Executive Director of Public Works

City of Santa Ana | Santa Ana, CA

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Posted Date 12/22/2019

Salary: 149,328 - $210,972

Santa Ana, located in central Orange County, is the eleventh largest city in California with a population of 335,000. The city is 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, 33 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego. A Charter city incorporated in 1886, Santa Ana is known for its neighborhood pride, enriching cultural experience, appreciation of diversity and thriving economic climate.

This position manages a large, full-service Public Works Department with significant capital projects and operational activities that continuously support and improve the quality of life in Santa Ana. The department has five divisions including Administration, Engineering, Water Resources, Maintenance Services and Construction, Fleet and Facilities. There are 224 employees in the department and an total annual budget of 173 million with a CIP budget of 90 million. The department is responsible for the maintenance, cleaning and repair of the City’s right-of-way and utilities, including 400 miles of streets and 50,000 street trees. The department is also a key member of the City’s inter-agency team on homeless services.

Essential Functions:
The Executive Director will oversee major projects including the successful delivery of the OC Streetcar and significant development opportunities at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) and along the OC Streetcar corridor. The streetcar system will provide transit service for commuters traveling from the train station to employment and activity centers in the heart of Orange County, and to residents and visitors wanting to circulate throughout the area. The project is anticipated to begin service in 2022.

Responsibilities of this position include oversight of a water distribution system and a sewer collection system that provide services to the residential community and 5,000 businesses. The Water Utility consists of twenty active groundwater wells, ten reservoirs, seven water connections to the Metropolitan Water District, sixteen interconnections with neighboring water utilities, and 478 miles of water mains. The Water Utility currently depends on two sources of supply – pumped groundwater managed by the Orange County Water District (OCWD) and purchased surface water from the Metropolitan Water District. The Water Utility also provides recycled water to customers where available. The Sewer Enterprise owns and maintains an extensive system of sanitary sewer infrastructure that includes approximately 390 miles of sanitary sewer, 9,000 manholes, 48,500 sewer laterals, and two sewer lift stations. All sewage is conveyed to the Orange County Sanitation District for treatment.

This position will also oversee management of the City's Urban Stormwater/NPDES Program and the City's Illegal Discharges/Illicit Connections Program, Water Quality Management Program (WQMP) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) compliance program including construction and commercial/industrial facilities, storm drain facility inspection/cleaning program, and other related programs.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from a four-year college with a degree in civil engineering, transportation or a related field. A master’s degree in public administration, or the equivalent, is highly desirable.

Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer in the State of California and/or registration as a Traffic Engineer are highly desirable.

Ten years of professional experience, including a minimum of three years with direct decision making responsibility administering major public works projects and managing professional staff.

How to Apply:
To be considered for this outstanding career opportunity, please complete and submit a City application form online with resume attached to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/santaana. Resumes or faxed copies will not be accepted in lieu of the City online application.

Job Category
Local Government
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