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Employer: Lincoln County
Division: Highway Department
Job Title: Director of Highway Department
Salary: $0 Monthly

Job Description:

Lincoln County, Kansas is accepting applications for a Full-Time Director of Highway Department. The Director of Highway Department will be responsible for the comprehensive planning, construction, maintenance and repair of county roads and bridges. This position will require report preparation, excellent managerial and communication skills, as well as equipment operation knowledge. Qualified candidates should have five years of experience and knowledge in budget formulation, administration, and projection planning. Applicants must possess a valid Class “A” CDL Driver’s License with manual transmission or be willing to obtain one within 6 months of employment. Five years of experience required,with post-secondary education and an engineering background preferred. This position will pay $55,000 – $65,000 per year depending on experience and education, with a minimum of 50 hours per week required. Lincoln County offers a competitive benefits package.

Director of Highway Department


Lincoln County                                                                                                              Highway Department




Under supervision of the Lincoln County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Director of Highway Department is an exempt salaried position under FLSA. This position supervises personnel and is responsible for: comprehensive planning, construction, maintenance and repair of county roads and bridges, identifying needs and priorities, preparing work orders, responding to complaints, and administering the department’s budget. This employee must be able to operate, as well as instruct the operation of, all machinery in the department. The position requires the ability to multi-task and remain focused in atmosphere of intense pressure and rapid change. This is a safety sensitive position and is subject to random drug and alcohol testing.




  • Creates and updates comprehensive plan for maintenance and repair of county roads and bridges;
  • Inspects personally, or manages data received on roads, bridges, culverts, signs and all complaints;
  • Prepares annual budget request for the department;
  • Responsible for oversight of all bridge projects done by Bridge Supervisor;
  • Schedules department projects and coordinates employees and logistics;
  • Responsible for approving personnel time cards within department;
  • Assigns regular or special work orders and maintains active list of projects to be completed;
  • Completes interviewing, hiring, orientation, training, supervising, and termination of employees;
  • Monitors work quality of department personnel and provides individual evaluations to BOCC;
  • Prepares or approves accurate cost estimates for all projects, and keeps available for inspection;
  • Secures gravel agreement contracts between county and landowners with BOCC approval;
  • Secures materials & equipment needed for the department, providing bids and written cost analysis;
  • Oversees billing on work performed by Highway Departments for other county departments;
  • Oversees clerical duties within the record-keeping of the department;
  • Consults engineer, KDOT personnel and FHWA personnel, assuring compliance with regulations;
  • Assures all safety compliance within the department and trains with KWORK/KCAMP workcomp;




  • Provides follow-up to citizens inquiries in a timely manner;
  • Prepares written long-term goals & planning for the department;
  • Supervises Bridge Supervisor; regularly assigns work orders to all other employees;
  • Directs subordinate positions to complete projects or plans as delegated and scheduled;
  • Designs and participates in educational training programs for department employees and self;
  • Performs assessment of usability of used equipment and subsequent sale;
  • Operates two-way radio, department software programs, time clock and trains personnel on technology;
  • Tests materials to be used on road surfaces and plans for application of said materials;
  • Ensures that employees follow procedure for One-Calls on all county projects;
  • Provides the Board of County Commissioners with monthly updates on department activities;
  • Assists other county departments as required, including Emergency Preparedness response;
  • Operates machinery as necessary when short-staffed or in need of additional aid;
  • Applies for any and all applicable grants;
  • Performs other duties as required or as assigned by BOCC, with mandatory overtime as necessary;


Director of Highway Department

Position Requirements

Lincoln County                                                                                                              Highway Department


EXPERIENCE:     More than five years in road and bridge construction and maintenance or related infrastructure experience is required. Engineering educational background is preferred. Prior supervisory experience is required.  Employee is expected to have the ability to operate and instruct the operation of all equipment and acquire the necessary information and skills to perform the job proficiently within six months of employment.


EDUCATION:     Post-secondary or vocational/technical degree is required.  A valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is required. Equipment operation, maintenance and repair skills are required, applicable vocational technology degree is preferred. Supervisory education is required or must be obtained. Continuing education for the position is required and self-propelled.


TECHNICAL SKILLS:     A thorough knowledge is required of road and bridge construction or repair, heavy equipment operation and maintenance scheduling, as well as laws and regulations pertaining to Highway Department functions.  This employee must possess a strong mechanical aptitude. They must have the ability to efficiently use a computer, and all other office equipment. Supervision of bookkeeping and accounting of the department’s budget is a priority. This employee must have the ability to create or obtain written instructions, plans, maps, schematics, and reports. Competence to effectively direct personnel and administer finances is necessary. This employee should have excellent supervisory, managerial, organizational, public relations and oral and written communications skills. Providing regular reports and updates to the BOCC is required.


PROBLEM SOLVING:     Independent problem solving is a major factor in this position. Problems this employee may encounter include dealing with employee issues, equipment malfunctions, adverse weather, unique instructions by request of the BOCC, and public concerns regarding road and bridge operations.


DECISION MAKING:     Independent decision-making is a priority in this position. Proper maintenance and repair of roads, bridges and equipment, and prioritizing all projects while delegating tasks and work orders to subordinate employees must be achieved with excellence. It is the Director’s job to ensure the most efficient use of time and equipment.


SUPERVISION:     This employee works under direct supervision of the BOCC. This employee exercises supervisory responsibilities over all other Highway Department personnel.


FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY:     This employee is responsible for county equipment and resources and has the authority to regularly purchase consumables. This employee prepares the department’s annual budget request. Approval of BOCC is required for all major purchases and contracts. Prepare bids as needed.


WORKING CONDITIONS:     Adverse and dangerous working conditions exist within this position. Exposure to large and small machinery, excessive noise, heights, confined areas, hazardous chemicals and all types of weather conditions are expected. On site management is expected. Office space is provided.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:     This is primarily a management position with some performance of manual labor, including lifting and carrying heavy objects, climbing, excessive walking and operating loud or noisy equipment.


ATTENDANCE:      Employee must be at their job performing essential duties on a regular and continuing basis with no excessive absences. Utilization of time clock system is required.

Vacancy Number: 2019Highway

Open Date: 7/2/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 8/2/2019 11:59:59 PM