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Organization:  City of Bowie
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Maryland (MD)
City:  Bowie
Post Code:  20716
Salary and Benefits:  $88,850-142,160. Competitive benefits package.


The City of Bowie is seeking a proven and experienced professional to serve as its next Public Works Director.  The successful candidate will have a broad background in all aspects of public works operations.  This individual will be a skilled problem solver with the ability to communicate effectively with employees at all levels of the organization, as well as City residents.  This person will have the ability to foster an environment where employees feel motivated to perform at their highest level.

Bowie’s next Public Works Director will have a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field, and a professional engineer's license.  Additionally, he/she will have seven to ten years of Public Works experience in the public sector, or project administration experience in the private sector.  Applicants possessing a master’s degree in engineering, business administration, public administration or a related field are highly desirable.

The successful applicant will also possess the following attributes:

  • Knowledge of civil engineering and construction principles, practices, and methods
  • Demonstrated skill in resolving public works issues with contractors and citizens
  • Ability to provide strong and effective leadership to departmental staff and operation
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with other department heads, city officials and residents
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Reporting to the City Manager, the Director of Public Works is a member of the City’s senior management team.  Responsibilities of this position will include, but not be limited to:

  • Planning, directing and overseeing the activities of the Public Works Department’s six operating divisions
  • Preparing and prioritizing annual department budget for presentation and review by the City Manager and City Council
  • Providing prompt, viable responses and resolution to resident concerns and inquiries
  • Serving as a key participant in the negotiation, implementation and oversight of the contract with the City’s AFSCME collective bargaining unit
  • The development and implementation of departmental policies and practices
  • Providing capital improvements planning and recommending options for public works projects and capital improvement programs
  • Taking an active role in the hiring, training and ongoing evaluation of key departmental staff
  • Ensuring the proper execution of all agreements made with City contractors
  • Conducting/coordinating engineering studies in response to requests from the City Manager


With an operating budget of $19.2 million and consisting of six operating divisions and over 100 staff members, the Public Works department provides resident services including: street maintenance; water and wastewater treatment; maintenance of the City’s water distribution and sewer collection system; refuse and recycling collection; fleet maintenance and all capital improvement projects, consisting of improvements to facilities including buildings and parks.


Founded in 1870, and incorporated as a town in 1916, Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality inPrince George’s County, and the fifth largest city in the State of Maryland, with an estimated population of 56,014. The town was first called Huntington City, though its train station was named in honor of local resident, Governor Oden Bowie, president of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad.  The town was subsequently rechartered as Bowie.  In the early days the land was subdivided by developers into more than 500 residential building lots, to create a large town site at a junction of theBaltimoreand Potomac’s main line to southernMaryland, and the branch line toWashington,DC.


The City of Bowie operates under a Council/Manager form of government.  Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in a governing council consisting of seven members (Mayor and six Council members).  The governing council is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committees, and hiring both the government’s manager and attorney. The government’s manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the governing council, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the government, and for appointing the heads of the various departments.  The council is elected on a non-partisan basis.  All seven members serve two-year terms.  Four of the council members are elected by district.  The mayor and the two remaining council members are elected at large.

The City of Bowieis 18.8 square miles in size and is located in the northern part ofPrince George’s County at the crossroads of highways 3/301 and 50.  Although considered to be in the Washington,DC metropolitan area, the City’s location also gives it easy access to Baltimore and Annapolis.  The greater Washington, DC area continues to outperform many of the other major metropolitan areas across the country.  Proximity to the Baltimore/Washington area, a large and diverse tax base, strong wealth and income levels, very strong reserves, and low debt burden are all factors contributing to the City’s stable outlook.


The salary range for the Public Works Director is $88,850 - $142,160.  Starting salary will be dependent upon the selected candidate’s qualifications and skill set. The City of Bowie offers a competitive fringe benefits package.


To be considered for this position please send your confidential resume, cover letter and salary

history to the City of Bowie Human Resources Office by February 26, 2014. Applications may be submitted by mail to:

City ofBowie

Human Resources Office

15901 Excalibur Road


or by email to: shaley@cityofbowie.org

For further information, please contact: Steven W. Haley at: (301) 575-5613.


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