Public Works Director

City of Mary Esther, FL

Plans, organizes, and directs the operations activities of the parks, stormwater, streets, and facility maintenance. Serves as the City’s project manager.

Essential functions are fundamental job duties. They do not include marginal tasks which are also performed but are incidental to the primary functions. 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, nor does every position allocated to the class necessarily perform every duty listed.

-Directs personnel functions of the department (i.e., selection, assignment, evaluation, training, scheduling, interviewing, hiring, and discipline.
-Plans, develops, and implements department operating budget; monitors costs and expenditures; seeks funding to aid in accomplishing public works projects.
-Evaluates departmental needs and formulates short- and long-term public works plans and projects.
-Oversees the water and sewer operations contract.
-Ensures department perform duties in a manner that promotes safety, health and welfare of the public, and comply with established regulations.
-Reviews technical documents, plans, and specifications to ensure quality and performance levels are consistent with requirements; provides technical direction, guidance and assistance on assigned projects.
-Assists in the creation, review and advertisement of procurement documents; participates in the selection of professional consultants.
-Attends various hearings, meetings and workshops; prepares and presents various reports.
-Addresses resident complaints and follows up to ensure problems are resolved; meets with local and state officials concerning disaster relief.
-Acts as a liaison for contracted projects.
-Interacts with the public in an effective and courteous manner.
-Must demonstrate commitment to our mission, vision, values and goals and represent the City in a professional, dignified manner at all times both in actions and appearance.
-May have a role in the City’s disaster preparation and/or recovery efforts; may be required to work before, during and/or after an emergency.
-Must be able to meet minimum attendance standards; may be required to work an irregular schedule, including evenings.
-Performs related duties as required.

The physical requirements are that of light work and include exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. The work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching stooping, stretching reaching or similar activities. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristic and abilities, such as above average agility or dexterity. Requires repetitive motion of the wrists, hands and/or fingers. Requires fingering to include picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling. Required to operate a motor vehicle to conduct inspections and attend off-site meetings.

Requires close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures. Transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.

Requires the expression or exchange of ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly. Requires perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make the discriminations in sound.

The work environment involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions and/or is exposed to one or more disagreeable conditions such as irate customers, outdoor weather conditions, excessive noise, extreme temperatures, odor, dust, chemicals, etc. at least 25% but less than 50% of the work time.

Knowledge of modern techniques, methods, procedures, and practices used in the design and construction of a wide variety of public works projects including transportation, drainage, parks, water, wastewater, development and environmental permitting; laws, rules and regulations governing public works projects; standards of safety as related to designs and specifications; equipment; tools and supplies required to accomplish all public works missions; contract and project management; city policies and laws as they apply to the public works operation; engineering principles and practices; budget preparation.

Required to operate a personal computer and word processing and spreadsheet programs. Requires creative and business proofreading, editing, writing and research; verbal communication; public speaking.

Required to read, understand and interpret diagrams, sketches, blueprints, construction plans, technical specifications, Florida Statutes, codes and related documents; prepare complex and technical written and oral reports, estimates, construction cost records; compile, interpret and analyze data and information; interpret and apply applicable laws, rules and regulations; express ideas effectively both orally and in writing; effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers and other employees of the organization; effectively represent the City and the department in answering questions, responding to inquiries, providing assistance, and dealing with concerns from the public, community organizations, other City staff and other agencies; establish and maintain working relationship with contractors, engineers, special interest groups, community officials, state and federal officials, employees, and public. Requires strong analytical, organizational, and project management skills with excellent attention to detail.

Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Public Administration or closely related field; supplemented by seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in engineering, construction, or public works project management; three (3) years of which shall be in a supervisor/management capacity; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must be computer literate.

Requires a valid driver license at the date of hire and maintain said license while employed in this position.

The City of Mary Esther is a Drug Free Workplace, Equal Employment Opportunity, Veterans preference employer. Preference in appointment will be given to eligible veterans and spouses.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Jared Cobb, City Manager, at

Job Details

Job Function
Public Works Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of Mary Esther


195 N Christobal Rd
Mary Esther, FL 32569-1911
United States

Form of Government


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