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The Department of Public Works is comprised of the Bureaus of Solid Waste and Water and Wastewater, in addition to seven other operating and administrative divisions, with a $600 million budget and more than 2,700 employees.
The Director of Public Works is responsible for the executive management of the Department, including strategic planning of all administrative and programmatic functions.
The Director is responsible for the overall direction, efficient and effective operation, maintenance, planning and continuous improvement of all functions of the Public Works Department.
Develops program goals, standards and systems to track, analyze and evaluate metrics related to the program areas with a goal of promoting equity, opportunity, and inclusion.
Supervises all public works in Baltimore City or elsewhere, made by or for the City or any municipal agency, that relate to the Department’s powers under the City Charter. Evaluate, maintain, repair and upgrade existing public works infrastructure.
Serves as a member of the Board of Estimates along with the Mayor, the President of the City Council, the Comptroller, and the City Solicitor; and serves as a member of the nine-member Planning Commission.
Through the Bureau chiefs, directors, and managers, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Bureau of Solid Waste and the Bureau of Water and Wastewater, as well as all other Departmental administrative offices.
Responsible for emergency planning and is required to be on 24-hour call to address any emergency situation.
Effectively leads and oversees the department to assure its functions meet all financial, quality, safety and environmental goals, standards, budgets and procurement requirements. This includes ensuring the Department’s compliance with the 2002 Sanitary Sewer Consent Decree.
Evaluates, designs and implements an organizational structure and departmental policies and procedures to effectively manage the Department and assure the implementation of its mission.
Develops and secures approval for the department’s operating budget; monitors and approves expenditures; prepares, reviews, procures and executes specifications and bids for major expenditures; and maintains contact with vendors.
Serves as the City’s representative to various local, state, regional, and national committees, boards, and commissions related to the public infrastructure, in addition to serving as the contact person for state and federal agencies.
Actively pursues, manages, and is responsible for all department public outreach events.
Responsible for the supervision and management of all consultants, vendors and contractors engaged by the Public Works Department.
Perform other related duties, as required by the Mayor.
Important Application Information
Baltimore City Ordinance 18-111, Section 1 (B) requires that all agency heads who report directly to the Mayor and any At-Will supervisory employees who reports directly to the Mayor or to the Head of an Agency must be a resident and registered voter of the City of Baltimore throughout their term of office. Section (B) (1) allows candidates(s) prior to appointment, the opportunity to sign a Declaration of Intent to become a city resident and registered voter within (6) months of the effective date of their appointment.
The candidate selected for this position will be required to complete an Affidavit for Political Appointees and Public Officials.
Compensation and Benefits This career opportunity offers a comprehensive benefits package and a salary commensurate with experience.
Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume, which specifically addresses the expertise relevant to this position to:
Belinda Harris Belinda.Harris@baltimorecity.gov Department of Human Resources
Successful completion of a thorough background investigation prior to employment is required. The City of Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging workforce diversity. This information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change without notice.
Residency and Financial Disclosure:
This position is required to complete an Affidavit for Political Appointees and Public Officials as part of the City’s Residency Requirement. You will also be required to complete a Financial Disclosure pursuant to Sections 7-7, 7-8, and 7-9 of the City Ethics Law.
The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader who is dynamic, solution-oriented, and results-driven with a passion for public service. The Director must be a great mentor who is dedicated to creating and maintaining a highly professional and accountable culture that attracts and retains the best talent.
The career of the ideal candidate will include a history of impressive project management and the proven ability to provide high-level oversight to a multitude of projects simultaneously. Further, the individual selected will be familiar with contemporary qualitative and quantitative public works performance measures.
The ideal candidate will be a creditable and persuasive communicator who proactively engages with internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis; demonstrates highly developed executive leadership skills, public administration acumen; and the ability to lead a large municipal utility organization.
The successful candidate must possess the following:
Seven (7) to ten (10) years’ experience as Director of Public Works is preferred; eight to twelve years’ experience as Assistant Director will be considered.
A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant managerial experience in the public sector.
BS (or BA) in Business, Public Administration, Civil Engineering or a related field or equivalent experience; Master’s Degree preferred.
Must be registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland; and registration with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is preferred. An applicant must obtain appropriate licensure within twelve (12) months following commencement of employment.
Ability to pass a Criminal Record Offender Information check.
Valid and current Driver’s License; driving record which proves responsible and lawful driving habits.
BALTIMORE CITY GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks and attractions like the Civil War–era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures.