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As a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet, the Commissioner of Public Works is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor; the appointment of the Commissioner of Public Works requires confirmation by the Common Council.
Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big-city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee brings together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities and great restaurants.
The Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works (DPW), comprised of the Administrative Services Division, Infrastructure Division, Operations Division, and Milwaukee Water Works, has a high standard for quality customer service and innovative and efficient infrastructure maintenance. DPW employees use their skills and creativity to deliver efficient operation of public works services 24 hours a day. They contribute to the quality of life and economic development of Milwaukee in many ways: providing clean, safe water; fostering the growth and beauty of the urban forest and boulevards; completing sewer and water and paving projects on or ahead of schedule; controlling snow and ice to keep streets safe; and providing reliable and efficient solid waste and recycling collection. DPW is responsible for the design, maintenance, and operation of streets, sidewalks, alleys, bridges, sewers, water mains, underground conduit, telecommunications services, traffic signals, and street lighting for the City of Milwaukee, encompassing 96 square miles, 200+ City buildings, over 4,500 vehicles, 120+ miles of boulevards, and 200,000 street trees.
The City of Milwaukee is seeking an energetic, innovative public works leader to oversee the Department of Public Works (DPW). The ideal candidate will be a professional engineer with an accomplished background in engineering or public works management – someone who will work tirelessly to build upon DPW’s proud history and strategically lead DPW forward. The Commissioner directs and administers the Department of Public Works in accordance with the City Charter and Code of Ordinances.
A Sampling of Exciting Current Initiatives
The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, is a new, modern fixed-transit network that will help attract and retain investment, business, and talent – creating jobs, improving quality of life, and increasing vitality.
Milwaukee has over 100 miles of bike lanes along its streets and a number of trails throughout the city, including the Beerline, KK River, Oak Leaf, and Hank Aaron trails. The City of Milwaukee has partnered with Bublr Bikes, a locally-based non-profit organization, to operate an expanding public bike sharing system, with 57 stations that offer residents and visitors a healthy non-motorized option to make short trips by bike.
To improve the reliability of the system, Milwaukee Water Works will replace an unprecedented 18 miles of water mains in 2018.
The Department of Public works is replacing aging coin meters and parking kiosks with new smart meters.
Public improvements for several major projects are underway throughout the city, including street construction, installation of street lights, sidewalks, and installation of fiber and copper infrastructure. Recent major projects include the Harley Davidson Museum, the Manpower headquarters building, the Potawatomi Casino expansion project, and The Brewery, located on the former Pabst Brewery site.
The City recently implemented a comprehensive Urban Forestry Arborist Apprentice Program to prepare Arborist Apprentices to become Urban Forestry Specialists (Journey Worker Arborists) working for the City of Milwaukee.
The Compete Milwaukee program, ongoing since 2014, connects unemployed Milwaukee residents with opportunities to gain meaningful work experience. The program provides paid transitional jobs and career pathways trainings with a goal of equipping residents with the skills needed to compete for family supporting employment.
Provide direction and policy guidance for the DPW, which includes the Administrative Services Division, Infrastructure Division, Operations Division, and Milwaukee Water Works.
Oversee management of the Department’s employees.
Review and approve the Department’s annual budget, including operating, capital, and enterprise funds (revenue generating enterprises).
Act as contracting officer for the City on all contracts for public works; establish and administer all special assessments.
Assume overall responsibility for the operation and maintenance of City’s infrastructure assets, including bridges, buildings, land, communication systems, municipal equipment, sewer facilities, and water production, and distribution facilities.
Direct and oversee the Operations Division, which is responsible for the collection of waste and recyclables, snow and ice control, and maintenance of the City’s urban forest and boulevards.
Direct and oversee the City’s parking enforcement operation and the maintenance and operation of City-owned parking facilities.
Recommend and promote initiatives in the areas of diversity, emerging business enterprise, and economic development.
Serve as a chairperson or member of various special committees and task forces as prescribed by the Mayor or Common Council.
Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.
Five years of progressively responsible senior management experience overseeing a large multi-function public works and/or engineering organization.
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET-approved college or university (Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology).
Registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.), with eligibility for registration in Wisconsin at time of appointment.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered. P.E. registration is required by Ordinance.
Email cover letter and resume by Monday, August 20, 2018 to: Kristin Urban, Human Resources Manager, email@example.com, 414.286.8643.
Internal Number: 18085868001
About City of Milwaukee
Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big-city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities and great restaurants.