Director of Public Works

City of Coconut Creek | Coconut Creek, FL

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Posted Date 6/06/2022

Salary: $120,120.00 - $160,000.00 Annually

Serves as a member of the City’s executive leadership team by directing the Public Works Department and ensuring its priorities align with the City’s strategic initiatives. This is an at-will Administrative Officer position, reporting to the City Manager.

* Please note that the salary range posted is the hiring range, depending on qualifications and this position will remain open until filled.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the classification. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Establishes and evolves the Public Works Departments policies, procedures, and priorities in alignment with the City’s mission, vision, values, and strategic initiatives
  • Directs, plans, and manages the departmental activities that involve the construction, maintenance, renovation, and repair of City-owned infrastructure and assets 
  • Supervises staff, including hiring, evaluating, assigning tasks and projects, reviewing work and assisting staff with prioritization and completion of assignments, approving leave and overtime requests, evaluating performance and recommending and issuing disciplinary actions as needed, coaching and mentoring staff, and providing opportunities for growth through work assignments and training
  • Directs Public Works projects; consults with the team on special projects or problems of departmental administration; coordinates and implements department projects and work activities in conjunction with other departments, contractors, outside agencies and municipalities, or others as needed
  • Administers approved contracts for various services including but not limited to fleet maintenance, solid waste and recycling services, emergency debris management/monitoring, janitorial services, and landscape maintenance services
  • Administers City’s transit service
  • Manages oversight of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP)
  • Develops, administers, and monitors the department's operational and CIP budgets
  • Ensures departmental compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; conducts inspections, monitors work environment, and monitors the use of safety equipment; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations
  • Performs administrative functions including the review and approval or disapproval of cost proposals, purchase requisitions, payroll, leave requests, purchase card statements, employee evaluations, disciplinary actions, and agenda items
  • Prepares specifications for bid documents, city commission agenda items, weekly/monthly activity reports
  • Reviews and evaluates the effectiveness of all public works functions; recommends and implements the necessary changes to improve efficiency and provide for future service needs
  • Performs other duties as assigned and/or required



Bachelor’s degree in business administration, engineering, public administration, construction management, or related discipline; supplemented by ten (10) or more years’ experience in a municipal public works setting that includes progressively responsible public works operations, construction project management, contract administration, budget development, and personnel management.

The City reserves the right to consider alternate combinations of education, certification, training, and/or experience.

Must have a state of Florida driver’s license, class E.


Supplemental Information


  • Advanced knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction safety standards and associated safety means, methods, and practices
  • Knowledge of laws and ordinances affecting public works
  • Knowledge of methods, principles, and practices of capital construction, fleet maintenance, parks and grounds maintenance, facilities maintenance, solid waste and recycling services, transit operation, emergency management, and public works administration
  • Knowledge of operational and capital project budgeting
  • Skill in Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook, xcel, and  Projects) and government financial programs
  • Skill in providing good customer service
  • Ability to multi-task, assign, and prioritize assignments within the department 
  • Ability to analyze and define problems, identify alternative solutions, estimate consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Ability to delegate, manage, and supervise effectively
  • Ability to use critical thinking skills to arrive at solutions and suggest improvements to processes
  • Ability to clearly communicate and understand information in English, both orally and in writing 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work 
  • Ability to regularly attend work and arrive punctually for designated work schedule 

Depending on functional area of assignment, tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort usually involving some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (up to 20 pounds). Usually involves some climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, walking or standing. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation and extended periods of time standing and/or walking.
Tasks are regularly performed inside and/or outside with potential for exposure to adverse conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, fumes and/or poor ventilation, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature, and noise extremes, machinery and/or moving vehicles, vibrations, electric currents, animals/wildlife, toxic/poisonous agents, gases or chemicals, oils and other cutting fluids, violence and/or disease, or pathogenic substances.
Some tasks require manual dexterity, in addition to visual and hearing acuity. Some tasks may involve identifying and distinguishing colors.


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Local Government
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