Virginia Beach, (population 450,000) is a AAA rated, independent City established in 1963 by the merger of Princess Anne County and the City of Virginia Beach. It is the largest city in Virginia and has a land area of 307 square miles, 59 of which is water surface. It is also the safest metropolitan city in the country (cities over 300,000 in population). The City is proud to be the home of NAS Oceana Naval Jet Base, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story (joint army/navy) and Camp Pendleton (state military base for National Guard training). The strong presences of the defense industry help to insulate the City of Virginia Beach from economic downturns.
The Director of Public Works is appointed by the City Manager and is responsible for the various divisions of the Department. Public Works is divided into separate operating units: Operations Support (Contracts, Real Estate and Waste Management), Operations (Stormwater, Streets and Highways), Engineering (Traffic, Transportation, Coastal, Stormwater Engineering, Project Management, Regulatory Compliance), Facilities (Building Maintenance, Design and Construction and Energy Management), Fleet Management and Business Center (Administration). Virginia Beach is a full service, independent city with approximately 6500 full time employees and 950 in Public Works. The adopted FY 2021 budget for the Department (including enterprise and internal service funds) is slightly over $201 Million.
The next Director will be expected to be a highly engaged leader working with the City Manager’s Office, City Council and the community on a wide range of current and emerging issues and projects. The City of Virginia Beach is known for its highly professional, innovative staff sharing a commitment to ensuring that Virginia Beach remains a premier community and organization.
Preferred Candidate qualifications:
A Master’s degree in public administration, business administration, engineering or related field. A designation as a Project Management Professional is preferred.
Ten years increasingly responsible executive level experience preferably leading a large, complex local government public works operation.
Extensive knowledge of budgeting and finance, preferably in the municipal sector with the ability to identify areas for efficiency and collaboration, including a strong knowledge of capital project planning and alternative delivery.
Excellent at communicating effectively both orally and in writing, with the ability to listen as well as explain information and related plans and programs to policy makers and the public that is easily understood by all stakeholders.
The starting salary range is up to a maximum of $169,374 DOQ. Residency in the City of Virginia Beach is preferred. The City offers a competitive benefit package. Candidates should apply by November 6, 2020 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to www.GovHRjobs.com to the attention of: Sarah McKee, Senior Vice President, GovHRUSA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 224-282-8310 (office) 847-867-5151 (mobile)
The City of Virginia Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Diversity and inclusion are critical to our success. We seek to recruit the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool and strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans to apply.
Additional Salary Information: Residency in the City of Virginia Beach is preferred. The City offers a competitive benefit package.