Operations Supervisor

Thurston County
Full Time $6,552 - $8,735 Per year HI Hawaii, USA


Thurston County Public Works is recruiting for an Operations Supervisor to join our dynamic, energetic, and innovative Road Operations team. The successful candidate will be responsible for the direction, planning, and tracking of various road maintenance, construction, emergency response, traffic control, and other related traffic/road operation activities. These positions supervise staff and set priorities for one or more work crews. May act in the capacity of the Road Operations Manager during their absence.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Supervises, plans, directs, and organizes crew workloads and assignments, reviews progress, directs changes in priorities and schedules as needed to assure work is performed in a timely and efficient manner.   
  • Sets operational priorities, goals, objectives, and develops short- and long-term work plans for maintenance programs and County forces projects.
  • Plans and schedules all road maintenance and construction work including emergency response. Determines project elements including labor, equipment, and supply needs. Dispatches maintenance, repair, and operation crews.
  • Provides training and professional development for assigned staff in order to make full use of individual capabilities and to meet changing demands. Counsels employees on methods of improving performance and enforcing the personnel rules.
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Message to potential applicants: 
We understand that some potential applicants are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the functions or skills listed in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and we understand that may be someone who will learn some of these skills on the job. If you are interested in this position, and meet the minimum qualifications, we encourage you to go ahead and apply! Feel free to think about how you will bring your own set of skills to the role and tell us about the potential that you hold.  

The , located in Olympia, Washington is a national award-winning agency in delivering quality projects to our community. Our mission is to provide quality public services in all areas of our business. We actively help our staff develop and grow professionally, we bring together resources across divisions to achieve organizational goals, we are always ready to respond to community needs, and we are an American Public Works Association accredited agency, consistently meeting industry best practices benchmarks.  

Our Core Values:
  • Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions and the resulting outcomes.
  • Customer Service – We provide our customers with the highest level of service and quality.
  • Innovation – We strive to continuously improve processes, performance, and results.
  • Safety – We demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to safety.
  • Teamwork – We work together toward achieving a common recognized end.  
Mission - to provide excellent public services in all areas of our business.
Vision – The premier public works organization, accountable and transparent in all services we provide to our community.  

Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity - Thurston County Public Works values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. To us, inclusion means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. We are dedicated to recruiting and developing a talented workforce from various cultures, lifestyles, backgrounds, and perspectives who are committed to our vision and core values. .

What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle. 
  • Plan For Your Future: As a member of our team, you will enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family. Please visit website for more information.  
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid. 
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry. We also encourage our staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.  
  • Flexible Work Schedules:Some of the options that employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • Deferred CompensationThe County offers 3 voluntary deferred compensation plans for employees who would like to set aside additional deferred tax dollars into a retirement savings plan. 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Employees can take advantage of Section 125 flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health care and daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness:This is a federal program which allows full-time public service employees who have made 120 qualifying payments for certain loans, to get their student loans repaid.
Why you’ll love it here:
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched in between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capitol city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at .


  • Associate degree in Public Administration, Business, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field. Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted on a year for year basis. 
  • Four (4) years progressively responsible experience in roads engineering, traffic control, construction, maintenance, or related field with at least two (2) years of lead or supervisory experience.  Previous experience in the areas of public administration, business writing, budget administration, public speaking, personnel and labor management is desired.
  • Must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of employment.  
  • Ability to utilize a personal computer and related software packages to perform word processing, spreadsheets, analysis, information retrieval, and tracking. 

Desired Skills

  • Experience as an Operations Manager or Supervisor for an organization primarily involved in road maintenance, construction, or traffic control.
  • Knowledge and experience using the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and Washington State amendments.
  • Knowledge and experience with purchasing and contracting for materials and services.
  • Knowledge and experience with best management practices associated with road maintenance activities.