Public Works Director

Lake Forest Park | Lake Forest Park, WA

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Posted Date 2/12/2021


Position is Open Until Filled. However, initial review of applicants is Wednesday, March 10, 2021.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before 5 p.m. on March 10, 2021.

Salary: $118,536.00 - $152,616.00 Annually

Position Overview 
Reporting to the City Administrator, the Public Works Director plans, directs, manages and oversees the activities and operations of the Public Works Department, including engineering, project management, surface water management, planning, building, sanitary sewer, city facilities, maintenance, and parks. The Director's work involves developing and implementing departmental policies, planning and executing both short and long-range programs and coordinating departmental activities with other city departments and private or civic organizations. The Public Works Department is responsible for building and maintaining the physical assets of the City: its streets and bridges, sanitary sewer systems, storm water management systems, parks and other city properties and buildings.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

Essential Job Functions

o    Manages and supervises public works operations and capital development to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed. Assists in the recruitment and selection of employees; counsels and evaluates employee performance to assist them in performing to their capabilities; manages employee grievances and employee personnel actions in keeping with labor agreements and City personnel policies.

o    Provides leadership and direction in the development and implementation of short and long range plans   and   projects;   gathers,   interprets ,   and   prepares   data   for   studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.

o    Generally, oversees and guides work of professional engineers (P.E.' s), architects, planners, and others providing professional services to the City.

o    Supervises the Building Department’s review of private project development plans for compliance with codes, regulations, and standards related to public works; ensures adequacy of applications for permits and compliance with approved plans.

o    Provides reasoned and clear public and private presentations regarding public works issues to the citizens, business interests, the Mayor and City Council, the City Administrator, and other officials; provides advanced-level professional support to the City Council and appointed boards, commissions, and committees; responsible for ensuring appropriate departmental staff and  providing a  high quality level of support to all constituents.

o    Researches, analyzes, and develops recommended plans, programs, policies and procedures to a wide variety of constituents and partners; communicates recommendations effectively for City Council action.

o    Prepares annual budgets; ensures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned areas to ensure sound fiscal control; ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

o    Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

o    Serves as a member of the City Administrator's leadership team and participates in developing appropriate actions for a wide variety of interdepartmental and/or City-wide issues.

o    Prepares and/or supervises a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes.

o    Resolves complex and sensitive customer service issues, either personally, by telephone, or in writing.

o    Ensures the maintenance of accurate and complete records of department activities and of records relating to licenses, permits, maps, drawings and sketches pertinent to development and capital projects.

o    Evaluates public work needs and formulates short- and long-range plans to meet needs in all areas of responsibility.

o    Oversees the development or update of the City Transportation Improvement Program, the Capital Investment Plan, and other plans involving the development and maintenance of municipal infrastructure.

o    Participates in the development and implementation of the City's Emergency Management Plan.

o    Oversees the development and maintenance of City parks and trails.

o    Oversees project management for the construction of the municipal public works projects; ensures contractor compliance with time and budget parameters for the project.

o    Maintains regular contact with consulting engineers and construction project engineers; City, Special Districts, County, State, and Federal agencies; private utility providers; and others regarding department activities and services.

o    Monitors and advises the Mayor, City Council and City Administrator on inter-governmental actions affecting public works.

o    Administers and negotiates the Cable TV, telecommunications and solid waste franchises with the assistance of consultants with specialized expertise.

KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS (Entry requirements) 
Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of municipal administration;
  • Municipal policies, laws, and regulations affecting public works operations, capital development, and public utilities;
  • Supervisory and management techniques;
  • Public sector collective bargaining, and
  • Civil engineering, planning, land development, and program development principles, practices, methods, trends and developments as applicable to a municipal setting.

Skill in:

  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing with architects, contractors, developers, engineers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public, at times in stressful situations;
  • Supervising and evaluating the work of assigned staff;
  • Establishing effective working relationships with architects, contractors, developers, engineers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public;
  • Successfully implementing complex and/or aggressive work programs;
  • Making effective presentation to the City Council;
  • Development and recommending public policy and policy analysis;
  • Developing clear, concise staff reports;
  • Reading and interpreting maps, blueprints, property descriptions, charts, graphs,  statistical   data, and engineering, architectural and landscaping plans and designs;
  • Operation of a personal computer, including word processing, database, spreadsheet, permit tracking and software;
  • Performing research and making clear and concise reports and recommendations;
  • Preparing and analyzing comprehensive and technical reports and data.


Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Minimum qualifications for the position include a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, civil engineering, planning, or a closely-related field from an accredited four-year college or university; and also at least seven years' municipal experience, at least three at the supervisory level or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred qualifications include a graduate degree in public administration, planning, business administration, or a closely related field; and also, demonstrable success working as a department head in a local government agency. Registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) is preferred but not required.
Special Requirements 
A valid Washington State driver's license is required at the time of appointment by the City.

Supplemental information

The working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed mostly in office setting. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of equipment.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hand to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and smell.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, or moderately noisy when in the field.


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Local Government
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