Assistant Public Works Director

City of Fife | Fife, WA

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Posted Date 3/06/2018

Under the direction of the Public Works Director, the Assistant Public Works Director will plan, organize, review and approve a variety of engineering plans, construction specifications and permits for various engineering and public works projects and will prepare contracts with consultant engineering firms for various engineering and public works projects for the Director's review. They are also responsible for advertising construction plans, reviewing submitted bids and recommending awards; inspecting construction sites for compliance, the review and research of traffic and transportation issues and related projects. They will also communicate with and assist the public, developers, engineers and others. They will also assist with the management of routine operations and maintenance of Fife's Public Works Infrastructure and will serve as Acting Public Works Director in the Director's absence.

Assist the Director in planning, organizing, controlling and directing the activities and operations of the Public Works division; serve as Director in the absence of the Director.

Plan, organize, prepare, review and approve a variety of plans, specifications and permits; prepare contracts with engineering and other consultant firms for various engineering and public works projects for the Director's review.

Review and approve technical documents for right-of-way, drainage, traffic and water and sewer systems.

Review, research and recommend solutions to traffic and transportation issues and related projects.

Design, engineer and prepare construction specifications for capital project, including street, water system, storm sewer, sanitary sewer system and other public works construction projects as required.

Communicate with the public, developers, engineers and outside organizations to exchange information, research and resolve issues or concerns, and coordinate activities related to project development and related activities.

Communicate with the Council, City Manager, Director, and other city employees in the Public Works and other departments regarding operations, projects, programs, policies, and budgets.

Prepare and maintain a variety of records and files related to project activities; prepare maps and drawings, correspondence and other documents as assigned.

Prepare and complete grant and other funding applications.

Attend a variety of meetings as assigned; participate on assigned committees; prepare and present issues to the City Council.

Operate a computer and other office machines as assigned; drive a vehicle to various City locations.

Maintain current knowledge of environmental and safety regulations related to Public Works activities.

OTHER DUTIES: Perform related duties as assigned.

Candidates may possess any combination of relevant education and experience that demonstrates their ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field and five years of progressive experience in public works operations and capital project management, including oversight responsibility for public works field crews and direct experience working with consultants and contractors.

LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Valid Washington driver's license. Professional Engineer license is preferred.


Principles and practices of civil engineering. Applicable building codes, laws and regulations. City engineering plans and specifications. Civil engineering techniques and design. Design development and standards. Appropriate construction materials and suppliers. Operation of a computer and assigned software. Oral and written communication skills. Record-keeping techniques. Technical aspects of field of specialty.


Assist the Director in planning, organizing, controlling and directing the activities and operations of the Public Works division Prepare charts, maps and specifications. Design and review plans, estimates and contracts. Inspect construction, methods and materials for compliance with specifications. Prepare independent cost estimates for feasibility, preliminary engineering, design, engineering and construction phases of capital projects. Maintain records and prepare files. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. Read and interpret maps, property descriptions, charts, graphs and statistical data. Read and interpret engineering plans and designs. Plan and organize work. Meet schedules and time lines. Work independently with little direction. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Observe health and safety regulations. Operate a computer and standard office equipment. Model and coach excellent customer service skills.

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Address5411 23rd Street East
Fife, WA 98424