Salary: $107,611 - $129,189 (2020)
Immediate Supervisor: City Administrator
The Public Works Director is a self-directed and highly accountable position providing oversight, direction and leadership to the Public Works Department. This dynamic and innovative leader guides the Department through long range planning and everyday maintenance and operations of the City of Yelm's streets, water and sewer systems, parks municipal buildings and facilities, fleet maintenance and animal control with a focus on customer service. The ideal candidate employs a leadership style that invites participation and gathers input from the Public Works team. The successful candidate possesses strong communication skills and the ability to connect with staff, elected officials and the growing community in order to effectively drive change. With an eye on process improvement and innovation, the Public Works Director is creative and brings a fresh perspective and new ideas to Public Works projects and initiatives.
The Director manages the development and implementation of the Public Works Department strategy, work plan, goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each service area. In addition, the Director continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures, identifies opportunities for improvement and directs the implementation of changes. The Public Works Director also manages special projects and programs including capital improvements and engineering studies. The Engineering Division includes the City's Capital Improvement Program and Development Review of engineering plans and documents for conformance to City design and construction standards, codes and ordinances. The Director effectively represents the Department to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies and easily explains Public Works programs, policies and activities. The Director provides staff assistance to the City Administrator, Mayor, City Council, and City Advisory Boards and Commissions and doesn't hesitate to negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant and at times controversial issues.
Ensures that all new development in the City meet city, state and federal requirements regarding public works development guidelines and standards. As a member of the Site Plan Review Committee, reviews site and development plans for compliance with City standards and regulations.
Ensures that all City owned utilities are in sound operating and financial condition in a manner that complies with state and federal requirements.
Serves on local and regional committees related to infrastructure issues, transportation planning, and related growth issues.
Participates in appropriate professional organization(s) to keep current on the latest development in area of expertise.
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The Public Works Director is team oriented, establishes clear expectations, effectively delegates and holds others accountable. The Public Works Director is known for supporting staff and removing barriers to enable success. The ideal candidate employs a leadership style that invites participation and gathers input from the talented public works team.
Take the necessary time and effort to form and maintain excellent working relationships throughout the City and the department. Be a vocal supporter for the department and the City, establish trust, and encourage collaboration to prioritize and execute on projects and initiatives.
Develop and execute on a strategy to support the City's goal of maintaining existing infrastructure and preparing for growth. Prioritize infrastructure investments and emphasize the importance of continuing to focus on the fundamental City services of water, sewer, park, and storm water and transportation infrastructure.
Identify and prepare for additional public works resource needs.
Collaborate to promote an efficient and safe, multi-modal transportation system that alleviates traffic and parking congestion and encourages bike and pedestrian accessibility.
Develop a funding strategy for the implementation of the City's Capital Improvement Program.
Develop and maintain positive relationships with the Washington State Department of Transportation, Thurston County, Thurston Regional Planning Council and Yelm community Schools School District.
Ability to work on a multi-agency level and effectively partner and identify opportunities to collaborate.
With a background in one or more traditional public works disciplines, construction and/or engineering, the Public Works Director brings experience working on a wide variety of projects and fully understands the lifecycle of a project and has exceptional financial acumen and easily articulates the cost and budget implications of ongoing infrastructure needs.
The Public Works Director has a strong background in strategic planning and execution and enjoys being an essential and active member of the management team.
Possess strong communication skills and the ability to connect with staff, elected officials and the growing community in order to effectively drive change. With an eye on process improvement and innovation, the Public Works Director is creative and brings a fresh perspective and new ideas to public works projects and initiatives.
The Public Works Director monitors trends and best practices in order to drive efficiency and inform decision making multi-tasks with ease, and capable of shifting gears quickly to prioritize and balance workloads and resource needs to meet project demands.
Knowledgeable of State and federal financing programs including but not limited to the Washington State Public Works Trust Fund, Washington Department of Ecology, Transportation Improvement Board, Washington State Department of Trade and Economic Development Community Revitalization Board.
An effective leader, the Public Works Director models behaviors expected throughout the Department, including collaboration, a commitment to high quality work and sound customer service.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Five (5) or more years of supervisory experience in public works, civil engineering or public administration. A thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of public works administration along with considerable knowledge of materials, methods and techniques used in construction, maintenance and operations of streets, sewers, storm, water, building facilities, fleet and parks are essential.
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Environmental Science or other related field is required. A registered Professional Engineer is highly desired.
Must pass a background check
Must be bondable
Valid Washington State Driver's License
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.
PERS Retirement; Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance; Vacation, Holidays and Sick Leave. Benefits based on a 40-hour workweek.
How to apply: Print and complete City of Yelm application available at www.ci.yelm.wa.us/human-resources. Submit application along with a letter of interest and resume to: Karen Bennett, HR Specialist, 106 2nd St SE, Yelm WA 98597, or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org