Director of Public Works

City of Manhattan Beach | Manhattan Beach, CA

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Posted Date 3/10/2021

The City of Manhattan Beach is looking for qualified candidates to lead the Public Works Department, consisting of the Engineering, Maintenance, Utilities, and Fleet/Equipment divisions. The ideal candidate is committed to providing the highest level of service to our community and is effective in communicating with diverse stakeholders. The next Public Works Director will have a proven track record of effective leadership, outstanding service and high safety standards.

Under general direction of the City Manager, the Public Works Director plans, directs, manages, and evaluates the administrative, engineering, and maintenance programs and services of the Public Works Department, including engineering, utilities, streets, buildings, facilities, equipment, solid waste and related services; instills ethical decision-making, public responsiveness, and innovation in the delivery of services; participates as a member of the City's Executive Management Team; and performs other related duties as assigned. For further details on the job description, please visit City website.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Civil Engineering or a related field is required. 
  • Eight (8) years of professional, administrative and managerial experience involving public works construction and administration, and project management work is required.

Licenses/Certificates/Special Requirements:

  • Ability to attain a valid Class C California driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and proof of auto insurance in compliance with the City’s Vehicle Insurance Policy standards. 
  • Designation as a Professional Engineer licensed to practice within the State of California is highly desirable for this position. 
  • Ability to work extended hours in order to complete projects, attend meetings, and accommodate City needs.
  • In accordance with California Government Code Section 3100, City of Manhattan Beach employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to protect the health, safety, lives, and property of the people of the State.

Knowledge of: 

  • Theories, principles, practices, standards and methods of public works administration, capital improvement projects, public works, and design of public projects; 
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laws and regulations; federal, State, and County codes, and standards related to local government and public works projects including workplace safety, consultant selection, and budgeting and finance; 
  • Construction and maintenance of streets, storm drains, water systems, sewers, beaches, traffic signal and systems, street lighting, and public buildings and facilities, parks and rights-of-ways;
  • Selection and contract administration of professional engineers, architects, and contractors; operating and capital improvement budgeting practices; 
  • Principles of employee supervision, training, and evaluation; and
  • Customer service practices. 

Ability to: 

  • Plan, organize and direct public works construction and maintenance activities related to engineering, subdivisions, private developments, streets, sewers, storm drains, water systems, traffic signal system, beaches public buildings and facilities, parks, environmental programs and solid waste; vehicle maintenance, and capital improvement projects;
  • Direct the selection, training, supervision, evaluation of departmental personnel; 
  • Prepare and manage the departmental budget; 
  • Communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing; 
  • Prepare and present administrative reports, recommendations and oral presentations to executive and advisory bodies; 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management, consultants, contractors, developers, governmental officials, public and private representatives, and others during the course of work.


Salary: $162,972.00 - $212,400.00 Annually
To apply, please click hereApplication filing deadline is Friday, April 9, 2021. Following the closing date, all applications/resumes will be screened and the most highly qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.
If you have any questions or need special assistance with the recruitment process, please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources Department at (310) 802-5258.


Salary162972.00 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

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