Public Works Director - City of Hood River

  • Hood River, Oregon
Full Time Engineering Facilities Government Program Management

Job Description

The Opportunity

The Public Works Director is a self-directed and highly accountable position providing oversight, direction and leadership to the Public Works Department. It is anticipated that, if qualified the Public Works Director would also serve as the City Engineer. This dynamic and innovative leader guides the department both through long range planning and everyday maintenance and operations with a focus on customer service.

The Public Works Director is responsible for a full range of Public Works services through a talented staff. Excited by the projects and initiatives in Hood River, the Public Works Director understands the importance of maintaining existing infrastructure, designing and building necessary improvements and planning for future growth. The successful candidate multi-tasks with ease, shifting gears quickly to prioritize and balance workloads and resource needs to meet project demands. The ability to easily explain complex public works concepts while hearing, balancing, and respecting a variety of views during the decision-making process is essential.

The Public Works Director is known for supporting staff and removing barriers to enable success. The ideal candidate employs a leadership style that invites participation and gathers input from the public works team. The successful candidate possesses strong communication skills and the ability to connect with staff, elected officials and the growing community in order to effectively drive change. With an eye on process improvement and innovation, the Public Works Director is creative and brings a fresh perspective and new ideas to public works projects and initiatives.

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About the City of Hood River

The City of Hood River with a current population around 8,000, has seen vibrant community growth over recent decades. The City, just 60 miles east of Portland, expands with large influxes of visitors seasonally and is rich in history and scenic beauty. Hood River is commonly recognized for its arts, culture, abundant fruit harvests and world-class outdoor recreation.

Hood River administers a $42.2 million all funds budget and has 69.4 full-time equivalent employees. City departments include: Police, Fire, Public Works (includes roads, parks, water, wastewater, and stormwater systems), Planning and Administration, which includes Finance and Municipal Court.

The Public Works Department maintains the City’s infrastructure to support the growing community. With a staff of 23, the department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the following public facilities: roads, parking, parks, sewer, storm water collection systems and water system. In addition, City engineering and City construction projects are within the Public Works Department. The department also manages and maintains the City’s equipment and vehicle fleet. The City’s wastewater treatment plant is operated under contract by Jacobs. The City owns and maintains over $80 million in physical assets, including roads, utilities, and buildings.


Five (5) or more years of supervisory experience in public works, civil engineering or public administration. A thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of public works administration along with considerable knowledge of materials, methods and techniques used in construction, maintenance and operations of streets, sewers, storm, water, facilities, fleet and parks are essential.

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Environmental Science or other related field is required. A registered Professional Engineer is highly desired. 

To Be Considered

Cover letters expressing your interest in the City of Hood River and how you would successfully contribute to the role of Public Works Director should be addressed to Heather Gantz. Please submit your resume and cover letter via Waldron’s Candidate Web Portal. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and no later than January 19, 2020.


City Planning, Civil & Structural Engineering, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Facilities Management, Geological Testing & Analysis, Operations Plant Management, Project Management, Property Management

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree