City of Highland
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The City of Highland is looking for a Public Works Director/City Engineer to oversee a small staff in five key divisions – engineering, capital projects, development review, public services, and maintenance and operations. The previous Director was recently promoted to City Manager which created this unique opportunity for an energetic, forward-thinking professional to lead and manage in a dynamic and collaborative environment. The City of Highland delivers services with the assistance of over 38 full-time staff and a General Fund budget of $39.6 million for FY 2023-2024. The City’s Capital Improvement Program budget of $50.2 million is allocated for improvements of streets, storm drains, parks, and facilities. The Public Works Director/City Engineer is at-will exempt management position, reporting to the City Manager, and serving as the head of the Public Works Department, as well as functioning as a valued and contributing member of the City Manager’s management team. Top priorities for this position include continuing to streamline project priorities, continuing improvement of management of the Capital Improvement Program, and completion of long-term projects and deferred maintenance. 

Requires a Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of increasingly responsible experience in public works and municipal engineering, including 3 years in an administrative capacity. Also requires registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California. Possession of license as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of California is desirable, but not required. A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required. 

The annual salary for this position is up to $204,156 with a 5% COLA effective July 1,2024. The City offers a comprehensive benefits package including CalPERS retirement. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately, with the recruitment closing on Friday, May 10, 2024. Electronic submittals are strongly preferred to apply@ralphandersen.com, and should include a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and 5 professional references. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Mr. Fred Wilson, Ralph Andersen & Associates, at (916) 630-4900.

Detailed brochure available at www.ralphandersen.com/jobs/pws-dir-city-engineer-highland-ca/.