Public Services Deputy Director

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The Village of Paw Paw is seeking an experienced project facilitator and problem solver to join its team as the Deputy Director of Public Services, a newly created position. The ideal candidate for this full-time position will have knowledge of drinking water and sanitary sewer infrastructure systems and regulations, road maintenance, superior verbal and written communication skills, be able to plan projects and delegate effectively, work tactfully with the public and co-workers, and a manage paperwork effectively.

A minimum of three years (five preferred) of progressively responsible experience in public works, including supervisory experience, is required. Water and sewer licenses strongly preferred. CDL A is required (or must acquire within 6 months of hire). Associate’s Degree in business, public administration, construction management, civil engineering, or another related field is required, a bachelor’s degree is preferred. Must pass a pre-employment physical, background check, and drug test. Pay range is $33.25 – $35.50 per hour DOQ. MERS retirement, 457 plan, health care savings program, and health insurance benefits included.

Interested persons should send a completed application, resume, and five professional references to: or by mail to Attn: Janet Rohl, P.O. Box 179, Paw Paw, MI 49079, or completed online. Applications are available on our website or from the DPS office. Interested applicants should apply by March 26, 2021. The Village of Paw Paw is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Paw Paw, MI

Brief Description

Under the general supervision of the Public Services Director, oversees employees, administrative and technical operations of the Village’s Department of Public Services. This department encompasses water, sanitary sewer, electric, streets, facilities maintenance, lakefront operations and dams, parks, and motor pool.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assists the Director and others in planning new improvements and supervising maintenance and repair work including budget preparation, capital improvement planning, and contract administration.
  • Ensures satisfactory completion of crew assignments and special projects. Works with director to manage the work plan and ensure projects are completed in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Assists the director in successful implementation of DPS recommendation strategy including tracking benchmarking standards.
  • Serves as chairperson of the Village Park and Recreation Board.
  • Investigates customer service requests regarding public services and takes corrective actions when appropriate.
  • Ensures compliance with environmental laws and administrative decisions that pertain to Village services including those from EPA and EGLE.
  • Assists with writing RFPs, administration of contracts, tracking of project costs, budgets and equipment use and supervision.
  • Responds to Public Works emergencies utilizing and maintaining well-defined procedures.
  • Serve as Interim Public Services director when Director is on vacation or otherwise unavailable to perform his or her regular duties.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education requirements, certifications, work experience

Essential Qualifications

  • An Associate’s Degree in business, public administration, civil engineering or a related field required. Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • Water/Sewer/Storm Water certificates/licenses preferred
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license and the ability to obtain a Michigan Commercial Driver’s License Class A with air brake and tanker endorsements


  • At least three years (5 years preferred) of progressively responsible experience in public works, including civil engineering activities and supervisory experience.


  • Must have superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Tact and customer service orientation is necessary.
  • Ability to build and support teamwork within the organization.
  • A valid State of Michigan Driver’s License, a satisfactory driving record, and the ability to maintain one throughout employment.
  • Knowledge of management techniques involved in budgeting, personnel administration, public relations, labor relations, contract management, capital planning and project management.
  • Knowledge of safety best practices and MIOSHA regulations.
  • Skill in assembling and analyzing data and information, administering budgets and preparing comprehensive and accurate reports.
  • Skill in planning and executing complex public works projects.
  • Skill in the use of computer systems and related software.
  • Ability to effectively motivate, coordinate and manage staff to maximize their potential, productivity and effectiveness, and promote a constructive work environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and make effective presentations in a public setting.
  • Ability to work constructively and interact professionally with others, and handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks, adjust to changing priorities and work within deadlines.
  • Ability to attend meetings outside of normal business hours when requested.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis and lead effectively in highly stressful situations.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

An employee in this position is regularly required to work outside the office at field sites, including visiting construction sites with treacherous terrain, requiring the employee to traverse uneven ground, climb up or crawl down to access the site, and may involve fumes, dust, chemicals or other hazardous materials, loud machinery and equipment and other dangers associated with engineering projects and construction sites.  An employee in this position must have the strength, stamina and physical coordination needed to gain access to the construction project sites described above, observe and inspect work in progress.

This position regularly works in an office setting with a controlled climate where they sit and work on a computer, communicate by telephone, email or in person, and move around the office.  This position is also required to regularly travel to other locations within the village and occasionally travel throughout the state and nationally to attend conferences and other meetings.

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