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Douglas County  8130
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Pay Range DH32

This classification serves as director of the Douglas County Public Works department including engineering, operations and maintenance, waste management, natural resource management, work crew and fleet and provides expert and technical advice to the Board of Commissioners. The position serves as department head of the Public Works department and plans, organizes and directs all activities related to the management of the department.

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Develop, plan, and implement department goals and objectives; recommends and administers policies and procedures.

2. Coordinate department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the Board of Commissioners; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

3. Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the department's work plan including engineering, operations and maintenance, waste management, natural resource management, work crew and fleet; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.

4. Develop, manage, coordinate and evaluate department operations and activities. Develop procedures, policies and other support systems for efficient operations to meet current and long-range goals. Establish and/or approve departmental policy and procedure; approve project or legislative proposals to ensure overall quality control.

5. Supervise support staff through management team in the areas of departmental goals, identification and scheduling of projects and progress review; offer assistance as needed and determine best solution when problems arise. Train staff and ensure compliance with standards. Final approval of all selection, promotion and termination of employees. Assume responsibility for work performed within department. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

6. Represent the department activities and programs to the community, regulatory agencies, consultants, and committees. Respond to, and effectively resolve, inquiries, complaints or problems affecting services. Interpret policy and procedure to the public.

7. Participate in State organizations as recommended by the Board of Commissioners for the benefit of the Douglas County Public Works Department and other counties.

8. Prepare and administer annual budget; present to budget committee; monitor fiscal expenditures and revenues.

9. Advise, assist and participate in committee activities and related special projects.


Knowledge of: Extensive knowledge of public works concepts, principles, techniques and practices; thorough knowledge of laws, codes, rules, regulations and ordinances applied to county roads, dams, and landfills; , sufficient knowledge of equipment, materials, geography, engineering, economics, sociology and architecture which apply to public works to provide sound judgement and leadership of the department, thorough knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of effective administration including public relations, personnel management and fiscal management to develop, implement and evaluate programs. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; formulate and implement operational and administrative policies; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests; perform short and long-range financial planning; analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems; establish and maintain record keeping systems and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; supervise, motivate and lead support staff; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, Board of Commissioners, County department heads, committees, federal and state regulatory agencies, community groups, media and the public.

Education, experience and education: This position requires the ability to obtain registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon within six months of appointment OR a master’s degree in Business Administration or a related field. At least eight years experience in a top tier management position, preferably in local government, is required. Previous leadership experience in local or state government related to public works is required. Must possess valid Oregon Driver's License at the time of appointment.


This classification is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners.

This classification provides direct supervision to the management team and indirect supervision to all other staff members and has final responsibility for work performed by the Public Works Department.


Work is performed within budget, political policy, Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, County and departmental policy and procedure; incumbent must remain current on guidelines and uses extensive judgment in interpreting and usage of appropriate guideline. As Department Head can implement or revise departmental policy.


Regular and consistent attendance is required. Work is performed in an office environment. Occasional field work is required. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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