Yakima County Human Resources

  • 121-01 Public Services Director

    Working Title
    Public Services Director
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Public Services-County Road
    Required Testing/Exercises
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $ Specific offer amount commensurate with experience.
  • Overview

    The Board of Yakima County Commissioners seeks a Senior Director for the County’s Public Services Department. The Senior Director will provide oversight of over 200 administrative, professional and skilled labor employees working in multiple divisions including Transportation, Solid Waste, Utilities, Building & Fire and Life Safety, Planning, Facilities, Geographical Information Services, Equipment Management, and Flood Control/Storm Water.


     This recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date








    The director will determine scope, direction and objectives of the Public Services Department (PSD) to meet goals established by the Board. Responsible for the delivery of essential governmental services within seven Major County Functions and three Internal Service Functions – County Road; Solid Waste; Public Works Utilities; Water Resources; Railroads; Planning; Building and Fire Safety, Equipment Rental and Revolving Fund, Geographic Information Services, and Facilities. He/She will develop, implement, monitor, make adjustments and allocate resources to fulfill departmental goals, objectives and responsibilities. (See attached functional organizational chart). Directs and oversees near-term and long-range work planning, goal setting, prioritization and funding. Continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of service delivery.



    Performs the full range of managerial oversight functions within the PSD; acts as final appointing authority and retains authority over organizational structure, budget, staffing levels and configuration, financial management, strategic planning, policy development, performance management and the prioritization and allocation of resources (facilities, people, money, materials, etc.); Oversees staff implementation of Board goals and policies; Provides effective leadership and management in the administration of the PSD; Delegates authority to personnel commensurate with assigned responsibility and ensures the proper functioning of PSD staff; Evaluates performance and effectiveness of subordinates and holds staff accountable.



    Directs the development and implementation of the Department budget averaging $70+ million annually. Manages multiple funds having a variety of fund types and sub-types (Types – Fiduciary, Governmental, and Propriety; Sub-Types – Agency, Capital, Enterprise, General, Internal Service, and Trust). Allocates resources among major functions, minor functions, and programs subject to Board policy direction, and constraints imposed by law and/or economic conditions. Directs the development of departmental financial management policies and procedures to include clerical, payroll, purchase and inventory of supplies and equipment, accounting, grant administration, contracts, revenues, and revenue analysis.



    Works with the Board to understand vision and strategic policy direction. Assists the Board in developing and managing policy matters and issues. Assists the Board in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with elected officials, external agencies, other governmental agencies, the public, and community organizations. Gives technical engineering advice and assistance requiring a diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields.






    Education and Experience Requirements: 

    Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and at least 10 years of responsible experience in a blend of professional, technical, managerial and executive level positions with a substantial emphasis in public management or the equivalent education and experience to perform the essential duties of the job.

    • Public works or utilities experience
    • Previous experience working at a high level in the public sector.
    • Experience providing oversight to contract and vendor management.
    • Valid Washington State driver’s license.


    Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

    A Master’s Degree in Public Administration or Business Administration and local government experience in a managerial capacity is preferred.


    Professional Engineer (PE) certification plus State of Washington registration/license as a Professional Engineer


    Previous experience working with unions, collective bargaining agreements or involvement in the negotiation process.

    Ownership and management of large scale capital projects of $5 million or more and complex in scope.



    The Incumbent Must Have the Following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Working knowledge of governmental organizations, rules, regulations and processes. Working knowledge within area of responsibility of relevant laws and regulatory agency requirements including federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations. Working knowledge and demonstrated proficiency in sound and accepted engineering principles necessary to plan, develop, finance, operate, and maintain major County infrastructure, facilities, and capital projects. Thorough working knowledge of the basic principles of effective management and supervision, methods and procedures used in project management and control. Substantial expertise in budget, financial management, human resources, technology, and capital facilities management. Modern methods and techniques used in the design, construction and inspection of public works projects. Understanding of the process of public involvement and effective citizen participation, knowledge and understanding of civil litigation and liability management. Knowledge of capital project management.


    Skilled in making critical decisions involving large, complex technical or financial transactions, skill in making decisions and to exercise judgment in developing, applying and interpreting policies and procedures, skill in communicating effectively orally and in writing. Skill in establishing and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, other local government officials, employees, and the public, skill in supervising professional, technical, and administrative staff. Skill in public relations activities to include speaking before large groups, drafting news releases and stories, articulate goals and projects to the media, the Board, government officials, departments heads, employees and the public.





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