Foreperson - Public Works

First review deadline: October 22, 2021, at 4:30pm; Open Until Filled

Foreperson Salary: $6,051 to $7,656 per month plus benefits; including an additional 5% deferred compensation.
Hiring for two (2) positions

Job Description


The Public Works Foreperson (PWF) serves as the senior member of a maintenance crew by providing supervision, technical support, and guidance as well as working with assigned personnel. Along with the supervisory work this position performs a variety of semi-skilled and technical work in the maintenance and operations of the City’s Public Works infrastructures.  There are two similar roles filled under this job description and are defined in two tracks consisting of Track 1; Streets, Parks, Cemetery and Facilities Divisions and Track 2; Water, Wastewater Collections, and Storm Water Divisions. Both of these Tracks are equal in pay and benefits and the personnel within the positions will be rotated per a rotation schedule determined by the Director — Public Works in order to insure full development and transfer of knowledge in both PWF positions. The PWF may oversee community service workers, volunteers or temporary workers as required and assigned. The PWF plans, schedules, and implements construction, maintenance, and daily operation activities designed to provide quality service for the city; oversees construction and maintenance work to determine acceptability and conformance to standards. The PWF will work closely with the Director’s office in delivering timely and quality service to all customers. The PWF must maintain a high level of personal integrity.


1. Supervises and provides guidance and leadership to the assigned maintenance crews.

2. Acts as a liaison between crew, customers, office, and other city departments to ensure communication and completion ofwork in a timely manner.

3. Develops assigned maintenance workers in their area of work by transfer of knowledge, instructing and training them in maintenance and repair methods, techniques, and in the set-up and use of equipment as required. This can include emergency and severe weather response.

4. Arranges for periodic and required training of employees in the use of equipment, safety practices, new methods, etc.

5. Completes the front-end evaluation process of workers assigned. Provides input to Manager — Maintenance and Operations (MMO) and documents areas for improvement and job related training requirements.

6. Supervises and may perform tests required by local, state, and federal agencies.

7. Completes a variety ofreports as required by local, state, and federal agencies.

8. Manages logical and orderly filing for infiastructure records and reports and correspondence

9. Assists Public Works Director and Engineering Programs Director in the preparation of budget and expenditure estimates.

10. Develops work schedules in consultation with the MMO.

11. Checks on citizen complaints and utility requests.

12. Inspects assigned public works facilities on regular basis for safety and operational efficiencies.

13. Maintains hazardous chemicals and required safety data material.

14. Reviews required reports on personnel vacations, time off, sick leave, and other subjects to maintain records and control operations.

15. Writes safe work procedures and develops methods and procedures for operation and maintenance programs.

16. Responsible for the safe condition and functional operation of city drinking water quality program, sanitary sewer conveyance system, and storm water system.

17. Responsible for maintaining proper records of operation and maintenance of city water system, sanitary sewer conveyance system and storm water system.

18. Responsible for maintaining safe conditions for streets, sidewalks, trails, parks, and cemetery property.

19. Responsible, in conjunction with the other Foreperson, for the monthly Public Works safety meetings by developing agenda topics with safety consultants that match the needs of the entire work group. This includes meeting with the consultants, creating a yearly safety topic agenda, being an active part of the meeting, working with the Director’s staff to develop meeting announcements, and ensuring all L&I signup sheets are complete and recorded with the director’s office.

20. Conducts and coordinates projects in area of assignment with crews and/or contracted services.

21. Follows purchasing, contracting, and bidding policies in acquisition of supplies and contracts.

22. Responsible for planning, estimating, and ordering ofmaterials and equipment.

23. Develops initial list of yearly capital and O&M budget items specific to area of supervision with assistance from Finance and PW personnel.

24. Operates any of a number of city equipment units as required to accomplish tasks that subordinate maintenance workers are unable to resolve within required time limitations.

25. Stays current on all city, state, and federal rules and laws pertaining to operating and maintaining public water, wastewater, storm water infrastructures, and streets.

26. Assigned as acting MMO in their absence.


27. Assure that work is performed in accordance with sound safety practices in accordance with departmental, City of Blaine, WISHA, OSHA, WAC, L&I, and state ecology standards, to name a few.

28. Applicant must live a short distance from Blaine as provided in the City Policy and Procedure Manual and/or the collective bargaining agreement.

29. Performs other duties as required by MMO, Engineering Programs Director, and Public Works Director.


Education and/or Experience

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience in a related field with previous experience in a similar position of sufficient length oftime to prove competency in the skill area.
  • 2 years of experience in a supervisory capacity and primary contact for emergency response.
  • Experience with various computer applications including Microsofi Office and interactive SCADA systems.
  • Experience administering contracts is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must have the ability to actively listen to others for understanding oftheir needs and situations: ability to speak and write clearly. Must be able to assertively control conversations in order to quickly and accurately gather pertinent information and be able to communicate this information professionally and precisely to the proper audience. Must have the ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.

Decision Making:
Must act in a decisive manner by using good judgment. Must be able to assess problems and situations, able to anticipate needs and evaluate alternatives. Must be able to effectively interpret the policies and objectives ofthe City and the Public Works Department.

Interpersonal Relationships:
Must be consistent in dealing with people; must be sensitive to other’s problems and concerns without direct involvement, must exclude personal biases from work performance; must have the ability to accept criticism and/or discipline; must have tact and diplomacy; must strive to promote a cooperative atmosphere in the department; must have a positive attitude. Must be able to maintain cooperative working relationships with employees, various organizations, and the public. Must have the ability to work safely.

Professional Attitude:
Must have commitment to the organization; willingness to take initiative; dependability; maturity in relationships with others; and self-confidence. Must represent the City ofBlaine to other agencies staff and citizens with a courteous, helpful, accurate and business-like attitude in all telephone and personal contact.

Quality of Work:
Must be able to produce quality, accurate work. Must be able to detect and correct errors. Must be able to utilize work time properly and productively. .

Technical Knowledge:
Must have experience in many facets ofpublic works operations and maintenance. Must have skill in the operation ofa variety of equipment including but not limited to; generators, pumps, controls, motors, cutting equipment, and other common tools ofthe trade. Must have the ability to perform calculations.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possess a valid State of Washington Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with Tankers Endorsement and appropriate insurance at the time of hire for work-related travel and operation of city vehicle. Driving record free of any significant moving violations.
  • Must possess the following licenses and certifications, or obtain within 6 months ofhire or as agreed upon by the public works director:
    • FCPR/First Aid/BBP Card
    • Washington Water Certification WDM-2
    • Wastewater Collection Certificate 1
    • Certified Cross Connection Control Specialist
    • Asbestos Cement Pipe Work
    • Trenching and Excavations
    • Competent Person Certificate
    • HVAC Training, preferably with knowledge ofcontrols sofiware applications
    • Forklift Certification Card
    • Flagging Card
    • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)
  • Pass appropriate background checks.


The duties and responsibilities are primarily performed in an outdoor environment. Performance of the position generally requires working in a varied outdoor environment such as all weather conditions, all noise levels, hazardous conditions and on the full range of outdoor work surfaces. The daily use of protective clothing and/or personal protection devices is required. Requires driving of automobiles/vans/trucks and specialized equipment.

Physical Demands
Physical requirements include strength and ability sufficient to perform manual labor for extended periods under dirty and uncomfortable situations and in all types of weather. While performing the duties ofthis job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, drive, type and use repetitive hand motions to handle, touch, feel or operate objects, tools, and controls. The employee is regularly required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must be able to regularly lift and/or move 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include far/near vision, color selection, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Salary and Benefits
The City offers an excellent benefit package including:

  • Participation in WA State Retirement
  • Health benefits at 90-percent
  • Vision care benefits at 100-percent
  • Dental benefits at 100-percent
  • 12 paid holidays (10 plus 2 floating)
  • 15 paid vacation days starting (up to 26 days)
  • 12 annual sick leave days

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for the position.  Open until filled.

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The City of Blaine is an Equal Opportunity Employer.