Director of Public Works

City of Suffolk | Suffolk, VA

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Posted Date 4/13/2021


$99,347.00 - $172,861.00 Annually
The Public Works Director is a key member of the City Manager's Executive Leadership Team with responsibility for planning, directing, managing, and supervising the day-to-day operations of the Public Works Department.  Operating within broad general policy guidelines and in alignment with the City Manager, the Director exercises substantial latitude and discretion to achieve effective and efficient utilization of resources to manage the department.  This position is appointed by and serves under the direction of the City Manager and requires frequent interaction with other department directors.

Under the administrative direction of the Deputy City Manager, the Director of Public Works, performs administrative and professional engineering work in directing the activities of the Public Works Department, one of the City’s largest departments.  The Director of Public Works is responsible for planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing and directing the activities of the following eight divisions: Administration, Stormwater/Engineering, Mosquito Control, Fleet Management, Refuse, Roadway, Traffic Engineering, and Transit.   Collaborates with the City Manager, Deputy City Manager, City Council, and other departments on strategy and policy to ensure that the City’s mission and core values are incorporated into operational activities and services.   


Examples of Duties

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (functions and duties critical to performing the job)

  • Plans, budgets, organizes, schedules, directs and supervises public work activities. 
  • Confers with and advises divisions on problems related to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of streets, storm sewers, stormwater retention in response to public and private development activity and plans.
  • Prepares and reviews bid documents and purchase requests and recommends award.
  • Coordinates, plans, supervises and reviews the activities of Public Works personnel  engaged in carrying out the public works programs and including capital improvements. 
  • Researches and reviews plans, technical engineering reports, budget estimates and proposed ordinances and regulations in support of Public Works activities and programs
  • Responsible for the presentation of the Public Works annual Operations and Capital Improvement Program budgets to the City Manager. 
  • Recommends actions to the City Manager and administration and keeps all parties informed on key tasks. 
  • Makes presentations or provides updates to City Council when requested to do so by City Manager. 
  • Meets and interacts with citizens, city, state, and federal officials and numerous stakeholder groups and organization groups regarding public works programs and activities. 
  • Works with community organizations and groups. 
  • Administers personnel actions to include selection, assessing performance and discipline of employees. 
  • Works regularly with other department heads to coordinate projects, address issues, etc. 
  • Manages stormwater management program, and ensures regulatory reporting and compliance.
  • Manages public roadways program including, but not limited to:  funding, budgeting, construction and maintenance, traffic signals, street lights, pavement markings, and street signs. 
  • Manages and issue permits and inspect all activities in the public right-of-way.
  • Manages refuse collection and disposal Citywide as a member of the Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA).
  • Coordinates with other regional partners through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC). 
  • Coordinates road construction activities through the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), and the Hampton Roads Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (HRTTAC).
  • Coordinates and manage the City’s transit operations, Suffolk Transit and our transit provider, Virginia Regional Transit.
  • Regularly interacts with; reports progress of current projects; and proposes future projects with VDOT personnel.
  • Oversees the City’s fleet maintenance activities for City Fleet purchases and maintenance        activities.              
  • Provides mosquito control services citywide.  
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


Typical Qualifications


Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, or a related field, and 6 to 9 years of progressively responsible experience in municipal engineering program administration, including 6 to 9 years of responsible management experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.  Requires Professional Engineer License.  Requires a valid driver's license.

Professional Engineer License required

Residency in the City of Suffolk required within 1 year of hire


Supplemental Information

Knowledge of:

  • The administrative practices and procedures relative to civil engineering and public works management. 
  • The principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the design, construction and maintenance of a wide variety of municipal public works facilities. 
  • The occupational hazards and proper safety precautions of public works construction and maintenance work. 
  • The financing sources and programs available through State and federal funding agencies for construction and expansion airports, and public works and infrastructure systems, and of the requirements and standards for obtaining and retaining State and federally funded programs. 
  • The principles and practices of supervision, organization and public administration. 
  • The current regulations, trends and development in the field of civil engineering and public works administration. 

 Skill in: 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
  • Leadership skills and gaining cooperation among competing interest groups. 
  • Excellent project management skills including skill in planning, organizing and analyzing problems, making decisions and implementing plans. 
  • The collection, analysis, and presentation of technical data concerning civil engineering and public works management issues.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including public presentation skills. 
  • Strong business and fiscal management skills. 

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively in oral and written form. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, employees, public officials, representatives of other agencies and the public in a courteous manner.  Ability to maintain public relations. 
  • Lead, plan, organize, schedule and assign work to staff.   
  • Prepare accurate and concise reports. 
  • Maintain confidentiality as required. 
  • Partner with safety department to create and lead a safe working environment.
  • Plan, assign and coordinate the work of a large professional and technical staff; able to prepare budget and monitor department expenditures.
  • Prepare comprehensive financial, and analytical reports. Is able to effectively express ideas orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with local, regional, and State officials, developers, contractors and as otherwise necessitated by work assignments. 


Job Category
Local Government
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