Public Works Director


Organization : Jefferson County
Job Category : Director Public Works
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : OR
City : River Canyon
Salary and Benefits : Salary: $75,585 - $108,701

For a complete position profile, please visit the Prothman Company at and click on "Open Recruitments."

Nestled in the heart of River Canyon Country in central Oregon, Jefferson County's exceptional climate enables residents and visitors to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, from water sports to golf and wine touring year round. Jefferson County, (pop. 23,190), is located in a high desert climate east of Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood and enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year. The county’s largest city is Madras, (pop. 6,300), which is the county seat and is the gateway to central Oregon’s vast selection of outdoor recreational opportunities. Madras is just 30 miles from Redmond, which has a regional airport that offers daily flights to Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle.

The Jefferson County Public Works Department consists of five divisions: Administration, Roads, Maintenance, Box Canyon Transfer Station, and Dog Control. The department maintains 602 miles of road, including 260 miles which are hard-surfaced, operates a county gravel pit on leased land, oversees the county’s Noxious Weed enforcement system, and monitors a closed landfill, an Animal Services contract with the local Humane Society, a Solid Waste Transfer Station contract with a private solid waste company, and two Solid Waste franchisees. The department operates with 13 FTE’s on a 2018 budget of $5.1 million.

Under the direction of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners and the County Administrative Officer, the Public Works Director plans, supervises and directs the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges, and is responsible for department designated contracts, programs and staff.

A bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Business, or a related field is strongly preferred. Candidates must have a minimum of 7 years in Public Works or road construction, with 5 years in a supervisory role. Candidates must have the ability to acquire and maintain a Class A Oregon Commercial Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record, and maintain the license as a condition of employment.

Jefferson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review:  July 8, 2018 (open until filled). To apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Submit Your Application" and follow the directions provided. Application materials will only be accepted electronically via the website. For questions, please call 206-368-0050.


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