Director of Public Works

Adams County | Brighton, CO

Applying to this job will open a new window on the employer's web site to apply there.

Posted Date 1/03/2019

The ideal candidate will be an innovative leader with a high level of integrity and the ability to inspire others to work toward the County's vision and mission, have a proven track record in building and maintaining effective relationships with staff and external customers by operating in line with the organization's cultural norms of support and encourage, demonstrate respect, exhibit fairness, communicate effectively, and be trustworthy.

This is a key position within Adams County in the promotion of the mission, vision, values and cultural norms of the organization. It is essential for the successful candidate to work closely with the County Manager and Deputy County Manager, and to assume the leadership and strategic role of the Public Works Department.

Examples of Duties for Success


  • Provide leadership responsibility for all department services, activities, and sections that include: Infrastructure and Stormwater Management, the Capital Improvement Program,, Public Works Operations, and  Administration.
  • Embrace public service to the community and demonstrate a global organizational perspective in decisions.
  • Lead and align the development and implementation of the organizational strategic plan to the department's goals, objectives, policies, vision, and priorities for each assigned service area; establish, within county policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; allocate resources accordingly.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor works loads, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct the implementation of changes.
  • Represent the department to other County departments, elected officials, outside agencies, and the public; explain and interpret the Public Works Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant, and controversial issues; respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquires and complaints. Provide excellent levels of customer service throughout the department.
  • Effectively participate on the Senior Leadership Team by demonstrating strategic and systemic problem-solving skills, collaboration, and cooperation.
  • Help employees understand their part in meeting the County-wide strategic goals.
  • Select, train, motivate, lead, and evaluate the department's employees; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures; provide leadership and overall focus and direction for all department sections.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level managers and supervisors, the department's work plan; meet with management and supervisory staff to identify and resolve problems; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures.
  • Manage and participate in the development and administration of the department's budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; direct the monitoring and approval of expenditures; direct the preparation of and implement budgetary adjustments as necessary.
  • Foster a participatory organizational culture that is open, positive, reinforcing, and supportive.
  • Provide leadership to employees to be accountable for their work and take ownership in what they do.
  • Demonstrate leadership and courage by making or supporting decisions that reflect the organizational mission and goals, even when the decision may be unpopular to some.
  • Participate on a variety of boards and commissions; attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public works.
  • Assume the responsibility for the engineering, construction, rehabilitation, replacement, and maintenance of all County bridges and roadways.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.


Qualifications for Success


  • Experience: Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in administration and supervision overseeing public works, as well as knowledge of road and bridge construction/maintenance, engineering or 7 years experience in an executive-level public sector position combined with public sector experience in public works.
  • Education and Training: At least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in business administration, construction management, public administration, engineering or related field. 
    • Master's degree in Public Administration, Business, Public Works, Engineering, or a related field preferred.
  • License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Colorado driver's license, Class "R".
  • Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.

Other: Must maintain a satisfactory driving record.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

Share this job