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Assistant Public Works Director - Operations Management

City of Box Elder

Job Title: Assistant Public Works Director - Operations Management

Opening Date: Position Open Until Filled

Pay Range: $68,036.70 - $113,155.27 Annually


This position directs the operations of Operations Division of the Public Works Department, including street, water, sewer, and parks operations.


Develops and implements division goals, objectives, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.

Prepares and administers the division budget; forecasts needs and recommends funding levels; administers approved budget and controls expenditures; ensures compliance with city guidelines related to the selection of contractors and vendors.

Directs, oversees, and participates in the development of the division work plan; monitors the efficiency and effectiveness of operational methods and procedures; assesses and monitors work loads; identifies opportunities for improvement and reviews with management staff; implements improvements and necessary.

Oversees inventory control for the department.

Implements preventive maintenance measures and programs.

Manages division employee payroll; develops employee schedules.

Prepares cost estimates, requests for proposals and qualifications, and other documents as required.

Trains, assigns, directs, supervises, evaluates, and disciplines personnel.

Prepares and maintains accurate records related to operations, test results, work performed, and materials and supplies used; generates monthly performance reports.

Participates in the development of short- and long-term maintenance and replacement programs for a variety of facilities and equipment.

Ensures compliance with work safety policies and procedures; maintains record of safety training and of material data sheets.

Plans, organizes, directs, and execute the city’s snow and ice control program; prepares snow event reports and monitors material usage.

Responds to emergencies as required; coordinates activities with other responders; directs the work of staff and the utilization of resources.

Monitors the maintenance and operation of all vehicles and equipment; works with Fleet Maintenance to coordinate vehicle maintenance and repair; ensures staff follow preventive maintenance guidelines; makes recommendations regarding vehicle and equipment replacement.

Incorporates and administers the work order management system.

Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field.

Serves on assigned committees.

Receives, investigates, and resolves complaints and concerns from other city staff, the general public, and others.

Serves as Safety Manager for all city departments with the exception of the Police Department; maintains up-to-date safety records; provides annual training.

Performs related duties.


Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.

Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.

Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of South Dakota for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.


Applicants selected for interviews may be subjected to an appropriate background check. 


Submit a complete application, letter of interest resume and transcripts to the following address:

City of Box Elder
Personnel Department
420 Villa Drive
Box Elder, SD 57719

Please note: Applications are available here. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.  Resumes are required and are not reviewed in lieu of your application; therefore, ensure your application is complete.


New full-time employees receive five (5) days’ vacation; Six (6) days of personal paid time off; nine paid holidays; Employee Health (includes Dental) and Life Insurance; Short Term Disability; Long Term Disability and Retirement benefits; Social Security contributions; other optional benefits.

PROBATION: An established probationary period must be satisfactorily served by each employee.

NOTE: When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made for an “otherwise qualified applicant” with a disability to participate in any phase of the selection process.

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