Public Works Business Manager

JOB CODE: 1489


SALARY RANGE: $52,473 - $88,604

Office of Business Operations and Capital Programs

Under the direction of the Assistant Public Works Director of Management/Finance, performs highly responsible supervisory and administrative work in assisting with directing the accounting section within the business office for departments performing public works functions. Work involves planning, directing, and coordinating the activities of the payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable sections. Work involves the supervision of professional, technical, and clerical/fiscal personnel; financial stewardship of City-Parish funds; and in the absence of the Assistant Public Works Director of Management/Finance, representation of the department in a variety of public forums (e.g. Metro Council meetings). Work requires exceptional teamwork and the use of independent judgment within established policy guidelines. Performs other work as requested.

Actively participates in the senior leadership team related to public works functions 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 Assistant Public Works Director of Management/Finance and fellow senior leadership team members. Plans and directs the work of the payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable sections within the business office. Works closely with the Inventory & Supply Manager in the financial administration of the City-Parish Warehouse and annual Warehouse inventory. Assists in the preparation and control of budgets and maintains detailed operating costs and analyses for public works departments and divisions within the business office. Performs complex financial analyses, including budget projections and forecasting, used by upper-level management in its decision-making process. Reviews and approves the department's purchase requisitions in conjunction with the Accountant; approves final payments; reviews quotes on materials, supplies, and equipment; assists with final decisions on purchases. Assists in financial policy and procedures development; prepares periodic and special financial reports. Serves on various committees regarding policies developed for the City-Parish and departments performing public works functions. Interviews, selects, trains, and evaluates employees; ensures employees adhere to City-Parish and departmental policies and procedures; disciplines employees when necessary.

Knowledge of the policies and procedures of municipal budgeting, accounting, personnel, and purchase operations. Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, practices, and procedures and how they are applied to municipal accounting situations. Knowledge of Plan of Government provisions, ordinances, and state laws governing the financial administration of local government. Knowledge of the operations, functions, policies, and procedures of the department. Knowledge of labor contracts and grievance procedures. Ability to analyze highly complex fiscal and administrative policies and to make and implement effective recommendations. Ability to supervise a staff of professional, technical, and clerical/fiscal personnel. Ability to effectively interpret and apply contracts as used in union labor negotiations. Ability to assemble, organize, and present financial and statistical material. Ability to make decisions based on recognized precedents and practices and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting problems. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with administrative officials, other employees, the public, and organized groups such as labor unions, both public and private. 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 with at least twenty-four semester (thirty-six quarter) hours of a university professional accounting curriculum, and four years of experience in accounting, budgeting, auditing, or financial administration work, including one year of supervisory experience (may include budget or project management).

Equivalent higher education in accounting may substitute for work experience; CPA may substitute for one year of work experience.



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.