Job Details

Public Works Director
County of Snohomish, WA
Job Description

Snohomish County
Director of Public Works

Public Works is the largest department within Snohomish County government. The department maintains county roads, bridges, traffic and the general transportation system in unincorporated Snohomish County. In addition, the department oversees the disposal of solid waste (trash and recycling), and manages and monitors surface water quality and fish habitat, including storm water drainage and flooding.

Snohomish County promises exciting challenges and professional opportunities for the next Public Works Director. The Director will play a key role in the County’s regional transportation planning, surface water and solid waste management and will have the opportunity to make a difference in the county’s growing and thriving community. The department is committed to implementing the County Executive’s initiative for continuous improvement, while maintaining excellent customer service and an efficient, productive workplace that allows employees to take pride and ownership in meeting the goals of the department.

Reporting directly to the County Executive’s office, Snohomish County’s Public Works Director is responsible for leadership of the department to ensure the county moves forward in achieving this vision. In addition, the Director provides expert guidance, advice, and counsel to the County Executive, County Council, and county staff on public works issues. Vital to the success of this role are strong collaboration skills and the ability to establish and maintain strong partnerships with elected officials, staff, labor, citizens, regulatory bodies, contractors, and other governmental agencies.

For this important role the Snohomish County seeks an experienced, unifying leader who is deeply committed to the success of the county and is a strategic big-picture thinker. The new Director must have the desire and capability to lead a team in implementing innovative programs that care for the spaces, places and active lifestyles that define the County’s identity and quality of life.

Desirable Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering; plus, eight years of experience in professional engineering work including at least three years of management experience; or, any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

The annual salary range for this position is $136,921-$193,482. Compensation will be dependent on experience and abilities. Snohomish County offers excellent benefits package. This includes medical, vision and dental, In addition, the County offers 25 days of management leave, paid holidays, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and participation in the retirement program.
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Application Process
Persons interested in this position should submit the following information:
• Cover letter
• Current resume

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360.956.1336.

This position will remain open until filled. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews, please submit your application materials no later than November 29th by visiting and clicking on “view open positions.” Previous applicants need not re-apply.

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Job Details
$136,921 - $193,482
Job Function:
Public Works Director
Position Type:
Full Time
County of Snohomish
3000 Rockefeller Ave
Everett, WA 98201-4046
United States
Form of Government: County Council-Elected Executive