Director of Public Works

City of Arvada | Arvada, CO

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Posted Date 6/08/2018


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Plays key role in strategic planning and policy development for the City of Arvada and leads such efforts for the public works department.  Provides overall leadership and direction for the public works department and its divisions (traffic engineering division, public works administration division, engineering division, facilities division, and GEOdata services division).  Responsible for overall administration of the public works department.


 Job Functions / Scope of Authority:


  • Assembles necessary resources to solve a broad range of programmatic and systemic problems in the delivery of public works services.

  • Communicates and interacts effectively with a variety of interests including but not limited to: elected officials, government and quasi-government representatives, developers, contractors, citizens and others as needed to perform the duties and functions of the director of public works.

  • Serves on the policy committee for emergency management.

  • Presents information and participates in discussions with the city council, city manager, executive management team, citizen groups, individuals, and others on city-wide issues.

  • Serves as an effective and contributing member of the executive management team by providing input and counsel to the city manager on a wide-range of community and organizational wide topics and issues.

  • Works collaboratively with other members of the executive management team to lead the organization and solve complex problems.

  • Reviews and interprets information and renders decisions or opinions compliant with city, state or federal policy, standards or law.

  • Proposes, prepares, and implements new city code and policies and the revision of existing code and policies.

  • Maintains and enforces standards, policies, and other criteria necessary to ensure the efficient and responsive delivery of services to users of the city's public infrastructure.

  • Manages large scale organizational projects.

  • Oversees strategic business planning for department and, as a member of the executive management team, is a contributing member in the development and implementation of the city-wide strategic business plan.

  • Promotes an organizational work environment where business practices, decisions, and work assignments are aligned with the city's vision, mission, and core values and competencies.

  • Exercises sound judgment and decision making within the scope of assigned authority.

  • Provides guidance to the organization's overall direction, in conjunction with policies established by the city manager, the city council, and the executive management team.

  • Communicates effectively with employees on council and management policies, budget issues, work plans, activities departments, and other items of interest to the organization.

  • Delegates to managers the authority, responsibility, and accountability for attaining objectives and implementing approved policies

  • Serves in the absence of the city manager.

  • Must receive emergency operations and critical incident training on an ongoing basis sufficient to act as the city's emergency operations manager in the absence of the city manager.

  • May be called upon to temporarily fill vacant director positions.

  • Represents the city on various outside boards, commissions and organizations; responds to media as necessary.

  • Represents the city in meetings with professional organizations, other public agencies, and the public.

  • Responds to and directs citizen inquiries to the appropriate organization; designs new methodologies to streamline inquiries regarding communication of city programs.

  • Acts as technical resource for the city governing officials and internal leadership.

  • As appointing authority, makes hiring decision, reviews employee conduct, and takes disciplinary action as needed.

  • Monitors the response to inquiries and requests for service from citizens, city council members, and internal customers, and takes action to improve communications where needed.

  • Establishes policies and priorities for standard and emergency operations.

  • Prepares performance evaluations for directly supervised employees, and approves evaluations for all other divisional employees.

  • Provides fiscal management for the public works department.

  • Monitors, reviews and approves budgets for the department, and monitor expenditures from those budgets.

  • Demonstrates initiative in the course of performing the duties of the position.

  • Demonstrates a respectful attitude towards customers and coworkers that promotes teamwork, open communication, and effective customer service.

  • Acts with the customer in mind, responds to requests promptly and provides effective services or solutions for customers.

  • Exercises appropriate level of initiative and judgment to make decisions within the scope of assigned authority.



  • Expert knowledge in all areas of public works practices and procedures, planning, and administration.

  • Solid knowledge of financial and budget development procedures.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate and interact with all levels of personnel within the city and the general public in a positive and cooperative manner.

  • Expert ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise the work of professional, technical, and clerical personnel



  • Develops and/or participates in the development of staff work plans, measures and tracks progress towards goals, prepares and conducts timely and constructive performance appraisals.

  • Makes decisions or recommendations for hiring, promotions, transfers, disciplinary action, and other personnel actions as necessary.  

  • Coaches, counsels and supports staff to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. Consistently educates and advises staff on organizational rules, regulations, policies and procedures.  Supports creative thinking and problem solving and encourages participatory decision making when appropriate.

  • Provides training and job enrichment opportunities and encourages professional growth and development.



  • May act on behalf of, and assume the duties of, the city manager in the absence of the city manager, and represent the city manager at meetings and other official functions when so directed.

  • Serves on the policy committee for emergency management.

  • Serves on various city committees to further organizational goals and objectives

  • Other duties as required.


--Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job--



Receives general direction from the city manager.  Is given considerable latitude and discretion in how best to manage and oversee the public works departments.  No precedents or procedures are available. Originates and develops very complex ideas in new and undefined areas which have an impact on the entire organization.  Makes final determination for promotions/transfers, salary recommendations, and terminations.


Financial Accountability:

Develops the budget for the department and makes decisions that affect the outcome of allocations of money for projects and services.  Makes recommendations to the city manager for budget allocations that pertain to functional areas. Approves expenditures up to a certain amount.  Monitors the tracking of accounts payable and/or receivable and prepares financial reports. Responsible for the department budget; authority to award, modify, and/or terminate purchases of goods and non-professional services.  Authority to award, modify, and/or terminate contracts.


 Working Environment / Qualifications:


The work environment/physical activities described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

Work is primarily performed in an office environment with low noise levels. Physical effort and activities include:



Master's Degree in Engineering, Public Administration, or related degree or equivalent combination of education and related experience and ten (10) years of experience in areas relating to public works required.  Five (5) years of supervisory experience also required. Valid Colorado driver license required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Possession of a Colorado Professional Engineer's License preferred.

Job Category
Local Government
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Address8101 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80002