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Employer: Riley County
Job Title: Asphalt Road Supervisor
Salary: $21.99 Hourly

Job Description:



Job Title:               ASPHALT ROAD SUPERVISOR


Department:          Public Works                     Division:  Road and Bridge   

Reports To:           Operations Manager

Pay Grade:            O                                     Status:  Full time                 

FLSA Status:         Non-Exempt


Position Summary:

This is a supervisory position with occasional administrative work involving the daily planning and execution of maintenance and construction activities regarding asphalt roads on the county highway system.

The person in this position is required to schedule and prioritize work, select and procure materials, train and instruct staff, and supervise groups of subordinates performing diverse construction and maintenance activities throughout the county.

This employee exercises considerable discretion in carrying out work details and works independently with limited supervision.  Supervision is provided by the Operations Manager through consultations and review of the work performed.

Essential Functions:

  • Issues daily activity schedules to employees and gets them started in a timely manner.
  • Ensures duties are carried out in accordance with County and Departmental policies and guidelines
  • Ensures time management on projects is sufficient.
  • Plans, organizes, trains, evaluates and supervises employees engaged in the maintenance and repair of the asphalt roads,, shoulders, ditches, drainage structures and entrances.
  • Supervises asphalt and aggregate material application, chip seals and ditch cleaning operations.
  • Directs the proper installation of work zone signage for hazardous road conditions and construction sites.
  • Participates in snow and ice removal activities as assigned.
  • Provides for regular and punctual attendance and fosters a cooperative work environment.
  • Reviews and approves employees' time cards, equipment usage reports, and material charges to assure the accuracy and completeness of information.
  • Maintains project lists to organize work by priority and location for economy and efficiency.
  • Responds to emergencies and complaints or requests from the public and other officials to repair and maintain paved roads, entrances, and other drainage structures.
  • Reviews, inspects and analyzes paved roadways for maintenance problems and repairs.
  • Solicits prices, purchases, or approves the purchase of materials and equipment under $500.00 in value.
  • Purchases and maintains an inventory of asphalt road materials.
  • Performs research to locate suppliers, prepare cost estimates, and determine availability of products and services.

Secondary Functions:

  • Supervises and instructs subordinates in the safe and proper operation and maintenance of equipment.
  • Prepares and conducts employee performance appraisals and establishes goals for the subordinates supervised by this position.
  • Coordinates equipment maintenance and repair with the Shop Supervisor in conjunction with project planning and work schedules.
  • Occasionally inspects contractor's work to check for proper traffic control, conformance with plans and specifications, and quality of construction and workmanship.
  • Makes recommendations for purchase of new types of equipment and replacement or modification of existing equipment.
  • Assists the Operations Manager with cost estimates for proposed maintenance and construction projects.
  • Operates job related equipment as necessary.
  • Coordinates training and continuing education programs for asphalt staff.
  • Maintains a clean work area.
  • Periodically inspects equipment assigned to the crew to ensure units are clean and maintenance is being performed adequately.
  • Participates in staff meetings, safety meetings and other related activities.
  • Responds to requests for assistance by other authorities such as police departments, fire departments and other emergency services.
  • Position may require employee to perform related work as required during and after hours, any day of the week, including holidays.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience, education and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed below will be accepted.

  • This position requires the employee to provide and carry a personal cell phone and will be reimbursed as per the County’s Cell Phone Policy. The cell phone is to be utilized to carry out county related functions in accordance with Departmental Policies and Procedures.


  • Graduation from high school is required
  • Two years of vocational level course work in equipment operation/construction fields is preferred.
  • Valid Class A Commercial driver’s license and tanker endorsement shall be obtained within the first 90 days of employment in this positon.


  • The position requires five years-experience in asphalt maintenance and construction.
  • Three years-experience in a supervisory position is required.
  • Two years of operating basic computer software (ie. microsoft office) is required.
  • Knowledge and skill using tools, materials, equipment, standard methods and practices in the repair and maintenance of asphalt surfacing.
  • Knowledge of the applicable work safety rules and procedures.
  • Knowledge of employment laws.
  • Knowledge of bidding, contracting and procurement laws, product and service sources.


  • Good organizational, interpersonal and communication skills are required.
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction.
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, orally and written.
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with people.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with employees, supervisors, other government agency officials, and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain records, prepare basic reports, and manage efficient equipment repair operations and contraction of outside repair services.
  • Ability to formulate data, write work orders, view records and print reports using computer software, spreadsheet applications, word processing applications, and other equipment
  • Ability to read and explain engineering plans and drawings and to assist with the design of basic road and bridge construction and maintenance projects.
  • Ability to make mathematical computations with efficiency and accuracy.

Supervisory Control:  Work is performed independently and on own initiative in accordance with established procedures and policies.  A supervisor is consulted only occasionally.  Work is periodically checked by the Operations Manager for appropriateness and completeness.

Supervisory Responsibility:  Work involves responsibility for independently planning and supervising the work of full time employees as assigned and occasionally seasonal workers engaged in asphalt maintenance and construction activities. Assists with the hiring of new employees.

Guidelines:  Several guides are available for this position but the use of these guides requires extensive training, previous experience and good judgment to interpret and adapt to a variety of specific situations.  For some work guidelines are scarce or non-existent which requires this person to be resourceful in developing new methods, designs or practices.

Some of the guides available include the Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices, USDOT Standard Highway Signs, Work Zone Traffic Control Manual, ATSSA Worksite Manual, KDOT Low Volume Roads Manual, FHWA Culvert Inspection Manual, Timber Bridge Maintenance and Construction Manual, Blading Aggregate Surfaced Roads, KDOT Standard Specifications for State Road and Bridge Construction, KDOT Construction Manuals, Asphalt Institute Manuals, AASHTO Manuals, NACE Manuals, APWA Highway Maintenance Manual, USDOT Bridge Inspection Manual, USDOT Guardrail Installation Manual, ASTM Standards, Handbook of Steel Drainage and Highway Construction Products, Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, Equipment Operator Manuals, Computer Software Manuals, and many others.  Other guidance is provided by the county personnel regulations, department policies, and instruction from training seminars and supervisors.

Complexity:  An employee in this class is required to research a wide range of related problems of a technical nature.  The work involves a wide variety of related tasks in a professional field that require resolution of intensive scheduling conflicts, critical selection of safe and economical construction and maintenance alternatives, and supervision of a diverse group of employees with a variety of skill levels.

This person must have the ability to determine the most cost effective method of resolving road problems within certain re-occurring time restraints imposed by resource availability, the emergency nature of the problem, and the importance of public need.

Daily planning of work requires considerable judgment to utilize labor, equipment, and materials efficiently in order to independently make decisions to successfully complete a task or project.


Scope & Effect of Work:  This is supervisory work responsible for maintenance and construction activities on County roads. The services provided affect the economical use of department funds, efficient utilization of County equipment, and the ability of the County to provide local government services.

An employee in this class is responsible for interpreting design plans, some plan and design creation, and execution of the planned work.  A person in this position is required to schedule, train, instruct, and supervise a large group of subordinates performing diverse construction and maintenance activities throughout the County.

This position affects the economical use of department funds, efficient utilization of Department resources, and the ability of the Public Works Department to provide a safe and functional county highway network system.  A person in this position is required to respond to road and bridge emergencies when they become apparent, and to initiate corrective actions to protect the traveling public.


Personal Contacts:  Personal contacts are made with individuals or groups in the County organization and with persons and agencies outside the organization in moderately unstructured settings.  Typical contacts include subordinates, other departmental employees, supervisors, vendors, contractors, other government agencies, and the general public.


Purpose of Contacts:  Supervises, instructs, influences, motivates trains, coordinates and plans the work of subordinates engaged in road and bridge maintenance activities who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.  Obtains, clarifies, or gives facts to other departmental employees, sales persons, vendors, contractors, and other government agencies.  Receives complaints from the general public which are detailed, complex and sometimes of an emergency nature - often from irate or hostile persons.  Consults with supervisors to set overall objectives, determine available resource limits, set schedules and deadlines, define the scope of projects, and to determine the type of work to be done.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those which must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work encompasses both field and office work.  Typically the office work is sedentary and the employee may sit comfortably in a controlled environment to perform tasks.  This part of the position has a dimension which may lead to mental and physical fatigue.  The field work requires some physical exertion.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk or hear.  The employee may occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to 70 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and peripheral vision.  The work requires sufficient body flexibility and strength to access construction projects.  Exposure to machinery, heights, excessive noise, corrosive solvents, hot materials, flammable liquids and work in extremes of heat, humidity, wind and cold are expected.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A portion of the work involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or construction work zones. Work in an office setting can result in visual attention and dexterity in computer operation.  The remainder of the time, the work is performed in the field where conditions will vary greatly.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, asphalt materials with temperatures in excess of 300 degrees, petroleum products, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment can vary from normal to very loud.  On some occasions, this employee may be required to use protective clothing such as a hard hat, safety vest, ear protection, boots, gloves, safety glasses or face shield.

Recruiting Requirements:

Riley County is accepting applications for an Asphalt Supervisor who is responsible for the management of the Public Works Asphalt Crew.  This is a supervisory position with occasional administrative work involving the daily planning and execution of preventative maintenance and repair activities of the asphalt road system within the county.

This position is responsible for the inspection, supervising an assigned group of full time employees and occasional seasonal employees engaged in the maintenance and repair of the asphalt road system; independently scheduling and prioritizing work schedules; procuring materials and maintaining inventories.  This employee exercises considerable discretion in carrying out work details and works independently with limited supervision from the Operations Manager.

Applicant shall be a high school graduate, have 5 years-experience in asphalt maintenance and construction, Three years-experience in a supervisory position is  required, Two years of operating basic computer software (ie. microsoft office) is required and a valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License with a Tanker Endorsement must be obtained within the first 90 days of employment.


Approved:                               Date:          



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Vacancy Number: RL2018-12

Open Date: 3/8/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: