of the community. To accomplish this, the individual must be professional, but also friendly and involved in both government and local affairs. He/she must be comfortable, accessible, and responsive to the residents of the community.
Summary This is a highly responsible administrative, supervisory and technical position assisting the Utilities and Public Works Director in the operations of the Utilities and Public Works Department, which is comprised of the Water, Wastewater, Electric, Streets, Mosquito Control, Cemetery, Solid Waste, and Utility Administration divisions. This position must work well independently, as a manager, and in a team-oriented atmosphere that provides accurate information and excellent customer service. Duties include direction and coordination of the technical and administrative staff supporting the operation and maintenance of these divisions such as the review and processing of plans, permits, and assisting the Assistant City Manager and division supervisors with construction contract activities for the Utility and Public Works Department. Duties include development, review, negotiations, and coordination of in-house and contracted construction capital projects; verification and processing of payment applications for vendors and contractors; coordinating the review and processing of shop drawings; and processing contract change orders Work involves assisting in planning, fiscal management, organization, and coordination of major activities within these ten divisions. Work is performed under the administrative direction of the Assistant City Manager for Utilities & Public Works and reviewed through conferences and reports.
Qualifications and Requirements
A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction, or closely related field.
Active Professional Engineering (PE) license preferred.
Utility and/or public works administration experience, of which at least five years include direct municipal, county, or state managerial experience in utility and/or public works administration (including budgeting, procurement, labor/employment, capital projects, and public records management) and oversight of the following areas: electric distribution, water distribution, wastewater, stormwater, water treatment, public works, and capital project management.
Must be able to obtain any needed FDOT and FDEP certifications within 2 years of employment.
Must be able to comprehend, speak and read the English language.
Must have and maintain good interpersonal and communication skills to deal with the public.
May be required to possess a valid Florida Driver’s license with a driving record acceptable to the City Driving Policy and insurance program.
A comparable amount of training and/or experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications except for Florida Driver’s License.
Our community is a fast-growing, full-service community situated in North-Central Florida, near Gainesville and the University of Florida. Residents enjoy the great atmosphere, warm friendly people, and sense of community that you only find in a small town while remaining close to the recreational, cultural, and college town activities offered minutes away in nearby Gainesville.
We have experienced substantial growth during the last 10 years. With a population over 7,600 Newberry is the perfect blend of old and new, country and city, activity and tranquility; filled with friendly neighbors, southern charm, and the natural beauty of the land. We invite you to come and visit us in Newberry, Florida.
Newberry’s economy is keeping pace with its growth. While experiencing a modest increase in manufacturing in recent years, the community remains close to its agriculturally based roots. Newberry’s Annual Watermelon Festival is the longest continuously operated festival of its kind in the world.
Newberry offers highly rated schools and world-class recreational facilities such as the Easton Newberry
Sports Complex (designated as a Community Olympic Development Program), Cham...pions Park of Newberry, Gatorback Cycle Park, and Canterbury Equestrian Center. Those that love the water appreciate that Newberry is close to the Santa Fe and Suwannee Rivers which feature an abundance of natural springs. In fact, North Central Florida features a higher concentration of springs than anywhere else in the world. The Gulf of Mexico is a short 45 miles to the west and the Atlantic Ocean is 80 miles to the east. Major metropolitan areas Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa are all within a 2 hour drive of Newberry.