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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham began advertising for an assistant director for the Highway & sanitation departments on April 7.

The former assistant director Kate Ronconi was promoted to Director in March. She is the first woman to ever hold that position. The City never announced the appointment.

Ronconi replaces Nau who retired in November 2020.

The salary range for the public works position is $94,643 to $104,520.

The purpose of this position is to assist the Director with a variety of supervisory, administrative, technical, and maintenance work in the planning and operation of city highways and sanitation system; performs all other related work as required.

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The Assistant Director:
▪ Assists in the direction and operation of the City’s Highway in an organized and professional manner; assures through planning and day to day operations that all public works facilities are operational, safe, well-maintained, and repaired as required; determines necessary or required repairs or maintenance.
▪ Supervises crews involved in highway maintenance, snow and ice removal and equipment maintenance and repair.
▪ Assists in the development of the Department’s operating and capital budget; manages and monitors budget expenditures.
▪ Gathers information to assist in the development of specifications, cost estimates, and prepares work schedules and plans for projects.
▪ Supervises and inspects road construction, road repair, highway maintenance, street signage; monitors work of contractors against proposal/agreements.
▪ Supervises and inspects catch basin installation and repair, maintenance and cleaning of drop inlets, drain piping and drainage ditches.
▪ Develops and implements sand and plowing routes; trains and supervises outside contractors in snow and ice operations; monitors road and weather conditions to determine appropriate course of action.
▪ Manages State Chapter 90 funding, including filings and reports; consults with District Highway Office relative to available funding and updated specifications required for state funded city roadway repair projects.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree; and at least 5-7 years of experience in the area of public works, with at least two years specifically in the field of sanitation and road maintenance and repair operations; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Requires hands-on experience in snow and ice operations and ability to operate trucks, backhoes, graders and loaders.

Applicants should have a Massachusetts Class 2A Hoisting Engineers License and a Massachusetts Class B Commercial Driver’s License (Class A preferred)

Applicants should have thorough knowledge of materials methods and techniques relative to road construction and maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and sanitation. Knowledge of snow and ice control techniques and practices. Working knowledge of the laws/rules/regulations pertaining to division operations.

Applicants should have the ability to determine potential problem areas and coordinate work crews as required. Ability
to plan, organize, assign, lead, and manage the work of groups of employees engaged in a variety of public works construction and maintenance operations. Ability to operate and maintain various equipment used.

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Work is occasionally performed under normal office conditions, but more frequently out in the field under seasonal outdoor weather conditions. Occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet, cold, humid conditions and vibration as well as other hazards associated with construction sites and public works projects. Noise is generally loud in level.

May be required to operate heavy trucks, heavy equipment, pneumatic tools, power tools, and hand tools associated with highway work. Operates standard office equipment in the office including telephone, computer, and printer. Uses equipment to perform measurements in the field.

Interacts frequently with contractors, suppliers, sales representatives and other municipal personnel. Communication is generally in person and by telephone.

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Has access to all confidential division-related personnel information, which requires the application of appropriate judgment, discretion and professional protocols.

Job will be posted internally & externally for 20 days.

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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.