Under general direction of the City Manager, the Public Works Director provides the overall administration, direction and management of all Public Works activities and employees including engineering, water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, street maintenance, storm water systems, facility and fleet maintenance. Work responsibilities extend to preparing the Department’s annual budget, issuing technical reports, developing estimates and costs of construction projects, and managing large municipal construction projects. The Public Works Director should anticipate formal and informal engagement with the entire community at all times and should be equally comfortable answering questions before the City Council as well as from lay citizens over the course of any given day. Regular contact with the general public; City Council; local state and federal agencies; and private consulting and contracting firms are required. Preferred candidates will have prior management experience in an organization that promotes best practices in efficient and effective use of limited financial resources. 


  • Knowledge of professional public works engineering as applied to the design and construction of streets utilities and public facilities.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective employee supervision.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of public works project administration.
  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations applicable to the construction and maintenance methods,materials and equipment used in municipal public works.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of organization and management, and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of City policies and procedures.
  • Skill in effective oral and written communications.
  • Skill in effectively supervising and delegating duties to staff.
  • Skill in reading and understanding project plans and preparing specifications.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Skill in resolving customer complaints and concerns. 


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction or a closely related field and ten (10) years of experience, with a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory    experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Registration as a Professional Engineer with the state of Tennessee within six (6) months.
    • Possession of a valid State of Tennessee Driver’s license.
    • Residency within the city limits of Oak Ridge is required for this position.

    All parties interested in this position should have an application and/or resume on file with the Personnel Department no later than 12:00 noon, Friday, October 30, 2015.

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