Job Details

Public Works Director
City of Tumwater, WA
Job Description

Are you a service-oriented leader with a strong desire to make the City a better place to work, live, and play? The City of Tumwater is seeking a leader who can continue the organization’s commitment to innovation, creativity, hard work, professionalism, and customer service along with a dedication to public service. The ideal candidate will be agile and innovative in meeting the challenges of rapid growth, increasing transportation needs, aging infrastructure, and fiscal constraints.

Tumwater is the home of many unique and exciting projects. A new Public Works Operations & Maintenance facility is in preliminary planning with funding in place. The Washington State Library and Archives will join a host of State facilities located in Tumwater, among them the new Military Readiness Center. With an aggressive Transportation Benefit District focused on preservation of streets and sidewalks, there’s no shortage of projects. South Puget Sound Community College’s new brewing and distilling facility is located in the Craft District. Future growth includes an incubator facility for small brewers and distillers, and public amenities—trail connections, a river walk, museum, preservation of the historic Old Brewhouse Tower, and redevelopment of the iconic Olympia Brewery properties.

The City of Tumwater embraces a diverse and inclusive workforce and encourages collaboration and teamwork to provide the highest quality services to the community.

An integral member of the City’s leadership team, the Public Works Director serves a critical role—overseeing capital projects, design and operation of the transportation, water, sanitary sewer, and storm drainage systems for Tumwater. The Director is the chief spokesperson and serves as a consultant to the City Administrator and City Council on matters pertaining to the City’s Public Works programs.

The Director is accountable for the effective operation of all public works programs within the City and plans, organizes, and directs all activities of the Department. As a department director, the position oversees the work of 55 FTEs in two divisions: Engineering and Operations & Maintenance. The annual operating budget for public works funds is approximately $16.5 million and the total Capital Budget is $13.2 million.

Salary & Benefits: $117,852–143,604 annually, depending on experience and qualifications. We offer a generous benefits package that includes a cafeteria health care plan and a 401(a) plan with a 5% match.

Job Details
$117,852 - $143,604
Job Function:
Public Works Director
Position Type:
Full Time
City of Tumwater
555 Israel Rd SW
Tumwater, WA 98501-6515
United States
Population: 17,671
Form of Government: Mayor-Council

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