Public Works Director

City of Beaverton, OR | Full-time

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The Position

The City of Beaverton is looking for its next Public Works Director to provide exemplary leadership, ongoing oversight, and direction to the Public Works Department. Serving as an integral member of the city’s Executive Leadership Team, the Public Works Director acts as an advisor to the City Manager, City Council, and staff while guiding the department through long-range planning, project implementation, and everyday maintenance and operations of the city’s infrastructure.

The Public Works Director currently reports to an Assistant City Manager and manages the development and implementation of the Public Works Department strategy, including the city’s Capital Improvement Plan. The Director collaborates across the organization to create project and operational work plans focused on both process and outcomes to facilitate and complete Council priorities. It is through this lens that the Director develops and manages the departmental budget and establishes ongoing performance standards. The Public Works Director also maintains the city’s American Public Works Association (APWA) accreditation.

The Public Works Director serves as the official appointee to inter-agency groups involving capital improvement projects, transportation, water/storm drainage, sanitary/sewer, and water system operations and maintenance. In addition, the Director actively serves on various committees related to the Willamette Water Supply System, Willamette Intake Facility, and the Joint Water Commission (JWC). Working directly with the community, the Public Works Director establishes cooperative working relationships and liaises with neighborhood, development, and business communities to promote high-quality projects and services. The Director provides advice on priorities and collaborates to advance and protect the interests of the city and the community in all matters.

The Public Works Director brings a high level of integrity and builds trust and respect while leading and empowering staff. The Director routinely promotes the organizational values of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion and creates a culture that supports employee growth and development. The Director provides direction to eight direct reports, including three Public Works Managers, Public Utilities Manager, Water General Manager, City Engineer, Management Analyst, and Office Support Supervisor, and remains a visible leader to all public works staff to ensure city goals and objectives are achieved.

The Priorities

Internal

  • Collaborate to drive operational excellence through stability and consistency in systems, policies, and procedures. Work to streamline processes, identify opportunities for efficiency, leverage technology, simplify decision-making, and drive uniformity and equity in operations. 
  • Ensure continued internal connectivity and integration between Engineering and Operations. Remove barriers to collaboration and build shared knowledge and more resounding support for cross-departmental collaboration. 
  • Continue the organizational restructuring, including the structure of the newly created Water Division, to align public works services with the changes in government services and the growing needs of the community. Thoughtfully identify opportunities and implement changes that create a unified vision and an organizational culture built on trust and transparency.
  • Advocate for staff and effectively leverage the talents of the team. Create purposeful opportunities for employee development, training, and succession planning with a continued focus on providing high-quality services. 
  • Engage as an active member of the Executive Leadership Team. Effectively partner with colleagues and work across departments to advance Council goals and city priorities in alignment with organizational values and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on the creation of a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) prioritization process that emphasizes community engagement to inform project selection.
  • Establish a standard process for community engagement that includes broad interaction and proactive communication for both CIP projects and operation and maintenance activities. Ensure alignment with city goals; diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; and climate action plans.

External

  • Provide leadership to the $1.6 Billion Willamette Water Supply Project. Continue to partner with the City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District to design, build, and operate the system providing additional resilient water to the region.
  • Support ongoing collaboration with developers on the Purple Pipe project to supply treated stormwater for irrigation. Ensure the construction of the stormwater re-use treatment plan, pump station, and distribution system remains on track and within budget. 
  • Lead the renegotiation of the intergovernmental agreement with Clean Water Services supporting the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Represent the City of Beaverton on policy issues related to operations and maintenance, design and development standards, processes and procedures, and rates, fees, and charges. 
  • Manage the ongoing withdrawal from Tualatin Valley Water District in support of providing city water service to Beaverton residents. Collaborate with the District and consultant team to ensure the success of the transition program.
  • Collaborate to ensure the continued implementation of the water capacity improvement projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. Manage the $81 Million awarded to enhance the reliability and resiliency of the water system to meet the current and future needs of the growing community. 
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Tualatin Valley Water District, Clean Water Services, Joint Water Commission, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Beaverton School District, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Washington County, Metro, Oregon Department of Transportation, and TriMet. Effectively partner, identify ongoing opportunities to collaborate, and continue to engage in transparent communication. 

The Successful Candidate

The next Public Works Director is a visionary and collaborative leader who is energized by the opportunity to continue driving change and transformation within the department while continuing to provide high-quality services to the Beaverton community. The Director, who embodies the values of a change agent, has a strong background in strategic planning and execution and embraces aligning public works initiatives with larger organizational goals. With an eye on process improvement and innovation, the successful candidate brings a modern perspective and new ideas to Public Works projects and initiatives. Through a forward-thinking approach, the Director embraces change and transformation to support a shared vision. The ideal candidate easily identifies trends and problems hindering progress and develops and implements best practices to drive necessary change.

A mature leader and advocate for the team and city, the Public Works Director successfully navigates the political, administrative, and technical aspects of the position and understands the importance of maintaining existing infrastructure while designing and building necessary improvements and planning for future growth. The Director multi-tasks with ease, shifting gears quickly to prioritize and balance workloads and resource needs to meet project demands. The successful candidate is a highly effective communicator, provides transparency in interactions, and works to ensure routine communication throughout the organization. A champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Public Works Director is committed to ensuring policies, programs, and practices are free from institutional and systemic racism.

An approachable leader, the Public Works Director models behaviors expected throughout the organization and actively promotes an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society. With a commitment to customer service and engagement, the successful candidate is team-oriented, establishes clear expectations, and provides transparent communication while effectively delegating and holding others accountable. The Director is a visible leader known for actively supporting staff and removing barriers to enable success while maintaining a commitment to high-quality work. The ideal candidate employs a leadership style that invites participation, supports collaboration, and gathers input from the talented Public Works team.

A natural convener and collaborator, the ideal candidate recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels. Leading with humility, the Director successfully engages with different audiences, values diversity of thought, and uses that information to drive consensus and inform decision-making. A resilient and calm leader, the successful candidate has a background in community outreach and engagement and understands the importance of providing the community with accurate and timely information and being accessible, responsive, and transparent.

Qualifications

Ten or more years of progressively responsible experience in related public works operations and maintenance in a multi-faceted organization, including at least five years in a senior leadership role, is required. Thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of public works administration is essential. An understanding of and appreciation for engineering and the collaboration with public works is ideal. Experience working directly with an elected body, ideally in a council-manager form of government, is desired. Prior experience in change management with the ability to leverage best practices in a growing community is ideal. 

A bachelor's degree, preferably in business administration, public administration, management, urban planning, or equivalent field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience enabling the successful candidate to perform the essential functions of the position is required. A master’s degree is desired.

Beaverton is a diverse city, boasting a large population of qualified persons, including women, veterans, Black, Indigenous, people of color, persons with disabilities, generational groups, persons who speak many languages, and of diverse national origins. A commitment to supporting the diversity of the Beaverton community is essential to success.

It is widely stated—and supported by studies—that candidates, especially women, are less likely to apply for a job unless they believe they meet 100% of the hiring criteria. The city’s talent acquisition goals include hiring the candidate who is best able to meet the performance objectives of the role. We, therefore, encourage persons with non-traditional skill sets and experiences to apply, even if you believe you do not meet 100% of the qualifications and hiring criteria described. 

City Charter Change

On January 1, 2021, the City of Beaverton transitioned from a mayor-council form of government to a council-manager form. Beaverton voters approved the new City Charter in May of 2020. Under this new form of government, City Council consists of a Mayor and six Councilors, all of whom are elected at-large on a nonpartisan basis to four-year terms. The Mayor is the full-time political and ceremonial head of the city and presides over Council meetings. The City Manager is appointed by Council and charged with overseeing all city operations except for the City Attorney’s Office, the Municipal Court Judges, and the City Auditor.

Beaverton employs 636 talented and dedicated employees. Currently, eight departments are responsible for the wide variety of public services within the city: City Attorney’s Office, Community Development, Finance, Human Resources, Library, Community Services and Engagement, Police, and Public Works. A citywide organizational assessment was recently completed and the Public Works Director will report directly to the Assistant City Manager once an Assistant City Manager is appointed.

Beaverton has a 2021-2022 budget of $441.4 Million that reflects the priorities of the City Council. The city is committed to meeting its goals by embracing its community vision; advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; proactively responding to climate change; and striving for fiscal sustainability. The city’s eight strategic goals for FY22/23 are:

  • A Welcoming Community
  • Good Government
  • Safety
  • Housing
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Quality Infrastructure
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Community Wellness and Fun

Public Works Department

Accredited by the American Public Works Association, the Public Works Department oversees the day-to-day maintenance and operations of the city and undertakes large capital improvement projects. With an operating budget of $67 Million and a capital budget of $91 Million, the dedicated staff of 126 is spread across seven different portfolios. Within each portfolio, there are individual programs that provide specific services to the community.

Administration

The Administration portfolio provides leadership and support to the Public Works Department. The staff promotes department, citywide, and City Council goals and cultivates and maintains strong partnerships with all city departments, intergovernmental organizations, and community groups to deliver high-quality services.

Engineering

The Engineering portfolio delivers high-quality project management, engineering, CADD design, land surveying, and administrative services in support of implementing the Capital Improvement Plan. The staff also provides technical support and advice to the Public Works and Community Development Departments.

Fleet

The Fleet portfolio provides high-quality and efficient vehicle maintenance, repair, and procurement services to achieve high standards for vehicle reliability, appearance, longevity, and performance. As the city continues to pursue electrification, the Public Works garage currently maintains 47 hybrid/electric vehicles, 191 light and medium-duty vehicles, 126 heavy-duty vehicles, and 210 pieces of small equipment.

Landscape, Urban Forestry, and Traffic

The Landscape team provides consistently high-quality landscape maintenance to more than 131 acres of city-owned rights-of-way and properties, including City Hall, Library, Activities Center, Community Center, City Park, Lombard Plaza, water facilities buildings, as well as various wetlands, pedestrian paths, and storm drainage channels. The Urban Forestry team provides care and maintenance for the city’s urban forest, enhancing the health of existing resources while encouraging conservation and preservation. The Traffic team inspects, maintains, and updates signal timing and progression plans on the city’s 127 traffic signals, including coordination with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Washington County Land Use and Transportation (LUT) on signals under their jurisdictions.

Storm and Sewer

The Storm team operates approximately 254 miles of stormwater collection mains that reduce flooding and enhance water quality through targeted maintenance. The Sewer Team operates about 280 miles of wastewater collection conveyance system that functions reliably, is routinely subject to preventive maintenance inspections and repairs, and satisfies all the requirements of the Clean Water Act and Municipal Code.

Street and Construction

The Street and Construction portfolio maintains about 226 miles of roadway to a high standard, free of hazards, pavement failures, and other defects. The city uses a pavement management system to identify areas in need of rehabilitation at appropriate times to minimize costs and maximize pavement life. The average pavement condition index for the city is 73.

Water

The Water portfolio consists of two programs that maintain the water distribution system and water system quality. The water distribution program ensures public health protection by providing a safe, uninterrupted supply of drinking water through 298 miles of water mains and includes the replacement of aging components. The water quality program is responsible for the operation and maintenance of water supply infrastructure. It performs all required water quality testing and monitoring for reporting to EPA and/or its primacy agency.

The Beaverton Community

Located in the heart of the Tualatin Valley, midway between Mt. Hood and the Oregon coast, Beaverton combines the best of a big city and the peaceful surroundings of a small town. Just seven miles west of downtown Portland, Beaverton is Oregon’s sixth-largest city and the second-largest incorporated city in Washington County.

Beaverton is home to 97,500 people of all ages and backgrounds and is one of the most diverse cities in Oregon. One in three residents identifies as a person of color, roughly 20 percent were born outside of the U.S., and more than 100 languages are spoken in the Beaverton School District. This richness of cultural diversity is what makes Beaverton such a vibrant city.

Filled with eclectic charm, downtown Beaverton is a collection of mid-century shop fronts, turn-of-the-century landmarks, and the latest in mixed-use development. A new center for the arts with a large performing space recently opened and opportunities for shopping, entertainment, and exploration abound beyond the city’s core.

Through a partnership with Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Beaverton residents enjoy many outdoor activities. With more than 100 parks encompassing 1,000 acres, every home in Beaverton is within a half-mile of a park. The city has 30 miles of hiking trails and a 25-mile network of bike paths. Within an hour’s drive, there are many more natural areas and opportunities for recreation, including ski slopes to the East and ocean beaches to the West.

Beaverton’s neighborhoods offer more opportunities for neighbors to have fun and make a greater impact on the community. Along tree-lined streets, neighbors are often out jogging, biking, dog-walking, and enjoying everything the city has to offer. From outdoor concerts to art, multicultural festivals, and celebrations, Beaverton’s annual events help bring the community together.

Beaverton has a long history of thoughtful planning, addressing housing, transportation, economic development, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, among many others. The Beaverton community vision project won awards for community outreach and substance and continues to be integral to the development of Council priorities. Beaverton is proud that its residents and businesses take advantage of many well-designed means to interact with the city.

Welcoming residents and visitors from everywhere, Beaverton is eager to share all that makes it the best in Oregon.

Compensation

The full salary range is $128,480 – $172,169 with an expected hiring range of $156,179 – $172,169 depending on qualifications. The City of Beaverton provides a generous benefits package. Learn more about our options and employee-based benefits here.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with ongoing review of applications.

The City of Beaverton is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, mental or physical disability, religion, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or source of income in the admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or activities. The City of Beaverton recognizes the significant contributions of veterans in protecting the liberties our residents enjoy. The city complies with Oregon’s Veterans’ Preference Law.

Questions

For more information or questions regarding the City of Beaverton or the Public Works Director position, please contact Heather Gantz at hgantz@raftelis.com or Robert Colichio at rcolichio@raftelis.com.

 

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