The secret is out: Denver is the nation's top place to live, work, and play. Being the best place to live isn't easy; maintaining such a reputation means we need the best people working for the residents of Denver. People who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of this city and have a hand in creating our future. When you join us, you will employ your unique skills to do important and meaningful work critical to the success of both your organization and the city as a whole. Be a part of the city that you love. #WhereDenverWorks
With 1,300 employees and an operating budget of nearly $250M, Denver's Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of the city's largest and most exciting departments, managing the majority of services involving public infrastructure and facilities for residents and businesses. The department's broad portfolio of responsibilities includes day-to-day transportation management, snow removal, street maintenance, right-of-way enforcement, parking, planning and construction projects (small to very large, vertical and horizontal), trash and recycling, graffiti abatement, fleet management, and wastewater construction and operations (sanitary and storm), among others.  

For the last several years, Denver has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, creating a number of exciting opportunities and an equal number of complex challenges. The entire metro area continues to grow by nearly 5,000 net new residents per month. As the economic, cultural and transportation hub of the region, Denver is experiencing a significant increase in demand for services and infrastructure improvements. Much of the responsibility for meeting the service and infrastructure needs of today and tomorrow rests with the Department of Public Works, including implementation of a planned $600M general obligation bond being considered for the November 2017 ballot.

For more information about the Department of Public Works, please click the photo above for a brief video. 

About Our Job

Denver is seeking a dynamic leader with significant experience and a proven track record, someone capable of successfully balancing multiple and complex initiatives. This is a big job. It requires a strong leader who can advance some of the Mayor's most important initiatives, such as improving overall transportation and mobility efforts citywide, delivering major capital improvement projects such as the Platte to Park Hill Storm Water Improvement Program, and continuing to implement a multi-year program to significantly reduce the amount of waste being dumped in our landfill. The successful candidate will have the experience and skills to meet Denver's ever-growing challenges, becoming an even more established leader in the process. 
Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide executive direction, leadership and management of the Public Works department.
  • Serve as the principal advisor to Mayor Michael B. Hancock on issues and recommendations related to delivery of programs and services in the department.
  • Coordinate and manage the preparation of the annual budget.
  • Represent the City and County of Denver in venues and discussions, including regional, state and federal agencies and the media, on a variety of issues.
  • Manage a diverse workforce with a focus on a culture of excellence within the department and improving employee engagement.


About You

Denver's next Executive Director of Public Works will hit the ground running, setting an aggressive tone, inspiring the department to meet its strategic plan goals, and further establishing Denver as a premier city in which to live, work and play.  As an integral member of Mayor Michael B. Hancock's Cabinet, Denver's next leader will take full advantage of available assets to strengthen our economy, improve the quality of life for our residents, successfully implement existing plans, and craft new strategies for delivering a world-class city where everyone matters. 
Candidates should have a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience, including at least eight years of management experience. We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following minimum qualifications: 
Candidates should have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Degree in engineering or a similar technical degree
  • Degree in business or public administration
  • Experience leading a sizeable public sector organization
  • Significant expertise in mobility and transportation management

 Our ideal candidate also has:

  • Public Works experience
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong business, financial, and strategic planning skills
  • Ability to implement strategy and operate within a performance framework


About Everything Else

Job Classification: The Executive Director of Public Works is an appointee of the mayor as described in the city charter. The current salary for this position is $190,865/year, as established by city council. 
Application Timeline: Please apply as soon as you are able. We will close this posting on March 31, 2017.
Assessments/Testing: This position does not require testing

Pre-employment Screening: An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions. For more information about the selection and employment screening process, click here.

Probationary Period:  None, as this position is an at-will appointee of the Mayor.


The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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