Public Works Director

City of Roseburg | Roseburg, OR

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Posted Date 9/11/2019

THE COMMUNITY: The City of Roseburg is a growing, vital community which enjoys a high quality of life in a semi-rural setting.  Roseburg is located in the beautiful "Heart of the Land of Umpqua" region in southwestern Oregon.  It is easily accessible from Interstate 5, 67 miles south of Eugene, 97 miles north of Medford, 80 miles east of Reedsport and 80 miles west of Diamond Lake at the summit of the Oregon Cascades.  The elevation is 465 feet, and features a mild, fair seasonal climate.  Average rainfall is 30.7 inches with occasional light snow.  Average summer temperature is 78 with a few days up to 100.  Average winter temperature is 44.67 with a few days in the low 30s or 20s.

Roseburg is the county seat and largest city in Douglas County.  The population is 24,820 with an urban daytime population of approximately 60,000.  Roseburg is the hub of retail, government activity and medical services for Central Douglas County.  The City is served by Roseburg School District #4, which has an excellent reputation and community support.  Umpqua Community College is 5 miles north of the City and offers a varied curriculum with extensive adult education and community oriented classes.  Multiple locations at the college are available for cultural activities, and there is a thriving community theater group with its own venue in a city park.  The city boasts numerous park areas, including tennis courts, soccer and ball fields, a 9-hole golf course, skate park, disc golf course, dog park and walking trails.

Various community events, including Graffiti Week, Art and Wine Festivals and Music on the Half Shell, among others, are held throughout the year for local residents and tourists.  The City's tourism promotion services have recently been awarded to Anvil Northwest.  There are numerous shopping opportunities from specialty shops in historic downtown to nationwide chain stores.  Housing is available in various price ranges. Roseburg's economy has diversified in recent years while still retaining strong ties to its natural resource base.

Efforts to bring clean industries and new jobs to the area have been fruitful and are continuing through support by a coalition of government agencies and funding. In recent years, the retirement and senior population has grown considerably, and various residential facilities have been constructed to meet the needs of this segment of the population.

THE MUNICIPAL ORGANIZATION:  The City of Roseburg is a home rule, full service city, operating under the Council/City Manager form of government.  The Mayor is elected at large for a 2-year term and 8 Council members are elected, two from each City ward, for a 4-year term.  The City Manager and Municipal Judge work directly for the City Council. The City Manager supervises all City employees.  There are 170 City employees providing a full range of City services.  There are three bargaining groups, IAFF, RPEA and IBEW, along with management employees.  The City consists of 10.6 square miles with an annual total budget of $73,631,621 and a General Fund budget of $32,780,068.

THE POSITION:  The Public Works Director is a self-directed and highly accountable position providing oversight, direction and leadership to the Public Works Department.  The Public Works Director will be responsible for a full range of Public Works services through a staff of 58 FTE and will have the ability to work through independent action and decision making within the framework of Council goals and general direction of the City Manager.  This dynamic, innovative leader will guide the department both through long range planning and everyday operations and will accomplish goals through the effective delegation of authority to the Public Works team with a focus on customer service.

The successful candidate will possess strong communications skills and the ability to connect with staff, elected officials and the community.  Strong skills in vendor and contractor management and accountability are essential.  Exceptional financial acumen and budgeting expertise are critical in the management of the multiple funds and large scale expenditures required.  The Public Works Director must have the ability to manage time and priorities to meet the demanding work load of the Department.  In addition, the Director will serve as an essential, active member of the City's management team.

THE DEPARTMENT:  The City of Roseburg's Public Works Department accomplishes its work through multiple divisions: Engineering and Administration, Street Maintenance, Facilities Maintenance, Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Airport and Parks and Recreation.  The Public Works Director directly supervises four Superintendents, a City Engineer, Staff Assistant and Parks and Recreation Program Manager who carry out the City's and Director's vision through subordinate staff.  The Department includes both represented and non-represented employees.  The annual operating budget for the Department is approximately $26 million across multiple funds.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A four year college degree in Civil Engineering or related field is required.  The successful candidate will have five or more years of progressively responsible experience in public works related operations with at least two years in a supervisory and administrative capacity in a related field, or additional experience and education enabling the candidate to perform the essential functions of the position.  A valid driver's license is required, as well as the ability to pass reference and background checks.  Registration as a Professional Engineer is highly desired.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  Salary range is $9,079 - $11,622/ month.  The City provides a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, long term disability and life insurance.  Benefits costs are paid by the City with the exception of a moderate contribution toward the medical premium based upon the level of coverage.  The City provides HRA/VEBA contributions to assist with unreimbursed health related expenses as well as a number of optional supplemental benefits.  The City participates in the State of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and currently pays the entire contribution on behalf of employees.  A deferred compensation plan is also available to allow employees to contribute to their own retirement. There are 11 paid holidays.  Sick leave is earned at eight hours per month with no maximum accrual at this time.  Vacation is earned based upon years of service, and Department Heads are provided with an additional 40 hours of paid administrative leave annually.

TO APPLY:  Complete and submit City of Roseburg application form to Human Resources, Roseburg City Hall, 900 SE Douglas, Roseburg, OR 97470; or download from  Applications can be submitted by email to  Resumes are accepted in addition to, not in lieu of, the City of Roseburg application form.

For candidates with questions about the position, selection process or employment with the City of Roseburg, please contact Human Resources Director John VanWinkle at 541-492-6866 or

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open until October 4, 2019. Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined.  Successful candidates will likely be invited to participate in preliminary interviews by phone, with on-site interviews for finalists to follow.  The City Manager reserves the right to make this determination.  All candidates will be advised of the status of their application.

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