Director of Public Works/City Engineer

City of Azusa

Under general direction, plans, organizes, directs, and assumes responsibility for stewardship over the City's physical environment, including but not limited to streets, medians, parkways, trees and parks, engineering, storm drains, fleet, buildings/facilities, and maintenance activities in the Public Works Department. This position serves as a member of the City's executive management team.  See Essential Functions below for further detail.          

The following functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Advocates and strategically plans for the City's physical quality of life and public facilities, while exercising responsible stewardship of the natural environment.
Advises the City Manager, City Council, and other City departments on matters related to municipal engineering and public works.
Directs the maintenance and repairs to streets, right-of-way, parks and trees, sewer systems, fleet, drainage, facilities, and buildings.
Administers and manages park, median, parkway and tree maintenance through departmental staff or through contract services; maintains liaison with contracting agencies and service providers; ensures adherence with contract provisions.
Continuously monitors and evaluates work methods and operations; plans and schedules department activity; prepares, estimates, and monitors construction, maintenance, and operating costs; evaluates departmental policies, procedures, and services to determine effectiveness; implements changes to increase effectiveness to meet department objectives.          
Manages and participates in the development and administration of the Public Works Department budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; develops long-range and short-term public works maintenance objectives; prepares the department budget and controls expenditures of allocated funds.
Assesses and monitors work load, administrate support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
Selects, trains, and motivates staff; plans, organizes, and assigns work; develops and establishes work methods and standards; directs staff training and development; works with staff to correct deficiencies; reviews and evaluates staff performance; implements disciplinary action and termination procedures.
Explains and interprets Public Works Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues; responds to and resolves citizen inquiries and complaints.
Plans, directs, and coordinates the Public Works Department's work plan; meets with management staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures.
Meets with private developers and engineers to review private developments and related public works improvements for conformance with City standards and policies; performs plan checks for private development construction.
Negotiates contract extensions, amendments, and related changes for contract services.
Coordinates Public Works Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
Provides staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council; prepares and presents staff reports and related correspondence.
Attends and participates in City Council meetings, Commission meetings and represents the City in all significant public relation matters related to Public Works functions; communicates with outside governmental agencies in order to ensure compliance with a variety of regulations, local, State, and Federal laws.
Participates on boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; keeps current of new trends and innovations in the field of public works; represents the Public Works department to City departments, community organizations, and outside agencies.
Maintains a commitment to environmental best practices and a passion for excellence.
Perform related duties as required.

This is a single position classification that reports directly to the City Manager and manages the Public Works Department.

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree in public administration, engineering, public works, business administration, or closely related field is required, plus five years of increasingly responsible construction and/or public works management experience.
Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of business and personnel management, construction and maintenance cost analysis, fleet, sewer systems, streets, parks, and building/facilities maintenance; methods techniques and practices employed in public works design and construction, including methods, procedures, and materials; cost accounting; management, supervision, and training principles and techniques; budgetary, work planning, and time/material cost estimation techniques; organization and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs; modern and complex principles and practices of program development and administration; advanced principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration; principles of management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation; pertinent local, State, and Federal laws, codes, and regulations; safe driving practices and principles.
Ability to provide administrative leadership and direction for the Public Works Department; develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient public works services; plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff; delegate authority and responsibility; select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff; identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns, and needs; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports; prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner; research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques; establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
These are position functions which may be changed, deleted, or reassigned to accommodate an individual with a disability.
Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record.
Must be a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Environmental Conditions
Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends from time-to-time.
Physical Conditions
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

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