Public Works Director

Village of Key Biscayne, FL

The Village of Key Biscayne is seeking a Public Works Director. The position is responsible for skillfully managing, maintaining, and repairing Village facilities and infrastructure, delivering superior public services, and implementing lasting capital projects that support the Village’s strategic goals and meet the residents’ needs and expectations. The Public Works Director works directly for the Village Manager and in collaboration with fellow directors and supporting agencies to perform the following functions: stormwater management; rights-of-way maintenance and repair; facility, park, and beach maintenance; landscaping and grounds maintenance; transportation services; and solid waste services.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, public administration, business administration, construction, architecture, or related field is required.
A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, public administration, business administration, construction, architecture, or related field is preferred.
A minimum of seven years (7) of experience in public works or a similar field with a minimum of five (5) years of increasing engineering and managerial experience and responsibility.
The management of at least a $5 million annual budget is preferred.
Experience in a municipal government setting dealing with elected and appointed officials is desired.
A current Professional Engineer (P.E.) certification in the State of Florida or the ability to obtain the certification within six months is desired.
Certification as a Project Management Professional is desired.
Certification as a Floodplain Manager is desired.
Affiliations with any of the following industry organizations is desired: American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Florida Engineer Society, or similar organizations.
A valid Class E Florida driver’s license is required.
Must be non-smoker.
Required Competencies:

Maintain professional decorum – polite, welcoming, respectful, disciplined, proper formality, appropriate language, organization, timeliness, and attentiveness.
Is confident – understands and thrives in the importance, sensitivity and confidentiality of the position
Effective communicator orally, written and listening
Strategic and tactical thinker
Planner and organizer
Problem identifier and solver
Technically and organizationally knowledgeable
Loyal, dedicated and motivated
Knowledge of:
Municipal Public Works tasks such as planning, design, procurement, permitting, maintenance, repair, and construction.
Principles of budget preparation and expenditure control.
Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations pertaining to public works functions.
Principles and practices of civil engineering; modern engineering methods and techniques of design, construction, maintenance; and municipal project contract management.
Principles of effective management.
Safe work practices.
Municipal code and code enforcement operations.
Use of geographic information systems and City Works software.
Asset management practices and programs.
Grant management practices and programs.
Organization, operation, and services of the Village and of supporting agencies.
Principles, practices and techniques of local government administration.
Methods of analyzing, evaluating, and modifying organizational procedures.
Research and reporting methods, techniques and procedures.
Labor relations, collective bargaining, personnel and performance management.

Ability to:
Plan, organize and direct the efforts of the Public Works Department.
Analyze, evaluate, and implement municipal public works programs and projects.
Prepare technical plans, designs, estimates, and reports relating to public works projects.
Ensure all public works activities comply with applicable engineering standards, regulations and codes.
Perform in-house engineering design and design review.
Prepare technical reports and maintain supporting records.
Develop contract/project scopes of work.
Identify procurement requirements, conduct supplier research, perform value analysis, and conduct proposal evaluation.
Create clear and comprehensive written reports.
Communicate clearly, concisely and convincingly, orally and written
Analyze organizational and administrative problems, recommend alternative courses of action, and provide leadership to others in implementing such actions.
Maintain strong relationships with Village officials, employees, contractors, the general public, and representatives of other agencies.
Evaluate and train staff.
Perform difficult and complex analysis and research on a variety of strategic and administrative topics, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Analyze, interpret, summarize and present information and data in an effective manner.
Prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive reports.
Evaluate and develop improvements in operations, procedures, policies and methods.
Read and interpret complex data, information, and documents.
Respond to inquiries or requests from residents, external agencies, or members of the business community.
Operate office equipment including computers and Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Access, and Teams as well as selected systems and applications to perform public works related functions.
Organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility.
Plan and organize work to meet deadlines, needs, expectations, and rapidly changing priorities of elected and appointed officials changing priorities and deadlines.
Respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, press, or other agencies on sensitive issues in area of responsibility.
Respond and perform assigned duties in the event of a Village-declared emergency.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Public Works Director leads the department in performing the following functional duties and responsibilities:

Stormwater Management – maintain, repair, and ensure the operations of drainage systems, swales, catch basins, pipes, pumps and outfalls. Responsible for all water quality standards, monitoring, and reporting.
Rights-of-Way – maintain, repair and rehabilitate roadways, sidewalks, signs, signals, marking and streetlights.
Facility & Park Maintenance – maintain, repair and refurbish Village Hall, Police Station, Fire Station, Community Center, and the facilities of seven parks.
Beach Maintenance – maintain, repair and clean Village beach and access pathways. Responsible for maintaining local ecosystems and protecting endangered species.
Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance – manage Village-wide program to create and ensure a pleasant and functional natural and built environment.
Transportation – manage on-demand vehicle service, coordinate with bus service providers, and seek potential alternative transportation methods to optimize mobility and safety.
Solid Waste – manage waste collection; reduce, recycle and reuse program; street sweeping; and hazardous materials and chemicals disposal.
Architectural/Engineering Services – provide periodic in-house and manage contracted architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, transportation, environmental, maritime, geotechnical, etc. planning, architectural and engineering services.
Resilience and Sustainability – guide the Village’s resilience and sustainability program.
Emergency Response – during declared emergencies, direct the mitigation of flooding, clearance of essential routes, protection of critical infrastructure, removal of debris, and maintenance of the Village’s critical lifelines. The position is considered to be essential personnel and will be required to report for all assigned emergency response duties.
Lead, supervise and direct public works staff to include Village Engineer, Capital Improvements Program and Grants Manager, Chief Resilience and Sustainability Officer, Public Works Superintendent, Landscape Manager, Grounds Maintenance Crews, and GIS Operator.
Schedule and coordinate relevant training, education and professional development by position.
Develop Annual Work Plan to direct public works activities in alignment with strategic goals, priorities, timelines and budgeted resources.
Manage Village’s Maintenance & Repair Program for stormwater systems, rights-of-way, facilities, parks and beach.
Perform project and construction management.
Oversee and evaluate contracted consultants, service providers and vendors.
Prepare and present technical reports.
Develop, manage and execute department budget. Clearly present requirements and status to the Village Manager and Village Council.
Develop, manage and execute 6-Year Capital Improvements Program. Clearly present requirements and status to the Village Manager and Village Council.
Manage transportation special revenue fund and stormwater and solid waste enterprise funds.
Develop and implement department policies and procedures.
Ensure the department has adequate supplies, equipment and technology to perform its duties.
Communicate and engage with residents to inform and provide superior customer service.
Coordinate activities with public and private partner support and permitting agencies.
Represent the Village at various assigned meetings, associations and boards related to Public Works.
Represent the Village at various assigned meetings, associations and boards related to Public Works.
Other duties as assigned by Village Manager.

STARTING SALARY RANGE: $150,000 – 212,000


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter to

Job Details

Job Function
Public Works Director
Position Type
Full Time

Village of Key Biscayne


88 W Mcintyre St
Key Biscayne, FL 33149-1846
United States

Form of Government


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