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Career Opportunity

Are you a service-oriented leader with a strong desire to make the City a better place to work, live, and play? 

The City of Tumwater is seeking a leader who can continue the organization’s commitment to innovation, creativity, hard work, professionalism, and customer service along with a dedication to public service. The ideal candidate will be agile and innovative in meeting the challenges of rapid growth, increasing transportation needs, aging infrastructure, and fiscal constraints.

Tumwater is the home of many unique and exciting projects. A new Public Works Operations & Maintenance facility is in preliminary planning with funding in place. The Washington State Library and Archives will join a host of State facilities located in Tumwater, among them the new Military Readiness Center. With an aggressive Transportation Benefit District focused on preservation of streets and sidewalks, there’s no shortage of projects. South Puget Sound Community College’s new brewing and distilling facility is located in the Craft District. Future growth includes an incubator facility for small brewers and distillers, and public amenities—trail connections, a river walk, museum, preservation of the historic Old Brewhouse Tower, and redevelopment of the iconic Olympia Brewery properties.

Explore our culture, our opportunities, and the difference you can make as a member of our team. 

Public Works Director Job Announcement  PDF file

About the Job

The City of Tumwater embraces a diverse and inclusive workforce and encourages collaboration and teamwork to provide the highest quality services to the community. 

An integral member of the City’s leadership team, the Public Works Director serves a critical role—overseeing capital projects,  design and operation of the transportation, water, sanitary sewer, and storm drainage systems for Tumwater. The Director is the chief spokesperson and serves as a consultant to the City Administrator and City Council on matters pertaining to the City’s Public Works programs. 

The Director is accountable for the effective operation of all public works programs within the City and plans, organizes, and directs all activities of the Department. As a department director, the position supervises, directs and evaluates all department staff either directly or through subordinate supervisors.

Salary & Benefits

The salary range is $117,852–143,604 annually, depending on experience and qualifications. We offer a generous benefits package that includes a cafeteria health care plan and a 401(a) plan with a 5% match.

About the Department

Tumwater’s Public Works Department is comprised of two divisions—Engineering and Operations & Maintenance. 

The Engineering Division manages the City’s Capital Facilities Plan projects and the administrative aspects of the utility and transportation systems with 20 budgeted staff positions. GIS mapping and survey, development review coordination, public information, and customer service response programs are coordinated through Engineering. 

The Operations & Maintenance Division is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of the transportation and utility infrastructure with 35 budgeted staff positions, plus seasonal employees. City vehicles and rolling stock are maintained by Public Works employees, and included in the Fleet & Equipment Rental and Replacement Fund.City utilities are well-funded and experience regular inflationary increases and strong support from elected officials. 

The annual operating budget for public works funds is approximately $16.5 million and the total Capital Budget is $13.2 million. The operating budget includes $6 million in annual expenditures to LOTT that are pass-through dollars.

Application Process

If you’re interested in an opportunity to join a growing department and lead organizational change—we invite you to apply. All qualified candidates, including those willing to facilitate transition as a change agent will be considered.

Find out more about the job duties, qualifications, and required skills.

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All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. The first review of applications will start May 27, 2020, this recruitment will remain open until it is filled.


The City of Tumwater is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), committed to a diverse workforce. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.