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Deputy Public Works Director

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, directs the operations of a division of the Public Works Department: Solid Waste and Utilities, Transportation, or Water Resources; acts for the Director in the Director's absence; assists the Director in formulating and implementing departmental policy; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will, assistant department head class. Incumbents are exempt from Civil Service and serve at the pleasure of the department head. Incumbents function as part of an executive management team with the department head to: establish goals, objectives, and policy for the department; coordinate activities with those of other functional areas; and ensure efficiency of departmental operations.


1. Directs staff in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the facilities, and the provision of the services and activities of the division; provides policy direction to line managers to enable them to make operational decisions; advises the Director and Board of Supervisors regarding the interpretation of policy and procedure; oversees the development, revision, and implementation of operational policies and procedures; interprets and applies federal, state, and local laws pertaining to division programs; directs and provides technical assistance to other agencies or line managers in the negotiation of contracts; ensures coordination of operations for activities integrating two or more functions; designates responsibility in areas of functional overlap; oversees the preparation and administration of contracts and agreements made with other agencies, entities, and individuals.
2. With other executive staff: identifies areas for organizational improvement and initiates changes to improve organizational efficiency; analyzes problems raised by the general public, departmental staff, and management to determine the nature and scope of the problem; develops or delegates to the appropriate manager the development of approved processes, procedures, or systems.
3. Acts in the department head's absence; makes presentations before the Board of Supervisors and answers questions on technical and policy issues related to the respective division; meets with state and federal legislators and/or their staff to discuss proposed legislation and other issues affecting the division; acts as department liaison to the community and to other County departments; represents the department and presents its position in public workshops, community and other meetings on issues related to department projects and services.
4. Prepares and monitors the budget for the division; reviews and approves staff budget requests, and determines priorities and alternate sources of funding; confers with Risk Management and County Counsel to resolve liability claims related to division facilities; makes final budget recommendations to the department head; may present and justify proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors.
5. Participates in the selection of staff; establishes standards, evaluates performance, and takes disciplinary actions.


1. Four years progressively responsible management experience in civil engineering or developing and implementing solid waste programs; or,
2. four years of experience performing duties equivalent to that of Civil Engineer Manager with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California may be required for some positions. Initial appointment may be based on existing registration in another state, with ability to obtain California registration within twelve months of appointment. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: budget administration; supervision and performance management; current management theory and practice; organizational development; public relations; negotiation methods.

Ability to: formulate, interpret, and explain policies, rules, and regulations; analyze information, identify problems, project consequences, and make recommendations or develop solutions; present project proposals to public officials, technical groups, and regulatory agencies; be creative and persuasive in winning acceptance of and support for new and/or controversial proposals; encourage and be receptive to suggestions and new ideas; adapt to new policies, procedures, and technologies; exercise independent judgment; make presentations before the public; establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues, staff, other departments, elected and appointed officials, and citizens and community groups; demonstrate tact and diplomacy in representing the department; understand and address the concerns of a variety of constituencies; plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; make public presentations before groups with varying levels of technical understanding; persuade and influence others.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Depending on area of assignment, the following qualifications may be desirable:

Experience in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of roads and highways or flood control projects, or in developing and implementing solid waste programs.

Knowledge of: laws, rules, regulations, and engineering standards related to the design, planning, funding, construction, operation, and maintenance of public works facilities; principles and practices of civil engineering; transportation planning; road and/or highway design; water resource planning; principles of hydrology and hydraulics; integrated solid waste management; solid waste collection, disposal, reduction, resource recovery, and recycling methods; federal laws governing solid and liquid waste management.

Ability to: learn sanitation and utility district operations.


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