Deputy Public Works Director
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
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
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
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.