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City Engineer/Director Public Works & Utilities

$66,154 – $81,039 yearly

City of Independence

Last Updated: 4/30/22

Job Description

The City of Independence will accept applications with resumes attached at Kansas Works, 317 N. Penn Avenue, Independence, KS 67301,or online at the City’s website, for a full-time City Engineer/Director of Public Works & Utilities. Click on Employment Opportunities under Quick Links at the bottom of the City’s home page, Job Opportunities

Basic Function

Responsible for the overall direction and administration of all Public Works and Utility departments. Directs, develops, plans, manages, and coordinates the design and implementation of public improvements and maintenance projects including streets, alleys, sidewalks, streetlights, traffic signals, storm and sanitary sewers, and water lines; operations of the water plant, wastewater plant, sanitation, and airport operations. Develops and implements short and long-term planning, goals, objectives, and policies. Manages the City GIS system, including updates to the infrastructure.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in strategic planning, including the preparation of the infrastructure portion of the capital improvement program; prepares project descriptions and cost estimates; programs years for the various expenditures in the cost estimates; prepares financial summaries
  • Hires Public Works and Utility staff, coordinates training and professional development, evaluates performance, recognizes and rewards performance excellence; works with the administration to address performance and disciplinary issues as necessary
  • Provides oversight and coordination of construction and engineering functions; reviews and approves technical plans, drawings, papers, reports, and specifications; interprets technical materials; directs construction, maintenance, and project management as assigned; monitors activities of the department and performs field reviews of projects
  • Represents the City in dealings with outside organizations, including regional and state agencies, on a variety of issues
  • Communicates with citizens, both individually and in groups, and on a formal and informal basis, to handle questions and complaints about infrastructure, streets, and projects
  • Communicates clearly and concisely both orally and in writing


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering, including, but not limited to: potable water provision, stormwater protection/environmental, wastewater treatment and collection, geotechnical, drainage and transportation/traffic engineering
  • Knowledge of construction and maintenance methods, materials, and equipment as employed in public infrastructure projects
  • Ability to proficiently operate a computer and complex software applications, prepare technical reports, and conduct research
  • Ability to effectively use various software tools to track projects and prepare reports
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of comprehensive planning, and the ability to read, analyze, apply and make recommendations based on regulatory, long-range planning and/or general guidance documents
  • Knowledge of research methods and statistical analysis to make informed operational decisions and report findings
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Knowledge of municipal budgetary preparation
  • Ability to manage projects, deadlines and budgets
  • Knowledge of financial management skills to monitor expenditures and control departmental budgets and public improvement construction projects
  • Knowledge of capital project funding including how to qualify for and acquire additional local, state and federal resources
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations, occupational hazards and standard safety precautions
  • Ability to effectively supervise and direct professional staff, professional support staff, construction, maintenance and public service personnel
  • Knowledge of contract negotiation techniques and program development and administration
  • Ability to research and analyze problems, identify alternative solutions for new service delivery methods and techniques
  • Comprehensive knowledge of public works/utility functions and broad knowledge of its relationship with other City functions, including efficient service delivery, project design and management, intergovernmental relations, customer service, and managing a diverse workforce
  • Knowledge of modern principles and practices of building, civil engineering, public works construction, and maintenance
  • Sufficient knowledge to review and interpret plats, engineering plans, and other studies as necessary to ensure they meet the City's requirements or accepted engineering principles
  • Ability to learn and apply municipal engineering practices and procedures to review, verify, research, and perform the following tasks: traffic studies, design revisions, and contract documents
  • Ability to coordinate activities from surveying and design work to the final engineer's estimate, project inspection, and project closeout
  • Knowledge to perform complicated engineering calculations and functions
  • Ability to traverse terrain that exists on construction projects subject to adverse weather conditions
  • Knowledge of streets, traffic, water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater requirements to be able to provide specifications and recommendations for equipment and vehicle purchases
  • Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle in Kansas and be insurable by the City’s insurance carrier, and maintain a valid driver's license and insurability by the City’s insurance carrier
  • Ability to effectively communicate with citizens and co-workers with accurate information, and maintain a positive attitude
  • Ability to perform job duties fairly and equitably without bias

Education, Professional Licensing and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering required
  • Supplemental college coursework in public or business administration, environmental health or a related field is preferred
  • Professional Engineering License recognized by the Kansas Board of Technical Professions preferred
  • Five years of progressively responsible civil engineering experience preferred
  • Five years of progressively responsible management experience preferred
  • Three years of public sector experience is preferred

Physical Requirements

Moderate physical effort is required. Individual must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, crawl, speak, and listen for extended periods of time

Working Conditions

Work involves some exposure to hazardous or unpleasant elements with moderate risk of accidents and requires following safety precautions

NOTE: Final applicants will submit to drug and background screenings. Residency within Kansas (Independence City Limits preferred) within a thirty minute response time is required within six months of employment.

SALARY RANGE: The starting salary for this position is $66,154 annually, with a midpoint of $81,039, plus benefits.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.


Company Details

Independence, Kansas, United States is located in Montgomery County in the southeast corner of Kansas and has a population of 9,483. Independence has a strong industrial base with a "Hometown Atmosphere" and consider ourselves to be, in part, a rural community with many farming sites in the area surrounding the City. The 150-year history of our City includes pioneer stories (Little House...