May 21, 2024

Public Works Director


The Town of Grottoes is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director of Public Works. The town wants a strong leader to direct and manage the operations and activities of the Public Works Department. The director oversees the operations of Public Works including street and ROW maintenance, water production and distribution, sewage system collection, facilities maintenance, and equipment maintenance. The successful applicant must be an organized manager, a proven leader, a creative problem solver and an excellent communicator.


The individual will have comprehensive knowledge of municipal public works administration, planning and operations; knowledge of government procurement and fiscal policies and public infrastructure operations and maintenance; basic knowledge of civil and environmental engineering principles. The ability to: exercise sound judgment in emergencies; review and analyze plans and specifications for the maintenance, repair and construction of public infrastructure; formulate policies and procedures; supervise the work of department staff and; establish and maintain effective working relationships with town officials, other public officials, other government representatives, employees, contractors and the general public.


The Director of Public Works will be responsible for the following:

• Plans, directs, and oversees the operations activities of the public works department;

• Makes field inspections of public works activities and projects;

• Develops and implements policies and procedures in consultation with appropriate departments and staff to ensure efficient operations;

• Prepares plans, correspondence, reports as required on activities related to public works;

• Researches and recommends new or improved department operational changes to the Town Manager;

• Ensures compliance with local, state and federal regulations;

• Works and coordinates with consulting engineering firms;

• Receives and is responsive to citizen inquiries or complaints and assigns staff to investigate and resolve in a timely manner;

• Participates in the preparation of departmental operating budget and monitors expenditures;

• Attends meetings of Town Council and other public interest groups as required.


Preferred degree in civil engineering, public or business administration or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of five years related management experience also preferred. Hands-on experience in water and sewer systems maintenance and repairs required. Must be able to work nights, holidays and weekends as required, to direct emergency operations and ensure continuation of essential services. Maybe required to perform work in extreme weather and under emergency conditions. Possession of Commonwealth of Virginia driver's license with a good driving record.


Benefits include participation in the Virginia Retirement System, paid time off, group life insurance, medical insurance, and professional dues. Criminal background check is required.


FLSA: Exempt

Start Date: On or around August 1, 2024, or negotiable

Reports To: Town Manager

Starting Range: $62,500 – $70,000


The recruitment will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume, no later than June 20, 2024,to townmanager@ci.grottoes.va.us