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Organization:  City of Pittsburgh, PA
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Pennsylvania (PA)
City:  Pittsburgh
Post Code:  15219
Salary and Benefits:  $100,889


Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the Director of Public Works is responsible for all functions and activities within the Department of Public Works.

There’s enthusiasm in the air around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This enthusiasm is caused by the hope brought about by new leadership, and the promise of new and innovative thinking that will be deployed to address civic issues. On January 6, 2014 William “Bill” Peduto will be sworn in as the next Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, the second largest city in the state. A self-described “Reform Democrat”, while a member of Pittsburgh City Council Bill Peduto wrote the most comprehensive package of government reform legislation in the City’s history. He strengthened the Ethics Code, created the city’s first Campaign Finance Limits, established Lobbyist Disclosure and Lobbyist Registration and ended No-Bid Contracts. Bill loves Pittsburgh and understands what makes our city unique. With a population of more than 300,000 that is growing younger and increasingly more diverse, Pittsburgh is a city on the move. Thanks to a relatively low crime rate, affordability, healthy economy, and vibrant restaurant and arts scenes, publications like Forbes and The Economist have labeled Pittsburgh America's "most livable city." With 90 diverse and distinct neighborhoods, Pittsburgh has something for everyone. We’re building an exciting, new administration and we’ve got some serious work to do. Come grow with us.

The following duties are normal for this position. They are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.


  • Directs, manages, organizes and plans the operation and administration of the Department of Public Works, including the Division of Administration  and Division of Operations
  • Directs the expenditure of all funds in the department; oversees preparation and monitoring of Departments budget and bond projects
  • Develops and ensures full implementation of all policies and procedures
  • Directs the maintenance and repair of highways, streets, parks, bridges, structures, walkways, public wharves and docks
  • Supervises the activities of the Department personnel; assigns, monitors and evaluate work; provides managerial direction
  • Directs City-wide street resurfacing, snow and ice control and street cleaning programs and operations
  • Directs the preparation of specifications for purchases, repair contracts and new equipment
  • Reviews and approves contracts; monitors contract performance and compliance
  • Provides technical assistance to Assistant Directors and personnel on all public works projects and programs
  • Responds to the general public
  • Advises the Mayor through the Chief Operations Officer and makes appropriate recommendations regarding departmental policies and activities
  • Represents the Department and its policies to City council, other Departments, the news media and the public
  • Works closely with other City employees, City Departments and outside organizations as required
  • Develops, implements and monitors the departmental affirmative action plan ensuring compliance with applicable laws and guidelines and with the City-wide Affirmative Action Plan
  • Plans, develops, directs, coordinates, organizes and controls the materials, equipment and personnel under jurisdiction toward the effective, efficient and economical attainment of program goals, including maximum convenience to the public and safety of employees.
  • Manages area of responsibility in strict accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and established policy, including union agreements to ensure fair and standardized treatment of employees
  • Assist with the executive responsibility of approximately 640 full-time and 5 part-time employees


  • Theory, principles, practices and modern trends in the fields of public administration and public works management.  
  • Federal, state and local laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to labor agreements and personnel policies. 
  • Principles and practices of budgeting, purchasing and maintenance of public records.
  • Research methods and analysis techniques.
  • Principles and practices of effective human resource management and supervision.
  • Principles and practices of sound business communications.


  • Analyze and make sound recommendations on complex management and administrative issues.
  • Plan, organize and direct the operations of a complex public works department.
  • Understand, interpret, explain and apply City policy and procedures.
  • Present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively in public meetings.
  • Represent the City effectively in negotiations.
  • Develop and implement appropriate procedures and controls.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials.
  • Exercise sound, expert independent judgment within policy guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, all levels of City management, other elected and appointed governmental officials, consultants, contractors, developers, vendors, employees, media representatives and the public.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree and at least eight years of administrative or management experience in the operation and maintenance of a large, complex public works operation; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 

This position is at-will and non-union. Applicants must become residents of the City of Pittsburgh prior to employment and remain a resident throughout employment.


Equal Opportunity Employer.


Salary - $100,889

To apply, please visit the Talent City website at http://talent-city.com/node/152 

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