Director of Public Works - Hays, Kansas

The City of Hays, KS is looking for its next innovated Director of Public Works. The Director of Public Works reports directly to the City Manager. This position is responsible for the planning, directing & coordination of operations of five divisions: Streets, Planning, Inspection, & Enforcement, Airport, Stormwater, & Solid Waste. The Director of Public Works is responsible for the long-range planning & development of the department. This position’s job duties include working closely with engineering firms, preparing & administering annual budget for all divisions, preparing Capital Improvement Program & Airport Improvement Projects, & serving as the Stormwater Superintendent for the City of Hays.



Three to five years of similar experience is required. College degree in a related field preferred. Excellent supervisory, organizational, & problem solving skills are necessary. Candidates must be able to demonstrate strong written & oral communications, & have the ability to work with the general public.  Being able to build relationships is key. Must be willing to relocate into the city limits within 6 months.



Full pay range: $62,00—$97,000 with current hiring range: $65,000—$85,000 DOE plus excellent benefits including family health insurance, paid time off, Kansas Public Employee Retirement System (KPERS) & longevity bonus. Full list of benefits can be found at



Resumes can be emailed to or mailed to Human Resources, P.O. Box 490, Hays, KS 67601. Resumes must include a minimum of 3 references, 5-year salary history & cover letter. Position open until filled. Resume review will begin June 23, 2017.


Hays, Kansas (pop. 20,500), is a university community serving as a regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, arts, & recreation for the western half of Kansas - serving a population of nearly 100,000. This excellent community is recognized among the top Kansas cities in entertainment, health, arts, culture.

 Hays is home to Fort Hays State University (FHSU), a regional comprehensive university with over 14,000 students, known for its innovation & entrepreneurship.  FHSU is the fastest growing university in the Kansas Regents system. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus is home to the Encore Series, Hays Symphony, & other national & world caliber performances. 


Hays Med, part of the University of Kansas Health System, is a major employer with more than 1,000 employees.  Hays Med is home to the DeBakey Heart Institute of Kansas & one of the top rural medical centers in the United States. 


The Bricks in Historic Downtown Hays has unique shopping, galleries, eateries, & entertainment. Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including: full service gyms, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, & excellent opportunities for walking, running, & biking.  Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing fishing, boating & other water sports. Bike Hays contains 21 miles of connecting trail system.


The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting jet service to Denver with several flights in each direction daily.  Multiple high-speed Internet providers service Hays. Hays is in an elite group of cities with fiber to the premise.


More information about the City of Hays, KS at


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