A supervisory, administrative and overall management position responsible for all aspects relating to the operations and maintenance of several Public Works divisions including highway, refuse & recycling, parks & recreation (including land & natural resources) water and wastewater (including sewer & stormwater) systems and staff. In general, the director oversees the physical facilities of the community and any services that enable it to function.


Responsible for reviewing the proposals of the public works staff with the ability to develop long-term programs that enhance the community.

Recommends annual budget and capital improvement plans for Water Commission and Board of Public Works approval.  Presents and advocates for Board approved budget during city budget process. Monitors and reviews the revenue lev­els and expenditures to ensure adherence to budget limitations. Responsible for presenting policy matters to the Board for approval. Attends and participates in all Board meetings unless excused. Acts as liaison between the department and the city of Westfield by attending and contributing to all city department head meetings, City Council meetings, or other such meetings as requested to attend.

Responsible for personnel management and supervision. In conformity with city policies and state law, and within authority as granted by the Water Commission and Board of Public Works, recruits, interviews, and hires department employees. Consistent with union contracts and relevant city policies, schedules and assigns work, moni­tors work flow and engages in employee disciplinary actions. Performs employee evaluations, reviews, and such other personnel actions as necessary to assure safe and effective operations.

Direct the development and implementation of Public Works Depart­ment goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area. Serve as one of the city’s resources for technical engineering expertise.

Knowledge, Ability or Other Attributes:

Knowledge of general business practices and personnel management. Ability to deal with appropriate governmental agencies.

Must possess knowledge of federal, state, and local laws relating to public works, water and wastewater treatment operations.

Familiarity with environmental protection issues as they relate to public works, water and wastewater operations.

Ability to deal effectively with state and federal officials and agencies, other city officials, employees and the general public; ability to maintain good public relations.

Ability to interpret and utilize technical sketches and plans. Familiarity with GIS.

Assess and monitor the city’s infrastructure to provide adequate levels of public service both for existing systems/networks and extensions/developments. Knowledge of construction techniques involving wastewater plants, water systems, streets and roads, drainage systems, flood control and sanitary sewers.

Advanced skills in use of personal computers, basic software programs and internet applications.

Job Environment and physical requirements:

Most work is generally performed under typical office conditions with frequent tours of city streets, parks, watershed areas and wastewater treatment plant, occasional exposure to variable outdoor weather conditions and hazards, particularly in emergency situations.  Must work outdoors as needed, regardless of weather.  Required to attend evening meetings.

Ability to carry out the functions and duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of this position as described in the necessary knowledge, ability and skills for dexterity and communication.


Bachelor’s degree in civil, environmental or chemical engineering required, additional engineering disciplines or education in business management or public administration will be considered with the requisite experience. Massachusetts State P.E. License preferred. No less than 10 years supervisory and management experience in a public works, wastewater or water-related business or enterprise required. Five years or more as a Department Head, Executive Director or similar Governmental experience with emphasis on municipal management desired.

To apply please go to:  https://www.cityofwestfield.org/Jobs.aspx.

Please send your resume and letter of interest to:  Robert.bishop@cityofwestfield.org.