Employment Opportunity – Street Superintendent

The City of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, is accepting applications to fill the position of Street Superintendent. The current Street Superintendent is retiring after 29 years of public service with the City. The Superintendent is responsible for the administration, direction and coordination of the Street Department including maintenance of streets, sanitary sewer lines, and the storm water system as well as the collection of garbage and recycling. The City maintains over 29 miles of local streets and several municipal parking lots.

The Department

The Street Department has 8 full-time and 4 part-time employees. Full-time staff includes the Superintendent, a Foreman, a Mechanic, and 5 maintenance workers. Two part-time employees are responsible for garbage collection and two part-time employees are responsible for recycling collection.

The 2019 Operating Budget for the department is set at $838,902. The 2019 Capital Budget for the department is set at $256,000.

The Position

The Street Superintendent has administrative responsibility for effectively and efficiently planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and managing operations and maintenance for streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers and certain designated municipally owned facilities; fleet maintenance, as well as all other activities of the Street Department.

The Superintendent is under the immediate supervision of the City Administrator, and subject to general direction from the Mayor, and Common Council. A detailed position description is available at City Hall and on-line at Forms.

The Superintendent is an exempt, non-represented employee. The normal work week is Monday through Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm. The Street Superintendent is also expected to attend the Committee of the Whole meeting held the third Wednesday of each month and other meetings as needed. The position requires working varying hours as needed for snow removal, emergencies, and other department business.

The position’s annual salary is initially established by the City of Black River Falls Hiring Committee and then annually established by the Common Council. Based on the current Superintendent’s salary, the minimum starting annual salary for the position will be $59,196.80.

An excellent benefit package including health insurance coverage and retirement benefits under the Wisconsin Retirement System accompanies this position. Additional benefits and optional insurances are available.

Required Education, Experience and Certifications

The Superintendent should possess extensive responsible Public Works experience, preferably in a municipal setting including three years of experience in a management / supervisory position. This experience should include administrative and supervisory duties. The City may consider other public works administrative experience in lieu of these desired qualifications.

A high school diploma is required. Preference will be given to an individual with a post high school education and/or additional training or certifications in managing operations and maintenance for streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers; facilities and fleet maintenance, as well as all other activities of the public works department.

The ideal candidate for this position should also have a track record focused on strong customer service, human relations, leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills. This professional, supervisory position must be able to lead the department to full performance capability, achieving high morale and placing “safety first”. Qualified candidates should possess the skills for writing grant application submissions & organizing people, projects and schedules on an ongoing basis.

The Recruitment Process

Interested applicants MUST submit the following items to the address noted below:

• A completed City of Black River Falls employment application
• A cover letter
• A current resume, detailing qualifications for this position
• A list of three (3) professional, work related references

A printable PDF version of the application can be found on the City’s website at Forms.

The application form may also be obtained at City Hall located at 101 South Second Street or by contacting the City Administrator via email at city.admin@blackriverfallswi.gov.

The application deadline is 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019. The application review process will begin on February 19, 2019 and will remain open until the position is filled.

Application materials should be placed in a sealed envelope, addressed as follows, and either mailed or hand-delivered by the deadline noted above to:

City of Black River Falls
Attention: Hiring Committee
101 South Second Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Electronic submissions are acceptable and may be forwarded to city.admin@blackriverfallswi.gov. However, applicants must still provide an original signature on the “Authorization / Consent to Release” statement on page 4 of the City of Black River Falls’ Employment Application. This page with original signature should either be mailed or hand delivered in a sealed envelope to the address above.

Applicant names are subject to release pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, unless confidentiality is requested in writing. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation and a physical examination to determine fitness for duty.

Additional questions on this position or on application procedures may be directed to City Administrator via email at city.admin@blackriverfallswi.gov or by phone at (715) 284-2315.