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Manager of Public Works

Municipality of North Middlesex
Municipality of North Middlesex
Application Deadline: 2024-07-11
Date Posted: 2024-06-11
Location: North Middlesex, Ontario
Compensation: $95,513 - $111,731

We’re excited to announce a vacancy within our team due to a valued member’s well-deserved retirement.  If you’re passionate, dedicated, and eager to make a difference, this could be the perfect role for you!

Located in Southwestern Ontario, the Municipality of North Middlesex serves a population of 6,700, and growing!  Being conveniently positioned along main routes from more urbanized areas (20-minute drive to London and under one hour to Sarnia) to key travel, recreation, and tourism destinations (just minutes from Lake Huron and the Pinery Provincial Park).  North Middlesex offers a close-knit, friendly and safe community, offering a great place to live, work and play. Having a history that is firmly rooted in agriculture and farming, our mission is to lead, live and invest in a dynamic, inclusive community.

North Middlesex is known for its diversified, export-focused agricultural sector; two vibrant downtown commercial centers underpinned by small business and entrepreneurship; and ongoing residential and employment growth supporting an increase in population and economic opportunity.

Reporting to the Director of Infrastructure and Operations, the Manager of Public Works is responsible for the management and continuous improvement of the Public Works Division and its day-to-day operations, as well as the development and implementation of maintenance programs for the Municipality’s roads and associated municipal infrastructure.


  • Responsible for the maintenance, capital, and operating programs of the Municipality’s Public Works infrastructure, including but not limited to roads, sidewalks, bridges, culverts, traffic signs, ditches, storm sewers, drains, catch basins, machinery and equipment, fleet, trees, street lighting, and solid waste transfer station.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable maintenance standards and regulations such as O. Reg. 239/02: Minimum Maintenance Standards, O. Reg. 160/02: Standards for Bridges, etc.
  • In coordination with the Director of Infrastructure and Operations, develops and prepares the annual capital and operating
  • Manage the annual capital and operating budgets of the Division, and work with the Finance Department to develop reliable multi-year budget forecasts based on the Municipality’s Asset Management Plan and knowledge of Public Works
  • Ensure compliance with the Municipal’s Procurement
  • Manage road and traffic signage and ensure compliance with applicable standards.
  • Review and approve Road Allowance Work Permits, Entrance Permits and Road
  • Manage tree cutting maintenance and
  • Manage the 911 municipal addressing system.
  • Manage fleet, machinery and
  • Manage the solid waste transfer station as well as decommissioned landfills.
  • Oversee cemetery
  • Manage nine full-time Public Works staff as well as seasonal and contract staff.
  • Work with other Departments where overlap exists, including but not limited to providing input on lot grading and drainage plans for Building Department, coordinating excavations and backfilling for water/wastewater infrastructure, work with the Director of Infrastructure and Operations on the planning, design and delivery of capital projects.
  • Receive and respond to/direct after-hours/emergency calls. Be the primary contact responsible for the dispatch and coordination of Public Works Staff to ensure timely response 24/7 for the Infrastructure and Operations Department.
  • Develops and implements maintenance programs that will be updated regularly as the municipality grows.
  • Other duties as


  • Assists the Director of Infrastructure and Operations with the development and preparation of the annual operating and capital budget for the Public Works Division in coordination with the Director of Finance/Treasurer.
  • Regularly monitor and control expenditures in relevant budget areas; make adjustments in spending as needed to comply with budget targets; and find new efficiencies in operations.
  • Asset Management: all municipal managers are considered active stewards of asset management; work with the Director of Infrastructure and Operations and Director of Finance/Treasurer to define and prioritize asset management functions and projects; investigate and recommend asset management best
  • Regularly assess and report asset condition data, including integration of data into the Asset Management Plan.
  • Ensure that all Public Works infrastructure, such as roads, sidewalks, bridges culverts, etc., are properly and accurately accounted for in the Municipality’s Asset Management Plan.
  • In coordination with the Director of Infrastructure and Operations and the Director of Finance/Treasurer, identify grants and sources of funding, including partnerships pertaining to the Public Works Division.
  • Manage the purchase of required supplies, equipment and contracted services including preparing requisitions and purchasing within
  • Responsible for effective risk management, liability control and due diligence measures.


  • Responsible for overseeing all scheduled work within the
  • Directly manage nine full-time employees and seasonal staff
  • Responsible for monitoring staff, communicating Divisional objectives based on direction of Council and managing staff schedules and related external
  • Oversee general staffing issues including scheduling, assigning, and monitoring work; determine training and development needs; coach and mentor; conduct performance appraisals and determine/recommend disciplinary action in accordance with collective agreements and municipal policies.
  • Ensure Staff are properly trained in the use of safe and proper working procedures and practices, proper care and maintenance of tools and
  • Work in compliance with, and ensure staff is knowledgeable of and in compliance with, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, WHMIS, applicable legislation, regulations, statutes, departmental policies/procedures/practices, operational guidelines, and perform safe work

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-Secondary diploma or degree in Civil Engineering technology or related field with a C.E.T. designation or equivalent
  • Certified Road Supervisor (CRS), including training in all courses that lead to gaining certification through AORS/OGRA.


  • 5 years management/supervisorial experience (unionized environment) – multiple years field and equipment experience


  • Well-rounded knowledge in all roads related maintenance both summer and winter, asphalt and gravel
  • Knowledge of storm water management, drainage and municipal drains
  • Knowledge of tree maintenance
  • Use of computer software: Microsoft Outlook, Office and Excel
  • Knowledge of PSD CityWide software considered an asset
  • Good public relations and communication skills
  • Ability to manage people, provide leadership, co-ordinate and facilitate operational tasks.
  • Must be a strong leader, with very good organization skills.
  • Must have administrative strengths to complete paperwork and advanced office work.
  • Ability to maintain high level of knowledge and skill through continuous training and certificate updates.



Municipality of North Middlesex
Application Deadline: 2024-07-11
Date Posted: 2024-06-11
Location: North Middlesex, Ontario
Compensation: $95,513 - $111,731