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Organization:  City of Grand Junction
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Colorado (CO)
City:  Grand Junction
Salary and Benefits:  $120,000 - $126,000 DOQ

Public Works & Utilities Director

The Community

Centrally located between Denver and Salt Lake City, Grand Junction, Colorado is surrounded by 1.2 million acres of public land and serves as the gateway to the Rocky Mountains and western Colorado’s incredible landscape. Nowhere in the West will you find such diverse natural wonders and outdoor activities. Visitors and residents enjoy world-class whitewater rafting on the Colorado and Green Rivers, golfing, fishing, skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of nearby Powderhorn Ski Resort, and exploring mountain bike and hiking trails through the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa. Located at an elevation of 4,600 feet, Grand Junction has a mild climate for all seasons.

The City and the Department

With a Council-Manager form of government, the City enjoys the leadership of a dedicated City Council, talented City administrative team and quality workforce. Rich Englehart, City Manager, has been with the City since 2008, serving as the City Manager since 2012. The City of Grand Junction’s mission is “To be the most livable community west of the Rockies by 2025”.

The Grand Junction Public Works and Utilities Department is dedicated to providing exceptional services for the citizens of Grand Junction. The department includes the operating divisions of water, wastewater, laboratory services, trash and recycling, streets and stormwater, traffic and transportation, engineering, construction and inspection. The Director has the support of seven experienced division managers. With 137 full time employees, the Public Works and Utilities Department is one of the largest in the City. The department maintains 219 miles of water distribution system infrastructure, 561 miles of sewage collection systems, 262 miles of stormwater systems and 365 center line miles of streets. Because of efficiencies in utilities operations, utility rates in the Grand Valley are among the lowest in the state. The department staff strives to be leaders in the community in promoting sustainability and protection of our environmental resources and in building collaborative relationships with external organizations. City leaders continue to be challenged with controlling operating and labor costs while City revenues recover from the economic downturn. Capital projects and other community investments that will stimulate the local economy are a priority. Other challenges include providing adequate maintenance of the City’s street systems and infrastructure and ensuring well maintained and financed water, wastewater and solid waste enterprise systems.

The Position

The Director will work with the executive leadership team and the City Manager in developing the goals and objectives that will shape Grand Junction’s future. The position will:

Plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of assigned divisions including coordination of activities with other divisions, departments and outside agencies.Manage the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures and long-range growth and development plans and programs. Represent the department and the City when interacting with community organizations, businesses and citizens and communicating on a wide variety of departmental initiatives and issues.Develop and administer an operating budget of $23.5M (including labor) and a capital improvement budget of $12M; provide short and long-range funds forecasting.Participate in the development, implementation and administration of the City’s capital improvement program.Select, train, motivate and evaluate assigned staff.


The ideal candidate will have:

Seven years of increasingly responsible public works and utility program management experience including three years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, public or business administration or related field. A Master’s degree in business or public administration is preferred.The ability to positively represent the City, build community partnerships and develop effective relationships with a wide range of groups, businesses, outside agencies and citizens.Knowledge and experience in negotiation, consensus building and problem solving with key stakeholders.Advanced leadership and management skills in budgeting, operations, administration and supervision.Strengths in written and oral communication on a variety of complex and/or controversial topics.The ability to work collaboratively with an innovative and progressive executive team.The ability to develop the talents of City staff to implement initiatives and decisions and to effectively deliver community services.Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver’s license.


The City of Grand Junction offers an attractive salary and benefit package. The salary will be in the $120,000-126,000 range depending on qualifications. Highlights of the benefit package include two health plan options and fully paid dental insurance, 401(a) plan with a 9% matched contribution, a 457 deferred compensation plan and a liberal general leave program.


Resumes and City applications must be submitted to the City of Grand Junction, 250 N. 5th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501 no later than Thursday, January 9, 2014. For more information about the City and the Grand Junction area visit www.gjcity.org, www.grand-junction.net and www.gjchamber.org or call (970) 244-1512. For visually/hearing impaired 1-800-659-2656 (TDD); 1-800-659-3656 (VOICE). EOE.

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