Assistant Director of Public Works

City of Watsonville | Watsonville, CA

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Posted Date 6/30/2022

Salary: $128,835.20 - $172,640.00 Annually 

Candidates must possess a valid California P.E. license as this position serves as the City Engineer. 


To serve as an assistant to the Director of Public Works  and Utilities in planning, organizing, coordinating and  directing the functions of the City’s Public Works and  Utilities Department; to provide leadership, support and  direction for major portions of the Department’s areas of responsibility which could include water treatment and  water systems, wastewater treatment and water  recycling, wastewater, stormwater collection systems,  solid waste collection, recycling, landfill operations,  facilities, vehicle and equipment maintenance,  engineering and construction management services, as  well as the Watsonville Airport and the City’s capital improvement program. To direct programs and services  to meet local, State and Federal safety, environmental  and resource protection and  pollution  prevention  goals and mandates. 

Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs through subordinate managers the Department functions including engineering, street maintenance, water,
    wastewater, stormwater, solid waste, recycling, and landfill operations, airport operations, central office services, building, vehicle & equipment maintenance. 
  • Manages Public Works engineering and evaluates and approves engineering projects 
  • Oversees traffic engineering projects; checks andinspects maps and plans related to development; administers encroachment permit program and other technical engineering-related functions of the department.
  • Oversees the preparation of plans, specifications and bid proposals for public works and utilities projects and monitors contracts.
  • Analyzes complex public works and utilities issues and problems; evaluates alternatives; and develops and implements effective courses of  action.
  • Provides technical advice and consultation to the Public Works and Utilities Director on public works and utilities issues.
  • May act as City Engineer in the absence of the Public Works and Utilities Director or delegates role of City Engineer to other departmental management staff.
  • Assumes the duties of the Director of Public Works and Utilities during his/her absence.
  • Prepares and/or approves a variety of technical studies, reports, and correspondence.
  • Develops and coordinates the Public Works and Utilities Department budgets; monitors and coordinates expenditures, applies for and manages
  • Performs long-range planning for Capital Improvement projects and coordinates financing.
  • Prepares and makes presentations regarding City Council & commission agenda items and resolutions.
  • Prepares, reviews, recommends and/or approves a variety of technical studies, reports, and correspondence.
  • Interprets policies and procedures established by
    regulatory agencies.
  • Represents the City as liaison to the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Water Resource Control Board, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, and other regulatory agencies    in negotiating and establishing permit conditions and  compliance.
  • Endeavors to maintain the City’s compliance  with all current water, wastewater, stormwater, solid waste, airport and    landfill requirements established by regional, state, and federal regulatory  agencies.
  • Makes presentations and serves on a variety of committees to work with regulatory agencies, the public, elected officials, and other  agencies.
  • Develops long-range plans to ensure ongoing compliance with environmental mandates
  • Represents the City Public Works and Utilities Department    in meetings with community organizations, the public, private organizations, businesses, boards, commissions, and other government agencies.
  • Investigates and responds to complaints from the public and others regarding public works and utilities facilities and activities.
  • Confers with Utilities and Public Works managers to review current and proposed projects, work schedules, organization, and personnel  problems.
  • Oversees the selection of staff; provides for their training and development; reviews and approves performance appraisals and recommendations for disciplinary actions, wage and salary actions, promotions, and related employment  decisions.
  • Evaluates, formulates, recommends, and assists in implementation of departmental operating policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that all safety regulations are communicated and followed.
  • Reviews and recommends appropriate adjustments to utility rates and rate schedules, based upon utility operation and construction needs.
  • Ensures the effective utilization of equipment, material and other resources of the department through review of records and related analysis.
  • Performs related duties and other management functions as required or assigned by the Director of Public Works and Utilities. 
  • Principles and practices of the management of a large and diverse organization including organization and management of work, effective supervisory practices, staff development, and personnel administration.
  • Principles and practices relating to the technical aspects of assigned area of responsibility which may include civil, traffic, water, wastewater, stormwater, solid waste engineering including the design, specification, and estimating of projects related to municipal utilities and public works.
  • Federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances affecting municipal utility and public works operations and facility and equipment   management.
  • City policies, procedures, and memoranda of understanding related to maintenance and construction, budgeting, finance, and personnel management.
  • Methods and techniques of grant and budget development and management
  • Plan, organize, coordinate and assist in management of a large and diverse department.
  • Provide for leadership, supervision, training and development, and appraisal of staff.
  • Formulate, evaluate, and make recommendations on policies and procedures affecting the provision of public works and municipal utility services.
  • Prepare effective technical reports and correspondence.
  • Make effective presentations to elected officials, the public, city executives, businesses, and other agencies.
  • Prepare and manage a large budget, including capital improvement financing, consultant/contractor contract and grant management.
  • Review and evaluate technical engineering and maintenance      information,      reports and recommendations.
  • Analyze emerging    technologies and make recommendations for new equipment, programs, vehicles and operations.
  • Effectively and tactfully communicate in both oral and written forms
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.


Typical Qualifications


Any combination of training and experience, which  provides the required knowledge and abilities, is  qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and  abilities is: 
Advanced educational training   in civil and sanitary  engineering, science, public administration, or closely  related field. 
  • Five years of increasingly responsible experience in public works projects, water, wastewater and/or solid waste facility design, construction and operations,  including at least three years in a management or supervisory capacity. 
  • Possession at the time of hire and continued  maintenance of a valid California Driver’s license and safe driving record.


Supplemental Information


*Salary subject to 2.5% increase effective July 2022.
The candidate selected will be appointed for a 12-month probationary period. Names of successful candidates who do not receive a job offer will be placed on an employment list which normally remains effective for one year. The Human Resources Department may abolish an Employment list at any time the needs of the City so require. This position is represented by the Management bargaining group.
Prior to appointment to the position of Assistant Director of Public Works, a medical examination and Department of Justice Livescan fingerprinting will be required.
The City of Watsonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages workplace diversity. The City of Watsonville is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by including people with disabilities in all of its programs and activities.


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