Assistant Director of Public Works & Utilities

City of Port Angeles | Port Angeles, WA

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Posted Date 7/19/2022

With a population of just over 20,000, Port Angeles is a modern community with a rich and diverse history. Abundant in cultural events, including festivals, art, music, outdoor recreation, and sporting events, Port Angeles is also fortunate to be enhanced by a thriving and active Native American culture. Education options in the area are fantastic, with public schools consistently ranking very high. Port Angeles is the home of Peninsula College, which offers both two and four-year degrees.

Port Angeles and the surrounding region offer incomparable recreation opportunities for year-round activities. Close by are hot springs, numerous rivers, beaches, and parks, the Olympic National Park and the Olympic Discovery Trail, which is one of the longest trail systems in the U.S.
Port Angeles is a tourist destination and international gateway via ferry to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Port Angeles enjoys a mild, coastal climate with daytime temperatures ranging from 40° in the winter to 70° in the summer. Average rainfall is less than 25 inches per year.

Under the general direction of the Director of Public Works and Utilities, coordinates and provides Public Works management support, Human Resources management support, and upon direction may act on behalf of the department; serves as point of contact for Public Works to facilitate management communication; performs moderately complex technical level work; serves as a support member of the department's management/supervisory team; and performs related duties as required.

  • Plans and organizes Public Works management activities; coordinates work performed in support the Public Works management team, disseminating information, determining assignment of functional responsibility.
  • At the Direction of the Director (or their designee) the Assistant Director of Public Works and Utilities may represent the departments position or interest, acting on behalf of the Public Works management team.
  • Acts as the front-line triage point for Public Works Human Resource items, in close coordination with the Director of Public Works and Utilities and the Human Resources Office.
  • Collects, compiles, evaluates, and reports department-specific; conducts expenditure/revenue review; prepares routine budget; performs program/accounting audit research; completes assignments in space planning, personnel, staff utilization, contract administration; performs process management for external communication for the department.
  • Serves as departmental resource on management activities; assists the Director and management staff as assigned in organizing work processes and coordinating work through the department/divisions; resolves intra-departmental operational problems; serves as central point within department/division to assist management communication.
  • Coordinates with representatives of other departments on such management and operational matters such as (but not limited to) personnel, budget, and other management activities as directed
  • May be assigned responsibility for attending meetings on behalf of higher level technical, professional, or management staff or serving as site coordinator for department projects and programs.
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.


The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • Knowledge of state regulations as set forth in the Revised Code of Washington and City Regulations as set forth in the Port Angeles Municipal Code along with City policies, procedures, municipal government operations, functions, programs, organizational structure, services and work rules.
  • Knowledge of current office methods including executive office management, multi-discipline functions, computer software applications, and effective public relations techniques and practices
  • Knowledge of records management procedures and processes in the State of Washington, office equipment, business English, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Knowledge of administration of effective communication and public involvement strategies in a public or private environment.
  • Knowledge of basic conflict resolution methods, techniques, and collaborative problem-solving methods.
  • Possession of a valid Washington State driver's license at the time of appointment or the ability to obtain one within thirty (30) days, and a driving record acceptable to the City's Risk Manager.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment while accepting new challenges and opportunities to grow
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and use appropriate discretion when keeping the Director informed on issues based on importance and timing.
  • Ability to prepare routine to moderately difficult reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships and utilize effective customer service skills and practices with employees and the public under sometimes confrontational or stressful circumstances.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision or instruction, handle multiple assignments, prioritize work to meet deadlines, and exercise good judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to plan and perform research for special projects, compile information into accurate and meaningful reports.
  • Ability to strive to maintain a healthy and safe workplace environment.


  • Four-year college degree in public management, human resources, business, policy or a related field.
  • Three years of increasingly responsible experience that included project, process, or business experience.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Three (3) or more years of increasingly responsible work experience in a public or private environment, including executive-level assistance experience.
  • Proficient computer application skills and experience with Microsoft associated products and associated software, website development skills, graphic design, spreadsheet and database applications.
  • A combination of experience and training providing requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.

Assistant Director of Public Works & Utilities Annual Salary Range: $37.395- $44.695/hour

Benefits include:

  • Deferred Compensation – employees are eligible to receive a 3.0% matching contribution
  • 12 paid holidays and accrued vacation, sick leave and floating holidays
  • Medical insurance with employer contribution to Health Savings Account
  • Dental & Vision insurance
  • Health Care Offset - $50 per month
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life insurance – employer-paid premiums for $50,000 plan
  • Long term disability
  • Wellness Program
  • Washington State Retirement System (PERS)

Apply online at to complete the online job application and submit a letter of interest and resume. First review of applications is August 8, 2022. COPA is an E.O.E.

For more information please contact Human Resources at 360-417-4510 or

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