Director of Public Works

City of Charlottesville | Charlottesville, VA

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Posted Date 2/11/2020

The City of Charlottesville, consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in the nation, is in search of a dynamic leader to direct and manage its Public Works Department. The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader with a passion for excellence and outstanding communication, collaboration, and team-building skills who can effectively drive necessary change.  The Public Works Director is results-oriented and solutions-driven, maintains a commitment to citizens' customer service, and has a high energy level with the ability to enjoy and relish challenges.

The Director performs complex professional and administrative work leading the Public Works Department. Leads the work of the Public Works Administration Office and oversees the operations of the departments six divisions: Engineering, Environmental Sustainability, Facilities Development, Facilities Maintenance, Fleet, and Public Service. Primarily and most frequently the work done here is performed as leader or director with broad functional areas and more expertise and strategic focus. The City Manager appoints this position. The Director will report to the Deputy City Manager of Operations for operational purposes. Working under the direction of the Deputy City Manager, the Public Works Director is responsible for the planning and organization of the operations and maintenance functions of the department, and coordinates assigned activities with other city departments and outside agencies. Operations are 24/7 and include all weather related and other emergencies.

The starting salary will be between $89,247.86 and $178,495.71 annually, dependent on education and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits program, including the option for participation in a Defined Benefits or Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. Reasonable relocation assistance will be available. To be considered, an application must be filled out online at prior to the closing date of March 6, 2020 at 5pm EST. Please include with your online application a cover letter, resume, salary history, and at least 5 professional references.

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Essential Responsibilities and Duties


  • Assumes full management responsibility for all Public Works Department services and activities;
  • Serves as the liaison between the Office of the City Manager and field and office operations of the department, advises on the same;
  • Direct the development and implementation of Public Works Department goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area;
  • Serves as intergovernmental coordinator between departments, federal, state and other local authorities;
  • Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the Public Works Department operating and capital budgets and the stormwater utility enterprise fund;
  • Represent the Public Works Department to the general public, other city departments, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinates Public Works Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies;
  • Oversees the coordination and execution of capital improvement projects with staff, municipal departments, and regional partners;
  • Supports the delivery of City goals and commitments related to climate and sustainability;
  • Assesses and monitors the City's infrastructure to provide adequate levels of public service both for existing systems and development;
  • Plan, direct and coordinate the Public Works Department work plan and accreditation efforts; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Development and evaluation of programs, policies, and procedures necessary to ensure safe and effective management of staff and daily operations.
  • Oversees and directs engineering functions to include large-scale transportation projects in accordance with VDOT and FHA guidelines;
  • Directs the recruitment, training, and development of new and existing department personnel; continually evaluates and reviews department-wide training and internal services programs;
  • Overseeing human resources programs, grievance processes and the orderly administration of personnel matters.
  • May have an active and/or lead role in event preparation and response in coordination with emergency services and law enforcement;
  • Performs other related duties as requested by the City Manager.

Education, Experience and Skills

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of eight years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public works operations, programs and services, including a minimum of four years of supervisory, budgetary, and management responsibility; preferably in a municipal or public sector environment.
  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university.
  • Preference is for candidates possessing a master's degree in public administration, business administration, or a related field.
  • Preference for candidates with licensure as a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the Commonwealth of Virginia or reciprocity from another state and the ability to secure a Virginia P.E. within twelve months.

Special Requirements:

  • By employment start date, possession of a valid appropriate driver's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia required.

Skills: Comprehensive knowledge of municipal public works administration, planning and budgetary control; Thorough knowledge of principles of supervision, training, performance evaluations and modern personnel administration practices; Ability to formulate comprehensive operational policies and procedures; Ability to prepare complex technical reports; Demonstrated ability to meet timelines and to manage processes, budgets, and programs; Ability to supervise the work of a wide ranging professional staff; Strong organizational and team-building skills with demonstrated leadership and consensus-building skills; Ability to maintain effective working relationships with City officials, other public officials, employees, contractors, and the general public; strong public relations and communication skills with the  ability to communicate effectively both orally and written; Thorough knowledge in asset management, condition rating and setting priorities to maintain functional infrastructure.


Physical Conditions & Work Contacts

Standard work environment. Evening and weekend meetings required.




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Local Government
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