Public Works Director

City of Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The full pay range is $130,641.92 – $182,898.69. The hiring range is $130,641.92 – $156,591.02.
Aug 04, 2021
Sep 03, 2021
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The Position

The City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, seeks a strong customer-focused, team-focused, strategic leader to serve as the next Public Works Director. Demonstrating both technical and interpersonal competence, the next Director will lead the Public Works Department by balancing a strong operational focus and long-term strategic approach to the City’s assets.

The Public Works Director provides leadership and direction to an integrated and collaborative team of professionals with the full range of Public Works services through six main sections: Engineering, Traffic, Streets, Real Estate and Right of Way, Sewer, and Administration. Public Works includes design and construction of city and private development projects, engineering, operation, and maintenance of traffic control projects, maintenance and rehabilitation of streets and winter maintenance, securing property interest for City projects, right of way oversight, and the disposition of City assets.

The Director is responsible for planning and implementing programs for the community and working collaboratively with regional, state, and federal agencies. The Director works very closely with the City Manager and Deputy City Manager on developing the City’s capital improvement budget, executing capital improvement plans, assisting in securing the necessary funding and resources for projects, and reviewing all work activities to ensure efficient and safe operations and conformance with established state, county, and city standards, regulations, and policies.

 The Public Works Department is responsible for the community's infrastructure, including streets, bridges, traffic signals and traffic flow, storm sewer/stormwater, and flood control operations. Reviewing private development projects for compliance with the City's standards and development and implementation of significant departmental policies are also part of the Public Works Director's purview. The Director manages the development and implementation of the Public Works Department strategy, collaborating with the Division Leaders to create subsequent work plans, goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each area. Direct Reports for the Public Works Director include the following positions: City Engineer, City Traffic Engineer, Real Estate Services Manager, Sewer Operations Manager, Streets Operations Manager, Public Works Program Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant.


Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field, and seven to nine years of experience managing infrastructure design and engineering activities. In addition, significant experience with organizational leadership, managing large operational and capital budgets, traffic engineering and transportation policy development, planning, and implementation in an organization similar to Cedar Rapids is required.

Preferred qualifications include Professional Engineering (PE) Licensure, a master's degree, and experience in at least one Public Works Department service area other than transportation. Additional preferred qualifications include a background in municipal finance and budgeting, expenditure tracking, bonding, connection charges, utility rate setting, capital improvement programming, and project management. Experience within a city, county, or regional office or firm that does considerable work for local government agencies is preferred. Knowledge or understanding of State of Iowa laws and regulations relating to municipal public works is also preferred.

All City Directors are required to live within the Cedar Rapids city limits within a reasonable timeframe after appointment. This will be discussed at the offer stage.

Compensation and Benefits

The full pay range for the Public Works Director is $130,641.92 – $182,898.69. The hiring range is $130,641.92 – $156,591.02, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package. Learn more about our options and employee-based benefits here.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Applications will be accepted through September 9, 2021.

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