Public Works Director

City of Pasco, Washington | Pasco, WA

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Posted Date 2/21/2024

Public Works Director

City of Pasco, Washington

Salary$150,000 - $204,568


Located between the pristine and iconic Columbia and Snake Rivers in southeastern Washington, Pasco is a vibrant and growing community that enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. The exceptional climate, combined with the area’s inviting waterways, enables residents and visitors alike to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, from water sports and golf, to wine touring and outdoor theater. Pasco, pop. 82,000, has seen tremendous growth in the past two decades, while maintaining its sense of community and focus on public safety. Pasco, along with the neighboring cities of Richland and Kennewick, comprise the Tri-Cities metropolitan area. With a population of over 308,000, it is the third largest, and fastest growing metro area in the state. The region is also home to over 160 wineries and is known as the “Heart of Washington Wine Country,” producing some of the finest wines in the world.


The City of Pasco Public Works Department is essential to managing and maintaining Pasco’s public infrastructure. The department contains two divisions, including the CIP Engineering Division and the Operations Division. The department oversees the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the city’s transportation network, utilities infrastructure, and capital facilities. Public Works provides water, stormwater, and sewer utilities, operating two water filtration plants and one wastewater treatment plant, and it also owns and operates the Process Water Reuse Facility.  The Public Works Department operates on a 2024 budget of $115.8 million with 107 FTEs.


Under the general direction of the City Manager, the Public Works Director is a high-profile executive role in a rapidly growing city, responsible for leading the Public Works Department. This position requires frequent presentations to the City Council, regular communication with various external stakeholders, and engagement with the public. The Director oversees diverse operations, including engineering, infrastructure development, and maintenance, ensuring alignment with City policies and strategic objectives. The Director will lead both an Engineering Team, as well as an Operations Team of approximately 90 staff, with 80 of those staff being comprised of labor positions in the International Union of Operation Engineers (IUOE).


Education and experience: A bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, engineering, or a related field. A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant managerial experience in a public works or similar setting. Advanced degrees or certifications in relevant fields are preferred. Registration as a Professional Engineer is advantageous. The ideal candidate will be excellent at presenting complex engineering concepts to a lay audience, providing excellent customer service to external clients, developers, contractors, and internal departments as they often serve in a project management capacity, and have the ability to manage multiple professions, including engineers, and operators of water/sewer plants, as well as operations professionals.


For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Pasco is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: March 24, 2024 (open until filled).

Salary150,000.00 - 204,568.00 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

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