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Maintenance Superintendent, Public Works

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, directs the maintenance and repair operations of roads, facilities, and structures for an assigned region of the Roads Division or of the countywide Flood Control program; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is responsible for managing the field maintenance programs in the Flood Control Division or a region of the Roads Division of the Public Works Department. Incumbents are responsible for managing staff and equipment to ensure efficient use of resources.

This class is distinguished from the Roads Maintenance Manager, which is a single-position class responsible for managing the entire Roads Division, consisting of regional offices (road maintenance yards) throughout the county. The Maintenance Superintendents in the Roads Division report to the Road Maintenance Manager.

Maintenance Superintendent, PW is further distinguished from the Flood Control Operations Manager, which is a single position class with overall responsibility for managing the operations of the Flood Control Division. The Operations Manager has significant responsibility in the preparation of environmental impact documents and coordinating the division's efforts to implement programs while also addressing various environmental concerns in the county. The Maintenance Superintendent in the Flood Control Division reports to the Flood Control Operations Manager.


1. Directly, and through subordinates, manages the maintenance and repair of road maintenance or flood control facilities including overseeing the inspection of roads and related structures for deficiencies; recommending corrective action; determining priorities of projects; and researching necessary resources and recommending systems and procedures to carry out projects.
2. Analyzes staffing and equipment needs in order to allocate these resources pursuant to the division's budget and to ensure that staff and equipment are being utilized effectively; administers the budget, including monitoring and approving budget expenditures, and making revenue and expenditure adjustments to stay within budget; provides recommendations for the budget based on analysis of maintenance needs.
3. Provides recommendations for and ensures compliance with operational policies, priorities, and standards in order to achieve long- and short-term program objectives; develops long-term work plans; develops goals and objectives for assigned region or program; and participates in developing division-wide goals and objectives.
4. Interviews and selects candidates for employment; supervises and trains staff; recommends and takes action on personnel matters; evaluates subordinate staff; and interprets and ensures compliance with MOUs and Civil Service Rules.
5. Ensures compliance with Cal-OSHA requirements; identifies safety concerns and implements preventive measures.
6. Manages difficult situations and unusual problems involving road maintenance issues or flood control maintenance issues; recommends solutions to supervisors; may be involved in litigation and depositions on behalf of the Public Works Department; and addresses concerns in the community and is the liaison between the County and the public on issues concerning road maintenance or flood control maintenance.


1. Three years of experience supervising public works maintenance and construction supplemented by training in budget development and personnel administration; or,
2. one year of experience as a Maintenance Supervisor with Santa Barbara County supplemented by training in budget development and personnel administration; 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.

Knowledge of: methods, materials, and equipment used in road or flood control maintenance and improvement; administrative principles and methods as applied to public works field operations; County, state, and federal regulations concerning flood control or roads maintenance; project management; performance measurement; principles and practices of effective supervision and personnel management; and standard English grammar and usage.

Ability to: develop and implement program goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; ensure program operations integrate with division operations as a whole; formulate long-range work plans; learn fiscal management and budget administration; current management theory and practices; implement programs directly and through subordinates; manage competing priorities effectively; discuss and resolve differences among multiple parties; analyze and project needs and costs; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; collect and analyze data; make recommendations and independent decisions; project consequences of decisions; evaluate service levels and performance; develop and administer operating budgets; read and interpret County, state, and federal laws and regulations; access and use personal computer applications including word-processing; perform basic mathematical calculations; work independently; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; review, evaluate, and modify work methods; select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff; and plan, organize, and prioritize staff work assignments.

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