Job post

Highway Superintendent

Meade County
Salary Range: 
$64,292 - $83,865

Highway Superintendent Employment Opportunity: Job # 19-5

Posting Type: Open Announcement

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Starting Wage: $64,292 -$83,865 per year DOEQ / Full-Time with Full Benefits

Application Procedures: Submit a Meade County application ( to: Human Resources  / 1300 Sherman Street STE 212 / Sturgis, SD 57785

Position Objective: The Highway Superintendent performs professional and administrative supervision and engineering work in directing the planning, design, construction, maintenance, improvement, and repair of County highways, roads, and bridges. The incumbent provides leadership to establish and achieve effective and strategic vision for the Highway Department. This is an appointive position; the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners pursuant to SDCL 7-8-20.

Essential Functions: Responsibilities include ensuring proper care of all County highways, roads, and bridges; supervising technical, skilled craft, and maintenance technician workers; preparing budgets; managing, developing and implementing county and department policies / procedures. Actively involved in all personnel decisions including but not limited to; hiring, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, workload requirements, maintaining employee morale, and promoting workplace safety. Contract negotiation and administration, public relations, design and implementation of repair strategies. Develop bid documents, cooperative agreements, and other transactions with other agencies and units of government, private businesses, subcontractors and project consultants. Direct short and long range planning, programming, implementation and evaluation of operations and programs for County initiatives. Coordinate with the State of SD Department of Transportation on state transportation programs and plans in the County and follow relevant rules and regulations. Coordinate with township governing boards and perform the statutorily required administrative functions of South Dakota Statutes in relation to township requirements. Coordinate county highway activities with the involved municipalities. Ensure compliance with Federal, State and County standards and general policy established by the Meade County commission and the rules and regulations of the SD Department of Transportation.

This job specification should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive duties of the position. Incumbents may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any other related duties, as may be required.

Experience and/or Education: Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Civil Engineering or directly related field, and/or 10 years’ experience of increasing responsibility in highway construction and managing of construction or government operations. An equivalent of education and experience will be considered. Ability to obtain SD Highway Superintendent Certification Valid driver’s license.

Working 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. Work is performed both indoors in an office where noise and interruptions often occur and outdoors where the employee is exposed to outside weather conditions including; extreme cold, extreme heat, moving mechanical parts, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals, high volume traffic, heavy equipment and noise related to construction projects. Noise level may be loud at times. May require working in excess of 40 hours per week to meet project deadlines or attend evening meetings and travel.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that 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: Able to frequently sit, walk, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, reach and lift, push or pull and manual dexterity is needed to type, write, use a calculator, and answer telephone. Upper body strength is a requisite to lift/move 20 lbs. unassisted; and lift/move 50 lbs. with assistance. The ability to talk and hear via the telephone and through face-to-face communication is needed. May be required to use appropriate personal protective equipment.