Director of Public Works

City of Annapolis | Annapolis, MD

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Posted Date 5/11/2022

The City of Annapolis is looking for its next Director of Public Works.

About the City of Annapolis
Annapolis is the capital of the state of Maryland, as well as the county seat of Anne Arundel County.  Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, 25 miles south of Baltimore and about 30 miles east of Washington, D.C., Annapolis is part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area.  Its population was measured at 38,394 by the 2010 census.

“America’s Sailing Capital” is truly the crown jewel of the Chesapeake Bay.  Known for the elite U.S. Naval Academy, the United States Sailboat Show, and the historic Maryland State House, Annapolis is also home to charming, brick streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.  It is one of the most walkable cities in the country and consistently is named one of the top places in America to live.  

City Government
The City is governed by a City Council comprised of the Mayor and eight Alderpersons.  The Mayor is elected citywide and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The Alderpersons are elected by ward and have no term limits. Elections are held in the year following the presidential election.  The City employs over 600 employees, with a total annual operating budget of $140 million.  

The Position
The Director of Public Works is a highly responsible, at-will position managing the department’s 108 employees, $21 million annual budget, and five operating divisions.  The Director reports to the City Manager.  The department provides comprehensive public works services to city residents, businesses and internal customers, including capital project engineering and construction, City facilities maintenance and repair, City fleet management, solid waste and recycling collection, storm water management, street maintenance including snow removal, sanitary sewer collection, and potable water production and distribution.

Ideal Candidate Profile
The next Director will come to the position having already held key positions in similar organizations.  A seasoned professional engineer, the Director will be well-rounded in multiple areas of public works management, with the ability to comfortably change focus among the individual areas of public works as the needs of the department change over time.  The individual must be apolitical but politically astute, capable of presenting complex issues and policies to the City Council and effectively engaging with the general public.  The new Director will have mastered the fundamentals of management, including performance management, staff development, communication, negotiation, and delegation.  He/she will be willing to take on challenging projects with a “can do” attitude, and remain open to change. The breadth of his/her background allows them to bridge differences of opinion and reach collaborative consensus.

Education, Experience, And Credentials
Graduation from a four-year ABET accredited college or university with a degree in engineering, and at least five years of experience in public works management and engineering in an executive, managerial or supervisory capacity.  Registered as a professional engineer in the State of Maryland, or in another state of the United States with the ability, within six (6) months of hire, to become a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland.  An advanced degree in Engineering or Public Administration is highly desirable.

The salary range for this position is between $104,419 - $176,028 and is negotiable based on education and experience.  A full City of Annapolis benefits package is available, which includes:
• Medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance
• Retirement (1.5% at 65 with 10 year vesting for new employees)
• Generous vacation, sick leave, and disability income benefits
•    12 paid holidays annually
• 401(a) and 457 Plans
•    Life insurance including supplemental life insurance
• Flexible Spending Account
• Employee Assistance Program

Close June 09, 2022

Application and Selection Procedure
This position is open until filled.  To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, submit your compelling resume and cover letter by the first resume review date of Monday, June 27, 2022.  Your resume should reflect years and months of employment, including beginning/ending dates as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed.  
Please go to the City’s website to submit your application:


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Local Government
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