Travis County

Public Works Director

Austin, Texas
$117,037 - $152,148
Filing Deadline:
September 3, 2021
Kylie Wilson
Senior Executive Recruiter
CPS HR Consulting

Travis County's Transportation and Natural Resources (TNR) department is seeking to fill the Public Works Director position with an authentic and dynamic leader. Come work for one of Forbes’ 2019 Best Large Employers in Austin, Texas.

The ideal candidate should have a proven track record of ensuring consistent and effective execution of systems and processes that makes optimal use of department and organizational resources. The new Director will meet the ever-changing needs of a highly visible and complex department with a budget of over $30M – Operations and Maintenance and $50M Capital Improvement Program and 225 employees. The position is ideal for a leader with innovation; one who establishes vision and direction, fosters, and builds team confidence, and has the ability to motivate others to reach a common goal. To be successful in this position the ideal candidate must be proactive, embrace and lead change, and be people centric. Having the ability to lead with tenacity and diplomacy is essential in this role. Applicants that fit this profile and have a strong background in governmental public works and are innovative, collaborative leaders are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Public Works Director is a vital member of the TNR senior leadership team. As a direct report to the County Executive and Chief Deputy, the Public Works Director has oversight of the strategic planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of business and administrative functions for key business units, specifically, Road and Bridge Maintenance, Fleet Services, Capital Improvement Program and Survey Services. The position provides leadership and strategic guidance to not only the Public Works Division, but County Officials, Department Heads and Outside Agencies.   The Public Works Director also serves as a professional technical advisor and is responsible for overseeing and monitoring that service delivery follows applicable laws, rules, regulations and applicable standards and procedures established by the state, Commissioners Court and the division.  To drive impact, the Public Works Director has to be a forward and critical thinker that operates with integrity, personal and team accountability, and functions as a leader in innovation.

Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering AND eight (8) years of directly related, increasingly responsible and varied professional engineering project management, developing, and managing public works, or municipal management experience, including five (5) years of senior level management, project management and/or administrative experience.  Licensed to practice as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Texas issued by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.  If licensed in another state, must acquire license reciprocity in the State of Texas within six (6) months of date of hire.  Master's degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field is preferred.

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