City of Atlanta

Commissioner (Department of Public Works)

Location: Atlanta, GA


Salary: Commensurate with Experience

General Description and Classification Standards

The Commissioner provides the highest level of leadership, direction and management oversight for the operations of the City of Atlanta's Department of Public Works’ four divisions including, Administration, Solid Waste Services, Transportation and Fleet Services. The Commissioner develops and administers the departmental operating budget; develops administrative and operational policies, procedures, and programs necessary for uninterrupted delivery of critical City services; responds to citizen service requests; serves as collaborative policy-maker and liaison for the department with the Mayor and City Council. The Commissioner will be expected to maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders including city officials, employees, other department heads, state officials and the general public.

This ideal candidate for this position will be capable of providing strategic direction, and tactical operations support to division directors for effective and efficient departmental operations. Position recommends process, procedure, organization and high-level policy changes and/or improvements subject to mayoral, and/or Council approval. This level would be expected to manage a varied array of professionals and managers in a City-wide operations function.

Supervision Received

Direction received is very general and focuses on strategic objectives and is typically collaborative in nature. This is a policy-making level of management and is considered "upper" management.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  May perform other duties as assigned.

Oversees the operations of the Department of Public Works which includes the following services: traffic management, right-of-way maintenance and management, and transportation planning; infrastructure operations, maintenance, management and capital improvements for roads, bridges, roadway drainage and sidewalks; solid waste collections and recycling services; fleet maintenance and management services including procurement, preventive maintenance and fueling station management as well as other departmental support services.

Develops goals, strategies, policies, and procedures for department-wide adoption and implementation.

Develops and prioritizes department budget including management of solid waste enterprise funds, grant-funded programs and projects and capital improvement funding.

Plans and organizes the timely execution of plans and reports including quarterly reports to Council and regular reports to the Mayor and Administration.

Coordination with Atlanta Regional Commission for transportation planning and funding.

Coordination with GDOT for traffic management, transportation planning, implementation of capital projects, external funding and other matters requiring coordination and collaboration.

Oversees the operations of the Department during emergencies and extreme weather events.   Serves as the lead operational manager for some city-wide emergencies.

Oversees engineering reviews and design and construction management services on capital improvement projects.

Assures the provision of engineering services, including but not limited to the furnishing of lines and grades, the preparation of maps, plans and other lands records; when appropriate, maintenance of an up-to-date file of engineering maps and plans governing streets, easements and rights-of-way.

Provides departmental leadership in dealing with suppliers and sellers and placement of orders for equipment, materials, and supplies.

Represents the department with various citizens groups to discuss and address complaints.

Confers with internal and consulting engineers to discuss infrastructure projects and to provide technical direction.

Oversees the response and correction of situations that arise regarding public works issues and problems.

Supervises and evaluates assigned staff, handling all employee concerns, directing work assignments, counseling and disciplining employees when necessary, and completing employee performance evaluations.

Decision Making

Establishes organization strategy and policy within required legislative or executive limitations; modifies organization to achieve objectives. Executes authority as prescribed by the City’s Code of Ordinances to execute public works functions of the City of Atlanta.

Leadership Provided

Provides direction to assigned professional staff performing analytical or project management tasks in support of public works operations and guides assigned managers and directors. Plans for the long-term talent needs of the organization; identify, coaches, and mentors employees for future positions.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities This is a partial listing of the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully.  It is not an exhaustive list.

Broad and detailed knowledge in municipal public works functions including planning, design, maintenance, operations, management, and construction.

Knowledge in municipal solid waste management and recycling services including route planning, waste types, waste diversion measures, transportation, hauling and disposal and landfill operations.

Knowledge of general management principles and approaches including personnel management, budget management, and expenditure control.

Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to public works functions.

Advanced knowledge of core technical and/or operations issues related to the area of Exceptional leadership and motivational skills. Skill in identifying strategic issues and developing long-term resolutions. Ability to visualize and plan organization operations to accomplish strategic goals. Exceptional ability to build complex relationships within the organization and with external constituents/partners.

Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of the public works personnel and contracted vendors.

Ability to assess the organization and operations of the department to identify arising challenges or concerns and recommend solutions or measures for the implementation of corrective actions.

Ability to direct, evaluate and train staff.

Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree (BA, BS, etc.) in engineering, public or business administration

10 years of progressively responsible managerial and leadership experience in at least one area of public works management.

Preferred Education & Experience

Master’s degree in engineering, public or business administration with a minimum of 10 years of managerial and leadership experience in public works with experience in multiple areas of public works or as overall head of a department.  Professional Engineering licensure or ability to obtain licensure in Georgia.

Licensures and Certifications

Georgia Class A Driver’s License

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.

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