Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
To plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of the Public Works Department including engineering, the maintenance of streets, parks and public buildings, fleet maintenance, traffic engineering and safety, wastewater and storm drainage systems maintenance; to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, business administration or a related field.
Seven years of increasingly responsible professional engineering and public works operations experience including three years of management and administrative experience.
License or Certificate:
Possession of a certificate of registration as a professional civil engineer is required. Applicants registered in a state other than California must obtain their California registration within 12 months of appointment.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants must submit an online application, cover letter, resume and include a list of five (5) work-related references. This position is open until the needs of the City are met so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Candidates whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the City will be invited to participate in the examination process for this position. The examination process may consist of any or all of the following components: appraisal interview, practical skills assessment, and writing assignment. Eligible candidates will be notified when testing dates have been established.
NOTE: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment medical evaluation, and background investigation. The medical evaluation may include an alcohol/drug screen.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Assume full management responsibility for all Public Works Department services and activities including engineering, the maintenance of streets, parks and public buildings, fleet maintenance, traffic engineering and safety and wastewater and storm drainage systems maintenance; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
Manage the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area.
Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
Establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
Plan, direct, and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, the Public Works Department's work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
Select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
Provide direction and supervisory assistance to engineers and maintenance supervisors in their performance of project design, construction, compliance with codes and statutes, and maintenance of Public Works facilities; analyze and develop engineering criteria for design of infrastructure projects.
Review, oversee and participate in approval of private development; ensure that subdivision plats, maps, surveys, parcel maps, and plans for let grading and construction of public improvements comply with applicable statutes and meet established engineering standards.
Direct the preparation, presentation, implementation, and maintenance of the City's Capital Improvement Program; oversee the design and construction of capital improvement projects; direct the preparation of maps, plans specifications, construction administration, contract documents and cost estimates of proposed projects; supervise and perform construction bid, and operation reviews.
Evaluate and recommend professional engineering consultants and contracts.
Meet with the public in small and large groups to discuss City public works policies, practices and problems; explain, justify and defend department programs, policies and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
Represent the City and Public Works Department to other departments, elected officials, outside agencies, and various local and regional committee and professional organizations; coordinate assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
Provide staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public works administration and professional engineering; maintain departmental awareness of stat-of-the-art developments in management and the fields of specialty review legislation affecting public works.
Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
Perform related duties as required.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent Executive Management Benefits, including car allowance, admin leave, LTD, CalPERS Retirement
La Mesa is a general law city which derives its power from state law and uses the State Governmental Code to enumerate the City's powers and form of government. In this case, La Mesa employs a Council-Manager form of government. In this arrangement, the council is responsible for determining policy, and the City Manager ensures that such policy is implemented.
The City is currently recruiting f...or a Director of Public Works / City Engineer. The Public Works Department is committed to providing the highest level of services to improve the quality of life by engineering, constructing and maintaining the city's infrastructure in an efficient and effective manner while involving the community.