City of Providence

Job Type: Non-Union

Job Posting: COP-00086-23

Salary: $121,319 – $132,601

Job Grade Level: A-27

Department: Public Property

The City of Providence welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce at all levels of the organization. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit hiring discrimination of any type. All City hiring decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

All persons employed by the City of Providence are required to have achieved a fully vaccinated status against the COVID-19 virus. “Fully vaccinated status” shall be defined as having received the full number of doses required to complete the vaccination series of one of the currently recognized COVID-19 vaccines. Proof of vaccination completion will be required before beginning employment with the City.

Job Summary

The Director of Public Property reports to the Mayor and the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for all land, buildings and other structures owned by or under the control of the city, with the exception of land owned by the Parks Department. The Director is responsible for maintenance, planning, design, construction, alterations, repairs and capital improvement projects, and is also responsible for the administration and operation of the Purchasing Department, for all purchase and procurement of materials, supplies, contractual services, and equipment for the city.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the oversight and general administration of all personnel within the Departments of Public Property, including purchasing, facilities management, project management and the mail room.
  1. Establishes and builds upon standard operating procedures necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the department and align efforts with adjacent departments and other agencies including the Providence Public Building Authority, Providence Public School District, and Rhode Island Department of Education.
  1. Plans, manages and directs the sale, transfer, or declaration as surplus of supplies, materials, equipment and property, no longer suited for public use, after authorization by the Board of Contract and Supply.
  1. Manages and maintains City asset inventory. Additionally, this position is responsible for assessing the value and depreciation of all City assets. Plans for upgrades, repairs, and the eventual replacement of all City property.
  1. Plans, organizes and directs the operations of the Purchasing Department in accordance with the parameters established by the Board of Contract and Supply as well as state and local purchasing regulations and City policies covering the procurement of materials, supplies, contractual services, and equipment for the City.
  1. Supervises and manages the City’s Fleet Manager and collaborates with City municipal garage teams to ensure appropriate management of City vehicles.
  1. Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, rules, regulations, and priorities for the department and its subdivisions.
  1. Monitors performance trends of the department and makes data driven improvements to improve departmental performance.
  1. Prepares and manages the annual operating budget, recommends funding initiatives and changes to compensation.
  1. Establishes, in accordance with city policy, appropriate service and staffing levels and monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures.
  1. Responsible to enforce city and departmental policies and rules within the department.
  1. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

  1. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in management, engineering, architecture or another pertinent field; and a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in public sector leadership OR in a position responsible managing staff and operations necessary to building and property or construction management and capital improvement; or a combination of education and experience that is substantially equivalent.
  1. Ability to both lead and manage a team, set priorities and accountability mechanism for staff, and meet all departmental deadlines and responsibilities.
  1. Experience establishing, communicating, and implementing protocols to ensure team effectiveness.
  1. Experience managing contracted vendors to ensure deliverables are achieved and value is delivered under the contract.
  1. Knowledge of practices related to the centralized procurement of goods and services for a large organization.
  1. Knowledge of the impact of collective bargaining agreements on the management of employees; and the ability to supervise staff  represented by labor unions.
  1. Ability to analyze risk and use sound judgement in all forms of interaction and decision making.
  1. Experience collecting, reviewing, monitoring, and analyzing data and data practices.
  1. Familiarity with capital improvement planning and projects.
  1. Ability to establish effective relationships with colleagues and external partners including elected officials.
  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills with experience making presentations to small and large groups.
  1. Excellent project management skills demonstrated by the ability to conceptualize, design, and implement project plans.
  1. Must be proficient in the use of office equipment, computers, and related software such as Microsoft Office applications.
  1. Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job.


Posting expires when filled.


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