Director-Public Works (Butte County)

Butte County | Oroville, CA

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Posted Date 9/04/2020

Annual Salary:

$152,018 - 185,799

Please click HERE to view the official job announcement that includes an informational brochure and benefit information.

If you are interested in applying for this excellent career opportunity with Butte County, please email your Résumé and Cover Letter to   

The Butte County Department of Public Works is comprised of 149 employees, including engineers, surveyors, road workers, equipment mechanics, waste facility staff, and administrative personnel, who serve the public by; maintaining and improving the approximately 1300 miles of roads and 240 bridges, designing and building, capital improvement projects, operating the Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility, reviewing private development projects, and servicing the County’s vehicle fleet.  All this is done within an annual budget, including NRRWF funds, of $75M, most of which comes from federal and state sources.  The department’s Waste Management Division operates and maintains the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility and implements the Countywide Integrated Waste Management Plan that oversees waste diversion and recycling programs.  The Land Development Division provides oversight of private land development, such as parcel maps, grading permits, drainage plans, and flood plain management issues and serves as the office of the County Surveyor.  The Fleet Services Division services thousands of vehicles and equipment for all Butte County departments.

Butte County is seeking a proven successful engineering professional to manage and mentor a multifaceted Public Works Department. This versatile leader will inspire a diverse, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary workforce through exceptional communication, people and project manager skills and will possess the required knowledge of the principles of administration and management including personnel, budgeting, training, organization, supervision, safe work practices and handling of hazardous materials. Ideally, the successful candidate will have demonstrated senior management experience in a Public Works agency and will possess knowledge and experience of federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations related to county engineering activities. The incumbent’s experience will include direct responsibility for the work of others in the design, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, and other public works functions. This leader will encourage the sharing of ideas and innovation within all levels of the organization. The ideal candidate will have the ability to analyze complex technical and administrative problems and make sound recommendations for their solutions.

Minimum Qualifications:

*A Baccalaureate Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university.

*Seven years of broad and extensive professional engineering experience including at least four years in a supervisory or administrative capacity  responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, and other public works functions.

*Valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.

Recruitment Timeline:

Applicants will submit their Résumé and Cover Letter to Sheri Waters at between September 1 and September 30, 2020. Following the filing deadline, Résumés and Cover Letters will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. First round interviews are scheduled for the week of October 12, 2020. Finalist interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of October 19, 2020.

Butte County Human Resources - 3 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965 - 530.552.3552 -

Butte County Public Works - 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965 - 530.538.7681 -

Director-Public Works - Job Classification/Specification 

Job Category
Local Government
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