Assistant Public Works Director/Project Manager

Sandy Oregon
$79,140 - $103,056 per year, not including COLA adjustment in July 2022
May 12, 2022
Jun 11, 2022
Position Type
Project Manager
Organization Type

Title: Assistant Public Works Director/Project Manager

Department: Public Works

Salary Grade: J 

Salary Range:  $6,595 - $8,588 per month - Does not include COLA which is TBD for July 1st

FLSA Status: Exempt

This position can be hybrid but also required to be onsite


The Assistant Public Works Director/Project Manager assists the Public Works Director in managing and overseeing the functions and activities of the Public Works Department, including but not limited to: management of major capital improvement projects; making professional engineering recommendations and decisions; reviewing and approving construction and/or development plans; conducting or overseeing engineering studies and designs; managing contractors and consultants; and developing departmental or divisional work plans, schedules, and budgets. This position will supervise and manage employees and serve as Public Works Director in their absence.

This position makes highly responsible and complex engineering decisions and provides professional engineering support and advice to the Public Works Director, departmental staff, project engineers and consultants. The position assists with the planning, organizing, and management of public works and engineering activities including the city roadway systems, water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, sidewalk, bike and pathways, stormwater drainage system, and related infrastructure.

The position is responsible for managing assigned public works projects and programs including but not limited to major capital improvement projects for the city’s public infrastructure; evaluating and assisting in selection of employees or consultants; performing or directing daily engineering decisions; preparing reports; reviewing private development plans for compliance with development regulations; overseeing expenditures; conducting public outreach and involvement with the community; developing budgets; and complying with local, regional, state, and federal regulations and agencies. The position requires a high degree of independent judgment and actions to plan, design, and construct projects; resolve technical problems; and deliver projects within the framework of established policies and practices. Supervises assigned staff; and responds daily to customer services and response inquiries. 


  • Oversees the delivery of local city engineering services including development review, transportation, water, wastewater, storm water, and project management.
  • Oversees the city’s capital improvement program (CIP) and manages capital projects.
  • Supervises, assigns work and evaluates performance of assigned personnel, assists in the selection of new employees, evaluates and disciplines employees according to city policies and procedures. Responsible for staff development.
  • Represents the Department to other city departments, elected officials, boards and commissions, and outside agencies.
  • Provides technical expertise and responds to complex questions; resolve conflicts and interpret various codes and ordinances; develops and revises engineering procedures and other materials related to Department services and activities.
  • Prepares clear and concise technical reports on projects, department policies, and programs.
  • Updates existing and establishes new public works design and construction standards, codes, and regulations.
  • Oversees traffic engineering and safety studies.
  • Directs and conducts studies and makes recommendations concerning legislation, stormwater design, traffic design, construction and other conditions affecting the safety and convenience of the general public using the public rights-of-way within the City.
  • Directs the preparation of plans, specifications and estimates for construction of roads, water distribution and sewer collection systems, traffic control devices, pavement markings and street lighting systems.
  • Participates in the selection of consultants; negotiates and monitors contracts and services of outside firms to assure compliance with specifications, timelines, and City ordinances and policies.
  • Prepares scopes of service, construction cost estimates, contract bid documents and evaluation criteria and arranges for the bidding and award of construction contracts.
  • Provides professional engineering review of private development plans and specifications including short plats, subdivisions, commercial developments, and legal descriptions.
  • Prepares and monitors budgets; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, supplies, monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments.
  • Develops recommendations for maintenance and capital rehabilitation programs, develops and refines cost analysis, and monitors and adjusts expense estimates.
  • Participates in setting direction, goals, objectives, and priorities for the department.
  • Reviews and monitors proposed changes to federal, state, and local laws to determine their impact on public works policies and practices; prepares, coordinates, and implements responses and recommendations.
  • Seeks and secures grant funds; manages State and federal grants; tracks and monitors grant and mitigation funds.
  • Organizes public meetings for design and construction projects; writes and presents staff reports for co-workers, senior management, City Council Meetings, and the public.
  • Investigates and responds to citizen complaints relating to engineering activities and capital projects; recommends modifications to projects as necessary.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, community members, and other agency staff.