Assistant Director of Public Works

County of Santa Cruz

Paid holidays, excellent benefits and CalPERS retirement!

The County of Santa Cruz is recruiting for an Assistant Director of Public Works who is a qualified professional with broad experience in public works operations and engineering. Positions in this class manage one of the two divisions in the Department of Public Works which are: Special Services and Transportation.  The current vacancy is in the Special Services Division.

The Special Services Division position is responsible for the planning, design, maintenance and operations of the County’s sanitation facilities, drainage, flood control, landfill projects and administration of the County’s waste and recycling collection program. The division is also responsible for the construction, supervision, and inspection of all contracted Public Works projects and subdivision inspection services. This division is divided into six organizational units: Sanitation Engineering, Sanitation Operations, Stormwater Management, Flood Control Engineering, Recycling and Solid Waste Services/Operations, and Construction Management.

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these would be:
Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in civil engineering.
Six years of civil engineering experience in design, construction or maintenance of public works facilities, which has included three years of experience as a registered civil engineer and two years of supervisory or management experience.

Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License from the start of employment or the employee must provide suitable transportation that is approved by the appointing authority.
Availability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends, and on an emergency, as needed basis.
Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of public works’ issues and practices; possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills; be experienced supervising diverse groups of employees; possess the skills and abilities required to work with public officials, federal, state and local agencies, and community groups; and demonstrate strong problem-solving capability.

    Salary: $129,688 – 173,742 Annually

Must apply online at
Application Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018

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