Public Works Director

City of Panama City Beach | Panama City Beach, FL

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Posted Date 1/18/2023


Salary: $92,405.49 - $120,127.14 Annually

This position directs the city’s public works operations, including environmental services, street maintenance, CRA services, traffic services, stormwater management, and engineering services functions.

Examples of Duties

  • Manages department budgets, personnel, and equipment to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of department operations; provides instruction and guidance to division directors.


  • Determines and coordinates capital improvement projects; manages capital improvements, large roadway infrastructure projects, and other public works projects.


  • Prepares department operating and capital improvement budgets for approval; manages approved funding; controls expenditures; directs budget adjustments.


  • Reviews and approves department purchase requisitions and bids.


  • Oversees and coordinates long- and short-range studies, plans, and construction of stormwater systems, and roadways.


  • Provides input on CRA related projects and coordinates CRA maintenance activities.


  • Communicates with the City Manager and City Council on matters related to project requests, complaints and other issues, and citizen questions and concerns.


  • Prepares and manages contracts with professional consultants and contractors.


  • Provides expertise for in house Street Division, Stormwater Division, and CRA projects.


  • Reviews reports, studies, cost estimates, and other information in order to make informed decisions.


  • Manages and coordinates debris management during storm events.


  • Attends City Council meetings and presents plans and projects.


  • Reviews storm drainage/flood plain issues with employees, consultants, engineers, and the public.


  • Coordinates Engineers, Inspectors, and field workers to balance services related to the CRA and Street and Stormwater Divisions.


  • Coordinates activities with other city departments.


  • Hires, trains, assigns, directs, supervises, evaluates, and disciplines personnel.


  • Analyzes department administrative and operational procedures to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.


  • Acquires rights-of-way and other property for city use.


  • Makes presentations to civic groups to promote city projects; provides information and interviews to the news media regarding department projects.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

These are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed.  The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.



Typical Qualifications


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college with a Bachelor's degree, preferably in civil engineering or a related field.


  • A minimum of 10 years progressively responsible civil engineering experience including design or construction principles of roadway and stormwater, preferably at the local government level, at least 5 years of which must include experience in a supervisory/managerial capacity.


  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Florida for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.


  • Certification as a Professional Engineer in the State of Florida preferred.



Supplemental Information




  • Knowledge of public works management principles.


  • Knowledge of budget development and management principles.


  • Knowledge of civil and environmental engineering principles and practices related to roadway and stormwater.


  • Knowledge of site design, plan development, and review principles.


  • Knowledge of personnel management principles.


  • Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws and regulations, city ordinances, and department policies and procedures.


  • Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.


  • Skill in management and supervision.


  • Skill in public and media relations.


  • Skill in problem solving.


  • Skill in prioritizing and planning.


  • Skill in interpersonal relations.


  • Skill in oral and written communication.



The City Manager assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.




Guidelines include the employee handbook, personnel rules and regulations, Principles and Practices of Engineering, state and federal laws, FDOT standard specifications, EPA and state environmental regulations, FEMA guidelines, National Flood Insurance Program guidelines, ADA regulations, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and city and department policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.  This position develops department guidelines.




  • The work consists of varied management, supervisory, and technical duties. The need to work cooperatively with a variety of stakeholders contributes to the complexity of the position.


  • The purpose of this position is to direct the city’s public works operations. Successful performance helps ensure the effective and efficient operation of the department and affects the quality of life for city residents and visitors.




  • Contacts are typically with co?workers, other city employees, vendors, state and local government officials, elected and appointed officials, developers, contractors, consultants, vendors, and the general public.


  • Contacts are typically to exchange information, motivate persons, negotiate matters, resolve problems, and provide services.




  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, or walking. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.


  • The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee is exposed to dust, dirt, grease, and machinery with moving parts. Work requires the use of protective gloves such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.



This position has direct supervision over Engineer III – Assistant Director, Civil Engineers, Field Inspectors, Senior Administrative Support Specialist, Street Superintendent, and Stormwater Superintendent.


Job Category
Local Government
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