Public Works Director


Organization : City of Port Hueneme
Job Category : Director Public Works
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : CA
City : Port Hueneme
Salary and Benefits : See Website

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Under general administrative direction of the City Manager, plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Public Works Department, including streets, engineering, landscape, fleet maintenance, water, solid waste, wastewater collection systems, and other public works and utility services projects and programs; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager. 

Example of Duties


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 streets, engineering, landscape, fleet maintenance, water, solid waste, wastewater collection systems, and other public works and utility services projects and programs.
  2. Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies 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; determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; issues written and oral instructions as necessary; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
  6. Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; 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. Assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures; studies and standardizes department policies and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  9. Plans, organizes, coordinates, supervises and evaluates programs, plans, services, staffing, equipment and infrastructure of the Public Works Department; evaluates departmental needs and formulates short- and long-range plans to meet needs in all areas of responsibility; develops preventive maintenance systems.
  10. Establishes, implements and monitors various Division specific safety related programs and training; monitors and enforces compliance.
  11. Oversees the review of private project development plans for compliance with codes, regulations, and standards, adequacy of applications for permits and compliance with approved plans. 
  12. Oversees the development or update of all city plans involving municipal infrastructure; oversees the preparation of engineering plans and specifications, bidding, competency of contractors and vendors, and the selection criteria for public contracts. 
  13. Plans, directs and coordinates department services; ensures that services are provided according to federal and state laws, city ordinances, rules, and regulations; reviews municipal codes and prepares code amendments.
  14. Oversees the development of comprehensive plans to satisfy future needs for department services, which involve assessment of needed construction or repair of City infrastructure and other related department services, including the preparation and updating of the City's Capital Improvement Plan.
  15. Oversees contract services; oversees construction activities; compiles estimates, contract provisions, and specifications; approves completed plans; administers City capital projects; negotiates contracts and service agreements.
  16. Advises and otherwise provides assistance to the City Council, City Manager and other City personnel, and the public regarding issues related to Public Works services and activities; develops preventive maintenance systems.
  17. Represents the department or delegates such authority in relations with the community, advisory committees, local, state and federal agencies, other public works agencies, and professional organizations; schedules public hearings and leads discussions regarding proposed public works projects.
  18. Provides staff assistance to the City Manager; provides professional advice to City Council, City Manager and department directors; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  19. 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. 
  20. Explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  21. Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; makes presentations to City Council, boards, commissions and the general public.
  22. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of public works; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
  23. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  24. Performs related duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

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 a comprehensive public works program.

Extensive knowledge of municipal public works and utilities services planning, designing, maintenance, and construction of streets, landscape, fleet maintenance, water, solid waste, wastewater collection systems, and other public works and utilities programs.

Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration.

Civil engineering principles related to planning, traffic, streets, parks, public buildings and-capital facilities planning.

Technical, legal and financial requirements involved in the conduct of municipal public works studies, planning and construction.

Techniques and methods of preparing design, plans, specifications, estimates, and reports for proposed municipal facilities.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

Principles and practices of cost accounting.

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations. 

Ability to:

Manage and direct a comprehensive public works program including streets, engineering, landscape, fleet maintenance, water, solid waste, wastewater collection systems, and other public works and utility services projects and programs.

Oversee and coordinate consulting engineers and other contractors and consultants effectively.

Prepare comprehensive administrative and engineering related reports.

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.

Make effective public presentations.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Develop comprehensive plans to satisfy future needs of department.

Deal constructively with conflict and develop effective resolutions.

Exercise independent judgment and initiative in establishing efficient and effective departmental operations with City Council policies and administrative guidelines established by the City Manager.

Apply principles of logical or synthesis functions. 

Deal with several concrete and abstract variables and to analyze major problems that require complex planning for interrelated activities that can span one or several work units.

Exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.

Perform moderately complex algebraic and geometric operations.

Utilize principles of basic probability and statistical inference.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

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 closely related field; A Master's degree in business administration, public administration, or related field is highly desirable.\

Eight years of progressively responsible related civil engineering, public works, or public utilities experience including three years of management and administrative responsibility.

License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid California driver's license and satisfactory driving record.
Possession of a State of California Civil Engineering license.

Supplemental Information


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 these essential job functions.

EnvironmentTasks are regularly performed with exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances.

PhysicalTasks involve the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds).

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

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


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