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Deputy Director of Engineering & Public Works (Juneau, Alaska)

City and Borough Juneau
Juneau, Alaska
$112,320.00 - $150,654.40 Annually
Closing date
Jul 21, 2024

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Construction Engineering, Utility Engineering
Position Type
Director, Engineer
Contract Type
Organization Type

Seeking a Deputy Director to assist the Director of Engineering & Public Works (EPW) in overseeing Chief Engineers, Public Works Superintendents and staff. EPW includes Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Engineering, General Engineering, Architecture, Contracts, Streets & Fleet Maintenance, Drinking Water and Wastewater Utility, Capital Transit, and RecycleWorks.  The role includes executive authority, acting on behalf of the Director, strategic problem-solving, as well as engaging with politicians, constituents, and the press. 

ABOUT JUNEAU – Alaska’s Capital City: 
Juneau is located in Southeast Alaska and the only “road” in is the Alaska Marine Highway. To learn more about our remote community, please visit: 

We are seeking a Deputy Director with a strong engineering background, demonstrated experience in public process, and a proven record of solving complex problems. You will be instrumental in fostering an organizational culture that achieves high-performance results through engaging, communicative, and collaborative strategies. This role demands a high level of independence, effective written and oral communication, and exceptional leadership skills. The candidate should have demonstrated experience in management and budgets. The ideal candidate will excel in leading and facilitating simultaneous, complex, and time sensitive as well as multi-year projects. If you are a skilled engineer with a passion for delivering impactful results in a government setting, we encourage you to apply for this position.
Joining our the EPW team offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of residents on a daily basis. Our department is at the forefront of providing essential services that directly impact the community in everything from constructing and maintaining public facilities, road projects and maintenance, and providing drinking water, wastewater, and bus service.  There are often special projects such as being part of an Incident Command System team for emergencies to helping to figure out the best use of vacated schools.  As part of our team, you'll be right in the thick of it. Local government is where "the rubber meets the road." By joining us, you'll have the chance to be involved in a diverse range of projects that shape the infrastructure and services for our community.

The City and Borough of Juneau has a program for reimbursing expenses related to moving and relocation. This position may be eligible for such reimbursement, upon approval by the City Manager. 


Typical Responsibilities



In this position, you will generally work Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. However, this schedule represents the minimum time expected for the job. Work hours may vary as needed to carry out city-wide essential services associated with Engineering & Public Works. You will respond to calls for assistance on a 24/7 basis and will often need to respond to calls received outside of normal working hours. Your office will be located in downtown Juneau in the Marine View Building on the 3rd floor.  It is likely, however, the EPW offices will move in approximately a year.



Join our team in Juneau as a Deputy Director of Engineering & Public Works, where you will play a pivotal role in directing the comprehensive management of programs and projects for CIP Engineering, General Engineering, and Architecture. In this key position, you will maintain fiscal control of funds and budgets, supervise and mentor division managers, and cultivate strong working relationships with the Assembly, City & Borough of Juneau staff, clients, and other agencies. You will also plan, lead, and present at public meetings.



  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures for program operations, ensuring compliance with laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Represent the Department at Public hearings and meetings, explaining and justifying division programs and budgets; represent the Department at various meetings and conferences with State and Federal officials, the public, and the media.
  • Monitor and evaluate operations to ensure efficient use of resources, smooth process coordination, quality control, and effective implementation of policies and programs.
  • Oversee management of delegated areas through program chiefs and superintendents, providing guidance on policy, goals, resource utilization, process coordination, and quality control.
  • Identify high-level problems within the division and engage in strategic planning for their resolution, coordinating the implementation of change with stakeholders.
  • Serve as principal advisor to the Director on policy, budget, regulatory, organizational, and planning changes to improve division programs and projects.
  • Direct and approve the preparation of annual reports, position papers, and informational materials about programs, projects, and services.
  • Oversee special and ongoing assignments of major significance to the Assembly, Manager's Office, and CBJ Borough. Participate in research projects and develop the Department's response to high-level design and construction matters.
  • Proactive and solution-oriented with a strong “can-do” attitude.


Minimum Qualifications


Desirable Qualifications

Two years of any combination of supervisory and managerial experience in the practice of engineering, architecture, or public works.  


Other: At time of appointment a valid drivers’ license is required.

A cover letter is required with application.


Supplemental Information


The Deputy Director of Engineering and Public works is within the partially exempt service and serves at the pleasure of the Director of Engineering and Public Works.  Applications and resumes received are subject to public disclosure.


Pay is Dependent on Experience (DOE). Pay will be commensurate with the experience, skills, and qualifications that the candidate brings to the position. 



Hiring Manager: Denise Koch

Phone Number: (907)586-0800 option 0





Careers with the City & Borough of Juneau offer Many Benefits

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the City & Borough of Juneau. Actual benefits received may differ based on position type and will be prorated for other than full time work. 

Incumbents of Part-time Limited, Eaglecrest Limited, Short-term Temporary, Emergency and Intern positions are not eligible for the benefits described below.
Insurance Benefits

Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental

  • No cost employee only plan available

Employer paid Basic Life insurance--$5,000 for employee, spouse & dependents

  • Additional optional coverage available
  • Travel protection & financial services offered as part of the Life Insurance coverage


For more information on the Employee Wellness Program visit Wellness Program – City and Borough of Juneau.

Additional Perks

Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligible employer Parking passes or bus passes provided for employees working in the downtown offices

Employee Wellness Program
The Employee Wellness Program assists employees in making choices that support their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.  The program provides:

An opportunity to earn a health insurance premium discount of $1300 per year An Employee Assistance Program Wellness Pass Discounts to local and CBJ recreation facilities Health related webinars Office Ergonomic Assessments

For more information on health, retirement and optional benefits for eligible employees visit: Benefits – City and Borough of Juneau
Paid Leave and Holidays

Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served

  • 21 days of PL within first year of employment
  • Personal leave includes Sick leave

Twelve paid holidays a year Six weeks Paid Parental Leave (to eligible employees)

Retirement Benefits

Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program, depending on your date of hire Option to enroll in the City & Borough of Juneau’s Deferred Compensation Program with MissionSquare

  • Employer match available for participating PERS Tier IV employees

Note:  The Defined Contribution Plan & Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options Optional group-based insurance premiums for

  • Term life with Accidental Death and Dismemberment (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
  • Short-term Disability
  • Accident Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Hospital Indemnity Insurance
  • Pet Insurance

Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses

  • Employees are eligible for an employer funded Dependent Care Account (DCA) up to $5000.00 at open enrollment following 1 year of actively working.

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