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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham is advertising for a Director of Highway and Sanitation, after the retirement of Dan Nau.

The fulltime position was posted on November 13. The salary range is $97,482 to $111,520.

The individual “performs highly responsible management of all functions of the Highway and Sanitation departments in order to ensure proper maintenance and repair of the City’s Right of Way infrastructure as well as implementation of the City’s solid waste and recycling program,” according to the job posting.

The director would work under the Direction of the Deputy Director of Public Works with considerable latitude for independent judgement and action, and supervises 52 full time employees.

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The individual would:

▪ Prepare the department’s annual operating and capital budgets; performs cost control activities; ensures the effective expenditure of allocated funds; authorizes the purchase of supplies, materials and equipment.

▪ Develop and implement plans for the construction, reconstruction, maintenance, cleaning, and repair of the City’s critical infrastructure relating to roadway, sidewalk, traffic systems, and storm drainage systems. This includes pavement management programs, snow and ice control programs, management of public shade and ornamental trees, State (DAR) approved Vegetation Management Plan and the Department’s response to storm related emergencies.

▪ Optimize the use of available resources to maintain the City’s Public Ways in a state of good repair and open to the public for the safe passage of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The responsibilities include the development of plans for the rehabilitation of sidewalks and roadways for the future application of Federal, State and City funds. The incumbent oversees the construction and maintenance of storm drainage systems including the annual cleaning of catch basins, underground conduits, culverts, ditches and streams. The Director plans additions to the infrastructure, executes timely repairs as may be needed, and reviews plans and makes recommendations for new streets and sidewalks relative to proper design and construction.

▪ Plan for and prepare seasonal work plans to direct the essential operations and functions of the Division. This includes the effective assignment, supervision, and coordination of personnel, equipment, contractors and supplies. Direct the procurement and disbursement of materials and supplies necessary to the operation of the Division and maintain records pursuant to their use and application.

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▪ Coordinate the maintenance and construction activities with other divisions, City departments, contractors, consultants, state and federal agencies and the general public. Ensure that working relationships and good rapport is established and maintained by the accurate communication of information with courtesy and the prompt response to complaints.

▪ Enforce the related rules and regulations of the City of Framingham, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Federal government in the course of fulfilling duties.

▪ Develop and periodically revise the Department’s planned operational response to emergency storm events such as snow and ice storms, hurricanes, and flooding. The incumbent shall apply the City’s Geographic Information System to plan for the effective application of resources during both emergency and routine operations. Develop and maintain a comprehensive Incident Command Structure for the duration of each event that has a significant impact to the general Public. Maintain an adequate stockpile of materials and contract services, coordinate activities with other City agencies, and provide adequate outlets for the dissemination of critical Public information. Supervise the Department’s response to other weather-related emergencies such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and general windstorms.

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▪ Monitor the daily operation of the Division including the planning, coordinating, directing, inspecting, reviewing and reporting on the work of subordinates and contractors engaged in the functions of the Highway and Sanitation Division.

▪ Make recommendations to the Director of Public Works on the retention, discipline, or dismissal of employees where such action may be warranted. Participate in Collective Bargaining negotiations as directed.

▪ Implement the routine instruction of Division administrative staff in the appropriate customer service protocols and procedures, and for the training of equipment operators in the safe and effective operation of all motor equipment, and associated attachments assigned within the Division. Document operational protocols and procedures and provide as a resource for the common reference and training of Division personnel.

▪ Maintain records and prepare reports as required by Departmental procedures, or as determined by the Director of Public Works in order to maintain accountability and to meet budgetary compliance standards. Maintain the Stormwater Infrastructure and plan for improvement in accordance with the latest Federal EPA and Massachusetts DEP requirements, and in conformance with the Federal EPA Stormwater Phase II Best Management Practice
(BMP) Standards established for the City of Framingham in FY 2004.

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▪ Maintain and operate the Saxonville Flood Control Station in accordance with the United States Army Corp of Engineers Protocols and Procedures. File annual reports on its operating condition and any requirement for repair or improvement.

▪ Coordinate activities and provides logistical support to the Police Department, the Fire Department, and to the Emergency Management Agency, in response to local Public Safety Emergencies. Provide training to Division staff in order to maintain State and Federal certifications in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS).

▪ Maintain all records in accordance with Federal, State and Local statute and coordinate the training of subordinate staff in the proper record retention standards and practices.

▪ Effectively integrate the Departments GIS based Automated Work Management system within the daily operation of the Divisions. Update the GIS Asset Management System with the latest data on infrastructure maintenance and improvements to both the Roadway Network to the Stormwater infrastructure.

▪ Research technical information, develop specifications, and prepare contract documents for the effective and efficient use of budget resources in the execution of the overall Program mission. Routinely apply critical analysis to the specific elements of the Programs in order to implement efficiencies that would provide for more effective and efficient Public Services.

▪ Collect and dispose of residential Solid Waste in accordance with established City of Framingham and Massachusetts DEP regulations. Oversee the effective implementation and application of Code Enforcement activities in order to achieve general compliance to City of Framingham By-Laws.

▪ Attends professional meetings, stays current with new construction standards, and maintenance practices, and construction materials. Makes appropriate changes to operations, maintenance and construction to incorporate better procedures, practices, and materials.

▪ Perform any and all other duties relative to the proper administration and operation of the Highway and Sanitation Divisions as may be assigned, and shall be available for recall at any time in case of emergency or other urgent need.

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Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, public administration or a related field; five to seven years related work experience; five (5) of which is in a progressively responsible supervisory position; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Driver’s License required and Massachusetts Certified Public Procurement Certificate is desirable.

Applicants should have knowledge of State and Federal regulatory laws and guidelines associated roadway, stormwater and arboricultural practices, OSHA/ ANSI regulations regarding related safety requirements, Massachusetts Labor Laws, and ATSSA standards and practices relating to traffic
control; knowledge of field safety practices. Knowledge of the principles and practices pertaining to the administration of operating and capital budgets, State procurement laws, and the maintenance of public records.

Applicants should possess the ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of groups of employees who are engaged in a variety of construction and maintenance operations; ability to deal with employees tactfully and effectively in a union environment, and maintain effective public relations; ability to communicate effectively and efficiently verbally and in writing at all times; ability to work effectively under time constraints to meet deadlines; ability to prepare and effectively administer operating and capital budgets.

Position will be posted a minimum of 30 days.

Applicants should visit

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.