Job Opportunity: Public Works Director - City of Indianola

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Job Opportunity: Public Works Director - City of Indianola

Job Opportunity: Public Works Director - City of Indianola

October 11, 2019

Public Works Director Nature of work: This is administrative and technical work in directing and supervising the Town's Public Works operation. Work involves the responsibility for directing all phases of municipal public works, including storm sewers, fleet maintenance, public municipal facilities and road maintenance. An employee in this class formulates policies and coordinates activities in accordance with general policies established by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

The Director of Public Works exercises supervision over a number of unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and supervisory maintenance and construction employees.

Responsibilities include directing the activities of the City’s equipment, maintenance building and maintenance programs. The employee is responsible for the preparation and monitoring of the department budget; the preparation, implementation of and adherence to procedures; and department personnel functions. 

Responsibilities also include establishing and maintaining appropriate work relationships with municipal officials, peers and subordinates, State and local organizations, and with the general public. Work is performed under the supervision of the Mayor under guidelines established by the Mayor and Board of Alderman; however, this employee must also exercise considerable independent judgment and technical expertise in order to meet department objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Directs and oversees highway, street, sidewalk, and sewer maintenance and construction programs. They are also responsible for oversight of all water & sewer Pump Stations, Lagoon and other municipally owned facilities. Is responsible for researching and implementing improvements to the operation of the departments in his/her charge, formulation of policies, and coordination of activities in accordance with general policies established by the Mayor and Board of Alderman.

Handles complaints from the public as received by phone or at the department directly.

Prepares the department budgets, controls expenditures and approves all requisitions.

Advises the Mayor of all Public Works activities and problems.  Administers the department’s employment contracts.

Confers with subordinates during the development and progress of various projects.

Gives general supervision to the repair and maintenance of all motorized equipment, including light and heavy trucks and all special equipment.

Works with contracted professional engineers in designing and implementing projects, as assigned or requested by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen,  Performs related work as required.


Requirements of Work: Extensive knowledge in construction methods, materials and equipment as applied in municipal public works. Considerable knowledge of the modern principles and practices of municipal public works administration. Working knowledge of finance, administration, and budgeting.

Ability to organize, direct and coordinate the activities of the Public Works Department, including long term planning.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other town officials, and the general public.


Education:  A degree or higher from an accredited Two-year College, Technical School or University.  High school diploma or GED.

Experience: Four years of municipal or construction and maintenance work experience, including two (2) years of experience as a Public Works Maintenance Worker preferred. Applicant must have knowledge and training in quality control of materials such as asphalt, congregate, and aggregate materials. Equivalent combinations of education and experience maybe considered.


  • Flagger certification through MDOT or ability to obtain within one year
  • CPR & First Aid Certifications or ability to obtain within one (1) year.•OSHA10‐Hrsafety certified, as well as OSHA30‐ certified or ability to obtain within eighteen(18)months.
  • Valid Mississippi Class D driver’s license or ability to attain one as departmental needs require

•Must have at hiring a Water Distribution Certification Level II  (Class D) or higher and a Wastewater Collection System Certification Level 1 

•Position maybe required to obtain additional certifications as required to maintain the specific area of assignment in the Public Works Department structure.


$50, 00 - $60,000 depending on experience and qualifications.



City of Indianola


Applications can be mailed, faxed or emailed