Assistant Public Works Director

$12,450 - $15,133 monthly
  • City of San Rafael
  • San Rafael, CA, USA
  • Jul 26, 2022
Full time Public Works

Job Description

Assistant Public Works Director

$149,400 - $181,596 annually

($12,450 - $15,133 per month)

Plus excellent benefits


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Apply by Sunday, August 21, 2022, for first consideration


THE CITY is focused on enhancing our community members’ quality of life through well-designed services and a positive workplace culture.  San Rafael is the economic and cultural heart of Marin County, and its high quality of life is centered on its commercial districts, engaged neighborhoods, active lifestyle, and natural environment.  San Rafael (population 61,000) is a full-service city with a city council/city manager form of government with 12 departments, more than 400 employees, and an annual budget of $120 million.  The City’s vision is to be a vibrant economic and cultural center reflective of its diversity.  The City Council is engaged and seeks to strengthen the urban and commercial areas as well as sustain the beautiful natural environment. 

San Rafael’s Organizational culture framework is an initiative called “Together San Rafael.”  City employees are our greatest asset, and we seek talented individuals with diverse backgrounds who are creative, curious, and excited about a challenge.  We are a results-driven team focused on the needs of community members.  The Together San Rafael initiative is focused on modernizing City services and increasing the engagement of employees.  This initiative recognizes the interconnectedness of the customer and employee experience.  


The City of San Rafael is recruiting for an Assistant Public Works Director in our Public Works Department.  Under the direction of the Public Works Director, the Assistant Public Works Director plans, organizes and directs the engineering division focused on the development and implementation of the City’s Capital Improvement Program and other engineering projects throughout the City.  The position oversees the design, construction, and construction managements of Capital Improvement projects and other maintenance and/or repairs; reviews and signs engineering drawings and land record maps.  Represents and serves as Public Works Director in his/her absence.

 ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (including but not limited to):

  • Oversees and develops the goals and objectives for the City’s engineering division and directly supervises the engineering staff. 
  • 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.
  • Works closely with the Community Development Department on private developments to ensure Public Works infrastructure is sustainable.
  • Meets with public and private engineers, architects, contractors and owners to discuss projects.
  • Prepares applications for State and Federal funding to enhance City funded road maintenance works.
  • Serves on boards representing the City.
  • Coordinates with Public Works Directors and City Engineers in other cities on matters of joint concern.
  • Oversees the management of the capital improvement program.
  • Plans, supervises and performs professional engineering work in the design and construction of public capital projects.
  • Conducts investigations and resolves complaints received from the community.
  • Negotiates fees and schedules with consultant(s).
  • Supervises the CIP construction to ensure projects are completed on schedule and within the budget.
  • Supervises the preparation of plans, project specifications, inspections, surveys and other engineering work performed by staff members and consultants.
  • Supervises and participates in the review of plans and the inspection of construction in progress for adherence to codes, acceptable engineering standards.
  • Ensures compliance with Public Contracts code, Federal and State laws, local ordinances and regulations.
  • Supervises and manages the application of Grants for District projects from Federal, State, and local funding sources.
  • Performs related duties as required.

 To be eligible for this position you must have knowledge of/ability to:

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering and municipal engineering.
  • Planning, budgeting, design and construction management of the public works projects.
  • Selecting and paying consultants.
  • Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) procedures.
  • Federal, State, and local laws impacting Public Works.
  • Caltrans policies and procedures.
  • Principles, practices, and trends in public works administration.
  • Principles of management.
  • Design methods of Public Works projects including the construction of streets, signals, lighting, parking, storm drain, parks and buildings.
  • Principles of organization, administration, and personnel management.
  • State Subdivision Map Act.
  • Tentative Maps and environmental documents.
  • Public Works operations and maintenance.
  • Construction management.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local laws.
  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain a flexible, cooperative customer service attitude and work well with other departments.
  • Coordinate diverse activities of the department.
  • Manage a cadre of Public Works professionals and paraprofessionals.
  • Mange a budget and supervise staff.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university and eight (8) years of increasingly responsible public works engineering and construction experience including at least five (5) years in a managerial position. 
  • Incumbent registered as a Civil Engineer in the State of California may serve as the City Enginer in the absence of the Public Works Director.
  • Valid California Driver’s License.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works near video display.  The employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts, heavy construction equipment and outside weather conditions from time to time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



City of San Rafael application is required.  Resumes do not substitute for the City application.  Candidates should detail related education and experience on the application.  The examination process may include the following application appraisal and oral board interview examination.  The passing point for the oral board examination final score will be 70%.   Note:  Prior to appointment, candidate must pass a pre-employment physical, background check/fingerprinting, and credit check.  To file an application, go to:  Select “Member Agencies”.   Select “San Rafael”.   Follow this link to apply via CalOpps:


For more information about the City of San Rafael, please visit


Reasonable Accommodation:  The City of San Rafael will make reasonable accommodations in the exam process to accommodate disabled applicants.  If you have a disability for which you require an accommodation, please contact us at (415) 485-3474 before the test date.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.  Such accommodations must be requested by the applicant.