Deputy Director of Public Works

City of Portland | Portland, ME, United States

Posted Date 5/24/2021


Public Works Department

This is a highly responsible administrative position in directing the Operational Divisions of the Department of Public Works which includes managing the operations of the Public Works functions including street maintenance, communications, winter operations programs, solid waste collection and recycling, islands, and other special projects as assigned by the Director of Public Works.  Work is performed with considerable discretion, initiative and independent judgment under the general direction of the Director of Public Works and may serve as Acting Director in their absence.  Primary responsibilities will be to plan, organize and coordinate infrastructure maintenance and construction activities using a City-wide districting model; developing division budgets for Director’s review and administering the approved budget within appropriations; develops recommendations for the streets, sidewalks and other related capital improvements and operations equipment needs in the capital improvement budget; meets with neighborhood groups, contractors and City staff to inform and coordinate projects; establishing objectives and work programs for the division; may update SOP’s and other operating procedures from time to time; routinely evaluates the performance of division programs and staff to maximize effectiveness; responds to internal and external customer concerns; maintains knowledge of current trends in public works practices and procedures by staying active in professional development; attends City Council meetings as required; oversees and manages City-wide winter operations; promotes and maintains positive relationships amongst other departments, citizens groups, neighborhood associations and employees; responsible for overseeing a unionized workforce while maintaining a positive, professional and customer service oriented work environment; and performing related work as required.  Requirements:  Significant experience managing similar operations within a unionized environment; successful experience with collaborative management; minimum ten (10) years of progressive experience in Public Works operations management, and graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in engineering, public administration or other related area; or any equivalent combination of training and experience (Master’s Degree or Licensed Professional Engineer preferred); thorough knowledge of public works administration; proven experience building and repairing streets/sidewalks/underground utilities and conducting winter operations; proven experience analyzing a variety of operational and administrative problems, making recommendations for their solution, and implementing changes; proven supervisory experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to resolve interpersonal conflicts and establish and maintain a positive, professional and customer service oriented work environment; excellent organizational skills; demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department personnel, the general public, City Councilors and union representatives.  Necessary Special Requirements:  Must possess valid Maine Class C driver’s license and have and maintain a good driving record.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check.   

Salary range is $100,544 to $120,056 annually, based on education and experience.  Relocation assistance available.   

For more information including instructions on how to apply, please see the Recruitment Brochure at                              


Deadline for applications for this position is Friday, June 18, 2021.


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City Benefits -

Permanent, full-time employees receive a generous benefits package which includes 12 ½ paid holidays; employee health insurance; sick and vacation leave; optional life, dental, vision and income protection insurances; choice of retirement plans; and tuition reduction program with the University of Southern Maine. 


The City of Portland is strongly committed to diversity in its workforce.

Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


For questions contact Human Resources by email at or 207-874-8624.







Job Type
Geographic Region
Greater Portland/Casco Bay
Government | Management

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