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Public Works Director (Open Positions: 1)

Closes On: February 13, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST

Location: City Hall, Pullman, WA 99163
Department: Public Works
Job Status: Full-Time
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Rate of Pay: 9724.00 - 12500.00
Details: Apply early, we will be conducting 1st review on January 30th, 2023
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Job Description


Plans, organizes, directs and manages the Pullman City Public Works department.


The principal function of an employee in this class is to direct the civil and traffic engineering, protective inspections, street maintenance, water/wastewater/stormwater operation and maintenance, transit system, and equipment rental operations for the City of Pullman. Work is performed through subordinate supervisors and under the general direction of the City Administrator who reviews work performed for the efficient and cost effective operation of the department.  May serve as City Administrator in his/her absence. 


Plans, organizes and directs the design, construction, operation and maintenance of civil and traffic engineering, protective inspections, street maintenance, water/wastewater collection and treatment plant/stormwater operation and maintenance, transit system, and equipment rental; manages department work, project and personnel activities of the Transit, Street, Water, Wastewater, Equipment Rental, Engineering, and Protective Inspections Divisions. Directs the strategic planning, policy development, goal setting, data collection and reporting activities of the department; prepares annual budget, capital improvement plans, transportation improvement plans and special project programs; monitors expenditures and cash flow; makes recommendations on required adjustments of budget and pro­grams; informs City Administrator, Mayor and City Council on the status of departmental areas of responsibility by preparing reports and making presentations at public hearings; attends all City Council meetings and may attend some planning commission and board of adjustment meetings.

Directs department managers and supervisors by providing department strategies and plans, advising managers of their individual roles and operational expectations, serving as team leader and final authorization for technical decisions, and interpret­ing city codes and other agency regulations, discussing and providing consultation for personnel programs and issues, and leading, coaching, and motivating supervisors.

Administers engineering, street/utility construction and maintenance, and transit projects including conceptual development, programming, preparing formal grant applications;  develops project plans for use by consultants or city staff;  reviews draft plans, reports, and specifications; recommend­s contract awards, administers contracts and approves payments.

Manages the City’s oversight of private residential and commercial development including subdivisions, site plan and building plan review and approval and oversight of construction inspection; manages floodplain development program; reviews and periodically updates the City’s Design Standards and Standard Construction Specifications; coordinates intra and interdepartmental activities by review­ing activities, disseminating information, conducting staff meetings and developing work programs; responds to complaints and disseminates information relating to departmental areas of responsibility to citizens, develop­ers, builders, and special interest groups by means of over-the-counter contact, phone contact, letter writing, and meetings.

Develops and maintains contact with other local, regional, and state agencies regarding programs that affect department's areas of responsibility; serves as Responsible Official for state environmental programs -(SEPA); oversees and coordinates traffic planning and public transit issues.

Attend work on a regular and dependable basis.

Interacts in a professional and respectful manner with city staff and the public.


Performs other tasks as assigned.


(Applicants should describe their previous experience and training for each of the following selection factors.  These factors will be the basis for selecting the most qualified applicants to be interviewed.  Candidates selected for employment must satisfactori­ly demonstrate possession of these factors during a prescribed probationary period, and afterwards, for continued employment.)

Knowledge of:

  • The principles and practices of civil and public works engineering, street/water/sewer/stormwater operations and maintenance programs, and transit operations;
  •  Management principles and practices including short- and long-range program planning and implementation, budget preparation and administration, leadership and motivational strategies, program evaluation, and management by objectives

Ability to:

  • Attend work on a regular and dependable basis.
  • Plan, organize, direct, delegate and evaluate diverse public works programs through subordinate managers and supervisors;
  • Plan, organize, budget and manage complex public works projects;
  • Prepare and present clear and accurate status reports of departmental progress towards Council goals and objectives;
  • Make decisions and delegate responsibility;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relation­ships with the City Administrator, Mayor, City Council, public and private officials, and the public;
  • Express ideas effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Provide quality services in a cost-effective manner and to recommend improved methods of performing the work;
  • Possess or obtain within 6 months of appointment, registration as a professional engineer in the state of Washington;
  • Obtain and maintain a valid driver's license and a safe driving record;
  • Physically perform the essential functions of the job.


(Persons applying for a position of this class should have any combination of the following experience and training.)

Seven years of progressively responsible managerial experience in public works construction projects and/or engineering design.  Experience in transit operations preferred.  Bachelor's degree in engineering, preferably civil engineering, PE Certification required and/or ability to obtain Washington State PE Certification within six months of hire; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.


Personal computer, telephone, copy machine/scanner, 10-key calculator.


(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Work is performed primarily in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer for extended periods of time. However, some travel to a variety of locations to perform work and/or attend meetings is required.  Physical exertion may be required to lift office supplies.  Sufficient powers of observation are required to review and analyze written reports and monitor and evaluate the work of subordinates.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 

Application Special Instructions

Cover Letter & Resume Required

Must also complete the Public Works Assessment


City Paid Benefits Include:

  • Insurance plans as low as $0 for spouse & all dependents  - Plans with deductibles as low as $200; high deductible plan includes employer sponsored contribution to Health savings account). 
  • Vision & Dental Insurance with no cost sharing for employee & all dependents
  • $15,000 Basic Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • PERS Retirement
  • Employee Assistance Program

Elective Benefits Include:

  • Deferred Compensation
  • Additional Life & Spouse Life Insurance
  • Discounts on Parks & Rec Membership
  • Discounts on Life Flight Membership
  • Long-term care insurance