Public Works Director – Permanent Full time

Public Works



Reporting to the CAO, the Director of Public Works is responsible for the management and administration of all activities, staff, vehicles, and equipment and other resources require for the operation, care and maintenance of roads, facilities, buildings and Nation utilities. The Director of Public Works provides proficient advice to the Chief and Council in areas such as the collection of waste, water and wastewater, roads and drainage, and landscape maintenance. Other responsibilities include policy development and implementation, program planning, fiscal management, administration and operational direction of DCN’s public works, water distribution and wastewater collection system maintenance functions.


  • Plans, organizes, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of the Public Works Department.
  • Develops, implements and monitors long term goals, plans and objectives focused on achieving the Councils missions and priorities.
  • Develops and oversees the annual budget in cooperation with the Finance Director.
  • Manages and directs the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, policies, systems and procedures to achieve annual goals, objectives, and work standards.
  • Advises the Chief and Council, Chief Administrative Officer, Program Directors, band members, contractors and others on departmental issues.
  • Coordinates, reviews, and approves the work of contractors and independent service providers including but not limited to those whom may be brought in either permanently or temporarily to carry out activities such as garbage removal, water delivery, wastewater removal, road repairs and/or grading, tree maintenance, landscaping/grass cutting, public utilities installation and/or maintenance of public utilities, and others.
  • Represents the Nation in negotiations with other agencies and funding sources, contractors, individuals, and groups on a wide variety of issues pertaining to public works and public utilities.
  • Negotiates contract provisions, and coordinates, reviews and approves contractor performance.
  • Develops policies, procedures and programs for public facilities, roads, sewage works, water works, streetlights, drainage, and garbage collection.
  • Ensures conformance to all statutes and regulations applicable to the Nation.
  • Seeks out and applies for other forms of funding such as grants and subsidies.
  • Reviews and approves all departmental drawings for construction works.
  • Reviews all drawings for subdivision developments and submits to Chief and Council for approval.
  • Oversees site inspections.
  • Attends all Directors meetings and provides recommendations for strategic planning and reporting, policy development, human resources management and development as it pertains to Public Works.
  • Attends Chief and Council meetings upon request as a technical resource.
  • Reviews and advises on development plans being carried out by other departments on Nation lands.
  • Resolves band and community member requests, complaints, and problems or refers them accordingly.
  • Provides leadership and works with department staff to develop and retain highly competent, service-oriented staff through selection, compensation, training and day-to-day management practices that support the Nation’s missions and values.
  • Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the performance of assigned staff. Establishes performance expectations, standards, and personal development targets.
  • Conducts staff performance appraisals annually and as required throughout the year. Provides measurable feedback to the staff and makes suggestions for improved performance or growth. Formulates and implements corrective action plans as needed. Ensures copies of performance appraisals and/or corrective action plans are created and maintained within the employee’s personnel file.
  • Monitors staff performance and coaches for improvement and development as required. Makes decisions on compensation and other rewards to recognize performance.
  • Takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with the Nation’s adopted personnel policies and procedures.
  • Supervises consultants hired or appointed by the Chief and Council from time-to-time to perform special functions.
  • Conducts meetings to ensure their personnel are well informed of changes in program policies and procedures.
  • Trains, directs, and coordinates personnel. Ensures that training and development needs are met and provide supports as needed.
  • Attends and participates in meetings as appropriate.
  • Participates in training as required, and where appropriate.
  • Promotes goodwill and conveys a positive image of the Nation.
  • Keeps Chief and Council informed of area activities as they pertain to the Public Works department and reports any significant issues or problems.
  • Performs miscellaneous task.
  • Completes special projects as assigned.
  • Ensures that work area is clean, secure, and well maintained.
  • All records are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
  • All records are maintained in an easily accessible manner so as to promote continuity and retain historical data.
  • Appropriate policies and procedures are created or developed and updated as needed.
  • Nation assets are safeguarded and preserved.
  • Good coordination and effective working relations exist with other departments. Assistance is provided as needed.
  • Meets all deadlines.
  • Assumes a professional demeanor with all Chief and Council, band members, co-workers, and stakeholders.
  • Ensures department personnel are effective and efficient.
  • Research is thorough and reports are written clearly and concisely.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Two year college certification in housing, civil engineering technology, land or construction management
  • Minimum three (2) years supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of regulations and standards for construction and on-going maintenance of major facilities
  • Relevant knowledge of government acts, regulations, codes, standards and resulting guidelines
  • Knowledge of financial management systems at work level, principles and practices of budget preparation, ongoing financial planning for multi-year activities, process for purchasing and the maintenance of records and administration
  • Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite work processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and database application and e-mail.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Able to concentrate on multiple problems/tasks at once
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License and clean drivers abstract
  • Fluency in Cree is an asset
  • CPIC & CWIS required
  • Ability to speak Cree would be an asset

until a suitable candidate is found

Send cover letter & resumes to:
Driftpile Cree Nation
Shauna Willier, Human Resource Manager
Fax: 780-355-3650

** Please be advised only suitable applicants will be notified **

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