Director of Public Works

City of Centennial | Centennial, CO

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Posted Date 1/14/2019

The City of Centennial, Colorado is an organization driven to quality products and outcomes while adhering to sound fiscal practices and efficient provision of services. We seek to attract and retain the best staff to assist us in this mission and, in return, foster a culture which supports all employees using their talents every day to do what they do best. A winner of the 2017 and 2018 Gallup Great Workplace Award and named a 2018 Top Workplace by the Denver Post, we are proud to embody the link between highly engaged workforce and excellence in business outcomes. We are an innately collaborative culture dedicated to talents and focused on results.

This is a highly responsible administrative and professional position with responsibility for supervising and overseeing the overall operation of the Public Works department including construction, maintenance and operation of the City of Centennial through both in-house and contracted staff with an annual maintenance and capital budget of $25-30M.

Work involves responsibility for planning, coordination, and directing work programs of the Public Works department functions. Responsibilities include determining major departmental policies, for planning long term programs, and for making difficult technical and administrative decisions. Major emphasis in individual work is for overall administration and coordination and for innovation of facets of the department, including the employment of emerging technology. Through division directors, direction is given to a large staff of professional, technical, clerical, skilled, and unskilled employees. Work is performed with wide latitude for independent judgment and action, and is reviewed by the City Manager through conferences, reports, and success of the department's program.

The following statements are illustrative of the essential duties of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required. The City of Centennial retains the right to modify or change the essential and additional functions of the job at any time.

• Manages ten-year $12M/year contract with a third-party service provider of administrative, traffic engineering, fleet, facilities, street rehabilitation, and maintenance and operation divisions. Maintains excellent relationship with contracted partners as an extension of City staff.
• Works with City Council and executive City staff to develop and establish goals identified within the City’s strategic plan. Ensures that all projects carried out by the Public Works Department further the goals set forth in the City’s strategic plan, are completed on a timely basis, comply with City standards, and are within budget.
• Plans, administers, formulates and directs overall operation of all divisions of the Public Works Department including administration, capital improvements, engineering development review, inspection, traffic engineering, street rehabilitation, fleet, facilities, maintenance, and operations.
• Prepares reports and annual work programs.
• Establishes specification for construction and repair of City facilities and rights-of-way; prepares cost estimates, specifications, and plans for purchase of materials.
• Prepares and provides technical studies, recommendations, and general technical guidance for consideration by City Council and executive City staff.
• Oversees planning, construction, and maintenance of City facilities and parks with consultants, City personnel, developers, and contractors.
• Administers and works closely with consulting engineers on designs and specifications and administers the securing of bids and assignment of contracts for major capital projects; controls project program planning, contracting, and construction supervision.
• Directs related administrative activities including public works budget preparation and execution, purchasing, personnel selection, reports, employee training, and correspondence in administration of projects.
• Directs street, sidewalk, signal, bike/pedestrian, bridge, and ongoing maintenance and operations planning activities (both short range and long range).
• Prepares and implements comprehensive plans and planning policies, including ongoing coordination with special districts, neighboring local jurisdictions, and utility providers. Develops and maintains excellent relationships with all stakeholders.
• Plans and establishes priorities and operating procedures for capital improvements and ongoing maintenance activities, including coordination and execution of the City’s 10-year Capital Improvement Program.
• Reviews plans, technical reports, budget estimates, and proposed ordinances and regulations submitted by division directors.
• Creates annual, 5-year, and 10-year budgets for all divisions of the Public Works Department. Supports executive staff and the City’s budget committee in budget operations and management.
• Exercises purchasing authority by approving purchase of contracted resources, departmental materials, supplies and equipment.
• Assist in preparation of requests for regional, state and federal grants via CDOT and the Denver Regional Council of Government processes ensuring compliance with the regional Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), Metro Vision, Technical Advisory and Board of Directors’ processes.
• Assists in developing partnerships with surrounding governments, metro districts, contractors and developers.
• Attends and prepares agenda items for City Council meetings and presents information.
• Completes required status reports for City Council updates and public information releases to enhance public awareness of ongoing and projected projects.
• Analyzes competitive advantages in the areas of engineering, construction, maintenance, operations, traffic engineering, material acquisition, supplies and services.
• Leads City efforts to design and implement safe, efficient, and innovative projects for all modes of transportation.
• Other duties as assigned by the City Manager.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment connected to the position.


• Extensive knowledge of the modern principles and practices of administration as supplied to the design, construction, maintenance, and technical inspection of public work facilities and services.
• Ability to establish, maintain, and preserve favorable public relations.
• Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the development and management of public works.
• Extensive knowledge of the materials, methods and techniques utilized in the construction and maintenance of City rights-of-way.
• Ability to organize, direct and coordinate the activities of several divisions including technical and professional personnel, in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
• Ability to express ideas on administrative and technical subjects clearly and concisely, orally, and in writing.
• Thorough knowledge of typical codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards governing public facilities construction, maintenance and repair.
• Ability to analyze and modify or apply new developments in the field of public works.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate and interact with all levels of the organization.
• Ability to prepare highly complex policy reports and to present facts clearly and concisely.
• Ability to evaluate complex circumstances, identify tangible alternative actions and to formulate effective plans and procedures.
• Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative in identifying required work assignments and appropriate methods to be utilized, and in developing solutions to a variety of work situations.
• Ability to exercise tact and discretion in dealing with Federal, State, and City officials and the general public, and in handling confidential information.
• Excellent public speaking skills.
• Strong project management and negotiation skills.
• Ability to lead staff through day-to-day functions as well as complex projects.
• Ability to use standard office equipment, computer equipment and software including word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications and electronic mail. Proficiency with MS Office Suite required.


Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or similar focus, with major course work in sanitary, hydraulics, or civil engineering, or public works management including supervisory and administrative experience and eight (8) years progressive public sector experience or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Master’s Degree in Business Administration or Public Administration preferred.


Must possess or obtain a valid Colorado Driver's license, provide proof of a save driving record, and maintain a safe driving record for continued employment.


Must be able to perform the essential functions of this job, with or without accommodation.

Physical Demands
The person in this position must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time; needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. Occasionally moves office equipment weighing up to 30 pounds. The person in this position frequently communicates with Council members, staff, vendors, and residents; must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. Must be able to identify Council members, staff, vendors, and residents, as applicable. Must be able to observe, assess, record, and interpret information.

Work Environment
Work is performed primarily in an office setting with in-person and telephone contacts and may involve frequent interruptions. Work may require attendance at evening and/or weekend meetings.

Equipment Used/Required
Frequently operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy/fax machine, and computer printer.

Support the City’s mission and values.

Mission – The City of Centennial is dedicated to providing a high quality of life, delivering superior customer service and achieving the highest professional standards. We strive to uphold our Mission by adhering to our organizational values.

Values – How We Govern
Efficient, Effective, Responsive, Accountable, and Innovative

Values – How We Treat Each Other
Respect, Integrity, Partnership, Trust, and Personal & Professional Development

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Local Government
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