Manager of Public Works

Posted on Feb. 4, 2020

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Position Details:

Employer: RM of Meadow Lake

Location: Meadow Lake, SK

Industry: Municipal Government

Position Outline:


The RM of Meadow Lake ( is located south of the beautiful Meadow Lake Provincial Park in the northwestern arable portion of Saskatchewan. 

The Municipality spans approximately 60 miles east to west and 70 miles north to south.  Our Southern boundary is located just north of "Moose Country" on Highway #4 and extends to the Meadow Lake Provincial Park.

With a population of just over 2,500 residents, the Rural Municipality (RM) includes the Hamlet of South Waterhen Lake, and encompasses but does not administer, the City of Meadow Lake, Village of Dorintosh, Greig Lake, Meadow Lake Provincial Park, as well as several First Nation reserves (including Eagle Lake 165C, Flying Dust First Nation No. 105, Meadow Lake 105A, Thunderchild First Nation 115D, and Waterhen 130).  

The RM prides itself in being home to several industrial sites such as the Meadow Lake OSB Mill, NorSask Forest Products, the Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Mill, as well as numerous small businesses including farming and ranching.


Reporting to the CAO, the Manager of Public Works is responsible to ensure quality municipal services are provided to the residents and property owners of the RM of Meadow Lake in an efficient and effective manner.  The Manager of Public Works shall work in cooperation and coordination with the CAO, administrative staff, the Road Consultant, contractors and the Municipal Engineer as required. 

The Manager will oversee a department budget of approximately $4M and provide overall leadership and direction to 17 FT/seasonal public works staff in a unionized environment.  The Manager will plan, organize, direct and evaluate the activities and personnel involved in maintaining, repairing and assist in constructing the municipal road infrastructure and supporting facilities and equipment.  The position is responsible for developing and implementing a work program to support the policy and goals established by the Council of the Rural Municipality.


Leadership at this level requires confidence with clear decision making that impacts residents, stakeholders, and employees, as well as proven success in establishing multi-faceted partnerships and relationships with community agencies, other levels of government, and the business community.  The suitable individual will carry out the following responsibilities under the direction and supervision of the CAO.

Leadership/Human Resource Management

  • Provide visionary leadership that is consultative and responsive.
  • Plan, implement, coordinate, and supervise the activities of the Public Works department.
  • Lead all Public Works staff which includes hiring staff, deciding or recommending personnel changes, and approving disciplinary actions.
  • Coach and train appropriate staff and ensure they have the necessary resources to carry out their work in an efficient and productive manner.
  • Make sure that the Collective Agreement is adhered to, as well update, maintain, and enforce relevant policies and procedures.
  • Serve as the management representative on the Occupational Health & Safety Committee, and ensure full compliance of all staff to the OH&S Act and all associated regulations and legislation.


  • Provide regular verbal and written updates to the CAO on all aspects of the Public Works department to ensure there are no gaps in communication within the organization.
  • Prepare a monthly report to the CAO identifying work completed, work in progress, outstanding/pending action items with status updates, new action items, complaints, and equipment utilization reports.   

Financial Management

  • Accountable for the development and management of the Public Works capital and operating plans and budgets, ensuring the coordinated and efficient use of manpower, assets, equipment, and resources.
  • Together with the CAO and the Financial Officer, prepare and develop the short and long-term capital plans/projects.

Operations and Maintenance

  • Ensure that necessary resources, policies, standards, and systems are in place to facilitate the effective operation of the department functions.
  • Accountable for the management of risks, service delivery, organizational effectiveness, and execution of major projects.
  • Must be able to fill in as an operator when necessary in the event of an emergency or staff shortage based on operational needs.  

Policy Development and Administration

  • Track trends and anticipate issues that may impact the RM, prepare policy, long-term plans, and make appropriate recommendations to the CAO.
  • Participate with the CAO and the administrative team in planning and making decisions related to the organization.
  • Write reports and proposals in support of policies, programs, budgets, and various aspects of the RM’s operations.

Other Duties as Assigned by the CAO


The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following competencies and behaviours in order to successfully meet the requirements of the position:

  • Proven ability to communicate, and work effectively with, people from all walks of life and backgrounds including: staff, internal and external stakeholders, contractors and consultants, Provincial government departments, as well as the general public.
  • Solid leadership skills with the capability to lead, inspire, motivate, and mentor staff.
  • Always presents him/herself in a professional manner and represents the RM in a positive light in every action/decision.
  • Ability to deliver top-notch customer service, and be available to the public as required.
  • A thorough understanding of the budgeting process, and a solid understanding and appreciation of asset management.
  • Working knowledge and familiarity of heavy equipment and what specs are required when tendering and procuring such equipment. 
  • The ability to deal effectively with high pressure and challenging situations in a timely manner.
  • Sound ethics and integrity.  Able to exhibit good judgment and discretion when responding to inquiries regarding classified and confidential information.


The successful candidate will possess the following, or an acceptable combination:

  • A relevant combination of education and experience is required.
  • Proven municipal experience in all aspects of gravel and paved road maintenance and construction.
  • Physically capable of performing assigned duties (a medical may be required).
  • Familiarity with local, provincial, and federal government and regulatory legislation.
  • A valid Class 1A Operator’s License is required.
  • A solid working knowledge of OH&S Safety Standards and Practices, as well as the ability and desire to implement and enforce them.


A competitive salary, a comprehensive municipal benefits package, and MEPP (Municipal Employees’ Pension Plan) is available.  Specifics will be discussed in a personal interview. 


James Davies

Managing Director

DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.

Phone: (780) 758-9796

E-Mail: [email protected]


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