Public Works Director

Pender County Government
June 3, 2024
801 South Walker Street, Burgaw, NC
Billing Address
801 South Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425
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Closing Date
July 3, 2024


Performs difficult technical and administrative work managing, planning, and supervising operations and activities involvingthe management of county properties and facilities, including buildings, grounds, and fleet/equipment maintenance as wellas solid waste. Responsible for activities related to capital construction projects, building maintenance, lighting, HVAC, etc.Provides communication and coordination between these services and the County Manager and Administration, Board ofCounty Commissioners and other directors and county staff. Work is performed under the guidance of the County Manager. Departmental supervision is exercised over all personnel and functions within the county’s public buildings.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to complete the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations may be requested by contacting Pender County Human Resources.

Essential Functions

  • Plan, organize, and supervise work for the public works department; supervise the maintenance and repair of allcounty facilities and grounds and associated equipment and work.
  • Responsible for the overall direction including short- and long-range planning, capital projects and objectives of the department.
  • In coordination with the department staff, direct activities, and programs of the department to ensure adherence to applicable laws, regulations, rules, policies and procedures, and that goals, objectives and policies are developed and administered for improving the effectiveness of the agency programs and projects.
  • Recruits and selects department personnel; assigns, directs, inspects and evaluates the work of department staff; rewards, transfers, promotes, demotes, suspends and terminates employees; coaches, counsels and disciplines department staff; develops staff schedules.
  • Accountable for overall financial stability and cost containment of the department, through budget preparation, business planning and staffing plans. Perform periodic cost and productivity analyses to ensure efficient and appropriate use of finding.
  • Prepare cost estimates of the county building construction projects; facilitates plan preparation and review; secures permits; plans schedules for construction and monitors the construction process; facilitates review and approval of construction contracts; manage procurement and payment processes.
  • Receive and respond to inquiries, complaints, and correspondence from citizens. Collaborate with the county’s Risk Management Specialist and committee to assure all facilities and equipment follow OSHA and other workplace safety rules and regulations.
  • Make presentations to Board of County Commissioners, various citizen groups and the public as necessary.
  • Coordinate with various departments or entities to ensure proper grounds maintenance of county buildings, parks, or other property.
  • Review and evaluate utility bills; evaluate energy efficiency opportunities for county facilities.
  • Perform related tasks as required.


$82,586.35 - $103,232.93


Thorough knowledge of county and state building codes, applicable laws and regulations; knowledge of county procurement processes and requirements; knowledge of construction principles and procedures, facilities and equipment maintenance procedures; occupational hazards and safety principles, business and management principles; ability to solve problems and supervise semi-skilled and skilled personnel; ability to prepare technical reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county officials, other public officials, associates, contractors and the general public. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business experience in management, strategic planning, engineering and/or project management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job, such as those listed above.

Valid commercial driver’s license in the State of North Carolina preferred.

Valid driver’s license in the State of North Carolina.

This position is a safety sensitive position and subject to random substance abuse testing in accordance with the Pender County Personnel Policy and Risk Policy.