Public Works Director

City of Palm Bay | Palm Bay, FL

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Posted Date 4/19/2022



Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Business Management, Public Administration, or a related field, with Master’s Degree in related field preferred, plus six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in local government Public Works or related field is required. Possession of Professional Engineer Registration from the State of Florida is preferred. Familiarity with City of Palm Bay issues, constraints, codes, and procedures and/or relevant Florida experience is preferred. Experience as a City Engineer, Director, or Assistant Director of Public Works or related field is preferred. Certification as an American Public Works Association Certified Public Works Professional-Management or Supervision (CPWP-M or CPWP-S) is preferred. Must possess a valid Florida’s Driver’s License and have an acceptable driving record and maintain an acceptable driving record.


Code 1: Essential Employees may be required to work during an undeclared emergency and/or declared emergency. On an incident by incident basis, the employee's Department Head will make the determination as to who will be required to work.


This is a highly responsible professional and management position performing complex professional and administrative work under limited supervision by coordinating and directing operations of the Public Works Department.. Work involves planning, developing, and implementing proposals and programs to administer projects, provide services, and determine needs of the City as ascertained by coordinating with City Management, City Council, and residents. The Department includes responsibility for City infrastructure including roads, sidewalks, stormwater, traffic signals, including right-of-way permitting and maintenance, driveway, and lot drainage development review, and monitoring citywide contracts including solid waste service, mowing, and street sweeping. Employee is responsible for all operations, engineering, construction, and finance activities, and for direct and delegated supervision of all employees of the Public Works Department. Requires the ability to exercise independent judgment involving complex issues. Reports to the City Manager or designee.


Plans, organizes and directs activities to ensure current and anticipated planning and construction needs of the City are met; implements surveys and studies, anticipates future service requirements and develops strategies to render service, including review of various funding mechanisms; develops, establishes, implements, reviews and updates plans, goals, policies, procedures and standards for provision of services, ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations; projects manpower and staffing requirements to meet current and anticipated needs.

Directs transportation planning and improvement projects and coordinates this activity with County and State agencies.

Supervises all administrative matters in the Public Works Department, including budget and grant proposal preparation and administration, accounts payable, general ledger monitoring, scheduling, and personnel matters.

Plans, organizes, and assigns the work of staff engaged in the design, operation, maintenance, and analysis phases of community planning, project development, and the Capital Improvements Plan, including the administration, facility maintenance, construction inspections, production, and engineering of projects.

Develops and prepares various reports, studies, correspondence, and other data pertaining to departmental operations, and submits such reports, studies, correspondence, etc., as required by federal, State or local regulations, as requested, or as otherwise deemed appropriate.

Coordinates the preparation of plans and specifications for construction projects undertaken by the department; confers with consultants, developers, contractors, affected public officials, and other parties as appropriate, in the development of construction projects and programs.

Oversees the management of capital projects, including ensuring performance within schedule and fiscal constraints. Provides intermittent status reports as requested.

Receives complaints and/or inquiries from public agencies or officials, and/or the general public pertaining to Department or personnel activities, policies, procedures, etc., and responds based on detailed knowledge of Department policies and activities, or initiates further review and investigation of complaints by appropriate personnel, as appropriate; prepares preliminary reports of complaints received and results of preliminary interviews with personnel involved, and assigns and monitors further investigation by subordinate(s).

Prepares, submits, and presents an annual budget and annual Capital Improvement Program; provides documentation and justifications for budgetary requests; point of responsibility for submitting and overseeing departmental budgeted funds. Monitors budget and Capital Improvement Program.

Develops and implements public involvement activities relating to Public Works projects and programs.

Pursues funding partnership for Public Works projects and programs.

Advises City Manager, Deputy City Manager, and Public Officials of demands by the public and any changes to levels of service. Advises best options in a technical sense and resolves conflicts with the public.

Responsible for providing high quality, responsive customer service to both internal and external customers of the department. Expected to promote interdepartmental collaboration, build employee morale, and foster a workplace culture of integrity.


Performs other related work as required.

This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, Management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary that are a logical assignment to the position.

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$80,364.00 - $121,017.00 Annually

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Local Government
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