The Public Works Director is a self-directed and highly accountable position providing oversight, direction and leadership to the Public Works Department. It is anticipated that, if qualified the Public Works Director would also serve as the City Engineer. This dynamic and innovative leader guides the department both through long range planning and everyday maintenance and operations with a focus on customer service.
The Public Works Director is responsible for a full range of Public Works services through a talented staff. Excited by the projects and initiatives in Hood River, the Public Works Director understands the importance of maintaining existing infrastructure, designing and building necessary improvements and planning for future growth. The successful candidate multi-tasks with ease, shifting gears quickly to prioritize and balance workloads and resource needs to meet project demands. The ability to easily explain complex public works concepts while hearing, balancing, and respecting a variety of views during the decision-making process is essential.
The Public Works Director is known for supporting staff and removing barriers to enable success. The ideal candidate employs a leadership style that invites participation and gathers input from the public works team. The successful candidate possesses strong communication skills and the ability to connect with staff, elected officials and the growing community in order to effectively drive change. With an eye on process improvement and innovation, the Public Works Director is creative and brings a fresh perspective and new ideas to public works projects and initiatives.
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About the City of Hood River
The City of Hood River with a current population around 8,300, has seen vibrant community growth over recent decades. The City, just 60 miles east of Portland, expands with large influxes of visitors seasonally and is rich in history and scenic beauty. Hood River is commonly recognized for its arts, culture, abundant fruit harvests and world-class outdoor recreation.
Hood River administers a $47.1 million all funds budget and has 71.9 full-time equivalent employees. City departments include Police, Fire, Public Works (includes roads, parks, water, wastewater, and stormwater systems), Planning, and Administration, which includes Finance and Municipal Court.
The Public Works Department maintains the City’s infrastructure to support the growing community. With a staff of 25.7, the department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the following public facilities: roads, parking, parks, sewer, storm water collection systems and water system. In addition, City engineering and City construction projects are within the Public Works Department. The department also manages and maintains the City’s equipment and vehicle fleet. The City’s wastewater treatment plant is operated under contract by Jacobs. The City owns and maintains over $80 million in physical assets, including roads, utilities, and buildings.
Five (5) or more years of supervisory experience in public works, civil engineering, or public administration. A thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of public works administration along with considerable knowledge of materials, methods, and techniques used in construction, maintenance and operations of streets, sewers, storm, water, facilities, fleet, and parks are essential.
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Environmental Science, or other related field is desired. A registered Professional Engineer is highly desired.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for the Public Works Director position is $95,939 - $117,993 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Hood River offers a competitive benefit package including Medical, Dental, and Vision, with the City covering 90% of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents and a City contribution into a VEBA program. The City grants 11 holidays and one floating holiday along with Vacation, Sick, and Administrative Leave. Life and AD&D policies are provided at no cost to the employee, and the retirement plan is through PERS. Employees are also eligible to establish a Deferred Compensation Account.
To Be Considered
Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at https://bit.ly/30U5LpU. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with ongoing review of applications. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.