Public Works Director

$96,096 - $122,654 yearly
  • City of California City
  • California City, CA, USA
  • Jan 10, 2022
Full time Administration/Management Public Works Roads, Streets, and Sidewalks Water Wastewater

Job Description


Open Until Filled.  Submission Deadline for Initial Application Review:  January 31, 2022, at 5:00pm


The City of California City is recruiting for a





 The City of California City California City is located in Kern County, California. It is 100 miles north of the City of Los Angeles and has a population of just over 14,000. Covering 200 square miles, California City has the third Largest land area of any city in the state of California. With around 14,000 residents, California City is far more than a stop along the way. This community offers safe, small-town, high desert living with the resources and amenities of nearby major recreational areas and significant opportunity for growth. California City provides easy access to activities for every outdoor enthusiast from some of the state’s best hiking and camping, and off-roading areas.



 Under the general direction of the City Manager, the City is seeking an experienced, hands-on, dynamic professional to lead the City’s Public Works department.  The Public Works Director provides highly responsible professional and technical leadership in the administration and management of Public Works, which includes water and sewer utilities, capital projects, engineering (a contract unit), streets, facilities maintenance, and Dial-A-Ride.   The Director performs specialized work which requires the ability to exercise independent judgment, initiative, and discretion, and completes projects and accepts additional responsibilities, as directed by the City Manager.  

The Public Works Director has contact with numerous state, county and municipal government officials, members of other public works departments, and with vendors and consultants who conduct business with the Public Works Department. The Public Works Director supervises both professional, technical, and support staff.



 Manage divisions and programs including Water, Wastewater, Facilities Maintenance, Streets Dial-A-Ride, and manages engineering services provided under contract.



  •  Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs, through subordinate supervisors all public works activities in the
  • Develops, monitors, and administers the department’s budget; seeks and oversees grant funding to support capital projects.
  • Works closely with the City Manager and other City departments and a variety of public and private organizations in developing programs and implementing projects to solve problems related to the maintenance of streets, utilities, vehicles and equipment, parks and grounds maintenance, as well as contracted services such as solid waste collection and engineering.
  • Determines priorities and develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the
  • Determines departmental staffing needs; selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates staff; prepares and presents employee performance evaluations; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; recommends and implements disciplinary procedures in consultation with the Human Resources department.  
  • Coordinates the formulations of long-range planning, including financial and capital improvement plans.
  • Evaluates and recommends the award of contracts for professional engineering, architectural services, and construction contractors. 
  • Represents the department at Council meetings, meetings with other community officials, civic, agency, and business organizations to discuss department functions, coordinates joint activities and programs, identifies and facilitates joint resolutions to problems and issues related to the operations and services of the department.
  • Performs specialized project management work in an area such as construction, site grading, storm drainage, roads, facilities, water or sewer. 
  • Directs the preparation of and personally prepares a variety of complex administrative and technical reports.
  • Directs the maintenance of departmental
  • Monitors developments related to delegated service areas, evaluates their impact on City operations and implements policy and procedures
  • Confers with other departments and division representatives concerning services provided by the division, responds to public
  • Coordinates the work of the division with that of other divisions, departments, and outside
  • Ensures adherence to applicable laws, codes, regulations and

 Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of construction, maintenance, repair and operation of public facilities; project and facility management; and contract administration
  • Principles and practices of public administration and management, including budgeting, fiscal control, program planning and development, and strategic planning
  • Principles and practices of employment supervision, including employee development, training, labor contract requirements, performance evaluations, and progressive discipline.
  • Applicable laws and regulatory codes
  • Cost and schedule parameters for capital and other projects.
  • Reading and understanding plans, blueprints, and other technical construction documents.
  • Principles and practices of project management.

 Ability to:

  • Analyze complex technical and administrative public works maintenance problems, evaluating alternative solutions and adopting effective courses of action.
  • Synthesize complex ideas and information into well-organized, clear, concise, and accurate documents such as reports and correspondence.
  • Prepare and administer complex budgets.
  • Develop and administer goals, objectives, and procedures within assigned areas and city-wide.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Lead and manage assigned staff through change.
  • Use strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of personnel, the City Council, other agencies, and the public.
  • Administer projects, as part of a team or as project lead.
  • Use work-related computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other applicable programs.
  • Lead, oversee, and coordinate work activities and ensure staff complete responsibilities timely and accurately.
  • Work under pressure of deadlines, conflicting demands, and emergencies.
  • Understand, follow and give written and oral instructions.
  • Use independent judgement and make sound decisions.
  • Use correct English usage, grammar, spelling and vocabulary.
  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate a variety of varied public    works programs and services.
  • Select, motivate and evaluate staff and provide for their training  and professional development.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy
  • Plan and develop specifications for public works
  • Other duties as



  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil engineering, construction, technology, or a closely related field.
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public works maintenance, engineering, capital projects or similar field with at least three (3) years of which in a supervisory or management capacity, preferably in a public agency or governmental setting.
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license upon hire for the class of vehicle driven and meet automobile insurability requirements of the City.


 Ability to: Perform one or more of the following functions simultaneously: reach, turn, walk from one location to another, handle, read, write, speak clearly and correctly, sit, hear, climb, stoop, kneel. Visual acuity (near-under 20 inches, far-over 20 feet).


  •  Incumbent will primarily work in an office environment.
  • Incumbent will have to occasionally work in all weather and must be prepared for both extreme heat and cold. 
  • Incumbent may be required to work weekends, special events, on-call, or outside of normal work schedule.
  • Incumbents must possess a valid California driver's license upon hire for the class of vehicle driven and meet automobile insurability requirements of the City.
  • Noise intensity levels; moderate to occasionally severe.
  • Must wear appropriate safety gear (goggles, hard hat, safety shoes) when on construction sites.
  • Working under mechanical hazards: Frequent
  • Employee is required to wear hard hat when on construction sites.
  • Working around fumes/odors:
  • Working around other hazardous conditions: Frequent

Disaster Service Worker - Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100-3109, all public employees are declared disaster service workers subject to disaster service activities as may be assigned to them in the event of fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural or man-made disaster.


 This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.  Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant when possible.




Please submit a resume, cover letter, and responses to the required supplemental questions to


This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled, but applications are due by 5:00 pm on January 31, 2022, for initial application review.   The best-qualified candidates will be selected to advance to an interview.  Applications submitted after 5:00pm on January 31, 2022, may not be considered if an applicant is selected for the position following initial interviews. 



 The City participates in the CalPERS retirement plan:  2% @ 62 for PEPRA members and 2.7% at 55 for classic members (employee pays employee portion). The City does not participate in Social Security. The City offers competitive vacation and other annual leaves and a $950 to $1,500 cafeteria benefit payable toward City offered health, dental, and vision insurance plans.



Do you have at least five (5) years of progressively responsible public works, engineering, facility maintenance or other related field, at least three (3) years of which in a supervisory or management capacity? Yes or N

Do you possess a current California Class C Driver’s License? Yes or No


Describe how your training, education and experience meet the qualifications for this position. Be specific as to positions held, areas and scope of responsibilities, size of organization, and other relevant factors that demonstrate your qualifications for this position.


Describe your experience with project management, construction management, or capital program management.


Describe your approach to teamwork and how you would approach being a member of the City’s leadership team.