Director, Public Works

Clark County, Washington | Vancouver, WA

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Posted Date 8/02/2022

Director, Public Works

Clark County, Washington

Salary:  $118,860 - $167,964


Located in southwest Washington, Clark County stretches from the north bank of the Columbia River to the southern shadows of Mount St. Helens. As a regional hub for transportation and commerce, Clark County is across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, and the Portland International Airport, and is a vital player in a bi-state metropolitan area with a growing economy, an exemplary education system and access to high-quality health care, housing, transportation, parks and many other amenities. Clark County is the fifth most populous county in Washington with more than 481,950 residents. Clark County’s seat and largest city is Vancouver, which is the fourth largest city in Washington and boasts a vibrant downtown. With a mild year-round climate, the region is the perfect place to take advantage of outdoor recreational activities.


The Clark County Public Works Department employs more than 300 employees and provides services primarily to 225,000 residents who live in unincorporated areas outside city boundaries. The department is currently divided into six divisions: Administration & Finance, Clean Water, Engineering & Construction, Parks & Lands, Road Maintenance & Safety, and Transportation & Development.


Reporting to the County Administrator, the Director of Public Works represents, advises and assists the County Administrator and Board of County Commissioners in all Public Works services and functions. The position will direct the Public Works functions of Transportation, Operations and Maintenance, Equipment Services, Parks, and Environmental Services and others as assigned, managing a staff of over 200 positions through intermediate managers. The Director determines overall department organization, mission, core services and allocation of financial, human and capital resources, and develops and manages short- and long-term department goals and priorities. At the discretion of the County, this position may be designated to act in the additional legal capacity of County Engineer. The additional designation as County Engineer provides authority to exercise technical review and approval for professional engineering and contractual services performed by and for the Department of Public Works as provided by WAC 1360 10-030 and RCW 36.80.


Candidates must have a bachelor's degree and eight (8) to ten (10) years of responsible management experience providing expertise in the direction of Public Works programs and services. A master’s degree in public administration, civil engineering or a related field is highly desirable. When serving in the second capacity as County Engineer, the incumbent must be registered as a professional civil engineer in the State of Washington. Job candidates must possess the credentials and ability to procure such registration within the first six (6) months of employment. The ideal experience would provide a thorough knowledge of public works infrastructures such as transportation and wastewater treatment, with exposure to other areas such as parks, fleet management, solid waste management, and storm water management.


For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Clark County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: August 29, 2022 (open until filled).

Salary118860.00 - 167964.00 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
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