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Public Works Director

City of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, Colorado
$183,244.00 - $219,981.00 Annually
Closing date
Mar 2, 2024

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The Public Works Director (PWD) is an at-will executive position reporting to the Deputy Chief of Staff with responsibilities for the management of the public infrastructure within the city under federal and state regulations and the City Code. The Public Works Department is staffed by 386 budgeted employees (FTEs) with a 2024 department budget of $350 million.

The PWD oversees: 

  • City Engineering

  • Traffic Engineering

  • Stormwater Enterprise

  • Operations and Maintenance

  • Transit

The PWD leads, develops, and administers the department's operations, activities, and budget; provides oversight, management, and direction for the Public Works division managers and personnel; and is responsible for capital improvement programs, roadway, and bridge maintenance programs, stormwater programs and the city’s transportation systems.

The PWD will establish the goals and objectives for the department; ensure alignment of Public Works' priorities with the City's strategic and organizational goals; and carry out City policies and procedures and work collaboratively with other departments, agencies, contractors, land developers, and community partners to improve quality, maximize use of resources, and increase efficiencies.

Essential Duties:

  • Assume full management responsibility for all department services and activities including City Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Stormwater Enterprise, Operations and Maintenance, and Transit System
  • Develop the vision, goals, objectives, priorities, and policies; and create an organizational structure that ensures efficient use of limited resources
  • Provide administrative support to the Deputy Chief of Staff, City Council, and Mayor; respond to and resolve politically sensitive issues; conduct organizational studies and investigations; and make presentations to a variety of boards and commissions
  • Coordinate assigned activities with appropriate groups, outside agencies, and organizations
  • Develop and implement the department's annual budget and align the objectives, policies, and priorities for the department's programs
  • Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:

Knowledge of: 

  • Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive public works program
  • Operations and organization of municipal government, as well as municipal budget preparation and administration
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering and transportation planning; methods and techniques of street maintenance and improvement; transit; stormwater program development and administration; construction management and project delivery; and strategic management     

The ability to:    

  • Manage and direct a comprehensive public works operation
  • Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs  
  • Strong creative leadership skills including the ability to:
    • Communicate effectively on financial and technical matters orally and in writing to create a culture conducive to selecting, recruiting, retaining, developing, and motivating a skilled and talented team where everyone is valued and knows their mission, role, and job
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers, elected leaders, and citizens
    • Evaluate organizational efficiencies including privatization, outsourcing, and other methods
  • Simultaneously coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks while meeting deadlines 
  • Innovate and identify areas for efficiency and lead organizational change initiatives


Successful candidates will have


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil engineering, public administration, or a related area of study
  • Seven years of full-time, professional experience in civil engineering, public works, or related field
  • Five years of administrator, leadership, and supervisory experience
  • Professional Engineer License (PE) upon start date
  • Obtain a Colorado Professional Engineer License (PE) within 6 months of start date
  • Possess, or obtain upon hire, and maintain a valid, non-probationary Colorado driver’s license not subject to restriction related to alcohol and/or drug violations or pending charges

One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.



Ideal candidates will also have


  • Experience working in a municipal or other government environment, in an engineering capacity
  • Engineering experience in the private sector
  • Experience with policy development and implementation of organization-wide initiatives
  • Experience communicating with diverse stakeholders 


Additional Information

The City of Colorado Springs offers additional compensation depending on the position, area of assignment, and specific job assignments, including shift differential, pay differential, acting or lead, special assignment, hazard pay, longevity, cell phone allowance, uniform allowance, relocation, awards, standby, call out, compensatory time off, tuition, overtime, extra duty, incentive, holiday premium, proficiency, and vacation sell back.
NOTE: This job announcement is not intended to include a complete listing of all responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position.
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