Right of Way Supervisor

City of Takoma Park, MD Class Specification

CLASS TITLE: Right of Way Supervisor
DEPARTMENT: Public Works
REPORTS TO: Director of Public Works
DATE: 04/2009
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Under general supervision, oversees a crew of workers performing general park maintenance and/or street maintenance duties in an assigned department; establishes work standards and ensures that they are met, inspects the work, and performs maintenance work as necessary.


Customer Service

Handles customer questions and complaints, communicates with customers, handles service problems politely and efficiently, always available for customers, follows procedure to solve customer problems, understands all City services, maintains pleasant and professional image. Anticipates, monitors and meets the needs of internal and external customers and responds to them in an appropriate manner. Continually seeks to provide the highest quality service to all customers. Listens carefully when dealing with the public and communicates concern through tone of voice and by taking action to solve their problems in a timely manner. Complies with the City’s Customer Service Policy, including 24-hour response time for telephone calls and e-mails. Explains departmental and City issues to the public in a manner that demonstrates interest and concern for their problems. Listens well, diffuses conflict before it starts, finds causes of and solutions to problems, handles difficult people.


Communicates well both verbally and in writing when required, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills. Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts. Demonstrates effective use of listening skills and displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts. Keeps key employees informed regarding relevant information. Shares information with other members of the team to foster teamwork and to further attainment of the City’s goals. Written and oral information is presented in a manner that projects a positive and professional image of the City.

Reports problems, concerns, issues that should be corrected. Readily shares information and ensures that team members are kept informed and up-to-date. Establishes team and individual accountability for goals, objectives and outcomes. Intervenes as necessary to identify and resolve conflict among team members. Makes conscious and deliberate efforts to build team spirit and identity.

Job Knowledge

Understands duties and responsibilities, has necessary technical skills, understands the City’s mission/values, keeps job knowledge current. Demonstrates the appropriate level of proficiency in the principles and practices of one’s field or profession. Demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement, including the understanding and application of technology where appropriate. Operates within the organization's formal and informal structures, builds allies and relationships across departments, uses allies to build consensus and create results, is appropriately diplomatic, understands others' roles and perspectives, can sell projects and ideas across the organization. Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, adjusts plans to meet changing needs. Prioritizes well and reacts to opportunities. Is attentive to detail and accuracy, is committed to excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, finds root cause of quality problems, owns/acts on quality problems.


Budget/Cost Control

Plans for and uses resources efficiently, always looks for ways to reduce costs, creates accurate and realistic budgets and budget projections, tracks and adjusts budgets, contributes to budget planning. Prepares and submits budget within specified time constraints. Anticipates departmental operating and capital needs and budgets adequately for needed expenditures. Reports departmental expenditures within specified time constraints. Bills are submitted for payment on time. Completes and files all applicable reports related to grants, agenda items, etc. within specified deadlines. Anticipates long-term budgeting needs in manner that allows the City to anticipate and plan for sources of revenues for extraordinary future expenses. Controls expenditures to deliver department's services within agreed upon budget. Follows established procurement procedures in obtaining goods and services.

Decision Making/Judgement

Recognizes problems and responds, systematically gathers information, sorts through complex issues, seeks input from others, addresses root cause of issues, makes timely decisions, can make difficult decisions, uses consensus when possible, communicates decisions to others. Knows when to notify and/or involve the  department head or the City Manager prior to making a decision.


Tackles problems and takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development.

Negotiation Skills

Conducts positive negotiations, ability to compromise, handles conflict, seeks common ground, articulates own and others goals, stays focused on positive outcome.

Project Management

Establishes project goals, milestones, and procedures, defines roles and responsibilities, acquires project resources, coordinates projects throughout company, monitors project progress, manages multiple projects.


Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with policies, procedures and applicable laws including: training in job skills; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Oversees process for selecting new Division employees and recommends hiring.

Oversees leaf collection and grinding operations.

Oversees street sweeping and storm drain cleaning.

Oversees turf management program for City right of ways.

Oversees park and playground maintenance programs.

Oversees street repair including temporary and permanent patching, crack filling, milling and resurfacing.

Oversees street marketing program, installs new, repairs and maintains.

Oversees concrete repair of sidewalks, curb, and gutter

Provides technical expertise on the job.

Sets up training programs for crew members.

Prepares the division budget and is responsible for keeping yearly expenditures within budget.

Inspects the quality of the work performed.

Create emergency response schedule for weather and non-weather related emergencies.

Determines and maintains adequate supply of material and equipment to perform the work.

Communicates with Director, supervisors, co-workers and other department staff as necessary.

Enforces the rules and regulations of the department.

Performs all the essential functions of crew members as required.


Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Ground Maintenance Equipment
  • Tractor
  • Chain Saw
  • Skid Steer
  • Jack Hammer
  • Back Hoe
  • Concrete Saw
  • Heavy/Light Duty Vehicles
  • Asphalt Cutter
  • Crack Filler
  • Computer
  • Chipper
  • Leaf Vacuum
  • Grinding Wheel
  • Loader
  • Miscellaneous Hand Tools
  • Miscellaneous Power Tools
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Plow and spreader
  • Concrete Mixer
  • Pruners/Lopers
  • Miller/Paver


Education and Experience

High School diploma or GED with an associate’s level degree desirable; and,

Two to four years of progressively responsible related experience; or,

Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications

Valid Commercial Driver's License Class B.

Flagging and Traffic Control Certification


Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of maintenance and heavy to light equipment.

Snow and ice treatment roadways.

Street maintenance.

Leaf collection and grinding operations.

Street sweeping and storm drain cleaning

Traffic control for construction.

Sign making and installation.

Grounds and landscape maintenance, including plant and tree identification.

Basic budgetary principles and practices.

Administration of staff and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervision.

All computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the job.

Skill in:

Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.

Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.

Communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff.

Selecting and motivating staff and providing for their training and professional development.

Mental and Physical Abilities

Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and so forth.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, speak and hear, and lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.

Working Conditions

While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is regularly exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock. While working outdoors, employee will be exposed to poisonous weeds, insects, a variety of weather condition and exposure to the elements.

The incumbent's working conditions are typically moderately quiet to loud.

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This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant when possible.