Assistant Director of Public Works - Utilities Division

Town of Westerly, RI

Job Details

  • Job Function: Assistant/Deputy Department Director
  • Salary: $85,000 - $95,000. DOE/E
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 22,787
  • Website:
  • Where: 45 Broad Stn , Westerly, RI
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Mar 1 2018

Deadline: Mar 30 2018

Interested candidates should submit their resumes to


“A Positive, Exemplary Community”

Assistant Director of Public Works - Division: Utilities


The salary range for this position is between $85,000 - $95,000 per annum on a 37.5 hour work week, depending on E/E. This position is an exempt managerial position and is not eligible for overtime. Extended hours beyond 37.5 hours a week can be expected due emergencies, meetings or other unplanned events.


The Town of Westerly is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director of Public Works in the Utilities Division. This position is responsible for responsible for assisting in leading, planning, directing and managing the activities of the Public Works Department. Specifically, this position will have operational oversight of one of the Utilities Division.

What You Should Bring

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Business or Public Administration or closely related field. The candidate will also have four years of professional and increasingly responsible experience in the management and direction of various aspects of a municipal Public Works program, which must include a minimum of three years of supervisory level experience is required. Extensive experience in one of the following areas: building, roadway and public properties maintenance and water distribution and waste water collection systems is required.

The Opportunity

The Assistant Director of Public Works, Utilities Division works at the Utilities property on White Rock. Current hours are typically 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; however, flexibility is expected for this position, as this position’s workload changes based on operational demand. Some of the responsibilities are as follows:
1.Directs, manages, leads, coordinates and mentors assigned divisional departmental staff.

2.Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state and Town laws, ordinances and regulations.

3.Serves as the principal advisor to the Director of Public Works, Town Manager, Town Council and other city officials regarding assigned public works divisional activities and confers as appropriate regarding Public Works Department policies, programs and activities.

4.Plans, organizes, and provides effective leadership in managing a broad scope of public works programs and operations for the Town.

5.Confers and advises with staff and/or design and construction professionals, relating to the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of public works improvements.

6.Develops long-range strategic and master plans for department policies and programs, outlines program objectives, and works with appropriate staff on implementation of plans. Oversees the preparation and implementation of plans for Public Works’ municipal projects.

7.Guides and directs a large staff of professional, technical, and administrative support personnel, including making selection and disciplinary decisions, completing performance evaluations, and ensuring staff have adequate training and professional development opportunities.

8.Directs the preparation of and reviews plans and technical reports, budget estimates, accounting and financial reports, as well as other business and operational records, proposed ordinances, and regulations submitted by staff regarding improved operating methods, and procedures for facilitating the department’s business.

9.Delivers presentations, prepares reports, and facilitates meetings and responds to difficult citizen inquiries and complaints, and defers to and notifies more senior staff in the most severe cases.

10.Oversees annual departmental budget development and compliance, including planning and administration, and actively participates in long-range budget analysis.

11.Provides and monitors staff development to insure appropriate succession planning within the Department.

Selection Process
The candidate offered the position will be required to successfully pass a background investigation. A complete job description is available on-line at or at the Human Resources Department. Interested applicants must submit a resume with salary requirements to All resumes must be received by 4:30 pm on or before March 30, 2018. AA/EOE

Special Requirements

Possess Drinking Water Distribution Class 3 and Water Treatment Class 1 licenses in the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island, or has the ability to obtain said licenses within one year of job appointment (for the Utilities Division assignment).