Public Works Director

$130,988 - $179,267 yearly
  • City of Sammamish
  • May 13, 2020
Full time Executive Government

Job Description

The Position

The City of Sammamish, one of the best places to raise a family, is looking for its next Public Works Director. The Director is responsible for planning and implementing comprehensive transportation and stormwater management programs for the community and working collaboratively with regional, state, and federal agencies. The Director establishes and oversees the City’s capital improvement plan and compliance with the City’s transportation concurrency policies, assists in securing the necessary funding and resources for projects, and reviews all work activities to ensure efficient and safe operations and conformance with established state, county, and city standards, regulations, and policies.

The Public Works Department is responsible for construction, maintenance, and repair of City streets, traffic signals, and storm drains; managing the City’s traffic concurrency regulations; reviewing private development projects for compliance with the City’s standards; and developing and implementing major departmental policies. The Public Works Director has six direct reports: Deputy Director, City Engineer, Street/Stormwater Superintendent, Administrative Assistants (2), and Management Analyst. The Director reports to the City Manager.

Experience and Education

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field and seven years of experience working in public works, three years of which should be at the supervisory level. In addition, significant experience with traffic engineering and transportation policy development, planning, and implementation in an organization similar to Sammamish is required.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, Professional Engineering Licensure, and experience in at least one service area of the Public Works Department other than transportation. Additional preferred qualifications include a background in municipal finance and budgeting, expenditure tracking, bonding, impact fees, connection charges, utility rate setting, capital improvement programming, and project management. Experience within a city, county, or regional office or firm that does considerable work for local government agencies is preferred. Knowledge or understanding of Washington State laws and regulations relating to municipal public works is also preferred.


The expected salary range is $130,988-$179,267, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package. The City does not have a residency requirement for the Public Works Director.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled with the first review of applications on June 17, 2020.