Director of Public Works - Minneapolis , Minnesota, United States, 55401

Position Profile
Director of Public Works - City of St. Paul


kp prime search, the retained search division of kpCompanies is leading the search for a forward-thinking and strategic Director of Public Works for the City of Saint Paul, MN. The ideal candidate is a talented and unifying leader who brings innovative ideas and management to the agency and can translate big picture vision and goals into realistic plans. The ideal candidate will be a great manager and an effective partner to all stakeholders in the business, development and advocacy communities to successfully articulate the Mayor's vision for Saint Paul. The Director of Public Works will be a champion for equity and will work closely with the department's leadership to enact significant change. This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements. This is an UNCLASSIFIED position and is therefore not governed by City Civil Service Rules.

The St. Paul Community
The City of Saint Paul is Minnesota's capital city and the 2nd largest city in our state with a population of more than 300,000. We are home to a diverse group of residents who speak over 125 languages and dialects. We have more than 170 parks and open spaces, and more shoreline on the Mississippi River than any other city. We are at an exciting time in our history: our population has increased by 24,000 people over the past decade, and across our city, we are experiencing growth and change. This presents an enormous opportunity for the future of our city, but also requires that we work to ensure everyone in our community can participate in the benefits of Saint Paul's growing prosperity. That is why we are committed to ensuring our public services and our entire city works for all of us.

The Organization: The City of Saint Paul
Incorporated in 1845, the City of Saint Paul is a place of opportunity, offering an amazing array of career paths. With more than 600 job classifications from 16 operating departments and nearly 3,000 employees, you can find your next career with us. Employees enjoy competitive pay and benefit packages, generous leave programs, and the satisfaction of doing work that makes Saint Paul the most livable city in America!

The City of Saint Paul has established a Racial Equity Strategy with goals of ending racial disparity in the City as an organization, achieving racial equity in city services and engagement, and eliminating race-based disparities in our community. This citywide effort is designed to ensure that race does not predetermine opportunities in education, employment, housing, health and safety

Position: The Director of Public Works is responsible for an annual operating budget of $162 million with a current staffing complement of 368 full time employees (FTEs). Saint Paul Public Works is a nationally accredited department responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the street, sewer and drainage infrastructure systems in the City of Saint Paul. One of the largest engineering organizations in Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Works is responsible for more than 1,874 miles of streets, 806 miles of sanitary sewer, 450 miles of storm sewer, 107 bridges, and 145 miles of bike lanes. The department also engineers the traffic, signal and lighting infrastructure for the City, in addition to coordinating Citywide recycling and garbage efforts. The department also engineers the traffic, signal and lighting infrastructure for the City, in addition to coordinating Citywide recycling and garbage efforts. The salary range for this position is $123,552 - $169,000.

Key Accountabilities:
• Through its dedicated employees, Public Works design, build, maintain and operate public infrastructure in a manner that respects the environment and preserves these assets for future generations.
• Devise departmental priorities and strategies for the advancement of the public works department
• Successfully deal with confidential, complex situations involving coordination and consultation with high level constituents.
• Critically analyze operations, collaboratively design and institute improvements without disruption of existing operations.
• Provide leadership and support toward the successful and effective performance of staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
• A Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field.
• Seven (7) years of progressively-responsible, professional experience in public works construction projects and/or engineering design.
• Three (3) years of management experience.
• Demonstrated successful political and organizational acumen within a complex unit or organization serving multiple constituencies.
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills to include verbal and written, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.

How to Apply - DEADLINE FEBRUARY 14, 2020

Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and salary expectations no later than 9:00pm on Friday, February 14, 2020. Go to to apply or email Joelle Allen at .

You can apply by mail at: Washburn CFO Search, c/o kpcompanies, 5775 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 700, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. All submissions shall be received in strictest confidence. Both kpCompanies and Washburn Center for Children are equal opportunity employers.