Deputy Public Works Director / City Engineer

  • City of Port Townsend, Washington
  • 250 Madison Street, Port Townsend, Washington
  • Sep 17, 2022
Full Time Engineering Public Works
  • Salary: $113,072 USD
  • Salary Top: $124,220
  • Phone: 206-368-0050
  • Apply By: Oct 16, 2022

Job Description

Deputy Public Works Director / City Engineer

City of Port Townsend, Washington

Salary$113,072 - $124,220

Plus excellent benefits, including $6,000 sign on bonus


Port Townsend, Washington, is a charming Victorian seaport on the Olympic Peninsula, located approximately two hours from Seattle. Founded in 1851, the city has maintained its historic character while embracing a creative culture. The town’s 10,148 residents and thousands of visitors enjoy spectacular views of the water and mountains. Port Townsend’s natural beauty, access to nearby Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center, Olympic National Park, beaches, rain forests, spectacular festivals, and vibrant cultural scene attract over a million visitors each year. Port Townsend is the only incorporated city in Jefferson County and is the county seat.


The 6 FTE Engineering Division of the City of Port Townsend’s Public Works Department supports O&M and capital project development for the City. The 37 FTE Public Works Department covers a broad area of services, including water distribution, water treatment and supply, wastewater treatment, compost, streets and collections, fleet, facilities, and parks maintenance. The Deputy Public Works Director / City Engineer will work closely with the Finance Department in supporting and helping manage operation and capital funds. Reporting to the Public Works Director, this role will lead engineering staff to collaboratively provide internal support to other city departments, the public, and in the execution of capital projects. The City Engineer provides an important statutory and technical role in assisting the entire City team on a diverse array of engineering issues, including working with the Planning & Community Development Department to represent public works in development review. A key emphasis for this position is applying creative engineering solutions in an environment with a high level of interaction with team members, members of the public, stakeholder groups, boards and commissions, and the City Council. This position is a key leadership role with a focus on building teamwork. A successful candidate also has the opportunity to move into the Public Works Director role as the City looks toward succession planning.


The position requires a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related field, and registration as Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. Candidates must have a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience, at least five (5) of which are at a management and supervisory level and at least five (5) of which are in a public sector municipality or working as a consultant fulfilling the role of City Engineer. The candidate must show experience with the design and construction of public works projects and management of capital construction programs.


For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Port Townsend is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: October 16, 2022 (open until filled).

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250 Madison Street, Port Townsend, Washington 98368 United States View Map