Director of Public Works

San Joaquin County
(209) 468-3370

San Joaquin County is seeking an experienced public works/engineering professional with strong leadership and communication skills to provide direction for all of the activities of the Public Works Department and to serve as the County Road Commissioner and County Flood Control Engineer. An ideal candidate will possess demonstrated leadership experience and will be knowledgeable in the management of public works operations and public projects. The incumbent is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and is responsible for managing and administering the programs, functions, budgets and activities of the Public Works Department programs. The incumbent is expected to model a strong work ethic and leadership skills, including accountability for oneself and others.

The Public Works Director supervises four direct reports: Deputy Director of Engineering, Deputy Director of Development Services, Deputy Director of Operations, and the Public Works Business Administrator. The department is comprised of 12 operational areas including: Administration, Community Infrastructure-Engineering, Development Services, Engineering Services, Fleet Services, Flood Channel Maintenance, Flood Management, Road Maintenance, Solid Waste Administration, Surveyor, Utility Districts, and Water Resources. The department’s operating budget for FY2020-21 is approximately $154.8 million with 405 full-time allocated positions.
The overall mission of the department is to protect the health and welfare of the public, preserve the County’s infrastructure investments, and develop Countywide long-term plans and programs for transportation systems, water quality and supply needs, flood management interests, and special districts.

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Candidates invited to participate in the screening and selection process will possess a combination of education experience equivalent to:

Desirable qualifications
• A Master’s degree in business administration, public administration, civil engineering; and
• Demonstrated senior-level management experience with responsibility for diversified engineering and related activities in a large public works organization with at least five years as a Registered Civil Engineer.

Required qualifications:  Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. Valid CDL is also required.

Final filing deadline: August 14, 2020.  If warranted by the number of applicants, applications may be reviewed by a screening panel. If utilized, the screening panel will select those most qualified to be considered for participation in selection processes. Final candidates will be subject to a background investigation and reference checks prior to the closed session selection interviews with the Board of Supervisors.

Offer of employment will be conditional upon successfully passing a DOJ Live Scan and drug screen.