Director of Public Works

City of Wenatchee | Wenatchee, WA

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Posted Date 3/29/2024

The City of Wenatchee is looking for a dynamic and positive leader for the essential position of Director of Public Works.

Salary Range & Excellent Benefits

$141,702 - $ 173,880 Annual Salary Range

The City provides a comprehensive benefits package that is largely employer paid including Medical/Dental/Vision, FSA/HSA, WA State PERS, Life/AD&D and generous paid Vacation, Holiday and Sick Leave Programs. The City also offers optional 457 and Roth (up to 2% City match), LTD and Supplemental Life plan participation.

Position Summary

  • Oversees safe, efficient and cost-effective functions of Utilities, Operations and Engineering divisions including Environmental, Facilities, Fleet, GIS, Regional Water Plant, Storm/Sewer Collections, Street Maintenance, Traffic and Lighting, Wastewater Treatment Plant and Water Distribution.
  • Responsible for creating and implementing innovative programs, systems and services in response to community needs and in accordance with City goals.
  • Plans, researches, analyzes, implements and directs strategies, policies, procedures, programs, operating practices, projects and schedules in support of City plans and vision.
  • Works closely with department directors, jurisdictions and agencies in the development and implementation of short- and long-range planning and goals.
  • Collaborates effectively with the Director of Community Development to support development functions and implementation of plans.
  • Ensures consistent professional representation of the department in providing quality, customer focused, internal and external services. Maintains highly responsive and proactive services.
  • Represents the City with a wide variety of organizations. Works cooperatively and creatively with public and private agencies to promote a positive vision, assess needs and recommend strategies.
  • Establishes and maintains positive customer and community relations.
  • Seeks grant sources, completes applications and administers awards per regulations.
  • Utilizes staff or consultants to evaluate trends and carry out projects. Reports on findings and progress.
  • Oversees the review process for regulatory compliance, including code and contract requirements, development standards and other regulations for Public Works.

Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in Public Administration, Civil Engineering or related field. Master preferred.
  • Ten years of management experience in Public Works Administration including five years of supervisory experience. Registration as a Professional Engineer preferred.
  • Lawful and active driver license. Must obtain a WA State license within six months of hire.

Requires the knowledge of:

  • Organizational dynamics and principles and practices of management and supervision, including planning, staffing, selection, training, coaching, directing, coordinating and evaluating.
  • Principles, procedures and practices of public works systems and utility operations.
  • Civil engineering, design and construction principles and practices.
  • Municipal organizations; Budget administration.
  • Federal, state and local regulations and codes related to public works administration.
  • Federal and state funding sources and requirements.
  • Principles, procedures and practices of contract negotiation, development and management.
  • Safety and security hazards, precautions, standards, policies and procedures.
  • Time management; advanced mathematics; English composition and grammar.
  • Computer operation and software including Microsoft and databases. GIS and AutoCAD preferred.

City of Wenatchee Government

The City of Wenatchee is a full-service City employing 190 employees. In addition to Public Works, other departments include Police, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance and Community Development. The City operates under a Strong Mayor form of government with seven council members. Active boards and commissions advise the City Council with governance.

The Community

The City of Wenatchee is home to 35,405 people with 117,128 living in the greater Wenatchee area. Located in a beautiful valley at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers and on the east slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range, the city enjoys abundant sunshine with four distinct seasons. The average rainfall is a mere 10 inches per year making the region a focal point of Washington State for outdoor recreation. Wenatchee is the largest city in rural North Central Washington and thus provides a small-town atmosphere with big city amenities striking a great balance between rural and urban qualities of life.

Why Wenatchee is Such an Attractive Place to Live and Work

The City is surrounded by the Cascade foothills. These foothills have been largely preserved as open space with trail systems for public use. The City also has a wonderful historic downtown area adjoining a world class waterfront park and trail system. Renowned resort towns of Leavenworth and Lake Chelan are a scenic 30-minute drive away. Wenatchee serves as a medical, retail, technology, governmental and professional service hub for the largely agricultural area of North Central Washington. Combining these core regional services with a strong fruit and wine agricultural industry yields a relatively stable economy. Many people have moved to our valley to take advantage of the outdoor recreation mecca and beautiful natural environment that makes the City an amazing place to live. People moving to Wenatchee find that the citizens are very community minded with many active service organizations. Additionally, public parks, quality arts programs and cultural experience opportunities are more plentiful than comparably sized cities. Suburban sprawl is nearly non-existent and thus commute times rarely exceed 15 minutes. For those desiring occasional amenities of major metropolitan areas, Seattle is a short scenic 3-hour drive or 30-minute flight away making Wenatchee very attractive to many people and families relocating from the Puget Sound area.

Find out more about the City at

Tourism highlights of the region can be viewed at and

Our historic downtown is a nationally recognized Main Street with an active downtown association

Must see:          

“We are Wenatchee Part I”          

“We are Wenatchee Part II”    

“We are Wenatchee Part III”       

How to Apply

Please visit the City of Wenatchee website to view the employment opportunity, job description and complete an online application:

Applications reviewed upon receipt.

Open Until Filled

Salary141,702.00 - 173,880.00 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

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