Director of Public Works - City of Rochester, MI

GovHR USA | Rochester, MI

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Posted Date 7/19/2021

Rochester, MI (population 13,162) The City of Rochester is a vibrant 3.8 square mile community located in Southeast Michigan. Rochester is located in the Greater Metropolitan Detroit Area of Oakland County. Oakland County is one of the largest employment centers in the country for engineering and other industrial technology professions. It is also home to a number of Fortune 500 companies. Oakland County has an estimated population of more than 1.2 million residents.

Downtown Rochester is the historic, cultural and shopping center of the region, which has been recognized as a “Great American Main Street” by the National Main Street Center (a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation). The Paint Creek and the Clinton River flow through the City, and the parks provide open space, as well as cultural and recreational opportunities for area residents. The City is proud to be nationally recognized as one of the best places to live.

Though mature as a community, Rochester continues to grow and attract investment through the addition of new infill housing and commercial developments with construction activity steady within the community. The City continues to be seen as a premier locale for residential, family life and community involvement. Rochester has made attracting and retaining quality multifamily residential, retail, commercial businesses one of its highest priorities.  

Rochester continues to be recognized as an award-winning community.  In 2021 the City was named as the #1 Best Places to Raise a Family in Michigan; and was previously named the #1 Best Places to Raise a Family in Michigan in 2020, by and WalletHub, respectively.  Rochester is named one of the Safest Cities in Michigan, most recently in 2020 by  Downtown Rochester in 2021 received the nation-wide American Express Shop Small “Order In, Help Out” Innovation Challenge award.  And in the fall of 2020, the Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association awarded Rochester’s Ludlow Avenue Reconstruction project the State winner in the $1 to $5 million category.

Since 2009, the City periodically surveys residents for their feedback on City services.  Highlights from the 2021 results include a 98% rating of excellent or good for quality of life, 98% feeling of safety during the day, 94% feeling of safety during the night, and 97% feel the City’s image and reputation is good or excellent.  An executive summary can be found online at:

Preferred Candidate qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business administration, engineering or related field is required.
  • A Master’s Degree in public/business administration is highly desired.
  • Seven to nine years increasingly responsible executive level experience preferably leading a local government public works operation.

The City values a collaborative work environment, cultural diversity, and teamwork. There is long tenure among City staff. The organization prides itself on dedicated employees with a professional work ethic, that work together as a team.  This continues with our partnerships with various organizations, businesses, as we collaborate with nearby communities, the County, and the State.  The salary range for this position is $77,502 - $100,761 DOQ.  The City offers a competitive benefit package centered around a life/work balance.

The recruitment for this position is being handled by GovHR USA. Candidates should apply by Monday, August 23, 2021 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five (5) work-related references to to the attention of:  Sarah McKee, Senior Vice President, GovHRUSA, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  224-282-8310.

The City of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act.  Diversity and inclusion are critical to their success.  They seek to recruit the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool and strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans to apply.


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