Director of Public Works

City of Englewood | Englewood, CO

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Posted Date 8/12/2022


The Director of Public Works serves as a department head and a member of the City’s executive management team.  Manages the resources of the Public Works Department.  Plans, administers, and directs all activities relating to the design, construction, repair and/or maintenance of the infrastructure of the City.  City infrastructure includes: streets, alleys and surface drainage; traffic systems, pavement markings and street signs; central garage facilities and vehicles; and building facilities.  Develops department mission statement and supports its goals and objectives.  The role requires someone who displays a great deal of Resilient Leadership, Pride in Leadership, a Foundation of Trust, Values People, Cultivates Partnerships, and encourages One Team which are the City’s values. 



The listed examples of work are not intended to be all-inclusive.  They may be modified with additions, deletions, or changes as necessary.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Participates as a member of the Executive Management Team.  Contributes to the development and implementation of City goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and service standards.

Establishes, plans, and administers the overall programs, policies, and strategic goals of the department.

Plans, organizes, schedules, supervises, and evaluates the work of the Department staff.  Recommends the selection of staff and provides for their training and professional development.

Prepares the department budget.  Monitors expenditures and ensures compliance of approved budget.

Acts as the City Engineer of Record.  Works with other governmental agencies in the development, coordination, and implementation of public works projects.  Is responsible for enforcing all adopted policies and regulations pertaining to Public Works as identified in the Englewood Municipal Code. 

Provides engineering expertise and project administration for Public Improvement Fund, Capital Projects Fund, Conservation Trust Fund, Arapahoe County Open Space Fund projects, and engineering assistance to the City Council, City Manager, and all other City departments.

Serves as the President of the Englewood Environmental Foundation, Inc., a not for profit development corporation to oversee CityCenter Englewood, administering the Common Area Maintenance agreement (CAM).

Serves as Vice-president of the Englewood McLellan Reservoir Foundation, Inc., a not for profit corporation to oversee the development and management of a real estate asset. Works with the Board to optimize development in order to maximize the long-term financial return to the City.  Those efforts include land planning, over lot grading, subdivision, infrastructure design and development, securing water taps, leasing, etc.

Evaluates and prepares comments and recommendations on issues raised by the City Manager and or City Council, the Transportation Advisory Committee, and others as appropriate. 

Participates with the City Manager’s Office in establishing the City’s Capital Improvement Program Budget.

Attends City Council meetings when required and any other organized meetings as directed by the City Manager.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

Performs other duties as assigned and required.



Education: Masters Degree in Public Administration or Business Administration; Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

Work Experience: 8 years of progressively responsible experience in related field; Minimum 5 years in management, administration and project management.

Certifications and/or Licensures: Professional Engineer (PE) license preferred.

Required Driver’s License: Valid Colorado driver’s license and a clear or acceptable MVR

An equivalent combination of education, training and relevant job experience may be substituted.




Advanced knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and techniques of public works
  • Management principles and practices
  • Strategic planning
  • Budgeting and budget analysis
  • Public Administration
  • Personnel Management
  • Project Management
  • Change Management


Working knowledge of:

  • Techniques, practices, materials and procedures used in the design, maintenance, repair and construction of streets and alleys, and City buildings and facilities
  • The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Establishing and maintaining a large vehicle fleet and service facility
  • Applications software for Windows environment, Microsoft Office preferred


Skills and Abilities

Ensures Accountability – Follows through on commitments and makes sure others do the same.  Acts with a clear sense of ownership.  Takes personal responsibility for decisions, actions, and failures.  Establishes clear responsibilities and processes for monitoring work and measuring results.  Designs feedback loops into work.

Drives Results – Has a strong bottom-line orientation.  Persists in accomplishing objectives despite obstacles and setbacks.  Has a track record of exceeding goals successfully.  Pushes self and helps others achieve results.

Communicates Effectively – Is effective in a variety of communication settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, or among diverse styles and position levels.  Attentively listens to others.  Adjusts to fit the audience and the message.  Provides timely and helpful information to others across the organization.  Encourages the open expression of diverse ideas and opinions.        

Instills Trust – Follows through on commitments.  Is seen as direct and truthful.  Keeps confidences.  Practices what he/she preaches.  Shows consistency between words and actions. 

Optimizes Work Processes – Identifies and creates the processes necessary to get work done.  Separates and combines activities into efficient workflow.  Designs processes and procedures that allow managing from a distance.  Seeks ways to improve processes, from small tweaks to complete reengineering. 

Customer Focus – Gains insight into customer needs.  Identifies opportunities that benefit the customer.  Builds and delivers solutions that meet customer expectations.  Establishes and maintains effective customer relationships.

Computer Skills - Strong skills needed to create reports.

Communication – Advanced interpersonal skills required to establish and maintain positive working relationships with City Council, department heads, board members, architects, engineers, attorneys, contractors, developers, and the public.  Strong leadership skills needed to provide direction and feedback to staff.  Advanced communication skills needed to prepare and deliver presentations, and to plan and conduct meetings.

Advanced conflict resolution skills needed to diffuse situations and resolve issues. Ability to relate to and communicate with disparate populations and employee groups.

Analytical – Advanced skills required to interpret department and community needs.  Also needed to analyze data, recognize trends and resolve complex issues.  Must be able to prepare and interpret specifications and designs.

Project Management – Advanced skills needed to plan, organize and coordinate the activities of a diverse department.  Also needed to manage multiple projects concurrently while preparing for future events

General Management – Advanced skills needed for budget management and to develop and administer policies and procedures.  Also required to effectively supervise department employees.

Mathematical – Strong skills required for financial and budgetary processes. Ability to perform rudimentary and complex engineering calculations.



Work is performed in a standard office environment, requiring sitting for extended periods of time, and occasional light lifting (up to 15 lbs.).  Job requires visual and physical capabilities to perform data entry, filing, and to work on computers and associated equipment for prolonged periods of time (4-6 hours daily).  Occasional field visits and work on job sites may occur as well.



$141,991 - $212,987/Annual



The City of Englewood offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees including paid time off, holidays, medical, dental, and vision.

The City recognizes the value of a healthy work-life balance. The City of Englewood offers hybrid work options to eligible positions.

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Local Government
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