Public Works Director | Vancouver, WA

Employer: City of Vancouver Washington
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary: $161,556 - $210,100 Annually
Location: Vancouver, WA
Opening Date: 12/14/2020
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description:

With a population of over 190,000 residents, Vancouver, Washington sits on the north bank of the Columbia River directly across from Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Coast is less than 90 miles to the west and the Cascade Mountain Range rises on the east. Vancouver combines the excitement of a major metropolitan area with the community connections and engagement of a smaller town.

Reporting to the City Manager, the Public Works Director is a highly responsible executive-level position and a key contributor to the City’s leadership team. The Public Works Director performs complex managerial and professional work in planning, organizing, directing, and overseeing the operations of the Public Works Department to maintain the quality and safety of the City’s infrastructure and deliver associated programs and services reliably, efficiently, and cost-effectively.


Job Duties:

  • Provide exceptional, innovative leadership for the full portfolio of functions within the Public Works department in support of achieving Vancouver’s community vision.
  • Advise the City Manager on key areas of expertise and serve in a collaborative leadership capacity with colleagues from other departments such as community planning, parks, and economic development.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for innovation and improvement; direct the implementation of changes.
  • Represent the Public Works department to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies. Communicate transparently and inclusively about department programs, policies, and activities. Provide staff assistance and advice to the City Manager and City Council. Prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence. Negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant and controversial issues.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate department personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level managers, the Public Works Department’s work plan; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures.
  • Represent ‘The Vancouver Way’ by championing with staff and others the values of adaptability, openness, personal well-being, innovation, mutual commitment and respect, and expecting the best from ourselves and others.

Due to the department’s size and complexity, the ideal candidate will be a skilled administrator first and an engineer second (if at all). Strong division managers with expertise in their areas are capable of carrying out the more technical functions in the department. The selected candidate should be an enabler who wants to continue the department’s collaborative work environment focused on solving problems. Experience with workforce development and increasing diversity are desirable as is a good sense of humor coupled with accountability.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please submit a cover letter, list of six work-related references, and resume. 

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For more information contact: Josh Jones, CPS HR Consulting - 916.471.3301. To view an online brochure for this position visit:

City of Vancouver website: The City of Vancouver is an equal opportunity employer.