Director of Planning and Public Works

  • Tacoma, WA
  • $154,524-208,639 per year
  • Permanent
  • Part-time
  • 2 months ago

This is the leadership role you have built yourself up to your entire career:

If you wanted an opportunity to provide executive leadership in a truly meaningful role of a lifetime, you definitely want to read further. This is a rare opportunity to provide strategic direction for a prominent department that provides essential services for infrastructure and more at the Pierce County's Planning and Public Works Department. Your work will directly impact the livelihood and individuals of individuals, families, businesses, and communities in one of the most beautiful and fastest growing regions in the great Northwest.

Learn more about our dynamic department at .

Core Responsibilities:
  • Advise the County Executive on Planning & Public Works issues, projects and initiatives.
  • Direct and oversee the department's short and long-range strategies, studies and reports, the timely and reliable responses to customers, expansion and maintenance of public infrastructure, budget and capital plans.
  • Continue to build a culture of collaboration and teamwork to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Provide effective leadership to staff in the administration of the entire department's operations.
  • Exercise proper financial control over budgetary expenditures.
  • Ensure consistent interpretation of county code, policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with management and staff within the county, elected officials, community stakeholders and the public.
  • Represents the county before local government bodies and community organizations.
  • Perform other job functions as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Business, Public Administration, Engineering or related field.
  • Six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in the area of Building or Land Use review and permitting, Public Works Maintenance and Operations, or related field which clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the functions of the position.
  • Six (6) years of responsible supervisory experience.
  • Additional education or related experience may substitute for the recruiting requirements.
  • As a condition of employment, the applicant will need to authorize and complete a background check. Information received from the background check is reviewed case-by-case and will not necessarily remove an applicant from consideration
At Pierce County, diversity, equity, and inclusion means commitment, not a single step. We strive to foster an inclusive environment that supports equitable access to opportunities throughout your career. We want to recruit, develop, and maintain a talented workforce from various backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives, committed to our vision. Employees of the County have local, direct, and visible impact in our diverse community. Will you join us in keeping Pierce County a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Pierce County offers a competitive benefits package that offers flexibility and peace of mind.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of and , , staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Our benefits:

Vacation (Annual Leave)
After approximately six months, employees receive six days of vacation leave.
Since we value your experience, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Vacation accrues on a bi-weekly basis for full-time employees as follows:

Vacation Accruals:
During years 1-3, 12 Days
During years 4-7, 16 Days
During years 8-13, 20 Days
During years 14-18, 23 Days
During years 19, 24 Days
During years 20, 25 Days
During years 21, 26 Days
During years 22, 27 Days
During years 23, 28 Days
During years 24, 29 Days
During years 25 & thereafter, 30 Days

A maximum of 45 days may be carried from one year into the next.
Pro-Rated for Part-Time based on % of 1.0 FTE.

Military Leave:
Pierce County has a proud history of supporting the armed forces and provides members of the armed forces with up to 21 days paid military leave per state fiscal year.

Some full-time employees are entitled to ten paid holidays as follows:

New Year's Day - January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday - Third Monday in January
President's Day - Third Monday in February
Memorial Day - Last Monday in May
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - First Monday in September
Veteran's Day - November 11
Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day - December 25

Personal Holidays:
Regular full-time and regular part-time employees also receive two additional paid personal holidays. Each paid personal holiday accrues on January 1 of each year and must be taken during the calendar year in which it was accrued.

Some Pierce County employees may be designated to receive 10 "furlough" days per year in lieu of holidays. Furlough days are available for use on January 1 and must be scheduled and taken within the calendar year. Employees who leave employment with Pierce County must reimburse the employer for used furlough days based upon the number of remaining holidays.

Sick Leave:
Sick leave accrues on a bi-weekly basis, at the rate of one day per month.

Insurance Benefits:
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with very affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout Pierce County. Employees are eligible to enroll each year in a flexible spending plan, which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care and dependent care expenses. Employees also have the opportunity to participate in supplemental life and long term disability insurance plans. To view premium rates, summary of benefit coverage, and other information, please visit the website.

Retirement and Deferred Compensation:
Pierce County employees are members of the State of Washington's Department of Retirement System (DRS) and depending on the position or previous DRS enrollment will be able to enroll in one of many programs DRS offers. For additional information, check out the web site.

Employees also have the ability to participate in the Nationwide Deferred Compensation Plan. This is a supplemental retirement savings program that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.

Social Security:
All Pierce County employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The county and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.

Miscellaneous Benefits:
Please visit website for more information.

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