County of San Mateo - Department of Public Works


County of San Mateo
$153,129 - $191,422 Annually


The County of San Mateo Department of Public Works is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Director, Facilities Services Division.


The Department of Public Works serves the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, providing public services and operating facilities that benefit the community, County employees and clients of County agencies. The Department plans, designs, constructs, operates and maintains facilities and equipment that support County programs and services, the general public and County employees. The Department also advises the Board of Supervisors on all public works issues, including rates and charges for services that are fair to both the users and service providers. Public Works is comprised of four divisions: Administrative Services and Airports, Engineering and Resource Protection, Facility Services and Road Services.


The Facilities Division includes 123 full-time equivalents and an operating budget of $26 million and Capital Improvement Plan budget of $58 million. The Division is comprised of the Facilities Deputy Director, section managers and skilled craft and maintenance personnel, including supervisors, leads and support positions. The Facilities Division consists of: Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, including office and detention facilities, Health & Hospital Systems, Building Services (Custodial), Construction Project Management, Construction Services (Cost Estimating and Small Remodels), Strategic Energy Management and Office Space Design and Planning.


The Deputy Director of Facilities Services is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and evaluating the activities and operations of the Division. The Deputy Director reports directly to the Director of Public Works and is expected to play an integral role on the Department’s executive team. The Deputy Director is enthusiastic for, and dedicated to, public service.


Minimum qualifications include 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in a public works agency or large organization responsible for maintenance of facilities, including at least two years in management. Successful applicants who are registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of California will receive an additional 5% differential added to their salary.


The ideal candidate will be:


  • An experienced administrator with a thorough understanding of the principles, practices and administration of municipal public works, finance and budget implementation
  • An accomplished decision maker who ensures a diversity lens is applied to all employment policies, decisions and programs
  • An experienced facilities maintenance manager with the ability to develop collaborative relationships with employees, management, executive staff, the Board of Supervisors and the community
  • A strategic and innovative thinker and planner with innovative yet practical solutions to long-term challenges
  • A skilled communicator and listener with a demonstrated ability to create change management programs
  • Approachable and a politically astute leader with a management style that quickly fosters trust, loyalty, respect, commitment and partnership from the community, other county managers and employees
  • Knowledgeable about office space design, energy programs, building systems, facility management, capital improvement program development and implementation, and Joint Commission and OSHPD accreditation



San Mateo County is located in the scenic San Francisco Bay Area. The County’s diverse population has close to 750,000 residents, growing to over one million in daytime population. It provides the benefits of temperate climate and clean air, with abundant ocean sports and recreational activities. Rural open space areas, as well as metropolitan San Francisco, are within easy reach.


Final Filing Date: November 26, 2018

To apply for this exciting career opportunity, the following questions must be answered using the County's online application system at by November 26, 2018. Applicants must also upload their resume and cover letter to the online application.


Supplemental questions:


1. Describe your experience in managing the following programs: facilities maintenance and operations, hospital and health systems maintenance and operations, capital projects, custodial services, construction project management, and energy programs.


2. What programs have you put in place to improve the condition of facilities you have managed? What was your specific role in this process?


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