Director of Public WorksCITY OF ORANGE COVE
CITY OF ORANGE COVE
JOB TITLE: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
REPORTS TO: City Manager TYPE: Executive - Exempt
Plans, organizes, directs, coordinates and evaluates the activities of the Public Works Department which is
comprised of the Water/Wastewater, Animal Control , Streets, oversees the provision of departmental
services to City residents; prepares, implements and evaluates capital improvement program and long-range
infrastructure development plans; prepares and manages departmental budget; ensures compliance with
regulatory requirements; provides technical assistance and liaison with City staff, developers, other agencies.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Identifies and prioritizes project needs, establishes project completion time-lines, and provides direction for the
use of available staff on public works infrastructure maintenance and development.
• Confers with architects, engineers, developers, consultants and the general public concerning engineering
and public works construction and maintenance matters; assists public in design projects to comply with City
development standards; meets with project developers and designers to advise them on City policy standards and alternate design techniques.
• Coordinates work activities with other City departments and contract engineering services; confers with staff as needed in preparing and reviewing plans and specifications, inspecting and supervising projects, and
implementing improvements or extensions of City infrastructure.
• Confers with, and provides direction and guidance to Public Works Maintenance and Water/Wastewater staff
related to upgrade, maintenance and repair activities in their divisions.
• Prepares annual Public Works budget and submits budget requests to the City Manager; monitors and controls departmental expenditures.
• Provides a variety of data, studies, reports and recommendations related to Public Works Department
programs and activities to the City Manager, the City Council and its committees, and other
• Attends meetings of various committees and organizations as the City or Department representative;
provides input, comment and decisions relative to public works projects and programs.
• Participates in the selection, training and development and performance evaluation of the Department’s
• Determines the need for contract construction/repair services involving the public works infrastructure;
participates in negotiating contracts; monitors contracts to assure compliance with terms and conditions.
• Develops long range capital facility and infrastructure plans; presents and recommends plans to City
Administration; implements plans adopted by the City Council.
• Directs the development and implementation of preventative maintenance programs involving buildings and
other structures, the vehicle fleet, streets, water/wastewater systems, etc.
• Maintains files on all engineering and construction projects, including City projects and subdivisions, lot line
adjustments and related maps.
• Prepares, reviews and inspects engineering and design work on public improvements.
• Researches public right-of-way and easements and prepares legal descriptions on same.
• Maintains liaison with County and State public works/ engineering staff.
MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS:
Computer monitor, keyboard, personal computer and programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, Access, Auto-cad; plotter; printer; telephone; programmable calculator; shovel, small hand tools (hammer, etc.); automobile, copier, FAX; water flow meter; drafting equipment.
DESIRABLE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
• Municipal public works planning, design, maintenance and construction.
• Principles and practices of supervision, training and employee development.
• Principles of budget preparation and expenditure control.
• Applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations pertaining to local government and public works
• Methods of analyzing, evaluating and implementing public works programs in a municipality.
• The theories, principles, practices and techniques of civil engineering, surveying, planning and building
• The California Subdivision Map Act.
• Plan, organize and direct the work of public works personnel.
• Analyze organizational and administrative problems, recommend alternative courses of action, and provide
leadership to others in implementing such actions.
• Review plans, specifications and contract documents related to the construction and maintenance of public
• Prepare clear and comprehensive written reports.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with City officials, employees, contractors, the general public
and representatives of other agencies.
• Apply specific provisions of applicable building, zoning and City standard specifications for public
• Make calculations and mathematical computations quickly and accurately.
• Select,supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
Possession of a valid Class C or higher California driver’s license.
Incumbent must be a results-oriented person and persuasive individual who is accustomed to a “hands on”
approach, should value leadership and entrepreneurship over “process,” and must have a high level of
sensitivity to customer service.
Establishing cooperative working relationships with City officials, contractors, representatives of other agencies is essential to the success of the position.
Five years of progressively responsible experience in administering public works functions. Any equivalent
combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be
qualifying. A bachelor’s degree, from an accredited four year college or university in Civil Engineering or related field.
Registration as a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California.
NOTE: Accommodations may be made for some of the essential functions/requirements listed for qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation, due to a qualifying disability.