Public Works Manager - Utilities

City of Milpitas | Milpitas, CA

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Posted Date 10/26/2023

Public Works Manager - Utilities

Public Works Department

City of Milpitas, California

Annual Salary: $126,766 - $177,472 DOE/DOQ                                                                                                                                                                      

The City of Milpitas is seeking a Public Works Manager - Utilities to provide visionary leadership for the operations and maintenance of the water distribution, sewer, and storm drain collection systems, under the direction of the Deputy Public Works Director. The Public Works Manager - Utilities will have oversight of 21 staff and an approximate annual operating budget of $6 million. This experienced, decisive, and capable Manager will play a critical role in overseeing and modernizing the operations of Milpitas' utility systems; focusing primarily on maintaining the drinking water system, storm collection systems, and sanitary collection systems which serve over our community of over 81,000 residents. The ideal candidate for this role combines a deep understanding of water distribution, storm and sewer collection systems, operations, and maintenance with a proven history of exceptional leadership. The successful candidate will have a background in managing and developing staff, creating systems of accountability, and fostering a positive and inclusive work culture. If you are an enthusiastic professional with a passion for public works, apply today!


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The Public Works Manager – Utilities will oversee the work of field crews engaged in the operations, maintenance, and oversight of minor construction of the City’s water, stormwater, and wastewater infrastructure. They will spend approximately 30% of their time in the field, with the remaining 70% of their time spent in administrative oversight. This Manager reports directly to the Deputy Public Works Director and oversees, develops, and mentors 21 staff, many of whom are working toward the completion of certification programs. The Manager will manage an operating budget of $6 million, and will work closely with the City’s Engineering department to deliver major utility capital improvements. While managing major utility infrastructure projects and programs, this Manager will collaboratively work with Public Works leadership and staff, other City staff, public officials, executive leadership, contractors, and the general public.


The ideal candidate for this position will have a deep understanding and experience overseeing water operations and distribution systems. They will lead the improvement of the division’s preventative maintenance program and support the Deputy and Director in the budget development process. This manager should possess a strong grasp of public works and utilities technologies including ArcGIS, field tablets, asset management, and SCADA systems. The Manager will motivate staff to seek opportunities for advancement and perform at their best. They will cultivate a collaborative work culture and mentor employees toward higher certifications. The ideal Manager will be a confident and highly communicative leader who is comfortable having difficult conversations, delivering staff feedback, and creating a positive team culture.


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

  • Education: Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience: Five (5) to eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience involving the construction, maintenance, and operation of water distribution systems, with at least two (2) years spent in a supervisory capacity.


Required for all applicants:

  • Driver’s License: Valid California Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record.
  • Water Distribution Certification: Valid Water Distribution Operations Certificate (Grade D4 or above) issued by the California State Water Resource Control Board, maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Water Treatment Certification: Valid Water Treatment Operations Certificate (Grade T2 or above) issued by the California State Water Resource Control Board or ability to obtain within one (1) year of employment.


Required within eighteen (18) months of employment, and maintained for duration of employment:

  • Water Treatment Certification: Valid Water Treatment Operations Certificate (Grade T3), issued by the California State Water Resource Control Board.
  • Water Distribution Certification: Valid Water Distribution Operations Certificate (Grade D5), issued by the California State Water Resource Control Board.



  • Collection Systems Certification: Valid Collection System Maintenance Certificate (Grade 3 or above) issued by the California Water Environment Association (CWEA).


Salary and Benefits:  Annual salary of $126,766 - $177,472 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package.


HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, APPLY by November 7th at:



Round one interviews will take place virtually on November 30thFinalists will move forward to in-person interviews on December 8th. Selected candidates must be available for all these dates.


Please contact your recruiter, Lauren Gerson, with any questions:

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