Public Works Director

City of Anacortes
904 6th Street, PO box 547, Anacortes, Washington
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JOB TITLE:                                          Public Works Director

DEPARTMENT:                                   Public Works

REPORTS TO:                                      Mayor

FLSA CLASSIFICATION:                 Exempt

GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB: The Public Works director plans, organizes, directs, and controls all activities of the engineering department, regional water treatment facility, wastewater treatment and collection systems, and public works systems which include fleet, streets, sanitation, and facilities.  The director determines short-term and long-range needs and develops operations and maintenance plans and budgets.  The director assures the efficient and economical use of the resources of the department, including budgeted funds, grant moneys, personnel, facilities, and time, to accomplish short-term and long-range objectives. The director is responsible for directing and implementing the Department’s work plan and ultimate management through meeting with managers and staff to identify and resolve problems; assign projects and delegate areas of responsibility; and ensure objectives are being met.

LEVEL OF AUTHORITY: Implements policies and programs with activities reviewed by the mayor for adequacy of professional judgement, compliance with policies, and achievement of results consistent with objectives within budget.  Operates with only nominal direction and appreciable latitude for independent action and decisions commensurate with demonstrated ability, within broad policy guidelines, department objectives and applicable laws, rules, and ordinances.  Error in judgement could have substantial impact on public acceptance of programs and efficient operation of other City departments and could result in legal and fiscal liability for the City.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a standard office environment. Requires occasional attendance at evening meetings and supporting special project deadlines outside the normal workweek.  Travel to off-site locations may be required.


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Monitor and control performance of the department in conformance with objectives, plans, schedules, and budgets.  Monitor variances and implement necessary corrective actions.
  2. Apply thorough and extensive knowledge of modern operations and maintenance techniques and sound management principles to manage, advise, and provide support to assigned divisions.  Advise department managers and provide direction on matters requiring deviation from established guidelines.
  3. Manage the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies, and priorities in support to the City’s strategic plan and goals and objectives.
  4. Supervise assigned managerial, professional, and support staff; assign projects and functional areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
  5. Prepare updates of master plans, specific plans, city regulations, etc. pertaining to operations of the public works department.
  6. Coordinate with the Planning and Development Services Department as needed to review plans, permits, and design standards, according to City policy, procedures, and ordinances, assess and develop needs for maintenance and capital improvements to support long-range plan development.
  7. Research and recommend to the mayor programs for public works and utility maintenance and operation, consistent with public health and safety.  Prepare requests for state and federal financial assistance for such programs, supply proper supporting materials, and maintain intergovernmental coordination.
  8. Coordinate the operations of the wastewater treatment plant, the water treatment plant, and the operations facility, which include the streets, water distribution, sanitation, facilities, and fleet maintenance divisions with the appropriate department managers. Coordinate the activities of the GIS/Asset management Division.  Supervise in-progress work of the different departments.  Take action as necessary to eliminate disruptions, conflicts, and related delays.
  9. Respond to public inquiries, investigate, and resolve complaints, or refer to appropriate individual or department for resolution.
  10. Develop and maintain constructive relationships with elected officials, property owners, developers, contractors, and the general public regarding public works programs and activities, to ensure that efforts are effectively directed toward achieving City goals.  Assist the mayor and other department heads in special projects as assigned.
  11. Provide staff support to the City Council as needed on public works matters by preparation and analysis of reports.  Schedule and assign staff to meet project or program requirements.
  12. Attend frequent city council, planning commission, and community meetings as required, often outside regular working hours.


Bachelor’s degree in civil, sanitary, environmental, public works, or mechanical engineering and/or in public administration; AND five (5) to ten (10) years of previous experience of professional public works experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. A professional engineer certification is preferred.

Licenses and other requirements:

Requires a valid Washington State driver’s license.


Knowledge of:

  1. Emergency management training and/or experience.
  2. Municipal public works such as design, maintenance, and construction.
  3. Municipal solid waste.
  4. Principles of budget preparation and expenditure control.
  5. Applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations pertaining to public works functions.

Ability to:

  1. Interact extensively with the public, City Council, and other entities on a regular basis while providing a high level of responsivity and complex support.
  2. Plan, schedule, and review the work of others in a manner conducive to proficient performance and high morale.  Desirable to have five or more years of experience in management at a comparable level.
  3. Continue to pursue professional knowledge through journals, seminars, and membership in professional organizations


Manual dexterity, often repetitive, to utilize a personal computer and other standard office equipment. Must be able to identify and assess written and numerical materials. Ability to communicate effectively for the exchange of information. Ability to be stationary for extended periods of time with occasional mobility within an office environment. Must be able to push, pull, or lift ten pounds and carry twenty pounds.


  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility; but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individual may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is a logical assignment to the position. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.
  • As an absolute condition of employment, employees are required upon hire to sign a drug-free workplace agreement and an agreement not to use tobacco products in any form while on the job.
  • Following an offer of employment, and prior to starting work, individuals may be required to have a pre-employment physical examination by a physician designated by the City of Anacortes.  The City will pay for the examination.  Satisfactory clearance to perform essential job functions will be required for employment.