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FLSA Designation: Exempt
Revised: May 2006


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under general administrative direction of the City Manager, plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Public Works Department including engineering, utilities and maintenance services and activities; facilitates, develops, and implements short and long term goals for the department; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.

The Director of Public Works/City Engineer is considered a Department Director with responsibility for directing the activities of a Department within the City. Positions at this class level serve as a member of the City’s senior management team and provide advice and counsel to the City Manager regarding strategic policy and problem solving issues relating to the assigned Department and the City overall. A person appointed to the Director of Public Works/City Engineer classification is an “at-will” employee.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Assumes full management responsibility for all Public Works Department services and activities including engineering, street maintenance, water production, treatment, distribution and maintenance, wastewater treatment, collection and maintenance, public infra-structure and Capital Improvement Program, Development Fee Program, storm runoff drainage, facilities maintenance, equipment maintenance and procurement as well as right-of-way acquisition, public works construction management, project inspection and contract management.
  2. Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  3. Establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly.
  4. Assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.
  5. Plans, directs, and coordinates, through subordinate level staff, the Public Works Department’s work plan; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
  6. Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel including departmental staff and program contractors; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
  7. Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  8. Oversees and participates in preparing the Capital Improvement budget for the department; monitors capital improvement projects to ensure projects are completed within budget.
  9. Monitors the condition of the City’s infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, buildings, equipment, storm drains, water facilities, sewer collection, wastewater treatment plant, and other related facilities and equipment for maintenance, repair and replacement.
  10. Manages capital facility planning, design and construction management related to water, wastewater, drainage, streets and transportation; advises on problems having to do with drainage, sewage and development for areas within or immediately adjacent to the City; oversees public facilities construction field inspections.
  11. Oversees engineering activities, including street design, drainage structure, utility installations, civic structures, land surveying, traffic engineering and other municipal engineering functions; ensures conformance with appropriate federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations; resolves disagreements on public infrastructure.
  12. Negotiates and administers contracts and agreements with outside contractors and developers; resolves problems and complaints as necessary.
  13. Reviews, approves, and signs engineering plans and maps for a variety of engineering, CIP and development projects.
  14. Manages and oversees the NPDES program; ensures program is in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  15. Oversees activities related to the acquisition and disposition of public property for the purposes of right-of-way or CIP projects.
  16. Serves as the “responsible charge” person of all public infrastructure and subdivisions; manages and troubleshoots problems in design, construction, maintenance, and development of the City’s infrastructure.
  17. Oversees and participates in the formation of various Assessment Districts, including annual updates with Engineers Reports.
  18. Establishes Engineering/Public Works Conditions of Approval on development.
  19. Facilitates, develops, and implements short and long term goals for each assigned division.
  20. Provides staff assistance to the City Manager; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  21. Represents the Public Works Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  22. Explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  23. Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees.
  24. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of engineering; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
  25. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  26. Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of comprehensive public works and engineering programs. Advanced principles and practices of engineering, construction, inspection, contract management, and municipal project financing. Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration. Modern principles, practices, and techniques of public works administration, organization and operation. Principles and practices of street maintenance, pavement management, equipment maintenance, storm drainage system maintenance, solid waste operations, water system maintenance, wastewater treatment plant maintenance, facilities maintenance, storm drainage, traffic signals, capital improvement projects and public utilities. Principles and practices of private development projects. Project cost estimating and expenditure control principles and practices, Advanced principles and practices of capital improvement project management and coordination. Advanced concepts, theories, principles and practices of engineering. Advanced principles and practices of land surveying, plans and specifications, development fees, and right-of-way acquisitions. Highly developed operational parameters of irrigation, drainage, water supply, flood control, highways, water and sewage treatment, foundations, grading and bridges. Advanced principles and practices of soil mechanics, strength of materials of concrete, asphalt, gravel, aggregate base, and various types of pipe and related appurtenances. Principles and practices of public relations. Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures. Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration. Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:
Manage and direct comprehensive public works and engineering programs. Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures. Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments. Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs. Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff. Delegate authority and responsibility. Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff. Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals. Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques. Facilitate group participation and consensus building. Ensure adherence to established safety rules, regulations and guidelines. Develop, review, and approve construction standards, plans, and specifications. Prepare accurate descriptions of project requirements. Understand and interpret complex engineering construction plans, specifications, and contract documents. Negotiate and administer contracts. Oversee and participate in the conduct of comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports with appropriate recommendations. Perform technical research and solve difficult engineering problems. Make advanced engineering design computations. Develop, review, and modify engineering and construction drawings, plans, and specifications. Manage multiple complex engineering projects. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications including engineering and drafting programs. Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports. Prepare and administer large and complex budgets. Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a closely related field.

Eight years of broad and extensive experience in professional civil engineering as well as experience related to design, construction, maintenance, or operation of a variety of public works. Experience must also include three years of responsible managerial experience.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license. Possession of a valid certificate as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers. Ability to perform as Land Surveyor in the State of California or Possession of a valid certificate as a Land Surveyor issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers is desirable.

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read small print, computer screens and other printed documents.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Human Resources Division   
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Brentwood, CA 94513  
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