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City of Kalispell TSS Working Supervisor in Kalispell, Montana


Job Title: TSS Working Supervisor
Department: Public Works
Division: Traffic Sign and Signal
Salary: $21.93 hr
Benefits: 100% paid health insurance for employee & reduced rates for dependents. State retirement plan, 3-weeks’ vacation, paid sick leave, 10 State and Federal holidays. This position may be participating in a *VEBA program.
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Date: 09/04/2020

This position is responsible for the maintenance and operation of traffic control including but not limited to signs, signals, street lights, construction zones, and pavement markings for the City of Kalispell. Supervises and directs personnel in the daily operations and maintenance of City traffic control. Diverse responsibilities require skills in administration, employee management, and knowledge of the technical, electrical, and mechanical aspects of traffic control and operations. Possess effective written and oral communications with supervisors, co-workers, and regulating agencies. Position also requires exceptional diplomatic and customer service skills in representing City policies and working effectively with the public.
Works under the general supervision of the Road and Fleet Superintendent.
Supervises Traffic Signs and Signal (TSS) Technicians. The supervisor provides assignments, guidance, training, instruction, and technical assistance for TSS Technicians. Responsible for periodic oral and/or written performance evaluations as required and when needed, in order to employ corrective actions to improve employee.
Note: The following duties are typical for this classification. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
It is expected that every employee should be on time, fully prepared, every day that the employee is scheduled to work. We expect every employee to strive for perfect attendance.
Maintenance and Operations (80%)
1. Responsible for the proper management, maintenance, and repair of the City’s traffic control operations including but not limited to curb and pavement markings, road closures, parade events, street and decorative lighting, traffic signals, vehicle detection, and repair and installation of signs and sign posts.
2. Supervises and assigns personnel to insure proper function, maintenance and repair of the City’s traffic control operations.
3. Supervises use of and operates a boom truck at heights up to sixty five (65) feet.
4. Performs all duties in conformance with appropriate safety and security regulations, and ensures subordinate personnel are also in compliance with these regulations.
5. Maintains a variety of records relating to inspection, installation, maintenance activities, repairs, and/or other projects for traffic control operations.
6. Supports the Road and Fleet Superintendent to maintain personal contacts with agencies and organizations that discuss, interpret, create, and modify policies, rules and regulations.
7. Supports the Road and Fleet Superintendent’s efforts with design engineers and contractors, assists in plan reviews, ensures efficient operation of facilities during construction, and monitors construction progress and provides progress reports.
8. Assists the Road and Fleet Superintendent to integrate complex construction activities into the daily operation of the City’s traffic control system to ensure continuous compliance with all Federal, State, and local requirements.
9. Responds to routine and emergency requests for locates associated with City owned traffic control systems and street lights. Obtains locations of other utilities (electric, gas, telephone, CCTV, etc.) when necessary in conjunction with construction of City facilities.
10. Responds to emergency calls at any time. Must be able to carry the pager and respond to pager call-outs and direct other employees to do so as well.
11. Maintains and exhibits discretion and integrity when handling confidential oral and written information.
12. Properly and effectively trains and evaluates employees.
13. Operates light and medium-sized construction and power equipment, such as mechanized broom, dump truck, backhoe/loader, pickup truck, utility truck, snow plow, street roller, tamper, plate compactor, saws, pumps, compressors, sanders, generators, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, mobile radio, boom truck, vactor suction truck, and phone.
14. Drive trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment, gravel, and sand.
15. Responds to customer requests for assistance regarding downed signs, light outages, and sight obstruction issues. Identifies potential solutions, explains findings to supervisor, and repairs as directed by supervisor or as necessary to maintain safe and reliable traffic flows.
16. Creates, processes, and maintains a variety of data and records related to equipment inventories, install locations, initial and follow-up inspections, routine and unscheduled maintenance activities, and other records necessary to the normal operations of the Traffic Signs and Signal Division.
17. Insures the proper maintenance of equipment and tools by cleaning and checking equipment and tools after use. Orders materials, equipment, signs, signals, luminaires, and other lighting supplies.
18. Tracks and records time, material, and equipment used for City sign, street light, and signal maintenance and repair. Gathers data and supports the implementation and continued operation of an asset management program.
19. Operates and maintains all pavement marking equipment. Maintains city traffic markings such as painting yellow curbing and traffic control lines & symbols within the City limits.
20. Performs traffic counts, radar speed studies and collects data from such studies.
21. Responsible to identify, track and remove sight distance obstructions throughout the City.
Fiscal Management: (15%)
1. Prepares budget estimates and assists the Road and Fleet Superintendent in preparing the annual operating budget and the five-year capital expenditure and replacement plan.
2. Monitors expenditures to comply with approved budget and is fiscally responsible of budgeted fund expenditures.
3. Tracks and records time, material, and equipment used for City sign, street light, and signal maintenance and repair.
4. Maintains equipment and stock material inventories for the fiscal year audit.
Peripheral Duties: (5%)
1. Support other divisions and crews as assigned in maintaining streets, solid waste, drainage systems, water systems, and wastewater systems to insure that all aspects of the systems are functioning properly.
2. Supervises in-house facility modification and construction projects.
3. Performs other duties as assigned.
1. Exhibits behavior consistent with the mission, vision and values of the City of Kalispell.
2. Furthers the mission, vision, and values of the City through excellent customer service, creative problem solving, decision-making and stewardship of City resources.
3. Contributes to a learning/thinking/renewing department through customer feedback and continuous improvement.
4. Provides teaching, mentoring and motivation to other employees within the organization through the sharing of knowledge, skills and information; is proactive in performing and improving his/her own work and suggests and participates in projects and activities to improve the function of the entire organization.
5. Demonstrates emotional intelligence in day-to-day work, decision-making and problem-solving.
6. Initiates and suggests actions to improve departmental and City operations, employee performance, morale and work methods.
7. Demonstrates a commitment to provide and require excellent customer service through cooperative team and individual efforts.
1. Provides suggestions, advice and support to supervisor, department head, other City employees, employee teams, and the City customers.
2. Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing with the supervisor, department head, City employees, employee teams.
3. Works cooperatively with all City employees toward the common goal of providing high-quality services.
4. Exhibits excellent interpersonal and human relationship skills.

G. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Education and Experience):
1. Graduation from high school education or GED equivalent, and;
2. Four (4) years’ experience in sign, traffic signals, pavement marking, street lighting, thermoplastic application, traffic counts;
3. Some experience in line locating with ability to use a line locator;
4. Two (2) years’ experience in supervisory capacity or;
5. Any equivalent combination of education and experience as noted above.
1. Thorough knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in maintenance, construction and repair activities related to traffic control systems;
2. Thorough knowledge of State & Federal safety rules and regulations relevant to the work environment;
3. Knowledge and ability to safely perform duties associated with electrical components and programming to support traffic control and lighting system.
4. Demonstrated computer skills, and knowledge of computers and computer programs including but not limited to Word, Excel, Traffic Control Management Programs;
5. Skilled in safe and efficient operation of the tools and equipment required to perform the job;
6. Ability to effectively lead, assign work, motivate and supervise employees within their span of control;
7. Ability to perform heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time, at times in inclement weather;
8. Ability to work safely and efficiently with various types of equipment, including large vehicles, elevated buckets and ladders, at times in confined or congested areas on City Streets, ensuring their crews do so as well;
9. Ability to diplomatically establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and the public and occasionally deal with unfriendly customers or citizens;
10. Ability to read, interpret current and future ordinances/laws, rules/regulations and to learn/improve skills to perform tasks in the installation, maintenance, calibration and repair of traffic control systems, with the common goal of providing high quality services;
11. Ability to work overtime, weekends, holiday and respond to off-shift callouts as needed;
12. Ability to follow oral and written instructions as well as communicate effectually, both verbally and in writing;
13. Ability to effectively manage, set priorities, and complete multiple assignments and projects simultaneously.
1. Valid Montana Driver's License and CDL certification Class B Type 2 or equivalent license issued by another state with requirement they must obtain Montana CDL certification within 3 months of hire date.
2. Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) or equivalent:
a. Work Zone Safety Level 1 within first year of hire;
b. Basic Electrical Course within second year of hire;
c. Sign & Pavement Markings Level 1 within 5 years of hire, and Level 2 within 10 years of hire;
d. Traffic Signals Level 1 within 5 years of hire, and Level 2 within 10 years of hire; and,
e. Roadway Lighting Level 1 within 5 years of hire.
3. Proof of satisfactory driving history.
Use of personal computer including word processing and asset management software, electronic meter reading equipment, motorized vehicles and equipment, including dump truck, vacuum truck, pickup truck, boom truck, pavement/curb stripper, utility truck, tamper, plate compactor, saws, pumps, compressors, sanders, generators, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, mobile radio, backhoe, roller and phone.
1. 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.
2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.
3. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift unassisted up to 50 pounds and move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
1. 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.
2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, at times harsh. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles.
3. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
4. Regular shift schedule normally is: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with ½ unpaid lunch hour.
i. When necessary, schedule may include overtime and holidays.
ii. Management reserves the right to change the schedule which is subject to the needs of the City.
iii. Responds to emergency calls at any time, must be able to carry the pager on weekends and respond to pager call-outs and direct other employees to do so as well.
1. Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.
2. 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 the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
3. Kalispell is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
4. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
*VEBA (Voluntary Employee Benefit Association) is a tax-exempt health reimbursement account used by employees and their eligible dependent to pay for eligible medical expenses. The plan is funded by an employee’s sick and/or vacation banked hours upon leaving City employment.

**As of January 6, 2020 employers of CDL drivers must query the Clearinghouse to verify that a current or prospective driver is not prohibited from operating CMVs or performing other safety sensitive functions. CDL Drivers must now be registered with the FMCSA Clearinghouse. For more information please visit the website at

Posting Date: September 11, 2020
Closing Date: September 25, 2020.


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Revised 09/03/2020