Drainage Maintenance Manager

JOB CODE: 1178


SALARY RANGE: $66,972 - $112,213

Department of Maintenance

Under the direction of the Maintenance Director, performs very responsible work in directing efficient daily operations and maintenance of City-Parish drainage systems. Primary work includes organizing storm drainage systems, culvert crossings, roadside drainage systems, normal bridge maintenance, erosion control, levees, major drainage canals, and the drainage herbicidal spray program. Employee is also responsible for continuous process improvements, operational efficiency reviews, and informing the Maintenance Director on key issues relative to drainage maintenance. Employee may be on 24-hour call for emergency situations. Work is performed with broad discretion and considerable independence and is evaluated through conferences, reports, and results obtained. Performs other work as requested.

Actively participates in the senior leadership team of Maintenance to enhance operational efficiency, continually improve client services, and build the capability of the staff through workforce development programs. In this role, consults closely with the Maintenance Director and fellow senior leadership team members. Organizes and manages maintenance and repair of the City-Parish drainage systems, including review of design documents, planning and coordinating work, and budgeting of maintenance and repair needs. Oversees, supports, and supervises subordinate staff to ensure proper maintenance of the drainage systems and flood control provisions. Develops both annual and long-term planning goals and objectives for drainage maintenance needs throughout City-Parish. Coordinates with City-Parish permit, development, and engineering offices to ensure new and modified drainage systems conform to public standards prior to acceptance for public maintenance. Inspects new construction and recommends acceptance or rejection. Responds to and directs response for emergency drainage maintenance needs. Coordinates with other City-Parish departments for temporary road closures, utility relocations, and other needs in association with drainage maintenance activities. Makes cost and material estimates; prepares budget requests; maintains necessary records for the submission of required reports. Oversees equipment usage and preventative maintenance plans. Maintains logs and records of work performed and prepares a variety of technical research and reports. Confers with other division heads relative to mutual problems. Confers with and responds to property owners, contractors, and the general public relative to complaints and requests. Hires, trains, reviews performance of, and disciplines subordinate personnel. Reviews the work of subordinate supervisors and advises them on policies, procedures, practices, and problems of an unusual nature. Instructs supervisors in safety procedures, supervisory techniques, hazard or emergency response protocols, and in operational and maintenance methods, practices, and policies.

Knowledge of the methods, practices, materials, and equipment used in drainage system maintenance, construction, repair, and operational activities. Knowledge of the operating characteristics of heavy duty public service maintenance and construction equipment. Knowledge of the occupational hazards involved and the safety precautions necessary to perform heavy manual work and equipment operation. Knowledge of engineering maps, records, and flood plain regulations. Knowledge of administrative techniques related to purchasing, budget preparation and control, personnel, and fiscal record keeping. Knowledge of labor and material costs in drainage construction work. Knowledge of local ordinances and state and federal laws related to equipment operation in the public right-of-way and along natural drains. Knowledge of the principles of supervision and training. Knowledge in providing effective performance feedback and conducting performance appraisals. Ability to analyze complex operational and administrative problems, evaluate alternatives, and recommend or implement effective courses of action. Ability to collaboratively develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and management controls. Ability to organize, supervise, and coordinate the work of subordinate personnel performing drainage system maintenance operations. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to prepare clear and concise records, reports, correspondence, and other written materials. Ability to utilize a computer, including use of standard computer applications and global positioning systems. Ability to read and interpret sketches, blueprints, specifications, and contracts. Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative within general policy guidelines. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, subordinates, and the general public contacted in the course of the work. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


Bachelor's degree in construction management, engineering, or a related field, and eight years of experience in the maintenance and/or construction of drainage systems, including two years of managerial experience (may include complex project management).

Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Position(s) of this classification may require possession of a license to practice professional engineering as issued by the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. If license is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position. Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license. If license is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.