Assistant Director of Public Works

City of West Palm Beach | West Palm Beach, FL

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Posted Date 2/01/2024

Salary: $106,882 - $133,603

The City of West Palm Beach is a municipality where high performers blossom and operational excellence is a hallmark. To maintain and build upon its stellar workforce, the City is strongly committed to providing its employees with competitive salaries that are at or above market and comprehensive health and retirement benefits that are second to none.  In furtherance of these goals, the City has implemented a new salary structure in which all non-public safety pay ranges and minimum starting salaries were increased by 7%. Additionally, all City positions including on-call and part time positions have a minimum hourly starting rate of $17.00 or higher.  Certain non-public safety positions may qualify for hybrid work arrangements under specific conditions.  If you are a high performer, seeking an opportunity to blossom and grow, we have a place for you in our workforce.  We invite you to join our team – apply today!

The City of West Palm Beach (pop. 117,286 – 2021) with its sunny, palm-lined streets, scenic waterfront views, quaint shopping districts, historic neighborhoods and year-round outdoor festivals is a slice of paradise. Among the City’s many attributes is an active and vibrant downtown and waterfront that serves to host a variety of nationally recognized cultural and leisure activities for residents and visitors alike.

Incorporated in 1894 and encompassing over 55 square miles, the county seat of Palm Beach County is one the fastest growing areas in the country.  The City offers a dynamic setting in which to live, work, play and enjoy all the attributes of South Florida living.  Our ethnically and culturally diverse community and workplace are the bedrock of our strength and resilience.

Explore the many opportunities available for joining our diverse and winning team!

Under general direction,  assists in directing the operations of the Department of Public Works, including Administration, Facilities Management, Sanitation, Fleet Management, and Street Maintenance divisions; and performs other related duties as assigned.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Which are not in any hierarchical order)



1.    Assists in directing the operations and activities of the Department of Public Works, including administration, facilities management, fleet management, street maintenance, and sanitation divisions; monitors status of work in progress; inspects completed work; troubleshoots problem situations.

2.    Assists in preparing and administering departmental budget; monitors division budget; assists in authorizing expenditures and overtime; reviews and negotiates consultant authorizations, manages projects, and reviews plans; reviews and authorizes proposals, invoices, and budgetary decisions.

3.    Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals. 

4.    Ensures compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.

5.    Develops, updates, and implements departmental policies and procedures.

6.    Provides information, assistance and technical expertise to contractors, developers, and property owners; responds to questions, concerns or complaints and initiates problem resolution; discusses problem areas with property owners, property management, contractors, or other departments; provides technical assistance and consultation to other City departments.

7.    Attends or approves the attendance at staff, regulatory, and training meetings/conferences.

8.    Assumes full supervisory responsibilities for the Department Director as needed.

9.    Performs other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree with a major in Business Administration or related field (education will be verified using the “Education Requirements” listed below) and six (6) years management experience that includes public works administration and a combination of fleet management, facilities management, streets maintenance, or sanitation, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Three (3) years supervisory experience is required.

A current and valid Florida driver’s license is required.  For application purposes, a valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license within thirty (30) days from date of employment.


Education Requirements: To be considered valid (or verified) for position qualification purposes, and consistent with City Hiring Policy 4-5, a High School, GED or equivalent diploma, and all higher education degrees or certifications must have been issued by: 

a)    a public education institution in the State of Florida or any State or Territory of the United States; or

b)    an institution accredited by an accrediting organization that is recognized by the Florida Department of Education or the U.S. Department of Education; or

c)    an institution that is accredited by an organization that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); or

d)    an institution whose degree or certification is accepted by institutions identified in either a), b), or c), above, for the purpose of admission to institutions identified in either a), b), or c) above.


International degrees will be evaluated to determine if they satisfy qualification requirements.


Special Driving Requirements:

  • Have not lost any driving privileges by reason of revocation, suspension, or denial of license, or have been convicted and/or had an adjudication withheld of three or more moving violations.
  • Have not had one DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in any preceding twenty-four (24) month period. License suspension of two weeks or less or suspensions based only on non-moving violations that have been cleared will not automatically result in revocation of driving privileges.
  • Have not had more than one DUI (conviction or adjudication withheld) in Florida or any other state within the past ten (10) years.

If you are interested in applying for this position you may apply online.  Applications must be received in Human Resources by the closing date.


The City of West Palm Beach is an equal employment opportunity employer. The City values the service of veterans to our country, supports recruitment of veterans and veterans' preference will be given in accordance with Chapter 295 of the Florida Statutes for those who met the minimum requirements of the position. Background investigation, physical, and drug and alcohol screening is required as condition of employment.


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