Director of Public Works

$167,472 - $203,556 yearly
  • City of San Rafael
  • 111 Morphew Street, San Rafael, CA, USA
  • May 11, 2022
Full time Public Works

Job Description



$167,472 - $203,556 annually DOQ/DOE


Come join our boundary-pushing and transformative Executive Team at the City of San Rafael!


The City of San Rafael is looking for a Public Works Director to oversee and direct the Public Works maintenance programs, engineering and parks for the City.  This position is part of the City’s passionate and skilled executive team that promotes a culture that: inspires creative thinking and engagement, proactively pursues actions to ensure that San Rafael continues to be an amazing place to be, provides effective and easy access to City services, and supports work-life balance. If you are looking for a career where you can work in a fast-paced and positive environment, initiate, and manage exciting projects, and be a part of a dynamic leadership team, then this is a great match for you! 


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The Public Works Director, under the direction of the City Manager, will manage the maintenance of City owned facilities such as roads, parks, buildings and vehicles, capital improvement project engineering, contract administration, traffic engineering and other related services.   

  • Plans, organizes, and directs the City Public Works program including four divisions: Engineering, Administration, Traffic, and Maintenance.
  • Develops goals and objectives for the department.
  • Prepares reports and analysis for City Council and City Staff.
  • Participates in meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, homeowners’ associations and professional associations and presents verbal and written reports.
  • Coordinates with City Manager and other departments to identify, clarify and implement City policies and procedures, including departmental goals and objectives.
  • Oversees the preparation of applications for State and Federal funding to enhance City funded road maintenance works.
  • Serves on boards representing the City on matters affecting the City such as JPAs and Coalitions.
  • Coordinates with Public Works Directors in other cities on matters of join concern.
  • Evaluates, trains, counsels and disciplines staff.
  • Oversees the management of the capital improvement program.
  • Conducts investigations and resolves complaints received from the community.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications:  (Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates possession of the requisite knowledge, skill, and abilities).  A typical way to obtain these would be:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.
  • Six years of increasingly responsible public work construction and maintenance experience, including at least two years in a managerial position.
  • Valid driver’s license.


HOW TO APPLY:  Filing deadline is Tuesday, May 31, 2022 by end of business day.



  • Preliminary interviews will be held on Monday, June 6, 2022 and Tuesday, June 7, 2022
  • Panel interviews for those moving forward will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2022
  • Finalist interviews with City Manager and Assistant City Manager will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2022
  • Meet & Greet with Final Candidate will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022


(Please keep the schedule above in mind and have your calendar clear for the dates indicated)


Please contact your recruiter, Maria Hurtado, with any questions: