Public Works Director

  • Location: 3200 Brown Street, Little Rock, AR 72204
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Salary: $107842.80 - $136509.88
  • Job Level:
  • Region: Central
  • Category: Government

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This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and minimum qualifications of this job. The incumbent(s) may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign job-related responsibilities and tasks to this job at any time. Certain functions are understood to be essential; these include, but are not limited to, attendance, getting along with others, working a full shift, and dealing with and working under stress. Any essential function of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant only to the extent medically and reasonably feasible.


JOB SUMMARY: Directs the administration and operation of the Public Works Department.


Reviews all current county policies, practices, and procedures applicable to public works operations and makes recommendations for changes that would improve productivity or quality of services.
Provides direction and assistance to Public Works division heads with administrative functions, staffing needs, goals and objectives, and overall operations of the various divisions.
Serves as the liaison between the general public and divisions within the Public Works Department, including other outside government agencies and organizations having interaction with the county government.
Prepares correspondence on the more technical aspects of work being performed by the various divisions related to operations, policies, and procedures for the County Judge’s signature.
Conducts and assists in special projects and prepares detailed reports based on results for the County Judge.
Develops and implements policies and procedures for the operation of Public Works Department functions.
Evaluates performance of all Public Works divisions and implements any changes required to improve efficiency; recommends major changes in programs to the County Judge and Quorum Court.
Reviews tentative budget figures from all Public Works divisions to assure compliance with budget guidelines and departmental objectives; compiles total departmental budget with appropriate goals, objectives, and statistical measures.
Develops long-range plans for providing Public Works services for the County; reviews plans for specific street and drainage projects for compliance with overall plans.
Negotiates and administers contracts with consulting engineers and organizations engaged in major Public Works construction projects; reviews and approves appropriate change orders, pay estimates, modifications, and extension of contracts.
Assigns research for new programs or technological improvement in the Public Works area; reviews proposed new programs and equipment to determine the need for further review or to authorize implementation.
Reviews proposed changes in codes to ensure compliance with legal requirements and Quorum Court policies; provides information and answers questions related to codes and code enforcement for members of the public and any affected organizations.
Reviews requests for services and complaints related to Public Works projects or programs; respond to requests and complaints by correspondence or in person.
Provides technical information to the County Judge and Quorum Court regarding Public Works projects; responds to County Judge and Quorum Court requests by providing information or investigating problem situations.
Serves as liaison with County departments, federal, state, and city agencies, and intergovernmental agencies planning and implementing Public Works projects involving other agencies or involving funding from outside sources.
Reviews grant applications or funding of Public Works projects to ensure that all information is complete and in compliance with the policy.


Performs other related duties as required.

PERSONNEL SUPERVISED: Provides direction for Road and Bridge, Two Rivers Park Maintenance, Office of Emergency Management, Planning and Development, Sanitation, and Animal Services.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed in a smoking-restricted office environment. Frequent travel to various project sites and meeting locations within the County is required.



Comprehensive knowledge of the policies, practices, and procedures applicable to public works operations.
Extensive knowledge of Civil Engineering terminology, theories, principles, and practices.
Considerable knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations affecting Public Works projects.
Considerable knowledge of budgetary processes and procedures.
Ability to direct the activities of senior management level employees performing a variety of duties.
Ability to read and interpret complex engineering reports and construction plans and specifications.
Ability to compose detailed narrative and statistical reports and presentations.
Skill in the use of a computer.


Ability to orally communicate effectively, both individually and in groups.
Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Digital dexterity is required for keyboard operation.
Visual acuity is needed for use of a computer and driving a motor vehicle.
Ability to concentrate for long periods of time.
Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner.


Completion of a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related area; extensive experience in planning or management of Public Works programs; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check, traffic offense check, and sexual offender check.
Must possess or be able to immediately obtain a valid Arkansas Driver's License.
This position is safety-sensitive and is subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
Must be registered as a Professional Engineer or be able to obtain registration within one year of employment.

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