Assistant Public Works Director (Water, Wastewater)

City of Oxnard | Oxnard, CA

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Posted Date 11/24/2020

Annual salary range: $117,417 to $192,490
Expected starting salary will be in the $162,000 to $192,000 range, depending upon experience and qualifications.
The city provides an excellent benefits package.
Application deadline: Monday, December 21, 2020.

The Public Works Department consists of almost 500 budgeted FTEs and is responsible for the design, construction, renovation and operation of public projects and facilities ranging from seawalls to water blending facilities; groundwater desalter facility; water distribution system; recycled water treatment facility (Advanced Water Purification Facility); wastewater treatment plant; sewers; collection system; libraries; parks; facilities; and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, streetlights and street trees. The Department’s executive team is committed to delivering projects and programs that enhance quality of life, economic growth, public health and the environment to all residents. The Public Works Department is comprised of several divisions with an operating and capital budget of over $332,000,000 for FY 2020-21. Three Assistant Directors oversee the following key divisions: Water, Wastewater and Recycled Water, Engineering and Capital Projects, Environmental Services, Parks, Street, Facilities, Special Districts, Fleet Services, City-owned 36 hole golf course, and the Oxnard Transit Center.

The Assistant Director of Public Works is responsible for planning and managing utilities with a focus on the water, wastewater, storm water, and recycled water programs and operations. This includes budget, contracts, CIPs, master planning, QA/QC, community outreach/communications, and safety. This position coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies and performs responsible and complex administrative work and provides effective staff leadership and development. A background in recycled water programs, groundwater issues, water purification systems, aquifers, wastewater treatment, and monitoring process are required.

The ideal candidate is a strong, resilient, and energetic leader and effective communicator with expertise in managing and creating organizational structure and developing staff. As this position interacts with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, exceptional interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance. The successful candidate will have a proven work history of growth and the ability to effectively implement complex projects, create operational consistency across the utilities, and be well versed in conflict resolution. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for public service, especially serving an underserved community; an entrepreneur from within who recognizes this opportunity to create and establish an effective and efficient administrative infrastructure for long-term success. A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field AND seven years plus (7+) of progressively responsible experience (three years plus (3+) of staff management and supervision) in Public Works Administration and Project Management is required. A Master’s Degree is preferred. Additional certification such as CA Water Treatment Plant Operator T-5 and wastewater treatment grade 5 are helpful, but not required. Professional Engineer (PE) license is a plus.

Located on the beautiful Southern California coast, the City of Oxnard is the most populous city in the County of Ventura with over 210,000 residents. Nestled about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara, Oxnard prides itself on its rich diversity and culture. Although agriculture remains a major industry, Oxnard enjoys an expanding economy based on a healthy combination of commercial and manufacturing development, tourism, and the U.S. Navy. Oxnard residents enjoy a spirit of community pride with an unsurpassed quality of life enhanced by the charm of this coastal community, the natural environment and solitude of the nearby Los Padres National Forest, and the cultural and educational amenities of a diverse and vibrant urban setting. Local assets include acres of new housing among tree-lined streets, parks and beaches, two thriving military bases, a full-service deep water port, master planned industrial parks, prime commercial and retail sites, a regional medical center and hospital, and a flourishing public regional university, California State University Channel Islands. In addition, there are golf courses, marinas, and wonderfully landscaped streets. There is a small-town atmosphere in this seaside city where fields of strawberries flourish along many roads, and the Mediterranean climate supports year-round activities ranging from walking on the beach, a concert in the park or sailing to the Channel Islands. It is an ideal coastal community and an excellent place to raise a family that offers oceanfront recreation and outdoor adventures, award winning festivals and friendly, safe neighborhoods. Oxnard offers an exceptional quality of life.

To be considered, please submit a resume (reflecting years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed), cover letter and five work-related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of recruitment) to:

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