Public Works Director

Apr 29, 2024Job Opportunities

The Public Works Director plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Public Works Department including Water, Sewer, Streets, Shop, Refuse, and Facilities Maintenance; coordinates activities with other City departments and outside agencies; and provides complex administrative support to the City Manager and Department Heads.  Supervises, manages and coordinates with Division Superintendents.


SALARY: $90,000 – $123,000 ANNUALLY, DOE


QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or Law.  Combination of education and experience may be considered as an equivalent.  Two years of administrative and supervisory experience.  Valid driver’s license.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: (please see full job description for essential duties)

  • Assume full management responsibility for all Public Works department services and activities; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Manage the development and implementation of Public Works department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
  • Establish appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
  • Supervise division Superintendents; select, motivate and manage Public Works department personnel; work with employees to correct deficiencies; provide or coordinate staff training.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level superintendents, the Public Works department’s work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with superintendent staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
  • Manage and participate in the development and administration of the Public Works department and budgets; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  • Research, identify, and pursue alternative funding sources to supplement traditional revenue streams for public works projects. This can include grants, bond financing, and other innovative financing mechanisms.
  • Develop and issue requests for proposals (RFPs) and invitations to bed (ITBs) for various projects, ensuring compliance with City Code and regulatory requirements. Evaluate proposals and bids received, recommending selections to management and Council.  Foster transparent and competitive procurement processes in alignment with code.
  • Evaluate and forecast the City’s public work needs; develop and design capital improvement projects and an ongoing 5 year plan for public works.
  • Manage and administer engineering consulting and construction contracts; review work to ensure compliance with specifications; inspect construction of work; recommend modifications; process payment requests.
  • Review engineered plans, specifications and related documents.
  • Represent the Public Works department to other City departments, elected officials, outside agencies and the public.
  • Coordinate Public Works department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Provide staff assistance to the City Manager; supplies information and support to a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public works.

TO APPLY: Download a City application and complete job description, which includes necessary knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions. Interested individuals should submit a City application to Human Resources, by either applying online or email Applications accepted until position filled.