Supervisor, Right-of-Way


Deputy City Engineer (569)


Public Works


Engineering Division 3100









JOB SUMMARY STATEMENT: Administer the City's Right-of-Way (ROW) Management System, to include supervising ROW inspectors, authorizing and overseeing all construction or maintenance activities in the City's 6,400 acres of public street ROW, under the provisions of the City's ROW ordinance and Manual of Infrastructure Standards. Coordinates ROW management activities with public and private utility companies and private contractors. Assists other City departments on ROW matters, to include the City Manager's Office, Law Department, Fire Department, Planning and Development Services Department, as well as the Public Works Traffic Services and Maintenance Division. Serves as the City's primary Work Zone Traffic Control Safety manager for all construction or maintenance activities on or adjacent to City thoroughfares. Assists with emergency operations, including snow removal, as required.


Administers the City's ROW Management System, including all provisions of the ROW ordinance. Provides leadership and management for all ROW section activities and personnel. Responsible for all requirements including selecting, training, performance management and general administration of the ROW staff.

Oversees the City's ROW permit system - permit plan review, approval, issuance, inspections and closeouts.

Coordinates with the administrative staff to assist their supervisors in providing oversight of the work of staff members who process ROW permit applications and those who assist with ROW permit inspections. Provides training as required.

Coordinates ROW management activities with public and private utility companies and private contractors. Schedules and facilitates pre-construction meetings and site inspections for major utility or contractor work in ROW.

Coordinates with other City departments (City Manager's Office, Law Department, Fire Department, and Planning & Development Services Department), as well as other Public Works Divisions, to provide technical assistance in regards to ROW requirements.

Ensures all ROW work is done in accordance with the City's Manual of Infrastructure Standards. Provides technical assistance to utilities/contractors who are unfamiliar with the City's standards.

Serves as the principal responder for the Public Works Department for all after-hours utility emergencies, to ensure timely and appropriate repair action is taken and to assist the Police Department in addressing any work zone traffic control problems.

Serves as the primary Work Zone Traffic Safety manager for the City. Ensures that construction or maintenance work that affects the City's thoroughfare system has the proper work zone traffic control measures in place.

Assists citizens and contractors with concerns or questions relating to all aspects of City ROW matters, including work by utilities or contractors in the ROW

Ensures that all ROW management policies, procedures and practices are updated, as required, to ensure the City's full compliance with local, state and Federal ordinances, statutes and laws.

Assists in emergency operations, including snow removal, as required.

The employee must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with subordinates, supervisors, customers, vendors and any other persons or organization with whom interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals. Must be available to visit sites to provide opinions regarding compliance to City's ROW regulations.

The employee must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.



Associates degree in Construction Management or an equivalent combination of formal education and work experience.

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field preferred.

Possession of an appropriate valid driver's license.

Must maintain an insurable driving record.

Must obtain Work Zone Traffic Control Supervisor Certification from the American Traffic Safety Services Association within six months of employment.

Must have or obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) within 12 months of employment with the City.

Kansas City APWA Institute training preferred or must obtain within the first 24 months of employment.

APWA certified Public Works Professional - Supervision exam preferred or must obtain within the first 24 months of employment.


Three years of management experience in construction or technical-related field. Five years' experience preferred.


Analytical skills

Attention to detail

Basic math skills

Facilitation skills

Human relations/interpersonal skills

Project management skills

Working knowledge of public sector administration

Supervisory skills

Time management skills

Public speaking/presentation skills

Good written and oral communication skills

Computer software skills in presentation, spreadsheet, word-processing and permit systems management applications.


Ability to meet deadlines

Ability to train and guide others

Ability to recognize and protect confidential information

Ability to prioritize multiple tasks


Mechanical aptitude

Logical reasoning

Exhibit diplomacy and judgment when working with citizens, contractors and utilities

Ability to read and comprehend federal, state, and local policies and regulations

Ability to assess situations and use judgment in responding

Ability to read and interpret grading plans

Ability to read and interpret construction plans

Ability to carry out assignments through oral and written instructions

Ability to work independently

Ability to work in hectic environment with many interruptions

Ability to learn and understand PC software applications

Alpha and numeric recognition

Ability to analyze construction problems and derive solutions to solve the problem


Hand and eye coordination adequate to operate a computer

Ability to operate hand tools (inspection aids).

Ability to operate City vehicles

Ability to walk, reach, stand, crawl, bend, stoop, climb, push and pull

Ability to identify and distinguish colors

Ability to distinguish smells.

Ability to work in confined spaces

Ability to visually review maps and plans and to examine construction materials and finished structures

Ability to adjust to temperature extremes

Exposure to heights, vibrations, high voltage and loud noises

Excessive standing and/or walking

Ability to make and receive phone calls

Exposure to chemicals, fumes, dust, smoke and gases


Direct: Right-Of-Way Inspectors.

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.