Director of Public Works – University City, MO (pop. 35,172). A beautiful and historic inner-ring suburb of St. Louis adjacent to the renowned Washington University in St. Louis, University City is a unique urban community with a strong mix of cultural, ethnic, social and economic diversity. Incorporated in 1906, University City was established with a vision of being a city of culture and fine homes. In University City, citizens boast availability to urban-style services and easy accessibility to the Greater St. Louis’s recreational and cultural activities.


The City seeks a high-energy, proactive public works professional to direct a broad range of services including engineering, sanitation, storm water management, facilities and fleet maintenance.  Street maintenance is managed by the Parks and Recreation Department, but shares resources and staff with Public Works.


University City is a full-service city providing a range of services including police, fire/EMS, public works, community development, and parks, recreation & forestry.  Water and sanitary sewer utilities are provided by other agencies.


The ideal candidate is an innovative, collaborative thinker and ready to be an integral member of the senior management team.  The Director is responsible for leading a department of about 26 full-time employees, as well as managing a $3.5 million operating budget and $ 27 million in five-year capital improvement programming. The Director reports to the City Manager.


The successful candidate will:

  • Be an energetic, ethical and experienced leader with strong technical and interpersonal skills;   
  • Have a record of problem solving, decisiveness and approachability;
  • Have an inclusive managerial style, as well as clear, concise, and open communication and listening skills;
  • Possess well-developed skills in effective service delivery and creative problem solving; and
  • Be comfortable working in a collegial union environment.  


Candidates should also have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, drafting, public administration, or closely related field. A related Master’s degree and/or registration as a professional engineer (or ability to attain a P.E. in the state of Missouri) are a plus.
  • Five – seven years of progressively responsible positions in municipal public works, including supervisory experience.
  • Candidates with predominately city management experience, yet significant work in public works, are also encouraged to apply.


The starting salary range is $100,000 – 125,000 (midpoint) +/- DOQ, plus excellent benefits.   Candidates should apply by September 26, 2022 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:   847-380-3240. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: September 26, 2022

Posted: 2022-09-06

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