City of Belton, Mo - Director of Public Works AND Assistant Director of Public Works / City Engineer

  • City of Belton, MO
  • Belton, Missouri
  • Nov 22, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Public Works Executive, Management, Mid to Senior Level, Supervisory
  • Salary: Public Works Director: Salary Range $84,000 - $129,000 DOQ/E; Asst PWD / City Engineer: Salary Range $75,000 - $114,000 DOQ/E Annually
  • Salary Top: 129000
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 8168687042
  • Apply By: Dec 20, 2019


The City of Belton, Mo Seeks Two Key Leadership Positions


Director of Public Works


Assistant Director of Public Works / City Engineer


Belton, a dynamic and growing community of 25,000 residents, is seeking to fill the positions of Director of Public Works, and Assistant Director of Public Works / City Engineer within an APWA Accredited Public Works Department.  Following direction provided by the City Council, the City organization has made great strides in 2019 to address the highest priorities of Roads and Infrastructure, Public Safety, and Code Enforcement. Because of the community’s continued support for strategic investment into facilities, infrastructure and long-term planning, Belton’s economic future is poised to prosper. Strong community support is also evident with a number of institutions beyond the City, including Belton Regional Medical Center and its recently completed and planned future expansions, and Belton Public Schools, a highly respected district operating six elementary and two middle schools, plus a high school that recently expanded its campus with additional classrooms, new aquatic and performing arts centers, and a gymnasium.  Belton benefits from its convenient location with a short 35-minute commute to Downtown Kansas City, direct access to Interstate 49 at four interchanges, and close proximity to the region’s fast-growing Highway 150 Corridor - an east/west connection crossing just north of Belton through southern Kansas City into Johnson County, Kansas, just 4 miles to the west.  The City has experienced strong commercial growth in 2018 with over $33 million invested in 15 new projects, and the beginning of an estimated $110 million redevelopment of a former golf course to create a 148-acre business park. In 2019, there have been 81 new residential building permits issued, and 496,000 square feet of new industrial and commercial real estate projects added. The City is governed by a Mayor and eight-member City Council. The Mayor and City Council appoint a City Manager that is responsible for the City’s day-to-day operations.

Job Description

Public Works Director (Salary Range $84,000 - $129,000 DOQ/E)

This position will report directly to the City Manager and is responsible for overseeing an APWA Accredited and high performing department of 44 employees, supported by a total overall budget of $22 million.  The Department is also responsible for $30 million in transportation related capital improvements, including streets and stormwater projects.  Functional areas of responsibility within the department include engineering, water, wastewater, stormwater, transportation and streets. A record of providing outstanding customer service and strategic leadership with attention to detail will be an advantage. The Public Works Director must be a team player and collaborator with other departments and outside agencies. The Director must be a leader that can effectively communicate with elected officials, the City’s leadership team and the public regarding the importance of services provided by Public Works, as well as establish a collective long-term vision for the City’s future capital infrastructure needs. The selected candidate will be expected to routinely make presentations and represent the City at a variety of public and neighborhood meetings, and work closely with other governmental agencies at the regional, state and national level.  The ideal candidate will mentor and develop future leadership within the Department and possess the ability to work well with all levels of the City including elected officials, department directors, development review team, contractors, developers, and citizens. Candidates should have a strong working knowledge of best practices in the industry and be familiar with the APWA Accreditation process.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Business Administration, or related field plus six years of experience in managing operations, programs, and services in one or more public works specialty areas (water, wastewater, storm water, transportation, and streets) is required.  Three of the six years should include management experience, preferably in the public sector; or, an equivalent combination of education, training and experience is required.  A licensed engineer is desired, but not required.

Asst. Public Works Dir/City Engineer (Salary Range $75,000 - $114,000 DOQ/E)

Reporting to the Director of Public Works, this position will perform a wide range of professional engineering activities focused on environmental, water, sanitary sewer, street, and other Public Works related issues, programs, and projects.  The City Engineer will represent the City and Public Works Department serving as a technical liaison between the City and citizens when responding to difficult issues.  This position will work to establish public trust and confidence in the Public Works Department.  The City Engineer will be responsible for supervising and managing projects that are part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) overseeing a variety of construction projects, continuously assessing each project’s technical and financial direction to ensure implementation of quality, effective, and cost-efficient projects. Candidates must be experienced in establishing, reviewing and negotiating complex design and construction contracts.  The Assistant Public Works Director / City Engineer will work closely with other municipal agencies and private utilities and companies involved on a project, overseeing easement acquisition, utility relocation and permitting activities.  Possessing a record of providing effective project engineering assessment, service delivery, creative problem solving and the ability to make public presentations on capital improvements is essential. Strong project management skills and the ability to conduct cost / benefit assessment in order to recommend cost effective solutions will be an advantage.  The selected candidate will embrace new technologies and be experienced at utilizing software systems such as GIS, lnfoSewer, lnfoWater, Pavement Management, and Project Management. The ideal candidate will be a team player with a record of working collaboratively with other City departments, and divisions within Public Works.  The ability to provide expertise in performing surveys, data and statistical review of engineering calculations regarding stormwater, sanitary sewer, or traffic data is also an important responsibility.  Interpreting a variety of federal, state, and local laws, policies, and regulations relating to construction and environmental assessments is a major responsibility.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or a related field and four years of experience in civil engineering design and construction experience in  one or more specialty areas that includes project leadwork over major functions or programs; preferably in the public sector; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience is required. The selected candidate must be a certified Professional Civil Engineer and be registered in the State of Missouri within six months; or possess a valid EIT (Engineer-In-Training) certification issued by the State of Missouri.   

Special Instructions


Final on-site interviews will be offered by the City Manager to those candidates named as finalists.  References, background and academic verifications will be conducted after receiving candidates’ permission.  A pre-employment drug test is required upon selection; Possession of a valid Missouri State Drivers’ License is required within the first 60 days of employment.


Applicants for the Director of Public Works position should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at


Applicants for the Assistant Director of Public Works / City Engineer position should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at  


Both positions are open until filled; however, candidates are encouraged to submit their applications for either position by Friday, December 20, 2019.  Qualified candidates with questions regarding either (or both) positions are encouraged to contact Art Davis at, or by phone at 816.868.7042.  For more information about the City of Belton, please see the website at


The City of Belton is an Equal Opportunity Employer and

values diversity at all levels of its workforce. (EOE)