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Department of Public Works (DPW) & Recreation Director

MassDevelopment is accepting applications for a Department of Public Works (DPW) & Recreation Director.

Set in Central Massachusetts, Devens is a 4,400-acre self-contained community that hosts world-class high-technology companies. Bordering the beautiful Nashua River, Devens has a carefully planned environment where businesses and residents alike can draw strength from each other and prosper. For more information about Devens, please visit devenscommunity.com.

Under the general direction of the Executive Vice President Devens, the DPW & Recreation Director is responsible for managing all activities and functions associated with the maintenance of all facilities, roads, grounds, fleet, animal control, sports fields, and disposal of property within Devens.  

Essential functions include but not limited to:

  • Manage all aspects of maintenance (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, etc.) for all MassDevelopment buildings throughout Massachusetts, 36 miles of roadway (snow removal, pothole repair, clean-up operations, road repair, etc.), and 300 acres of improved grounds (sports field maintenance, grass cutting, storm drain/catch basin maintenance, etc.).
  • Oversee the management of the Devens DPW & Recreation including sports field maintenance, day-to-day business operations, contracts, and scheduling.
  • Coordinate daily work assignments by planning work operations to meet schedules, deadlines, and priorities; revise work schedules to meet changes in workload or availability of staff.
  • Establish and coordinate training necessary for workforce certification.
  • Manage fleet maintenance operations for all vehicles and equipment to support the Agency.
  • Set performance standards and make formal and informal performance appraisals.
  • Assure that completed work meets the required standard of quality, timeliness, and cost, taking corrective actions as necessary.
  • Monitor use of employee leave time.
  • Manage domestic and wildlife animal control programs.
  • Develop and manage operational and capital budgets for all areas of responsibility.
  • Advise senior management on all matters related to the DPW & Recreation’s areas of responsibility.
  • Develop, execute, and manage procurement and contracts necessary to support operations in accordance with Agency policies and Massachusetts general laws and regulations.
  • Manage property inventory control and property disposal in accordance with Agency policies and procedures.
  • Manage solid waste and recycling programs.
  • Attend various committee or Agency meetings for the purpose of obtaining and/or providing necessary information, and/or to represent Devens, or to act as a liaison for the EVP Devens. 
  • Represent the Agency on a daily basis with the general public and other agencies for all DPW & Recreation-related business.
  • In times of emergency, be responsible for coordination of activities with other Agency departments to protect the interests and property of Devens to promote safety and welfare.
  • Be responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for self and staff through review of work conditions, first aid, safety training, and distribution of safety equipment.
  • Respond to a variety of inquiries, requests, and complaints related to department activities and services provided.  Upon request, respond directly to resident complaints in a professional and tactful manner.
  • Ensure that the department follows and complies with the Department of Transportation’s, and the Agency’s own, regulations and drug and alcohol testing program.
  • Participate with other municipalities on the Regional Coalition of DPW Directors.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate degree in business administration, engineering, facilities, or equivalent or a minimum of eight (8) years experience with municipal maintenance operations and management, or facilities/property management.
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience supervising personnel in a maintenance environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to value diversity and contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • A current, valid driver's license in state of residence. 
  • Valid OSHA 10 card.
  • Comprehensive technical knowledge of public works materials, methods, and techniques.
  • Understanding of municipal procurement, public construction laws and practices, and federal, state, and local laws governing streets, the environment, and public construction.
  • Ability to review and interpret plans, project management, and cost estimating.
  • Ability to organize, schedule, and delegate work.
  • Organizational and leadership skills.
  • Experience in municipal maintenance.
  • Experience managing snow and storm operations.
  • Experience representing agencies on a daily basis with the general public and other agencies for all public works-related business.
  • Experience working with municipal, county, state, and federal officials and agencies. 
  • Knowledge of all laws and regulations affecting the work of a public works department.
  • Familiarity with municipal separate sewer storm systems (MS4) compliance oversight.
  • Familiarity with trees, grass, grounds sport field maintenance. 
  • Familiarity with recycling practices.
  • Strong verbal, computer, and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess or qualify to obtain a Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
  • Possess or qualify to obtain a 2A-1C Hoisting Engineers License.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, engineering, facilities, or equivalent.
  • Engineering background.
  • Construction Supervisor License (CSL).
  • Demonstrable strategic thinking abilities.

About MassDevelopment
Offering a wide range of finance programs and real estate development services, MassDevelopment supports economic growth, development, and investment across all sectors of the Massachusetts economy: public and private; commercial, industrial, and residential; and nonprofit, including health care, educational, cultural, and human-service providers. Our staff works in collaboration with developers, businesses, and banks to identify investors and leverage funds to support economic growth. For more information about MassDevelopment, please visit massdevelopment.com.

MassDevelopment offers a number of benefits including but not limited to: generous paid time off, 12 paid holidays, health and dental insurance, employer contributions into retirement savings plans, tuition and fitness reimbursement programs, and matching gift donations.

Equal Opportunity Employer 
MassDevelopment is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

Interested candidates should click on the link below to apply. The salary range for this position is $120,000 - $140,000. This position is Posted Until Filled.

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