Jul 01, 2021

Director of Public Works/Town Engineer

$115,690 - $147,659 yearly
  • Town of Paradise California
  • Paradise, CA, USA
Full time Engineering Civil Engineer Director

Job Description


 Under administrative direction from the Town Manager, the Director of Public Works/Town Engineer plans, organizes, manages, and provides direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the Public Works Department.  This role will foster cooperative working relationships among Town departments and with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies, and various public and private groups.  The position provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the Town Manager in the areas of infrastructure, traffic Engineering, ongoing public works maintenance, and corresponding directly relevant functions, by providing direct supervision over the Department of seven staff.




Specific responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:


  • Assumes full management responsibility for all Public Works Department programs, projects, and services, including design, engineering, and construction programs; maintenance of drainage, streets, vehicles, parks, and facilities; and development and implementation of the Town’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
  • Manages the development and administration of the CIP and department budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs and implements budgetary adjustments as necessary.
  • Continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures;
  • Monitors legal, regulatory, technology, and societal changes and court decisions that may affect the work of the department; determines equipment acquisition, training programs, and procedural changes to ensure retention of qualified staff and the provision of services to the community in an effective, efficient, and economical manner.
  • Evaluates proposals and recommends project award; coordinates with legal counsel to determine Town needs and requirements for contractual services; negotiates contracts and agreements and administers same after award.
  • Evaluates the need for and develops, plans, and schedules for preventative and long-term maintenance programs; oversees the development of master plans; organizes available resources for the maintenance, improvement, and repair of Town facilities, infrastructure, and equipment.
  • Prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the Town Manager.
  • Responds to public inquiries and complaints and assists with resolutions and alternative recommendations.

The Ideal Candidate will possess:

  • Principles and practices of leadership;
  • The presence to be an external voice for the Town with a media spotlight;
  • The ability to act swiftly and make balanced decisions in a fast-paced and charged environment;
  • A hands-on management style that thrives working in a lean environment;
  • A mentality that is flexible, adaptable, responsive to feedback, and able to function effectively in a transparent public-sector environment;
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of public works and engineering in a municipal setting;
  • Technical, legal, financial, and public relations knowledge associated with the management of public works and engineering programs;
  • The ability to navigate applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and organizational policies and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility to pick up grants and available monies;
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Town staff.


Ability to:


  • Effectively represent the department and the Town in meetings with governmental agencies; community groups; various business, professional, and regulatory organizations; and in meetings with individuals.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, professional, and technical personnel; delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Direct the establishment of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.

Education and Experience:

Equivalent to completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil engineering, business or public administration, or a closely related field and five (5) years progressively responsible management and/or administrative experience in public works, engineering, or a related field.


Licenses and Certifications:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment and a satisfactory driving record.


Possession and maintenance of a Registered Professional Civil Engineer license in the State of California.

We will consider candidates that require VISA transfer/sponsorship for this position.


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