Public Works Operations Manager

  • City of Dickinson
  • 4511 Public Works Boulevard, Dickinson, ND, USA, Dickinson, North Dakota
  • Jun 24, 2020
Full Time Public Works Management, Mid to Senior Level, Supervisory
  • Salary: 76,800 USD Annually
  • Salary Top: 98,400
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 7014567801
  • Apply By: Jul 23, 2020


Welcome to Dickinson, North Dakota

Dickinson, North Dakota, with a population of around 25,000, is a mid-size community with a small-town feel. Located in southwest North Dakota, Dickinson is home to Dickinson State University and is the regional hub for 200,000 people. Located approximately 100 miles west of the capital city of Bismarck, Dickinson is the midpoint between Fargo, North Dakota and Billings, Montana. The City’s strong economy focuses on diverse resources of agriculture, energy (coal, ethanol, natural gas, and oil), manufacturing and tourism.  Dickinson was given the honorary position of #1 Strongest Micropolitan Economy by POLICOM Corporation in 2015; the City of Dickinson has been ranked as the #6 Best Place to Live in 2017 by Money magazine, and as the #3 Small Town with the Best Economy in 2018 by Forbes.

CHI St. Alexius Health is the regional medical center for Southwest North Dakota, as it is a Critical Access Hospital with a Level IV Trauma Center.  Sanford Heath Dickinson Clinic is a comprehensive clinic, offering care in a variety of different specialties including Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Podiatry, General Surgery and Pediatric Care.

Dickinson is a destination community for entertainment and cultural events including: Roughrider Days, the Ukrainian Ethnic Festival, Dickinson State University Campus Activities, First on First (summer concerts), Rodeos, Museum, Specialty Vehicle Shows, Car Races, and Concert Series, to name just a few.      For those who love the outdoors, one can enjoy world class bird and big-game hunting, fishing, camping, winter and summer sporting activities, hiking, biking and equestrian trails. 

The jewel in the city that draws the community together is the West River Community Center.  This amazing full-service center of 135,000 square feet is filled with venues to enjoy: indoor & outdoor aquatic areas, 4 full size gymnasiums, multi-athletic court, 3 racquetball/wallyball courts, 2 indoor tennis courts, golf simulator w/driving cage, climbing wall, community room, playground and a track.  Nearby is the West River Ice Center which is used for indoor ice activities and to host special events such as trade shows, sports shows, circuses and more. Heart River Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 72 layout is nestled along the scenic Heart River with views of Patterson Lake.  Patterson Lake Recreational Area is used for boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, camping, picnic areas, playgrounds, disc golf, horseshoe pits, mountain biking, nature areas and sand volleyball courts.  The Crooked Crane Trail outlines a portion of Patterson Lake with 9.6 miles of mowed trail with various trailheads for different access points.

Other popular places to visit are the Dickinson Area Public Library and the Dickinson Museum Center.  The Center consists of the Badlands Dinosaur Museum, where you will find a complete Triceratops skull, discovered just west of Dickinson, the Joachim Regional Museum, Prairie Outpost Park, and Pioneer Machinery Hall. 

Dickinson is approximately 30 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Badlands and 250 miles north of Mount Rushmore National Monument. For those looking to explore elsewhere, the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport is served by United Airlines with convenient daily connections to Denver, which then offers worldwide destinations.

Many come to Dickinson to visit and recreate.  The truest pleasure, however is living here!  So now you know what makes Dickinson so special: the people, incredible relationship between a healthy, thriving economy, and its amazing quality of place and life.  We invite you to join us in making Dickinson a world class city!

Job Description

The City of Dickinson is looking for someone to join our Public Works Team as a Public Works Operations Manager.  This position is responsible for coordinating, directing, facilitating, and managing the operation and maintenance activities of the City’s Street, Facility Maintenance, and Fleet Services Divisions of the Public Works Department. Work is performed under the general direction of the Public Works Director, although considerable latitude is allowed for independent judgment and initiative. May act on behalf of the Public Works Director in his absence. Responsibilities include the oversight of City street construction, repair and maintenance projects, snow removal operations, fleet program, facility maintenance, and cemeteries.

Job Requirements

Job Duties and Responsibilities can include:

  • Manage the Operations Division staff through hierarchical personnel.  Work tasks include: a) making hiring and firing recommendations, b) providing technical advice and guidance, c) monitoring employee performance and safety, and d) evaluating team performance
  • Oversee the planning, organizing, and implementation of fleet operations, facility maintenance, street maintenance and repair programs, activities, and policies including coordination of projects and project schedules, on-site inspections and monitoring of repair and maintenance projects, evaluation of project performance, snow removal activities, and street cleaning procedures.
  • Prepare and submit yearly operational budgets and Capital Improvement Projects to the Public Works Director.
  • Submit properly coded invoices to Public Works Director
  • Ensure all operations are compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Public Works Director regarding the proper and efficient operation of the Street, Fleet, and Facilities Departments including cost and operational analysis, required levels of employees’ equipment and material, development of performance standards, and the establishment of divisional goals and objectives.
  • Prepares weekly and monthly operations, maintenance, and repair summary reports.
  • Prepare, review and recommend specifications for bids relating to tools, materials, and equipment to include solicitation of quotations from vendors. 
  • Develop in accordance with departmental needs, vehicle specifications; work with other city departments in procurement of vehicles and equipment to include evaluating bids and recommending bid awards.
  • Ensure that all citizen and internal complaints regarding Operations are handled in an efficient and appropriate manner. 
  • May represent the Public Works department and make presentations regarding operational activities at various meetings.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering, or related field
  • Five to seven years progressively responsible experience in municipal public works, engineering, or related field, including at least two years in a professional supervisory capacity.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Special Requirements:

  • North Dakota Class B Commercial Driver’s License (within 6 months of hire).
  • Road Scholar II Certification (within 2 years)

Special Instructions

Referral Instructions:

The City offers competitive wages and benefits including retirement, medical insurance, life insurance, flexible benefits, vacation/sick leave and paid holidays.  A pre-employment drug screen, background check, and reference check are required. 

 Please visit our website at: for a complete job description, salary information and application procedures or contact Shelly at 701-456-7801.  Position closes Thursday, July 23rd, 2020.

Job Address

4511 Public Works Boulevard, Dickinson, ND, USA, Dickinson, North Dakota 58601 United States View Map