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Director of Public Works



Public Works


Ferndale DPW, 521 E Cambourne St Ferndale MI 48220

Salary Range

$85,000 to $106,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Exempt / Non-Exempt


employment type

Full Time


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The Director of Public Works (DPW) provides full-service public works to the community including, street maintenance, parks, water, and sewer. The Director leads, oversees, and directs the work of the employees within the DPW. The Director also performs technical and labor tasks as needed.  This position is part of the senior leadership team of Ferndale. The city commits to invest in the development of its executive leaders and is interested in candidates who will dedicate a minimum of three years to the position.  

The DPW Director reports to the City Manager.  This position exercises considerable independent initiative and judgement while leading a staff of 32 full-time and 2 to 4 seasonal employees.  The following positions are direct reports to the DPW Director: Deputy DPW Director, Water Systems Supervisor, Parks and Boulevard Supervisor, Public Works Leaders, Motor Pool Leader, Facilities Manager, and Project Manager. The DPW Director is responsible for an annual operational budget of approximately $10 million. The City’s annual capital budget varies considerably year-to-year, but the Director can expect responsibility over approximately $8 million per year of capital projects.

Desired minimum qualifications, education, and experience:

  • Graduation from a college or university of a recognized standing with a degree in civil engineering, forestry, landscape architecture, public administration or related field.
  • Four (4) years of experience is required in public works activities at the supervisory level; five (5) to seven (7) years of experience is preferred.
  • Experience may be substituted for required college degree on the basis of two (2) years of experience for one (1) year of college, in addition to four (4) years of supervisory experience.

Apply online at with resume, cover letter, and contact information for 5 professional references by July 6, 2021.  Any questions or inquiries regarding the position can be made to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062, Tel: (o) 847-380-3240 x126.