Director of Infrastructure & Operations

Chester, NS
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Venor is proud to partner with our client, The Municipality of Chester, in their search for a Director of Infrastructure and Operations. The Director of Infrastructure and Operations is responsible for directing and executing the activities, policies and procedures of the Infrastructure and Operations Department, comprising public properties, facilities, wastewater systems, water systems, roads and active transportation systems, and solid waste.

As a senior leader of the organization, the Director of Infrastructure and Operations provides forward thinking leadership, technical and managerial expertise to guide the organization in delivering the programs and services as identified by Council. The Director of Infrastructure and Operations is responsible for the function of the Public Works Division and the Solid Waste Division in collaboration with the Director of Public Works and the Director of Solid Waste. The work of the Director of Infrastructure and Operations is performed with latitude for independent judgment and action under the overall direction of the Chief Administrative Officer. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides professional and technical advice to Council, Committee of Council, and senior management on solid waste operations, engineering, and operational issues.
  • Considers and makes recommendations on matters such as long-range planning for municipal infrastructure asset management, development charges, waste collection, new technologies, alternative service delivery options and public health and safety related matters.
  • Identifies, develops, and implements short- and long-term Infrastructure and Operations Departmental requirements, including determining priorities and schedules.
  • Analyzes conditions of infrastructure for construction and maintenance; identifies growth related infrastructure requirements and reviews solid waste management and recycling and traffic matters.
  • Prepares annual Departmental budget submissions and business plan, monitors, and administers approved budgets and reports on same and authorizes payment of accounts. 
  • Oversees the Municipality’s infrastructure and capital constructions programs and directs the development of operational strategies and will prepare the Department’s annual business plan, operating and capital budgets and participates in the review and approval process of the budget with Council.
  • Regularly attends and participates in Department Head and Strategic Management meetings to assist in the coordination of Municipal matters, including policies.
  • Liaises with other Department Heads on matters involving various Municipal interests.
  • Assesses staff needs and makes recommendations related to departmental organizational design and staff complement.
  •  Participates in the recruitment of and provides hiring recommendations for the department to the Chief Administrative Officer for authorization.
  • Supervises direct reports including performance evaluation and training and development; provides authorization and discipline and makes recommendations as to promotions/ terminations to the CAO for authorization.
  • Oversees departmental operations including engineering design, traffic studies,, wastewater management, sanitary sewers, pumping stations, water supply issues, fire hydrants, service connections, bridges, signs, pavement markings, paving programs, traffic controls facilities management, and winter maintenance of roads.
  • Provides expert advice and sound recommendations to the CAO and Council regarding public works, facilities management, engineering activities, capital improvements and long-range infrastructure development plans.
  • Responds to requests for information from the public and resolving public complaints.
  •  Responsible for ensuring the establishment, implementation, and review of engineering design standards for the municipality.
  • Ensure that municipal assets, structures, and systems are cared for on a regular basis and undergo proper maintenance and repair to ensure proper appearance and functionality.  This would include but not be limited to municipal buildings, wharves, and trails.
  •  Responsible for monitoring and overseeing a range of compliance issues, ensuring the Municipality’s environmental, safety, and regulatory liability is well-managed
  • Reviews and approves reports and designs (i.e., traffic, stormwater management, water, sewer, etc.) ensuring that adequate public health, convenience and safety provisions are incorporated into the design and administration of development agreements.
  • Directs and manages inspection services for new development and redevelopment to ensure compliance with approved agreements, designs, and Municipal standards.
  • Establishes criteria, policies and procedures and reviews alternative proposals to confirm compliance with the Municipal standards.
  • Oversight of all services and operations at Kaizer Meadow landfill provision of services such as, solid waste management, hazardous materials, equipment operations and repair, recycling, and enforcement. 
  •  Ensures that the Municipal Solid Waste Site policies and regulations and all Provincial Safety and Environmental Regulations and orders are complied with.
  • Ensures that all safety and security standards are maintained and related to the staff, customers, and the site itself.
  • Supervises Landfill Supervisor, providing direction on the safe and efficient disposal of solid waste, including household, industrial, infectious, medical, asbestos and household hazardous materials.
  • Develops future and strategy to ensure a cost-efficient operation, which promotes environmental stewardship and utilizes available resources to maximize solid waste diversion.
  •  Analyzes and reports on contractor performance for services stipulated in various contracts, including curbside collection contract.
  • Responsible for ensuring completion of investigations and reports on all incidents and accidents to the appropriate bodies, including the Occupational Health & Safety Committee.
  • Collaborates with the Citizens Monitoring Committee, Provincial and Regional Committees.
  •  Work with the Economic Development Officer to develop the site and operational standards, liaise with potential clients and provincial departments to acquire funding.
  • Assist with new developments, including green emergency 

As the successful candidate, you have a university degree in engineering or other technical education and/or a master’s degree and/or a master’s degree in Public Administration or Business Administration. You have demonstrated leadership experience that includes responsibility for managing capital and operating budgets, construction project administration, and human resource management leadership. Experience in municipal government including responsibility for wastewater systems, solid waste management systems, water systems, and/or other public infrastructure would be an asset.

As the ideal candidate, you have strong negotiating skills necessary to deal with public and private development proponents, citizens, and the affected stakeholders, to complete projects. You are an excellent leader and have strong mentoring skills with demonstrated ability to build effective teams and to delegate authority to subordinates. You can identify and analyze problems, develop and present solutions, and oversee implementation, and effectively communicate with strong writing, presentation and listening skills that promote understanding and clarity in a respectful manner. You are a team player and can engage with and manage relations with staff at all levels across the organization, and with Council, vendor partners, community groups, neighboring municipalities, and the province.

At Venor, we value and celebrate diversity. We welcome applications from all individuals of any race, color, religion, gender identity, orientation, national origin, or disability status.

If you are looking to step into a director role on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore, please send your inquiries to Erika Hildebrand via erika@venor.ca


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