Director - Public Works

Butte County

Under administrative direction plans, organizes, coordinates and directs activities of the Public Works Department; may function as County Surveyor; administers various state and federal grants and programs provides expert professional assistance and technical leadership to the Board of Supervisors and County management staff in areas of responsibility and performs related duties as assigned.

FLSA:  Exempt

Essential Job Functions:
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.  The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities.  Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.
  • Directs department functional managers responsible for day-to-day operations of road and bridge maintenance, design and construction engineering, land development and solid waste management in accordance with all applicable ordinances, laws, policies, rules and regulations.
  • Coordinates engineering, surveying, construction, and maintenance activities with other county departments and other engineering and regulatory agencies.
  • Plans and supervises the selection, training, and discipline of employees, and the evaluation of personnel.
  • Prepares and administers the Public Works Department budget with input from subordinate managers.
  • Reviews and approves designs, plans, specifications, estimates, and right-of-way matters for new road and bridge construction projects.
  • Directs the issuing of encroachment and transportation permits.
  • Inspects work done on major county public works projects as appropriate.
  • Reviews bids and advises the Board of Supervisors of contract provisions.
  • Inspects mining, grading and reclamation projects and ensures compliance with conditions of approval.
  • Provides overall direction and control for handling and disposing of hazardous materials within the public right of way. Advises the Board of Supervisors on a broad range of public works and related issues.
  • Represents the County in meetings with representatives of governmental agencies, professional, business and community organizations, and the public,
  • Prepares written and oral reports on department activities.
  • Speaks before professional organizations and civic groups.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering from an accredited college or university AND 
  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional engineering experience including at least four (4) years in a supervisory or management capacity responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, and other public works functions.
  • Must possess a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.
  • A Master’s Degree in a related field and/or applicable related certification(s) are desirable 
  • Employees hired into this classification must file statements of economic interest with the Butte County Clerk/Recorder.
  • Must possess a valid State of California Driver’s license.

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