Director of Public Works

City of St Paul | St Paul, MN

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Posted Date 2/07/2020

Salary: $123,552.00 - $169,000.00 Annually

The City of Saint Paul is Minnesota's capital city and the 2nd largest city in our state with a population of more than 300,000. We are home to a diverse group of residents who speak over 125 languages and dialects. We have more than 170 parks and open spaces, and more shoreline on the Mississippi River than any other city. 

We are at an exciting time in our history: our population has increased by 24,000 people over the past decade, and across our city, we are experiencing growth and change. This presents an enormous opportunity for the future of our city, but also requires that we work to ensure everyone in our community can participate in the benefits of Saint Paul's growing prosperity. That is why we are committed to ensuring our public services and our entire city works for all of us. 

Our City Government
The City of Saint Paul was incorporated in 1845. Our Charter provides for a strong-mayor form of government. The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City and serves a four-year term. The seven members of our part-time City Council are elected by ward. Saint Paul's 2019 operating, capital and debt service budgets total just under $763 million. 

We offer a wide array of career paths including more than 600 job classifications among 16 operating departments and have nearly 3,000 employees. We are a leader in promoting inclusion and equity, and we value a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our community. We offer competitive pay and benefits packages, and generous leave programs. Join us as we work together in building a city that works for all of us.

About the Department of Public Works
Saint Paul Public Works is a nationally accredited department responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the street, sewer and drainage infrastructure systems in the City of Saint Paul. One of the largest engineering organizations in Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Works is responsible for more than 1,874 miles of streets, 806 miles of sanitary sewer, 450 miles of storm sewer, 107 bridges, and 145 miles of bike lanes. The department also engineers the traffic, signal and lighting infrastructure for the City, in addition to coordinating Citywide recycling and garbage efforts.

More information about the Public Works Department is available on our website at:

The Director of Public Works is responsible for an annual operating budget of $162 million with a current staffing complement of 368 full time employees (FTEs). 2019 Adopted City Summary for Public Works. (Download PDF reader)

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate is a talented and unifying leader who brings innovative ideas and management to the agency and can translate big picture vision and goals into realistic plans. The ideal candidate will be a great manager and an effective partner to all stakeholders in the business, development and advocacy communities to successfully articulate the Mayor's vision for Saint Paul. The Director of Public Works will be a champion for equity and will work closely with the department's leadership to enact significant change.

For more detailed information, see the Director of Public Works advisory job description.

Equity and Inclusion
The City of Saint Paul's mission is to integrate equity and inclusion into how we approach all our work. Our vision is to be committed to building an equitable and inclusive city that will shift culture in city processes and policies, eliminate structural inequities, and ensure timely and relevant access to services, resources, support, and opportunity to every person in Saint Paul.




A Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Seven (7) years of progressively-responsible, professional experience in public works construction projects and/or engineering design.
  • Three (3) years of management experience. 


By Closing Date, you MUST

The City of Saint Paul has retained KP Companies to assist in filling this position. Interested parties should contact Joelle Allen at with a resume.

Selection Process Information

This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements. This is an UNCLASSIFIED position and is therefore not governed by City Civil Service Rules.

Final Selection Process:  A community review panel comprised of community members, policy experts, and civic leaders will conduct an initial interview of candidates for this position. Once the community review panel completes the interview process, their feedback will be submitted to Mayor Carter who will conduct a final interview and selection.

Compensation and Benefits
This is an unclassified, at-will position appointed by the Mayor. The salary range is up to $169,000, with starting salary dependent upon experience and qualifications. In addition, the salary is supplemented by Saint Paul's outstanding benefits package:

  • Pension - City contribution to MN Public Employee Retirement Association.
  • Vacation - Vacation time is accrued at a minimum of 17 days per year.
  • Other Leave - Employees receive ten paid holidays and six personal leave days every year.
  • Deferred Compensation - $2,000 minimum employer match available (match may vary).
  • Medical Insurance - single medical coverage is fully paid for by employer; significant City contribution for family coverage.
  • Dental Insurance - Preventive dental coverage is provided. Optional dental is available at cost.
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability are provided.
  • Life Insurance - Saint Paul pays for 100% of premium cost for an amount of coverage equaling one and one-half times the employee's annual salary.

Condition of Employment: This position will require a background check which may include criminal history, employment history, credit check, and proof of education as a condition of employment. The City of Saint Paul encourages individuals to apply for positions regardless of criminal history.

Information about data you provide: The information you supply will be used to assess your qualifications for this position; to distinguish you from other applicants; and to contact you for an interview. The following information will be considered private data pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act: your name, home/work/email address, and home phone number. If you are considered a finalist for an employment vacancy, your name, education, training, and previous work experience will become public data. Private data is available only to you and to other persons who have a bona fide need for the data. Upon court order, data may be disclosed in legal proceedings. Public data is available to anyone requesting it and consists of all data not designated in this notice as private.

The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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