Assistant Director of Public Works

City of Fresno | Fresno, CA

Posted Date 4/28/2019

Application Process If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit a letter of interest, your resume and five references to: US Mail: Jeff Cardell, Personnel Services Director City of Fresno 2600 Fresno Street, Room 1030 Fresno, California 93721 Attn: Jeff Cardell, Personnel Services Director.

Salary: $112,800 - $158,352


The Public Works Department is focused on infrastructure development and revitalization activity in the city including capital project management, inspection services, transportation planning, development project review, processing of subdivision maps, impact fee administration, plan check, permit issuance and construction of public facilities. The Department also maintains and/or operates public facilities and assets such as traffic signals, streetlights, streets, sidewalks, median islands, urban forest, landscape maintenance districts, City-owned buildings and pedestrian/bicycle trails. The Department’s mission: Building a Better Fresno summarizes these services and the commitment of its staff to serve the citizens of Fresno.

Public Works has a staff of 346 employees and a FY 2019 adopted budget of $188,194,900 for all activities. Operating divisions within the Department include Engineering, Traffic Operations & Planning, Construction Management, Facilities Management, Street Maintenance and Landscape Maintenance.

The Assistant Director of Public Works assists in the planning, direction, organization and review of the assigned operations. In this at-will capacity, the incumbent exercises judgment and discretion in the administration and direction of an assigned group of operating divisions. The Assistant Director is responsible for the oversight of daily operations and may, in the absence of the Director, assume those duties. In addition, the Assistant Director is responsible for tactical level planning related to strategic plans, and policies and develops operational goals. Incumbents act as a technical advisor to the Director and the City Manager and attend meetings of the City Council, boards, commissions, and committees. The Assistant Director participates in the preparation and administration of the Department’s annual operating budget and works with the City Manager regarding current and anticipated City and departmental needs, prioritization of those needs, and the feasibility of alternative approaches to meeting them. The Assistant Director is expected to facilitate and coordinate activities with other departments within the City of Fresno, as well as outside agencies.

There is currently one Assistant Director position available in the Department that works with managers and staff to accomplish the Department mission and objectives. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for the Facilities Management Division, which is responsible for capital project management of City facilities such as parks, police and fire stations, as well as the maintenance and repair of city facilities; and the Construction Management Division, which provides construction inspection, surveying and contract administration of all capital improvement projects constructed within the City’s public right-of-way or public property, as well as inspection for all public improvements constructed under subdivision agreements and street work permits.

The City is seeking a service and solution oriented person that understands public works systems, long range vision for a vibrant community and who possesses excellent leadership skills. An innovative manager who understands how multi-disciplinary collaborative efforts enhance the ability to provide best in class service will do well in this position. The ideal candidate will have a record of straightforward and open communication and a willingness to make effective decisions within the parameters of the position, as well as the ability to effectively manage conflicting perspectives.
The Department Director is seeking an Assistant to serve as a key member of the Department’s executive management team, recognizing this position is a vital element that works together with others to support the Mayor and Council’s vision for the City of Fresno. A candidate with a strong record of collaborative work with internal and external stakeholders would be highly valued, as the Assistant Director must be able to develop positive relationships with staff, other City departments, the public, and a number of other agencies. The Assistant Director must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive reports, records, and other written materials for a variety of audiences.

A background that includes a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and four years of experience in managing large construction projects will be considered qualifying for this position. Significant experience managing a combination of multi-million dollar public and privately funded infrastructure projects is highly desired. This position also requires the possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

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