ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS 

Job Specifications

 

Class Code:

EE5

Analyst:

CE/GLD/TC

Date Originated:

01/80 

Date Revised:

01/87,02/92,02/03,07/03, 6/11, 10/13, 2/16

DEFINITION 

Under general direction, plans, organizes and directs the Special Services Division, the Transportation Division, the Parks and General Capital Projects/Development Division, and/or the Administrative Services Division of the Department of Public Works; acts as the Director in the absence of the Director of Public Works; and does other work as required. 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS 

Assistant Director of Public Works is the fully functional assistant department head level and is responsible for operations, management, and supervision of several sections of the department. 

Positions in this class manage one or more of the four operating four divisions of the Department of Public Works: 

Special Services Division: This division is responsible for the planning, design, maintenance and operations of the County’s sanitation facilities, drainage, flood control, and landfill projects. The division is also responsible for the construction, supervision, and inspection of all contracted Public Works projects and subdivision inspection services. This division is divided into eight organizational units: Sanitation Engineering, Water and Wastewater Operations, Storm water Management, Zone 7 Flood Control/Water Resources Engineering, Drainage Maintenance, Solid Waste Engineering, Refuse Disposal Operations, and Construction Engineering.

Transportation Division: This division is responsible for the planning, design, and maintenance of the County’s roadway system, as well as Redevelopment, special districts, signalization and bikeway projects. The division is also responsible for transportation planning, traffic engineering, bridges, implementation of the County’s Pavement Management Program (PMP), the maintenance and operation of the County’s 600-mile roadway network, encroachments, utility coordination, and the County’s surveyor, mapping services and development plan review. This division is divided into six organizational units: Transportation and Road Planning Engineering, Road Design Engineering, Pavement Management/Road Operations Engineering, Redevelopment Engineering, Road Maintenance, and Surveyor and Development Review Engineering.

Parks and General Capital Projects/Development Division:  This division is an interim assignment and is responsible for the administration and operations of the Parks and General Capital Projects/Development Division.  This division is responsible for determination of policies, plans, development, and direction for administration of the Parks and General Capital Projects/Development Division.


Administrative Services Division: This division is responsible for administration and operations of all department-wide functions and includes the following seven organizational units: Fiscal, Management Information Systems, Program Administration, Personnel, Safety, Fleet and Equipment Maintenance, and Real Property.

TYPICAL TASKS 

Special Services and Transportation Divisions: Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates, through subordinate managers, the work of professional engineering, paraprofessional engineering, and related staff engaged in designing roads, sanitation, drainage, flood control, bikeway and other public works facilities, and inspecting and monitoring contractor compliance in construction of public work facilities; directs and/or participates in the preparation of the operating budget for the Division, and other public works projects budgets; supervises, trains and evaluates the work of subordinate managers; meets and confers with the Corps of Engineers, State Department of Transportation, State Office of Emergency Services, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Emergency Management Administration and related agencies; represents the Director of Public Works at Board, Commission and Committee meetings; negotiates and administers contracts with consultants and contractors; approves the dispersal of funds; analyzes and solves difficult engineering problems; represents the Department of Public Works before community groups and other interested individuals; analyzes division operations, procedures and policies, formulates improvements and implements changes; prepares and/or reviews reports and correspondence; attends meetings and conferences; may act for the Director of Public Works in the absence of the Director. 

Parks and General Capital Projects/Development Division:  Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates through subordinate managers the work of professionals, paraprofessionals and operations staff engaged in the development and administration of construction, maintenance and operation of parks and recreational areas and facilities; administration of contracts; maintenance of grounds around County buildings; project development for General Capital Projects/Development Division projects and programs with other County departments and community agencies; acts as a County liaison with other departments and outside agencies; evaluates the effectiveness of existing operations and programs; establishes objectives and time tables for major development projects; resolves problems; develops standards and policies for the acquisition of and operation of parks and recreation areas and programs; represents the County in complex contract negotiations and oversees the development and administration of contracts; selects and evaluates the work of staff; directs and coordinates the activities of subordinate management staff; established policies and procedures including work agreements or protocols which delineate interdepartmental expectations and responsibilities; prepares division budget; consults and coordinates with other departments and agencies and with community groups concerning parks planning, development and operation, coordination of recreational and cultural programs, joint use of property, and the design and construction of facilities; plans and directs the preparation of applications for grants; recommends policy on the usage of facilities, such as fee schedules, scheduling of user activities and regulations; and determines availability of park sites and recommends means of financing programs, acquisition and development. 

Administrative Services Division: Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates through subordinate managers the work of professionals, paraprofessionals and operations staff performing administrative and support functions including equipment maintenance, service area administration, MIS, decentralized personnel, safety, real property, and fiscal; directs and/or participates in the preparation of the budget for the department; approves the dispersal of funds; represents the Director of Public Works at Board, Commission and Committee meetings; represents the department to various local, State and Federal agencies such as the State Office of Emergency Services, community and other interested groups and individuals; negotiates and administers contracts with consultants and contractors; analyzes and solves difficult problems; supervises, trains and evaluates the work of subordinate managers; analyzes division operations, procedures and policies, formulates improvements and implements changes; prepares and/or reviews reports and correspondence; attends meetings and conferences; may act for the Director of Public Works in the absence of the Director

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS 

Knowledge: 

Special Services and Transportation Divisions: 

 

Parks and General Capital Projects/Development Division:

 

Administrative Services Division:

 

Ability to: 

 

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Special Services and Transportation Divisions:

 

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be: 

Special Services and Transportation Divisions:
Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in Civil Engineering and six years of civil engineering experience in design, construction or maintenance of public works facilities, which has included three years of experience as a registered civil engineer, and two years of supervisory or management experience.

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Parks and General Capital Projects/Development Division:

Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in Business Administration or Public Administration and six years of administrative or management experience that would demonstrate possession or application of the required knowledge and abilities listed above.

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Administrative Services Division:
Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in Business Administration or Public Administration and six years of administrative experience in a government agency, which has included budget analysis, supervisory and management experience. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS 

Possession of a valid California Class C driver license from the start of employment or the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation, which is approved by the appointing authority. Mentally and physically capable of performing the classifications essential functions as summarized in the Typical Tasks Section of this specification.

Special Services and Transportation Divisions: Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. 

Other Special Requirements:  Availability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends, and on an emergency, as needed basis.

Bargaining Unit: 06
EEOC Category: 01
Occupational Grouping: 24
Worker’s Comp Code: 0285