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Director of Public Works

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City of Harrisburg
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Local Government
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — Incorporated as a borough in 1791 and later as a city in 1860, Harrisburg has been the capital city of Pennsylvania since 1812 and the seat of Dauphin County since 1785. Harrisburg has been served since 1970 by the “strong mayor” form of municipal government, with separate executive and legislative branches. The City of Harrisburg has approximately 500 full-time employees and includes the operation of the Departments of Public Safety (police and fire bureaus), Public W....more info

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Harrisburg, the Capital City of Pennsylvania, is accepting applications for the position of Director of Public Works.  This is a senior, cabinet-level position that directs and administers the activities of the Public Works Department. The Public Works Director shall plan, organize, implement and supervise the activities of the department subject to the general direction of the Mayor and Chief of Staff/Business Administrator. The Public Works Director manages all residential solid waste collection and disposal activities including recycling and household hazardous waste programs. The Director is responsible for determining departmental policies for planning long-term programs, resolving difficult administrative problems and managing the departmental budget. The position delegates considerable authority for the performance of technical and day-to-day administrative activities to the Bureau Directors within the Department of Public Works. This position involves responsibility for administration, operation, maintenance and regulatory compliance of public work programs. Represents the City with other governmental agencies on a wide variety of issues pertaining to public works and utilities. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Mayor and Chief of Staff/Business Administrator. This is a management, FLSA-exempt position.


Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or Public Administration, preferably supplemented by graduate work or courses in public works administration, environmental health or related field; five years of administrative and supervisory experience involving a variety of maintenance management and refuse collection and disposal activities; five years of experience in water and sewer operations, including a strong background in stormwater drainage facility and operation; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the Essential Functions of the position. A Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, class C, or equivalent.  Registration as a Professional Engineer as issued by the PA State Registration Board for professional engineers, or be able to obtain a PA registration within 12 months of hire. The successful candidate must establish residency within the corporate limits of the City of Harrisburg within one year from date of hire.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, your resume, three employment references and salary history, without delay, to: City of Harrisburg, Bureau of Human Resources, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. City Government Center, 10 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 or email (electronic submission preferred)

The City of Harrisburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Mayor Linda D. Thompson

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