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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5347

Class Designation: Civil Service

September 2003

Representation Unit: Torrance Professional &
Supervisory Association


Public Works Supervisor


Under direction, supervises assigned programs and/or services in the Sanitation, Operations, and Streetscape Divisions of the Public Works Department. Assigned programs and/or services include refuse collection and recycling; street sweeping; storm drain, sewer and pump station maintenance; and/or the maintenance and repair of all roadway improvements and paved surfaces, including tree trimming, removals and landscape median maintenance within the street right-of-way or other easements. Work involves planning, prioritizing and scheduling assigned program and/or services; supervising work crews engaged in daily operations; reviewing and approving completed activity; obtaining, allocating and maximizing resources; and preparing and maintaining operational and administrative records. Performs related activities as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Sanitation Services Manager, Streetscape Manager or Deputy Public Works Director - Operations in that the incumbent is not responsible for planning and directing the entire division. This class is distinguished from subordinate positions by its responsibility for supervising and managing the personnel and activities rather than performing the skilled work and manual labor of the projects. Work is judged primarily on overall results with latitude in determining work methods and assignment requirements. Work may require the development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives supervision from the Sanitation Services Manager, Streetscape Manager or Deputy Public Works Director - Operations; exercises direct supervision over subordinate personnel.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.
  • Plans, coordinates and supervises daily operations and activities of assigned work crews engaged in sanitation, operations, or streetscape activities.
  • Supervises programs and services including refuse collection and recycling; street sweeping; storm drain, sewer and pump station maintenance; repair of all roadway elements within the street right-of-way or other easements, including roadway improvements and other paved surfaces, curb, gutter, sidewalk, street tree trimming and replacement and maintenance of medians/ parkways, storm water retention basins, open storm water channels, and other related improvements; plans daily operations; assigns work to crew members.
  • Supervises staff; supervisory duties include instructing, assigning, planning and reviewing work, evaluating work performance and completing performance evaluations, coordinating activities, maintaining standards, allocating personnel, acting on employee problems, selecting new employees, implementing employee discipline, providing training, advice and assistance as needed.
  • Obtains and issues necessary materials, equipment and supplies; provides direction and instructions to crews; supervises the work of subordinate staff; reviews and evaluates work in progress and upon completion; approves final work product; ensures work adheres to quality standards and safety practices; may provide project parameters and inspect the work of contractors.
  • Performs a variety of administrative duties associated with supervising staff including assigning work; providing training and instruction; demonstrating safety practices; evaluates performance reviews, and makes recommendations regarding leaves, disciplinary matters and other personnel actions to Division Head.
  • Conducts inspections of assigned refuse collection routes, City, rights of way, streets and/or streetscapes; assesses conditions and needs pertaining to assigned programs and services; completes records of findings; identifies needed sanitation, operations, or streetscape work/services as appropriate.
  • Prioritizes projects and/or services; estimates costs and needed equipment, materials and manpower; and establishes project and/or service schedules.
  • Supervises the maintenance of assigned tools and equipment used in performing daily operations and services; schedules and coordinates preventive maintenance and repair; replaces broken or damaged tools and equipment, ensures tools and supplies are properly cleaned, stored and secured; and prepares requisitions and purchase orders for needed materials and supplies.
  • Provides information, assistance and directions to the general public regarding assigned operations, maintenance, services and projects.
  • Interprets policies and procedures; investigates complaints; discusses service requests; may discuss City policies, contract requirements, and other project related issues with contractors; and may represent the City in matters pertaining to the performance of contractors on assigned projects.
  • Prepares administrative forms, production reports, vehicle maintenance reports, and other program information and submits to Division Head, Director and other City officials as required; and maintains operational records and files.
  • Coordinates activities and operations with other department personnel as needed; works with department staff to identify special maintenance and /or service needs; identifies and/or refers issues to other department supervisors as appropriate; and establishes effective working relationships with City personnel and other agencies.
  • Examples Of Other Duties

    While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members:
  • Serves on boards, teams and committees as assigned.
  • May represent the Division and/or Department at public meetings, etc., as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of

  • Policies, procedures, equipment, materials and techniques pertaining to assigned division programs, activities and services (Sanitation, Operations, or Streetscape Divisions).
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and employee relations.
  • Safety hazards and proper safety procedures, protective equipment and policies.
  • Ability to

  • Supervise subordinates including training, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work, counseling and disciplining staff, and processing grievances.
  • Prioritize and assign work; manage assigned resources including budgets and inventory.
  • Operate radios, modern office equipment, computers and software applications.
  • Operate assigned tools, equipment and vehicles for the purpose of training staff and demonstrating proper techniques.
  • Implement and adhere to City and department rules, regulations and policies that govern assigned services and operations.
  • Establish effective working relationships with City officials, contractors, employees and the general public.
  • License and/or Certificate

    Requires a valid California commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

    High school graduation or equivalent, supplemented by vocational training in sanitation, street maintenance or streetscape services or a related field; and three (3) years of experience in the area of sanitation, street maintenance, or streetscape operations; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Formal education and/or training in the relevant field is preferred.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:

    Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert physical effort in sedentary work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials up to 60 pounds. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.

    Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and distinguish colors or shades of colors. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and distinguish sounds. Some tasks require visual perception and distinction. Some tasks require oral communications ability.

    Environmental Factors: Some tasks may risk exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, and traffic hazards.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification in addition to training and course work may serve to meet the minimum qualification guidelines for Deputy Public Works Director - Operations, Sanitation Services Manager, or Streetscape Manager.