Borough of State College, PA

Director of Public Works

Location: Borough of State College, PA
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Borough of State College, PA
Director of Public Works

The Community
The Borough of State College is a home rule municipality located in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Borough has a land area of approximately 4.5 square miles and a population of over 42,000, the largest of any other borough in the Commonwealth.  "Happy Valley" is a nick name often-used to refer to the State College area, the term also includes the borough and surrounding townships.

The Borough of State College is a college town, dominated economically and demographically by the presence of the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State).  Two-thirds of Borough residents are Penn State students.  The Town-gown relations are among the best in the nation, working jointly on issues of common interest.  

State College has been designated a Tree City, USA, annually for more than thirty years for the effort put into maintaining an outstanding "urban forest."  Downtown State College boasts a vitality seen in few communities. Specialty shops, ethnic and fine-dining restaurants, coffee shops, taverns, nightclubs, and theatre offer attractions for many ages and interests. The community draws visitors from across the country and around the world. Additionally, a growing number of retirees have moved to the area. 

Ranked as one of the least stressful communities in America, State College also is one of the safest. A place for families with children. The State College Area School District is recognized for its excellence. 

  • In 2013, State College was ranked as the third-safest metropolitan area in the United States by the CQ Press.
  • In 2016, State College was ranked the 8th best college towns in the nation by Best College Reviews.
  • Ranked among the best places to live by Thrillist and CNN Money
  • Ranked Number 1 of the 10 happiest small cities in America by Movato Real Estate Blog
  • Named one of the Best College Towns in America by the Ranking Everything College
  • Named one of the most “walkable college towns” by the Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Named one of the “50 Smart Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Named one of the  “Best College Town and City” by the American Institute for Economic Research
  • Ranked Number 14 Best Town in the country by Niche Rankings
  • Second “Smartest City” by Lumosity
  • Sustainable Pennsylvania Certified Gold Level community by the Pennsylvania Municipal League
  • Silver Level Bicycle-Friendly business by League of American Bicyclists
  • Gold Award for the State Electronics Challenge
  • Multiple Waste Watcher Awards by the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania and the Solid Waste Authorities of North America
  • Named one of the 15 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch by Entrepreneur Magazine

In 1973, the residents of State College adopted a Home Rule Charter, which provides for a Council-Manager form of government. Under the charter, there is a seven-member Council, elected at large, for four-year, overlapping terms. The Mayor is also elected at large for a four-year term. The day-to-day operation of the Borough is the responsibility of a professional local government manager, appointed by Council.

State College Borough is the core community in the Centre Region with over 110,000 residents and cooperates with five other regional municipalities in the Centre Region Council of Governments: College, Ferguson, Harris, Halfmoon and Patton Townships. The Borough also engages with and provides services for a number of other municipalities throughout Centre County. 

Mission Statement: State College Borough’s mission is to enhance the quality of life by fostering a safe, vibrant, diverse and sustainable community. 

Core Values: The Borough’s core values provide the foundation for the organization. These values are the basis for all decisions affecting the manner in which programs are defined, resources allocated and actions taken on a day-to-day basis

The Department
The Public Works Department provides planning, supervision, engineering, construction management and land surveying services for all Borough facilities and projects. The department is also responsible for stormwater management, solid waste, refuse and organics recycling, maintenance of trees/landscape and all municipal-owned buildings and grounds, streets, alleys, and sanitary sewers, vehicles and equipment and oversees the administration of all contract services provided to the Borough. Staff provides professional services to the Tree Commission, Transportation Commission and other authorities, boards and commissions, as needed.  The Department reflects the progressive nature of the community in regards to sustainability, which includes a residential organics recycling program. 

The Position
The Director of Public Works position reports to the Borough Manager and involves supervisory and administrative work in the delivery of municipal public works services. 

Essential Functions:

  • Administers and directs the construction, maintenance, and operation of the physical properties of the Borough, including streets, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, buildings and grounds, and vehicles and equipment; administers and directs engineering services
  • Directs the planting and maintenance of trees and other vegetation on public property
  • Directs the installation and maintenance of municipal facilities in and along streets, including traffic signs and signals, parking meters, directional signs and street name signs
  • Administers and directs the collection and disposal of solid waste produced in the Borough; oversees the provision and maintenance of facilities for the storage, collection, and disposal of solid waste; administers the Borough's recycling program and coordinates with the county Solid Waste Authority as needed
  • Enforces and administers ordinances assigned to the department by the Borough Manager
  • Attends all regular meetings of Council, the State College Water Authority, and the University Area Joint Authority; provides professional advice, information, and reports as requested
  • Prepares proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects based on needs identified by the department
  • Responsible for the preparation and project management for construction projects
  • Coordinates  a public relations program in conjunction with the Communications Coordinator to keep Borough citizens informed of the department’s activities; prepares news releases when required
  • Evaluates programs and assesses needs for new programs; makes recommendations on projects and programs to the Borough Manager and Council
  • Prepares reports as requested by the Borough Manager and makes presentations to Borough Council

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources
  • Ability to analyze and define problems, identify alternative solutions, estimate consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Ability to develop and interpret budgets, contracts, and fiscal and financial reports
  • Ability to assess and plan for future needs of the department in delivery of services
  • Ability to meet and deal with the public with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to read and write plans and technical specifications

Education and Experience
Interested candidates should possess a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, business administration, public administration or a related field; a Master's degree is preferred. Qualified candidates will have a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience including a minimum of three years of supervisory or management experience; an equivalent combination of education, certification, training, and/or experience may be considered. 

Licenses and Certificates
A Pennsylvania Driver's License will be required
A Professional Engineer’s license is preferred

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate should have general public works knowledge and experience to include engineering, construction, streets, sewer, solid waste, fleet maintenance, and environmental sustainability.  The ideal candidate will have experience in strategic planning and organizational development, and should possess financial knowledge to include fiscal planning, budget management, and capital improvement projects. Experience with labor/unions will be beneficial; municipal experience is highly preferred.

The ideal candidate should possess excellent customer service skills and a strong ability to collaborate and build/maintain relationships with the entire organization and throughout the community. This person will need to be creative, resourceful and politically astute; someone who understands the value of creating partnerships as a way of accomplishing goals.

This person should be a visible leader with the ability to delegate authority and responsibility while maintaining appropriate levels of operational control. Effective communication along with strong collaboration and team building skills will be necessary for this individual to be successful; advanced written and oral communication skills are imperative. The ideal candidate must have the capacity and interest to be an effective mentor and leader for staff and to promote professional development.

This individual must be able to adhere to the highest ethical and moral standards and be able to display transparency. 

The Borough of State College is offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Relocation assistance will be available for the successful out of area candidate.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to:
Reference: SCDPW 

Affion Public
2120 Market Street
Suite 100
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Fax: 717-214-2205

The Borough of State College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. 

**Deadline to receive resumes is October 05, 2016