Job Description

Whatcom County seeks an experienced, proven leader to serve as Assistant Director of Public Works.

The Assistant Director is a highly-responsible position of leadership and support for Division Managers delivering and improving Public Works’ services.  The incumbent reports to the Public Works Director, overseeing department-wide initiatives, ensuring excellent inter-divisional communication, resolving personnel and administrative matters, and providing clear and effective leadership alongside the Director.  The Assistant Director is immediately responsible for supervision of staff in the Public Works Administration Division and Ferry Operations Division.

Leadership and support responsibilities span all Public Works Divisions and program areas, including Engineering, Maintenance and Operations, Equipment Services, River and Flood, Stormwater, and Natural Resources. The Assistant Director ensures compliance with Department and County policies and procedures, collective bargaining agreements and legal requirements; manages assigned programs and staff in a manner that ensures fulfillment of the Department’s and County’s missions and ensures expenditures remain within approved budget. Leads with exceptional personal character.   Values and cultivates productive relationships with staff, other departments and individuals outside County government in a manner that represents the Department with individual respect, personal commitment, high-functioning teams, and meaningful organizational growth.

Develops relationships with staff, other departments and individuals outside county government that encourage participation, teamwork, respect, a work culture of equity and inclusion, effective relationships and use of resources.  Exercises a high level of independent judgment and discretion. Represents Whatcom County by maintaining a professional approach and demeanor in all activities.


Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or related engineering discipline,  Public Administration, or a related field, AND six years of progressively responsible related experience in Public Works, INCLUDING three years of supervisory experience. Public Works experience in a community of similar size and/or service level preferred.

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