Job Description

Overall Job Objective

What Success Looks Like In This Job

The Public Works Deputy Director assists in the management and operations of the Public Works Department which encompasses four divisions: Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Stormwater and Infrastructure Management, Maintenance Operations, and Administration.  They will also oversee the coordination of the regional transportation planning and traffic safety/multimodal transportation programs.  The ideal candidate will bring a balance of technical experience in public sector transportation engineering, regional transportation planning, and traffic safety work, as well as being expertly versed in handling employee relations issues.  Additional essential skills for success in this roll include team leadership, a working knowledge of public sector finance and budget best practices, and professional oral and written communication.  The successful candidate will be able to maintain a global perspective on customer service when coordinating with residents, stakeholders, county representatives, and outside agencies.  This role provides highly responsible and complex professional support to the Public Works Director.


Examples of Duties for Success

  • Assist the Director in providing management and oversight of all Public Works staff and projects. Prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Provide technical guidance and oversight on all Public Works projects and programs including regional transportation planning, engineering design, street maintenance, gravel roads, stormwater management, public right-of-way, traffic engineering and maintenance, construction inspection, and special projects.
  • Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend (in accordance with departmental policy) appropriate service and staffing levels; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Manage, direct, and coordinate the work of supervisory, professional, and technical personnel.
  • Responsible for the selection, supervision, training, and evaluation of staff.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement and review within the department.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and review work plans for each service area division. Regularly coordinate with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor workflow, review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Participate in the development and administration of the department budget including capital improvements funding; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; direct the monitoring and approval of expenditures; direct and implement adjustments as necessary.
  • Serve as liaison for the department with other County departments, professional organizations, and outside agencies.
  • Complete a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational analyses; recommend modifications to department programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate. Maintain up-to-date information for organizational efficiencies, incorporating the latest technologies where feasible.
  • Review and approve plans and specifications, designs, environmental documents, reports, and studies.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Qualifications for Success

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering, program development, and administration; organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.
  • Knowledge of recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding Public Works and Civil Engineering.
  • Knowledge of the principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret and apply pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to Public Works projects.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Computer Skills: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, ArcView GIS, and AutoCAD; ability to learn specialized software systems including JD Edwards, Cartegraph, Accela, and Masterworks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

More Qualifications for Success

Experience: Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible professional engineering or planning experience, including five (5) years of administrative and supervisory experience.  Public sector/municipal experience preferred.
Education and Training:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, planning, construction management, public administration, or a related field is required.
  • Master's degree in public administration, business administration, construction management, planning, engineering, or a related field is preferred.
License or Certificate: 
  • Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer (PE) in the State of Colorado or certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is strongly preferred.
Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.
Other: Ability to work in a standard office environment.

Application Instructions

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