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Director of Public Works

Company: Government jobs
Location: Carson
Posted on: January 15, 2023

Job Description:


City of Carson

Job Summary:

Under general direction of the City Manager, plans, directs, and oversees a broad range of City Engineering, public works maintenance services, including, but not limited to, engineering, landscape and building maintenance, and public works (streets, trees, concrete, and equipment maintenance). This is an unclassified, at-will position.

Class Characteristics:

Employees in Executive Management classes are responsible for the development and administration of programs designed to address primary areas of City service. The incumbent is expected to exercise independent judgment, wisdom, common sense, and initiative in establishing efficient and effective departmental operations consistent with City Council policies and administrative guidelines established by the City Manager. The incumbent must also function as a member of the City's management team and participate actively in addressing issues of concern to the City, which may or may not have a direct impact on area of specialization.


(The City reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind related duties and work assignments.)

  • Plans, implements, direct, controls and manages a variety of projects and activities related, but not limited to, engineering, public works, and landscape and building maintenance.
  • Coordinates division activities with other divisions and with other agencies, consultants, developers and contractors.
  • Participates as a member of the City Manager's executive management team to review and develop overall approaches to the City's long-range plans and priorities.
  • Supervises employees, which includes prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, and making decisions on hiring, termination, and disciplinary actions.
  • Plans, organizes, and reviews the work of staff and consultants engaged in project design, private development, construction management, property services and relocation, traffic engineering, maps and plan design.
  • Conducts negotiations for engineering contracts and service agreements with other agencies.
  • Administers service contracts associated with assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Approves plans, estimates and contract documents for major Public Works structures and projects.
  • Oversees the issuance of construction, demolition, excavation and encroachment permits.
  • Directs the preparation, coordination and review of surveys, plans, specifications, reports, contracts, agreements, projects and requests for proposals in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations and local codes.
  • Plans, coordinates, implements, controls, and evaluates the policies, procedures, strategies, work standards, and strategic goals for the Public Works department.
  • Maintains, updates, and ensures procedural compliance for mandated programs.
  • Serves as the senior management staff liaison to various commissions and subcommittees, community-based organizations, external agencies, committees, associations, citizens, and/or other interested parties.
  • Directs the preparation and review of staff reports, letters, memos, and/or other related correspondence.
  • Directs the preparation of the department's budgets, financial reports, and capital improvement budgets; monitors revenues and expenditures.
  • Leads the preparation and implementation of long-term capital improvement programs.
  • Formulates departmental and engineering goals and long-range plans, and develops workload indicators to measure progress and achievements.
  • Facilitates, leads, and/or participates in meetings and committees; represents the department and the City at meetings and conferences; serves as a liaison between departments, external organizations, the general public, and other agencies.
  • Performs related duties as required. QUALIFICATIONS

    A typical way to obtain the requisite qualifications to perform the duties of this class is as follows:

    Education and/or Experience:

    Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Public Administration, Business Administration and/or Engineering and seven (7) years of full-time senior management experience in an operations department in a government agency. A Master's degree in a related field is preferred.

    Knowledge of:
  • Leadership and management theory and practices.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering and planning as related to the preparation of plans and specifications of various public works projects and subdivision ordinances, design, construction, inspection, and maintenance.
  • Federal, State and local laws, codes, regulations, standards, rules and procedures governing civil and municipal engineering, planning, administration and design.
  • Management and leadership principles, including performance measurement.
  • Public administration and governmental operations.
  • Principles, practices, methods and equipment used in civil engineering projects and public works programs.
  • Knowledge of GIS, Cal-OSHA and ADA.
  • Municipal budget preparation and administration methods and practices and capital improvement programs.
  • Applicable local, State, and Federal laws, codes, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Program development and administration principles and practices.
  • Personal computer software and hardware.
  • Effective methods of report presentation.
  • Goal-setting methods and the design of workload and performance indicators.
  • Effective oral and written communication principles and practices.
  • City organization, operations, polices, and objectives.
  • Basic principles and practices of personnel administration.
  • Contract administration principles and practices.
    Skill and Ability to:
    • Direct and control the work of technical and professional staff.
    • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
    • Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints.
    • Effectively communicate orally and in writing.
    • Make effective oral presentations.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
    • Monitor and evaluate program effectiveness.
    • Select, train, supervise and evaluate employees.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
    • Use personal computer and related software.
    • Prepare and present clear and comprehensive reports and make effective presentations.
    • Represent the City at meetings, conferences, and special events.
    • Read, interpret, apply, and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
    • Oversee the preparation and review of engineering plans and specifications for streets, sewers, storm drains and other public works and private development projects.
      License and/or Certificate: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required. Employees in this classification will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.



      Applications will be screened and evaluated for relevant training and experience. Only those applicants determined to be among the most qualified may be invited to participate in the selection process, as determined by the Director of Human Resources. The Human Resources Department reserves the right to invite those amongst the highest scoring to the next phase of the recruitment. Revisions to a testing component during a recruitment process can be made at the discretion of the Human Resources Department, applicants will be notified by email if a revision is made. An eligibility list will be established in accordance with the City's Personnel Rules, Rule VI, Employment List Procedures.

      The City of Carson is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Call Human Resources for assistance at (310) 952-1735.

      Any offer of employment, or acceptance of an employment offer, is contingent upon passing live scan, background check and other tests. All new employees are required to take a loyalty oath.

      The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained herein may be modified or revoked without notice. All statements made on the job application are subject to investigation and/or verification. Inaccurate and/or false statements will be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligibility list or discharge from employment.


      Please do not use your City of Carson email address as part of this application. You must indicate a personal email address in order to receive communications and/or notices from Human Resources throughout the recruitment process.

      City of Carson
      (Resolution No. 18-170)

      CalPERS Retirement Formula
      • 3%@60 Formula - Employees hired before May 6, 2011
      • 2%@55 Formula - Classic Members hired on or after May 6, 2011
      • 2%@62 Formula - New Members hired on or after January 1, 2013Other
        • Employees pay the full Employee Member Contribution on a pre-tax basis.
        • 1959 Survivors Program - level 4.Medical Insurance
          • The City contracts with CalPERS for medical benefits, which offers employees a choice of various HMO's and PPO's.
          • The monthly medical allowance is $1,594, paid by the City, toward the premium for employee and eligible dependents.
          • Employees may elect to discontinue or not enroll in the health insurance program upon proof of equal coverage. If this option is selected, employees shall receive 75% of lowest 2-party premium to be deposited into the employee's City-sponsored deferred compensation account.Dental Insurance
            • The City's dental plan is with Principal Financial, with EPO and PPO providers available; City pays $87 monthly premium.
            • The monthly premium of $87.00 is City paid.
            • Employees may elect to discontinue or not enroll in the dental insurance program upon proof of equal coverage. If this option is selected, employees shall receive 75% of the premium to be deposited into the employee's City-sponsored deferred compensation account.Vision Insurance
              • Superior Vision (optional), employees may purchase vision care through payroll deduction from wages and/or with monies remaining from the sum provided for health insurance.Life Insurance
                • Basic Group Term Life Insurance Coverage for City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Directors is $200,000 with Evidence of Insurability (subject to approval). Premium City paid.
                • Optional Group Term Life Insurance and Dependent Life Insurance offered.
                • Employee may purchase Optional Group Term Life Insurance coverage and Dependent Life Insurance coverage through payroll deduction from wages and/or with monies remaining from the sum provided for health insurance.
                  Long Term Care
                  • Long Term Care (optional), employees may purchase Long Term Care through payroll deduction from wages and/or with monies remaining from the sum provided for health insurance.
                    Deferred Compensation
                    • VOYA Deferred Compensation Plan, employee participation is optional.
                    • Deferred Compensation City match $6,000.00 per calendar year for City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Directors. Service Organization Membership
                      • $350.00 per calendar year for City Manager.
                      • $250.00 per calendar year for Assistant City Manager and Directors.Auto Allowance
                        • $500.00 per month for City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Directors (This benefit is based on the employment contract)Short Term Disability/Long Term Disability
                          • City Paid premium.
                          • Under Short Term Disability, benefit percentage is 66.67% of total monthly earnings. Maximum weekly benefit of $1,154. Maximum benefit period 13 weeks
                          • Under Long Term Disability, benefit percentage is 66.67% of total monthly earnings. Maximum monthly benefit is $5,000. Maximum benefit period depends on age and disability.Vacation Leave
                            Monthly Accruals Upon
                            10.00 hours Appointment
                            13.33 hours Commencement of 11th year
                            Additional 10 hours per year, in addition to 13.33 Commencement of 20th year
                            Additional 20 hours per year, in addition to 13.33 Commencement of 21st year
                            Additional 30 hours per year, in addition to 13.33 Commencement of 22nd year
                            Additional 40 hours per year, in addition to 13.33 Commencement of 23rd year
                            100% paid at separation.
                            600 maximum accrual hours.

                            Sick Leave
                            • 10 hours accrued per month.
                            • 1/2 of balance paid at separation.
                            • 1,040 maximum accrual hours.Holiday Leave
                              • 13 paid holidays per calendar year.Administrative Leave
                                • 8.33 hours per month for City Manager. 100 maximum accrual hours.
                                • 7.50 hours per month for Assistant City Manager. 90 maximum accrual hours.
                                • 6.67 hours per month for Directors. 80 maximum accrual hours.Floating Holiday
                                  • 30 hours accrued each fiscal year.Leave Redemption
                                    • City Manager may redeem up to 100 hours of any accumulated leave each fiscal year.
                                    • Assistant City Manager may redeem up to 90 hours of any accumulated leave each fiscal year.
                                    • Directors may redeem up to 80 hours of any accumulated leave each fiscal year.
                                    • Sick leave will be paid at a rate of 1 hour of pay for each 2 hours of sick leave redeemed.
                                    • All other types of leave will be paid at the rate of 1 hour of pay for each hour of leave redeemed.
                                      Longevity Pay
                                      --- Additional 2 1/2% of prevailing pay rate upon attaining 15 years of service credit
                                      --- Additional 2 1/2% of prevailing pay rate upon attaining 20 years of service credit
                                      --- Additional 2 1/2% of prevailing pay rate upon attaining 30 years of service credit

                                      Annual Professional Development Allowance
                                      • $800.00 paid within the first quarter of each fiscal year.Education Reimbursement
                                        • Educational tuition assistance upon approval. Must pass probationary period prior to eligibility.

                                          01 Do you have a Bachelor degree or higher? Select all that apply.
                                          • None
                                          • Bachelor Degree
                                          • Graduate Degree
                                          • Public Administration
                                          • Business Administration
                                          • Organizational Management
                                          • Civil Engineer

                                            02 Do you have any experience working for a municipality, government agency or public sector employer. If so, please state name of organization, title and number of years.

                                            03 Please select the level of full-time Management/Executive Management experience you have working for a municipal Public Works department.
                                            • None
                                            • Less than 5 years
                                            • 5- 7 years
                                            • 7 or more years

                                              04 Please describe your experience with budgeting, financial reports, Capital improvement Plans and your role in the process.

                                              05 If so, please describe your work with on CIP?

                                              06 Please describe your experience with grants and contract administration. What was your role in the process? Please be specific.

                                              07 What is the largest operating budget you have managed? Please explain your role in the development and administration of this budget.

                                              08 Do you have professional engineering experience with a public agency?
                                              • Yes
                                              • No

                                                09 If you answered yes to the above question, state the public agency that you have experience with, your job title and dates of employment. If you do not have public agency experience, mark N/A

                                                10 1.The following supplemental questions will be used to assist us in screening your application. You are required to answer each of the following questions truthfully and completely. This questionnaire will be used to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. Your responses to this questionnaire may also be used to evaluate your qualifications beyond the minimum requirements, as part of the application screening process. As such, please take the time necessary to answer the questions thoroughly. Applications submitted without a completed supplemental questionnaire, or those that say see resume or application, may not be considered. It is imperative that your responses to the questionnaire provide a true and accurate reflection of your background. Additionally, your answers MUST be supported by the information you have entered in your general application. Responses which cannot be substantiated by information contained in your application will be deemed invalid. Falsification, exaggeration and misrepresentation will result in your disqualification. Your responses will be evaluated as submitted. Do you agree to answer the following questions truthfully and completely AND understand that falsification or overstatement of your qualifications is grounds for disqualification of your application?
                                                • Yes
                                                • No

                                                  * Required Question

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