Public Works Director

City of Ridgefield, Washington | Ridgefield, WA

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Posted Date 10/27/2022

Public Works Director

City of Ridgefield, Washington

Salary:  $130,000 - $165,000


Located in northern Clark County, approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington, and 14 miles north of Portland, Oregon, the City of Ridgefield, Washington, encompasses nearly seven square miles and is a rapidly growing community of 14,500 residents. Ridgefield is expected to double the current population in the next 10 years. Ridgefield is notable for the significant Native American and Lewis & Clark Expedition history of the area and is also the home of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, a primary reserve for migrating waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway. The area offers an outstanding quality of life with affordable housing, excellent schools, a very low crime rate, extraordinary outdoor recreation opportunities, a rich history, a mild climate, wineries, art galleries, unique shopping and restaurants, and much more.


The City of Ridgefield’s Public Works Department supports the community’s quality of life and economic vitality by managing the planning, design, construction, and operation of all city-owned public infrastructure to meet the needs of the community. As the city of Ridgefield continues to rapidly grow, the Ridgefield Public Works Department has and will be responsible for designing, managing construction of, and maintaining, a variety of key assets including streets, sidewalks, water rights/wells, stormwater facilities, community parks, and a city cemetery. The Public Works Department is currently organized by activity, with divisions for facilities, engineering, utilities, and stormwater, with a total of approximately 25 FTEs, and operating on a 2022 budget of $8.3 million.


Under the direction of the City Manager, the Public Works Director assumes full leadership and management responsibility for all Public Works Department services and activities. The position will develop and implement department goals, objectives, and policies, and review and evaluate work methods and procedures to improve organizational performance, enhance services, and meet goals. The Public Works Director will be responsible for preparing and managing the public works budget, preparing forecasts for necessary funding, developing grant funding applications, and monitoring expenditures. The Director coordinates engineering activities, conferring with staff as needed in preparing and reviewing plans and specifications, inspecting and supervising projects, and resolving construction contract problems.


A bachelor’s degree in a job-related field and at least six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in a public works setting are required. It is preferred that candidates be registered as a Professional Engineer. Experience in strategic planning, team building, and regional partnerships is desirable. Any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the level of required knowledge and abilities may be considered.


For a complete position profile and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Ridgefield is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: November 20, 2022 (open until filled).

Salary130000.00 - 165000.00 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

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