Commissioner, Public Works, York Region

York Region, ON


We are recruiting for the position of Commissioner, Public Works

Are you a visionary leader with a passion for public service and a track record of driving organizational excellence?

The Regional Municipality of York (York Region) is seeking an accomplished and dynamic individual to serve as our Commissioner, Public Works.

About Us

York Region envisions strong, caring, safe communities through our mission of working together to serve our thriving communities – today and tomorrow. We rely on shared values: Integrity, Commitment, Accountability, Respect and Excellence. York Region is among Canada’s fastest growing communities, with a population that is expected to grow to 2.05 million by 2051 and extends north from Toronto to Lake Simcoe with a balance of urban and rural landscapes.

York Region is a leader in the application of innovative technologies and programs with a strong focus on excellence in the services provided to the residents of the nine cities and towns that form the Region. We value employees’ contributions and support opportunities for growth and development. We provide progressive programs and benefits, nurturing employee satisfaction and fostering community involvement. York Region is not only a great place to live, it’s a great place to work.

Commissioner, Public Works Role and Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Commissioner, Public Works is responsible for providing strategic direction and overall leadership of the Public Works Department which includes Operations & Services and Capital Infrastructure Services.

The portfolio has oversight for water and wastewater facilities, waste management, natural heritage and forestry services, York Region Transit, road user safety, transportation systems, and traffic operations. As a member of the Corporate Senior Management Team, you will ensure strategic initiatives support short and long-term growth management interests of the Region. Through innovation and operational excellence, you will continue to modernize service delivery standards with metrics and defined outcomes to support the delivery of public works services that meet the changing needs of clients and communities.

You leverage data and digital technologies to optimize service delivery across all service areas and enhance the customer experience to become a leading sustainable, digital-by-default service delivery organization. As a leader you are known as a strong relationship builder who is dedicated to developing and supporting your team.

Are you the leader we are looking for?

In addition to your post graduate degree in in Engineering, Planning, Public Administration or related discipline, you bring a minimum of 10 years of progressive work experience in the management of a large, complex public works and/or utility project or similar operation, preferably with experience in the public sector. You have considerable experience leading, negotiating, and managing large-scale procurements and related service provider contracts.

Demonstrating substantive leadership capability you can develop and convey a compelling vision, advancing a strategic agenda across a complex portfolio. You have proven business, financial and political acumen and a track record of operational leadership realizing measurable results when fulfilling transformational initiatives.

Most importantly, you care – about the residents you support, your team, and the community as a whole.

Here is your opportunity to make an impact in a leadership role with York Region, and support strong, caring and safe communities. Join us in building a prosperous and sustainable future for our residents!

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below by December 1st, 2023 or to We thank all those who express an interest, however only those chosen for further development will be contacted.

York Region is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and York Region throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

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