Director of Public Works

City of Palmdale | Palmdale, CA

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Posted Date 8/15/2022

Salary: $197,537.60 - $252,116.80 Annually

The Director of Public Works provides highly responsible professional and technical assistance in the administration and management of Public Works. Reporting to the City Manager, the Director of Public Works plans, manages, oversees and directs the operations and services City’s streets, wastewater collection systems, solid waste collection, public facilities, parks, open space, equipment, vehicles, capital projects construction management and other assigned public services.

The Director also develops, implements, and maintains Department goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures for improving organizational performance, enhancing services and meeting goals; and ensures that goals are achieved. In addition, the Director attends and participates in professional and community meetings; stays current on issues relative to the field of public service delivery responsibilities; maintains a customer service orientation within the department; responds to and resolves sensitive and resolves sensitive and complex community and organizational inquiries and complaints.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Develop and implement departmental goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and priorities; develop strategies to build a sustainable organization and meet city strategic objectives and provide staff leadership on policy planning for public works activities.

Assume full management responsibility for all Public Works divisions.

Manage and participate in the development and administration of the department's annual budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; direct the monitoring of and approve expenditures; direct and implement budgetary adjustments as necessary.

Select, train, motivate, and direct department personnel; evaluate and review work for acceptability and conformance with department and city standards; coach, counsel, implement progressive discipline and termination procedures; respond to staff questions and concerns.

Plan, direct, and coordinate all public works capital improvement program planning and execution.

Plan, direct, and coordinate street, parkway and building maintenance.

In coordination with Director of Recreation and Culture - plan, direct, and coordinate park maintenance.

Act as technical advisor to the City Manager, City Council and related commissions and committees on public works, engineering, and traffic matters; research and prepare reports.

Act as the Assistant Deputy Director for the Palmdale Recycled Water Authority Joint Powers Authority in the planning of beneficial reuse of this important resource.

Advise in the preparation of requests for Proposals; administer agreements for consulting services.

Direct and participate in the preparation of the capital improvement program and budget.

Ensure proper coordination of capital improvement project plan development with other City Departments and regulatory agencies.

Coordinate public works activities with other City departments and with outside agencies.

Coordinate public relations activities concerning departmental services and operations.

Respond to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints and assist with resolutions and alternative recommendations.

Attends, chairs, and conducts a variety of meetings; serves on committees as requested; makes presentations to the City Council; represents the Department and makes oral presentations at meetings, inter-agency meetings, conferences and other events.

Initiates, conducts, and analyzes studies and special reports to determine current and future needs of the Department as well as to determine the feasibility of new programs and services; coordinates special studies on a variety of complex problems which require a high degree of technical competence and political awareness.

Ensures that positive public relations and effective working relationships are maintained by the Department with the public, other governmental agencies, the City Council, City boards and commissions and other City departments.

Function as a member of the City's management team and participate actively in addressing issues of concern to the City, which at times may not have a direct impact on area of specialization.

Perform related duties as assigned.



Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:


Ten years of progressively responsible management experience in professional engineering and administration of public works with experience in administering complex municipal public works, engineering, and utilities operations with a minimum of six years in a supervisory capacity.


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

A Master's Degree preferred.


Possession of a certificate of registration as a professional civil engineer issued by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers is highly desired.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.



Principles and practices of civil engineering.

Municipal public works administration, planning and design.

Principles of organization and management, including personnel

administration, fiscal management, and budgetary controls.

Applicable federal and state laws, codes, and regulations, including those related to development, design and construction of municipal public works activities.

Contract negotiation and administration.


Multi-project planning, scheduling, and control.

Principles and practices necessary to ensure loss prevention and employee safety.

Strategic planning.

Budget, Accounting and Purchasing Practices.

Principles of business correspondence and report writing.


Develop and implement public works programs, projects, and procedures.

Plan, organize and direct a public works department; select, train, supervise and evaluate Departmental staff; motivate, supervise, and lead.

Handle and respond effectively to complex problems.

Exercise initiative, ingenuity, and sound judgment in solving difficult administrative, technical and personnel problems.

Administer and coordinate a variety of diverse work programs and supervise the activities of a group of professionals operating within various disciplines.

Coordinate and represent operations, programs, and policies with City Council, commissions, management, staff, businesses, and the community.

Develop, prepare, and administer a comprehensive and complex department budget.

Prepare detailed and comprehensive reports and communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Ensure compliance with complex legal environmental and code requirements.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Set Department, division and project level goals and objectives.

Make difficult engineering computations quickly and accurately, applying engineering principles, computer programs and mathematical tables to the solution of civil engineering problems.


• Strong Leadership

• Effective Management Skills

• Sound Business Acumen with a focus on Customer Service

• Conflict Resolution

• Excellent Communication Skills (both oral and written)

• Strong Interpersonal Skills

• Proven Organizational Skills


The work week is Sunday through Saturday with most work typically performed Monday through Thursday. As with all director level positions, the 40-hour work schedule is a minimum weekly schedule. Frequent participation in evening City Council, Planning Commission, PRWA and potentially other meetings may be required beyond the regular 40-hour work schedule. This position is exempt and ineligible for overtime.


Job Category
Local Government
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