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:
Operations and Maintenance
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.
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:
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
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.
The City of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, with an estimated population of 506,646 occupies 195 square miles at the base of majestic Pikes Peak – America's Mountain and enjoys nearly 243 days of sunshine per year. Colorado Springs is the state's largest city in terms of area and second to Denver in population.
The "Springs" is home to five military establishments, including the Air Force Academy, many colleges and universities, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Headquarters and Museum, and over 50 different sports organizations. Colorado Springs is a thriving city and a leader in the aerospace, defense, and cybersecurity industries. It also has a diverse collection of non-profit organizations and businesses with a large number of tourist attractions.
The City of Colorado Springs, which is among the community's largest employers, is organized as a home-rule Council-Mayor form of municipal government with a popularly elected Mayor and nine council members.