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Director of Public Works

American Society of Civil Engineers
Lancaster, PA 17602

Lancaster, PA (Pop. 61,564) - The City of Lancaster is located in south central Pennsylvania and serves as the county seat of Lancaster County and is one of the oldest inland towns in the United States.  The city has a total area of 7.4 square miles and is centrally located between Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia.  Lancaster, incorporated as a City in 1818, operates under the Mayor-Council Plan A form of government authorized by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  The Director of Public Works reports to the Mayor and is part of the City’s Executive Team. 

The City was listed as the #32 in “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” by Newsweek in 2018 and Lancaster County was named #1 “Best Place in the Country to Retire” by U.S. News & World Report in 2019.  Additionally, Forbes ranked it “14 Best Places to Travel in the U.S.” in 2019.
The Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining and enhancing all public infrastructure of the City through oversight of all municipally owned facilities and infrastructure. The Public Works Department is comprised of the Services and Environmental divisions.  The Services Division is comprised of the following Bureau’s: Engineering, Operations, Public Property and the Office of Public Art.  The Environmental Division is comprised of the following Bureau’s: Water, Wastewater Operations, Solid Waste & Recycling and Stormwater Management.  The Department is also responsible for Construction Services and Inspection Services.

The department has approximately 200 allocated full-time employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $60.6M from all funds. Approximately 70% of the employees within the department are represented by AFSCME.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experiences:

  • An ability to provide a visionary approach to implementing the City’s Strategic Plan “Block by Block” and working together with all departments to implement ideas and create change that will ensure the city has Strong neighborhoods, Safe Streets, Secure Incomes and a Sound Government.
  • Well-developed leadership abilities and management skills that are based upon consensus building, visioning and problem solving. The Director must have a strong desire to work in a collegial, fast-paced, team-oriented environment. They must be a highly motivated, self-starting and confident individual with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • A bachelor's degreein engineering, construction management, public administration, public policy, business administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university and extensive experience in Public Works is desired.  A master’s degree is preferred.  Seven to 10 years of progressively responsible public sector public works management, or public administrative or managerial experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, is desired.  Experience in a larger community at the assistant department head level will also be considered.  A Professional Engineer (P.E.) designation is welcome, but not required.

The anticipated hiring salary range for the position is $122,314 – $150,296 DOQ with excellent benefits. Residency is not required, but it is highly desired.  Interested candidates should apply online by August 30, 2019 with a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least five (5) professional references to www.GovHRJobs.com and to the attention of Sarah McKee, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL  60062, Tel: (224) 282-8310.


Additional Salary Information: with excellent benefits
Internal Number: Lancaster, PA - DPW


Posted: 2019-08-05 Expires: 2019-09-04

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