Public Works Director

City of Burien - Burien, WA | Burien, WA

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Posted Date 6/24/2024

Salary $171,908 to $208,956 annually DOE.  Excellent Benefit Package, 100% paid health insurance for employee and for dependent dental/vision with 90% paid dependent medical, PERS Retirement Plan, 401a Social Security Replacement Fund, 13 Paid Holidays, 12 days sick leave, 5 days management leave, negotiated vacation, and more.

We are looking for the next Director of Public Works following the retirement of the prior Director. Come and lead this great group of dedicated professionals. The position will be open until filled, however interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

The City of Burien is committed to achieving racial justice and ensuring the fair treatment of people of all races and identities. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. While the City of Burien elevates race, we also recognize and honor the complexity of each unique identity and center on the under-resourced and underrepresented.

Our commitment to achieving and sustaining racial justice requires us to be transparent, proactive, and deliberate in all decision-making. We take these steps to help better meet our vision of creating a vibrant and creative community, where residents embrace diversity, celebrate arts and culture, promote vitality, and treasure the environment.

General Position Summary

Leads, plans, organizes, directs and controls the City's public works functions including engineering services, project management, development review, transportation services, street maintenance, traffic, and surface water management.

Essential Functions:

  • Supports and models the identified vision, values and behaviors of the organization.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates public works functions including engineering services, capital improvements, project management, development review, transportation, street maintenance, and surface water management.
  • Reviews and monitors proposed changes to federal, state, and local laws to determine their impact on public works policies and practices; prepares, coordinates, and implements responses and recommendations to the City Manager, City Council and other department directors.
  • Develops and administers departmental budget, including forecast of funds for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies and monitoring of expenses.
  • Provides managerial assistance to subordinates in planning and implementing programs.
  • Sets direction, goals, objectives, and priorities for the department.
  • Performs short- and long-range planning activities.
  • Prepares scopes of service, construction cost estimates, contract bid documents and evaluation criteria and arranges for the bidding and award of construction contracts.
  • Participates in the selection of consultants; negotiates and monitors contracts and services of outside firms to assure compliance with specifications, timelines, and City ordinances and policies.
  • Manages construction and service contracts in accordance with applicable city, state and federal requirements;
  • Prepares materials for and makes presentations to elected officials and the public.
  • Investigates and responds to complaints regarding Public Works operations.
  • Coordinates activities of Public Works Department with those of other City departments, governmental agencies, and private and public utility companies.
  • Establishes and updates organization and department procedures as needed.
  • Provides managerial leadership and supervision to subordinates.
  • Attends Council meetings and a variety of other special interest meetings as required.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelors Degree in business administration, public administration, civil engineering or related field plus ten years progressively responsible administrative experience in the public works field, including five years in a supervisory capacity OR a combination of education, training and experience which provides an equivalent background sufficient to perform the work of the position. Masters Degree preferred.

Special Requirements

  • Significant experience in local government public works and contract management.
  • Professional Engineer License (PE) preferred.
Job Category
Local Government
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