Deputy Public Works Director

City Of Kent   Kent, WA   Full-time     Management
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Posted on April 18, 2021

Deputy Public Works Director

The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for Deputy Public Works Director. The Public Works Department serves both internal and external customers by providing a broad range of services. The Deputy Director, at the direction of the Public Works Director, will be directly responsible for a substantial number of management, administrative, and supervisory responsibilities, to include effective oversight of the Engineering Division. The ideal candidate will be skilled in the resolution of complex public works issues and adept in the supervision of engineering personnel and equipment. The Deputy Director shall demonstrate behavioral competencies that support the department's overall performance and facilitate its transformative impact on the city, departments, and customers it serves. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the ability to further the vision, mission, values, and goals of both the Public Works Department and the City of Kent. Qualifications for this position include a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field, along with at least five (5) years of increasingly responsible public works engineering design and construction experience. A minimum of four (4) years of management and supervisory experience is also required.

Applications will be accepted until May 28, 2021.

The monthly salary range for this position is $11,155.00-13,558.00, depending on qualifications.

**This is a full-time, overtime exempt position that is not represented by a union.  A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your online application, please call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

Initial interviews for those meeting the qualifications of this position are tentatively scheduled for June 10, 2021.

Under the direction of the Director of Public Works, manage, plan, organize and coordinate the administration, operations, activities and strategic planning of the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department.

Work is characterized by a substantial amount of management, administrative, and supervisory responsibilities for the department, including directing and evaluating the operation of the Engineering Division. Duties include, but are not limited to, managing the operations and activities of the Engineering Division; proactively developing the talent; co-constructing performance goals, objectives and development plans, and providing ongoing constructive performance feedback; and serve as consultant and technical advisor to elected officials and management on a variety of engineering matters. Incumbent also attends bid openings, hearings and other meetings concerning Public Works projects; answers questions from contractors, bidders, developers and the general public.

Work is performed under broad managerial direction. Supervisor provides the employee with assignments in terms of broad practice, precedents, policies and goals. Work may be reviewed for fulfillment of program objectives and conformance with departmental policy, practice and/or objective.


Resolve issues, including competing demands, sensitive situations, and conflicts with other groups, plan, coordinate and supervise Public Works engineering services involving the preparation of designs, plans and specifications, as well as right of way acquisition and the construction of various projects.

Supervise and direct engineering personnel and equipment involved in a variety of Public Works engineering projects; review progress reports and make on-site inspections as needed.

Participate in the administration of the overall department organization as assigned by the Director; coordinate implementation of strategic work plan directives and key initiatives.

Mobilize and encourage team, establishing the specific (or concrete, day-to-day) plans, projects, trainings, and objectives needed.

Respond to inquiries from public, consultants, contractors, and other agencies regarding City projects, general engineering requirements, construction requirements, schedules, etc.

Review and comment on various aspects of private development projects (plan review questions, construction problems, etc.).

Review and provide recommendations regarding engineering contracts, and contracts or agreements with other agencies; assist in administration of service contracts associated with assigned areas of responsibility.

Review project costs for engineering-related projects and determine financing of projects.

Review and formulate recommendations regarding environmental checklists, plats, rezones, street vacations and conditional use permits in accordance with Public Works requirements.

Prepare, submit for approval and administer division and assigned special project budgets; approve expenditures according to established procedures.

Attend a variety of staff and management meetings as a division representative; provide technical information and expertise concerning engineering projects.

Represent the Public Works Department at a variety of public meetings including Hearing Examiner, Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission.

Confer with representatives of various City organizations, agencies and government agencies to coordinate efforts, resolve issues and exchange information.

Review and approve plans, specifications, estimates, and contract documents for major Public Works projects prepared by Engineering Division staff, consultants and private developers.

Perform the duties on behalf of the Public Works Director as required.

Prepare and maintain various reports and records in the administration, status and coordination of Public Works projects.

Prepare mitigation agreements as conditions of providing City utility services to private properties being developed outside the City.

Review and approve applications for grants and loans for Public Works projects.

Oversee and participate in the consultant selection process.

Actively support the vision, mission, values and goals of the department and the City.


Perform related duties as assigned.





  • Current trends, principles and practices of Civil Engineering
  • Municipal Public Works Administration
  • Municipal budget preparation and administration techniques
  • Grant and aid programs related to Public Works
  • Methods, equipment and materials used in Civil Engineering projects
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Modern management and supervisory theories, principles and practices
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations and ordinances
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty
  • Modern research methods
  • Municipal organization structure, policies, procedures, practices and objectives


  • Communicating orally and in writing
  • Using interpersonal skills with tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary as it pertains to the job
  • Maintaining records and preparing reports
  • Preparing and delivering oral presentations to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.


  • Manage, supervise, and motivate assigned employees
  • Plan, organize and coordinate the work of engineering and technical personnel
  • Analyze and review plans, estimates and contracts
  • Develop and administer budgets
  • Review and monitor the preparation of plans and specifications in the construction of Public works Engineering projects
  • Flex communication style to multiple cultural environments
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action
  • Organize and schedule work to meet timelines
  • Effectively resolve conflicts, grievances, and personnel issues
  • Work independently under general managerial parameters or guidelines

Interested individuals must apply online at 

The City of Kent is an equal opportunity employer.