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Assistant Director of Public Works job in Dallas

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Job Ref:  ADIIPBW0114
Organization:  City of Dallas
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Texas (TX)
City:  Dallas
Salary and Benefits:  DOQ + benefits


Assistant Director of Public Works

The City of Dallas is currently seeking applicants for an Assistant Director of Public Works. This position has the responsibility of planning and directing the implementation of the design and construction of public infrastructure, which includes roadways, bridges and drainage-related capital improvements, ensuring projects are completed on schedule and with minimal disruption to citizens in addition to providing surveying services to the City of Dallas.

Desirable Candidate Attributes:

A decisive and visionary leader with solid management skillsA visible leader throughout the department who inspires trust and has outstanding people skillsAn innovative, forward thinker, and creative problem solver with a belief in staff empowerment and working as a teamPolitically astute with the ability to build productive relationships with the community, various stakeholders, and elected officialsAn effective communicator, both verbally and in writing

Knowledge Skills and Abilities required to Perform Work:

Knowledgeable of the principles of public administrationKnowledgeable of principles of personnel management and the ability to plan, direct, and coordinate the work of others through subordinatesSkilled in oral and written communicationAbility to interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations, as well as relevant legislationsA track record of absolute integrity and honesty in professional and personal mattersA record of promoting superior customer service among employees, customers, citizens, the media, and other governmental agencies, in all aspects of service deliveryAbility to analyze project financial dataSome positions may require knowledge of marketing and contracting regulations for municipal governments, and ability to negotiate contracts.

Applicants must also have a thorough knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering, personnel procedures, business principles and the principles of supervision and occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) rules, regulations and procedures. They will also possess the ability to negotiate and resolve sensitive issues with public contractors, business owners, regulatory agencies and other city departments in a tactful and diplomatic manner; establish and maintain working relationships with people of different socio-economic backgrounds; and the ability to interact with a variety of citizens and interest groups.

Essential Functions:

  • Reviews budget allocation, employee assignments, objectives, and performance of subordinate managers and supervisors. Recommends changes to Director, and makes reassignments of resources.Coordinates programs and resource allocations with department executives, and executives in other departments.
  • Monitors progress of service delivery elements through procedures and strategies to accomplish timely and effective utilization of available services.
  • Evaluates and analyzes monthly management reports to make budgetary recommendations and to make strategic decisions.
  • Reviews and approves personnel actions including hiring, training, performance evaluations and other personnel actions to ensure productivity and quality standards are maintained.
  • Manages and coordinates special research requests and coordinates responses to the City Manager or City Council to provide accurate and timely results.
  • Oversees administration of the department including department's operating budget; recommends changes to Director to resolve budgetary problems.
  • Identifies areas of quality management to enhance productivity through improved work procedures and practices, improved communication and accountability.
  • Represents the City at local, state and national organizations and at professional activities to maintain the image of the City and to create public support for departmental programs.
  • Supervises through subordinate staff the hiring, training, performance evaluations and other personnel actions to ensure productivity and quality standards are maintained.
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is an essential function of the job.


Qualified applicants must have a Bachelors degree in engineering or a related field and be registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas or must be able to obtain registration in the State of Texas within six (6) months of employment. Must have a minimum of six (6) years engineering design, cost and project scheduling and public relations experience including two (2) years general management and supervisory experience.


DOQ + benefits, (Salary Range: $88,006 to $141,099 annually)

Interested individuals must submit a resume, letter of interest, salary history, and the names and addresses of three (3) professional references via email to Jaquina.gilbert@dallascityhall.com.


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