Public Works Director

City of Newberg, OR | Full-time

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The Newberg Community

In support of its 24,045 residents, the City of Newberg cultivates a healthy, safe environment where community members can work, play, and grow. A friendly, dynamic, and diverse community that values partnerships and opportunity, Newberg is growing because of the high standard of living; clean, green environment; and strong economy.

Newberg is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Portland on the northeast side of Yamhill County. The Chehalem Mountains surrounding the community and the Willamette River create a natural bowl, providing a special sense of place that is cherished by the residents of Newberg. The community’s strategic location provides easy access to varied and plentiful recreational opportunities. A short drive also provides access to the many urban assets of Portland. Countless rivers and forests are within easy driving distance, offering a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. From Newberg, the Cascade Mountains are a one-hour drive east offering skiing, camping, fishing, and hiking. A one-hour drive west offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline with its many beautiful beaches.

Newberg has a balanced economic base that is led by manufacturing, health care, tourism, and education. World-class wine tasting is available throughout Yamhill County. As the gateway to Oregon wine country, Newberg’s leisure, hospitality, and tourism industry is growing, and with fertile agriculture lands, there are dozens of wineries located in the countryside north and west of the City. In addition to winemaking, international corporations have invested in the fields of electronics and food processing. The strong manufacturing base includes dental equipment, food handling equipment, medical devices, advanced machining, and machine shops, all supporting the manufacturing sector. Newberg is home to George Fox University, a nationally-recognized Christian university, and the Portland Community College Newberg Campus. Education and health services are growing with the expansion of Providence Newberg Medical Center and the new George Fox University Health Occupation facility.

The City of Newberg is served by the Newberg School District, which has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools: Newberg High School and Catalyst Alternative High School. There are also two private Christian grade schools: Veritas School and C. S. Lewis Academy.

With a farmers market, first Friday art walks, and festivals, Newberg is a lively community. Providing far more than just books, the City Library is always a hub of activity. The Chehalem Cultural Center is a community asset that inspires and enriches lives through art and cultural offerings. The Center houses a fine arts gallery and exhibition hall, three multipurpose arts studio classrooms, a state-of-the-art clay studio, a recording studio with four music practice studios, meeting space, and an elegant grand ballroom for public and private events. The Chehalem Park and Recreation District maintains more than 200 acres of recreational sites and trails with activities for all ages. The residents of Newberg believe strongly in volunteering and provide countless hours of support to the community’s many churches and service organizations.

Based on the recently completed 2040 Community Vision plan, Newberg residents have reaffirmed their focus on preserving livability and expanding on existing community engagement, community leadership, cultural assets, and economic development.

2040 Community Vision - aNewBERG

The recently adopted (August 2019) community vision, aNewBERG states that in 2040, Newberg will be the gem of the Willamette Valley – mirroring the surrounding bucolic landscapes, its cultivated relationships, flourishing culture, thoughtfully enhanced sense of place, strong local economy, and collaborative leadership nourish our thriving community.

The aNewBERG Community Vision identified five topic areas:

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT In Newberg, engagement is a part of who we are. We give our time, talents and treasures to strengthen the community. We blend service into our jobs and institutions, help each other, and pride ourselves in donating and shopping locally. Our authentic relationships serve as a strong foundation for a supportive community.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP Our leaders come from diverse groups, backgrounds, and sectors throughout the community and surrounding region. They foster creative, two-way communications and collaborate to ensure Newberg’s long-term success.

CULTURAL ASSETS Newberg residents take pride in all that our community offers. As a cultural hub, there is a range of accessible artistic events and recreational activities, as well as many local shops and restaurants you can wander into with friends.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Newberg’s economy thrives by leveraging our geographic amenities and the capabilities of local businesses and organizations. We create family wage jobs through a strong business and workforce development program. We retain and attract businesses to Newberg and have a vibrant downtown.

LIVABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT Newberg is a well-planned community where the built environment blends seamlessly into surrounding, natural landscapes. Our small-town character, accessibility, and affordability create a sense of belonging where individuals, families, and people of all ages love to live, work, and play.

Inside City Hall

Newberg is governed by a seven-member City Council consisting of a Mayor and six Councilors. The Council employs three officers to carry out the day-to-day business of the City and manage its operations. The City Manager oversees administration, the City Attorney serves as the chief legal officer, and the Municipal Judge handles the City’s Municipal Court.

The City appointed Dan Weinheimer City Manager in February 2020. Dan comes to the City with more than 18 years of experience in government, including more than 15 years in municipal management. Dan also brings extensive experience in both high-performing cultures and environments needing change. Together with the Mayor and Council, Dan is leading the community into the future.

Newberg is transitioning to a high-performing, continuous improvement culture that hires the right people, provides them appropriate direction and oversight, trains them to do their work, and focuses on results. With a track record of finding creative solutions and working collaboratively between federal, state, county, and other partners, Dan is working hard to achieve the long-term vision of residents, the Council, and community partners.

Newberg employs 118 full-time and 28 part-time staff, and the 2020-21 budget of $109 million reflects Newberg as a steadily growing community that implements City Council priorities. City services are provided through the following departments: Administration, which includes Human Resources; Community Development; Finance; Information Technology; Legal; Library; Police; and Public Works.

Fire and emergency medical services are provided by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue after the City of Newberg and the Newberg Rural Fire Protection District officially annexed into their service area in July of 2018. Parks, trails, open space, and recreational opportunities are provided by the Chehalem Park and Recreation District.

Public Works Department

The Public Works Department has 48 full-time staff and an all-in budget of $77 million. The Department is organized into three divisions:

The Maintenance Division is responsible for City facilities, water pipelines, fleet vehicles, storm and sewer lines, street repairs and sweeping, meter readings, and F.O.G prevention. The Division operates a 24 hour response.

The Operations Division operates and maintains the water and wastewater treatment plants, aquifer water supply, three reservoirs, two springs, ten pump stations, and a recycled water system for the CPRD Golf Course. The Division also runs numerous programs.

The Engineering Division evaluates current public infrastructure system needs and seeks efficient, long-term solutions for the ongoing struggle between limited funding and the need for public infrastructure growth and maintenance. The systems managed by the Division include transportation, stormwater, potable water, and wastewater.

Public Works Director Position

The Public Works Director provides leadership and direction to the Public Works Department with responsibility for a full range of public works services through three main divisions: Maintenance, Operations, and Engineering. The Director creates and manages sustainable operating and capital budgets and establishes five-year projections to best utilize grants and other financial resources. Reporting to the City Manager, this dynamic and innovative leader guides the Department through long-range planning, plan implementation, and everyday maintenance and operations, with a strong focus on customer service.

The Director manages the development and implementation of the Public Works Department strategy, collaborating with the Division leaders to create subsequent work plans, goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each area. The Public Works Director supervises an integrated team of professionals and oversees the maintenance, operation, planning, engineering, and construction activities of public works projects. The Director actively coordinates public works activities with those of other departments. They evaluate issues and options regarding municipal projects, identify solutions, make recommendations, and advise the City Manager and other City officials in matters relating to department activities.

The Public Works Director partners with the Finance Director and Citizens Rate Review Committee to coordinate the appropriate rates for water, wastewater, and stormwater. The Director effectively represents the Department and builds relationships with elected officials and outside agencies while maintaining regular contact with city, county, state, and federal stakeholders to advocate for public works programs, projects, and necessary funding.

Priorities

  • As a part of the Leadership Team, actively champion efforts to strengthen a values-driven culture with a strong emphasis on customer service. Support an equitable and inclusive culture, contribute to an environment of trust, nurture collaboration, and encourage learning through growth and transformation.
  • Establish a unified vision for Public Works. Create an integrated strategy and promote actionable goals that align with a collaborative, high-performing organizational approach.
  • Make the necessary time and effort to form and maintain excellent working relationships with Public Works employees. Develop a deep understanding of the work, be a vocal advocate for infrastructure projects, and encourage collaboration across divisions to meet the changing infrastructure needs of the growing community.
  • Ensure the City’s long-term sustainability and effectively plan for future growth. Update the many Master Plans, Systems Plans, and Facility, Fleet, and Equipment strategies.
  • In partnership with City Leadership and Public Works staff, implement and successfully execute on a wide variety of projects that may include transportation, bicycle and mobility improvements, waterline and pipe replacement and relocation, facility improvements, street and roadways improvements, alternative/redundant water supply, and the solar farm initiative at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Leverage technology in support of modernizing the Department and continue to educate the teams on the importance of utilizing data. With the internal implementation of Cartegraph OMS complete, focus on the community education and roll-out.
  • Contribute to the internal connectivity between departments. Collaborate effectively, recognize where the work intersects, identify common goals, and work toward them.
  • Foster a culture of learning, empowerment, accountability, and growth for employees in all divisions. Create opportunities for employee training and development with a focus on expanding knowledge and developing depth in all facets of public works while continuing to provide outstanding services to the community.

The Successful Candidate

The Public Works Director is committed to organizational maturity and embraces the ongoing process of developing employees, updating processes, and increasing capabilities and technology readiness to deliver excellence in our services. With an eye on process improvement and innovation, the Director brings a fresh perspective and a modern approach to public works projects and initiatives. This person values creativity and embraces alternative methods and new approaches to problem-solving. A mature leader, the Public Works Director successfully navigates the political, administrative, and technical aspects of the position and understands the importance of maintaining existing infrastructure while designing and building necessary improvements and planning for future growth.

Known as a working manager, the successful candidate demonstrates the ability to dive into the details of a project while also developing the long-term strategic direction of the Department. The Director has exceptional financial acumen and easily communicates the cost and budget implications of ongoing infrastructure needs while articulating why improvements are needed for community members. With a broad background in more than one public works discipline, the Public Works Director brings extensive experience working on a wide variety of projects. The Director multi-tasks with ease, shifting gears quickly to prioritize and balance workloads and resource needs to meet project demands. Thorough knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods, and procedures used in the design, operations, and maintenance of transportation systems, public water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment, storage, and distribution systems is essential.

The Public Works Director possesses strong communication skills along with the ability to connect with staff, elected officials, and the growing community to effectively drive change. Resilient and calm in the face of controversy, the successful candidate has a background in community outreach and civic engagement and understands the importance of not only providing the community with accurate and timely information, but in being accessible, responsive, and transparent. Leading with humility, the Director successfully engages with different audiences, values diversity of thought, and uses that information to drive consensus and inform decision-making.

With a learner’s mindset, the Public Works Director employs a leadership style that invites participation and gathers input from the talented Public Works team. The ideal candidate is an active listener known for supporting employees, removing barriers to enable success, and, at times, offering innovative approaches to complex challenges. An approachable leader, the successful candidate models behaviors expected throughout the organization, including mutual respect, accountability, commitment to high-quality work, and sound customer service. The Public Works Director models work-life balance and has a good sense of humor.

Qualifications

The successful candidate has a combination of skills and education that enables success as Newberg’s Public Works Director, such as a bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in Civil Engineering or Public Works Administration and ten (10) years of increasingly responsible engineering public works experience with at least five (5) years in a leadership capacity. A broad background and knowledge of public works infrastructure, including transportation, wastewater, and water and storm drainage systems, are essential. Prior experience in change management with the ability to leverage best practices in a growing community is ideal.

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon, or the ability to obtain registration, is desired. A valid driver’s license is required.

Compensation and Benefits

The hiring range for the Public Works Director is $97,512 to $124,824. Starting salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Newberg has a robust benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, employee assistance program, and participation in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. Vacation, administrative leave, sick leave, and holidays are also included for this position. Additional information can be found in the Employee Handbook.

How to Apply

The City of Newberg is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination. The City is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on August 24, 2020.

For more information or questions regarding the City of Newberg or the Public Works Director position, please contact Heather Gantz at hgantz@thenovakconsultinggroup.com.

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