Public Works Director

Town of Blacksburg
Blacksburg, VA

The Town of Blacksburg, Virginia is seeking a mission-focused, compassionate, and experienced professional to lead the Public Works Department as their next Public Works Director. This position is for a hands-on public works leader who, nurtures the worth and value of each employee through establishing cohesive values and a collective mission, while balancing adequate office time with the need to be present at project sites. With a $6.2 million budget, the Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining all town-owned properties, all infrastructure within the public rights-of-way, all public water and sewer utilities, and the town fleet of vehicles and equipment. Public Works also provides residential spring and fall cleanup, leaf collection, and brush collection. Refuse and recycling services are contracted programs coordinated by the Public Works Department. The Town’s environmental sustainability programs are facilitated in coordination from the Public Works Department and the Sustainability Manager.  The Public Works Director oversees the planning, organizing and directing roadway maintenance, snow removal and other emergency operations, buildings and grounds maintenance, water and sewer utility systems maintenance, fleet management, solid waste and recycling services, and related public works functions. This Director will lead a department of 55 full-time and five part-time employees including five direct reports along with additional seasonal employees. Bachelor's degree with coursework in civil engineering, or related field and a minimum of 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in public works, engineering, or related fields, including 5 or more years of budget and supervisory responsibility is required OR equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s Degree preferred. Valid driver's license in the Commonwealth of Virginia required. The hiring range for the position is $110,000- $140,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Significant direct experience is required to obtain the higher end of the hiring range. The Town provides an excellent benefits package. Residency within the Town of Blacksburg or surrounding community is required. To apply, please visit and click on the Public Works Director – Town of Blacksburg, VA title. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Applicants must apply by June 19th, 2022. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on July 11th – 12th, 2022. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. The Town of Blacksburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.