Organization : City of San Diego
Job Category : Director Public Works
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : CA
City : San Diego
Salary and Benefits :

Assistant Public Works Department Director/ Deputy Chief City Engineer- U1714 (Unclassified)

Opening Date/Time:                                        Fri. 07/07/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Closing Date/Time                                           Fri. 07/28/17 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Salary:                                                            Depends on Qualifications

Job Type:                                                       Unclassified

Location:                                                         City of San Diego, California

Department:                                                    2100 - Infrastructure/Public Works

The City:
With more than 1.3 million people, the City of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. The City of San Diego's strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions, unsurpassed quality of life, and world-renowned location makes it the ideal place to work, live, and play. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego has something to offer for everyone.
The City's Mission, as found in our Strategic Plan, is "To Effectively Serve and Support Our Communities." Our core values are Integrity, Service, People, and Excellence. The City's Vision is "A World-Class City for All."
As one of the region's largest employers, the City of San Diego has a combined Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget of approximately $3.57 billion and employs approximately 11,000 highly dedicated employees. Additional information about the City of San Diego can be obtained on the City's website:
The Department:
The Public Works Department comprises of three operational groups: Contracts Division, Engineering & Capital Projects (E&CP) Branch and General Services Branch.
E&CP provides a full range of engineering services for the City's capital investment in its various types of infrastructure. E&CP is responsible for the planning, design, project management, and construction management of public improvement projects; quality control and inspection of private work permitted in the right-of-way; and surveying and materials testing.
E&CP's activities include work on various public infrastructure assets to rehabilitate, restore, improve, and add to the City of San Diego's capital facilities. The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) covers a wide range of projects including: libraries, fire, lifeguard and police stations, parks and recreation centers, lighting and traffic signals, street improvements, bikeways and other transportation projects, drainage and flood control facilities, rebuilding and expanding water and sewer pipelines, treatment plants, and pump stations, and dry utilities under-grounding projects.
E&CP is comprised of the following sections:
Architectural Engineering & Parks
This section manages the implementation of non-right-of-way and vertical capital improvement projects. This responsibility includes the design and project management of public buildings, parks, recreation facilities, airport-related projects, water and sewer treatment plants, reservoirs, and pump station projects.
Construction Management and Field Services
This section manages construction contracts, materials testing, land surveying services, and geological assessment/support. These responsibilities include quality assurance/quality control inspection of CIP projects on City property or within the City's right-of-way, inspection of private land development of public infrastructure, land survey support for design mapping/construction staking, traffic engineering support during construction, and testing of construction materials in the field and at manufacturing facilities throughout the region.
Project Implementation
This section provides centralized technical, operational, and project support services to the other Divisions, as well as other departments in the City. These services include preliminary engineering and asset management, project controls, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance review for CIP projects, quality control and standards, contract development, environmental and permitting assistance.
Project Operational Support
This section provides centralized CIP fund management, department operating budget management, customer services, training/staff development, and information technology services to the other the Divisions, as well as other departments in the City.
Right-of-Way Design
This section manages the implementation of right-of-way and related horizontal capital improvement projects. This responsibility includes the design and project management of water and sewer pipelines, transportation and street-related projects, bridges, flood plains and drainage infrastructure, signals, streetlights, and utilities undergrounding projects.
The Position:
Under the general direction of the Public Works Director and City Engineer, the Assistant Director is responsible for the successful operation of the E&CP Branch.  The Assistant Director plays a critical role in City government and assumes a leadership position in enhancing E&CP's focus on customer service, efficiency, contract management, responsiveness and innovation in a professional and collaborative manner.  The position requires the establishment and maintenance of a wide variety of working relationship with City departments, senior staff, elected officials, regional entities, employees, contractors, vendors and the community.  The Assistant Director assesses engineering services programmatically throughout the City and makes recommendations to the Director.
The Assistant Director is responsible for 95% of the City's CIP and ensures that all CIP projects are successfully executed within their established scopes, schedules and budgets. The position represents the Department in dealing with various regional agencies, prepare and/or make presentations before the Mayor and City Council, Council Committee and various civic, community, professional and business forums.
Per the City Municipal Codes, the City Engineer has the authority to delegate various City Engineering duties to appropriate professional licensed Engineering Staff.   The Assistant Public Works Director shall also be the Deputy Chief City Engineer.  Key City Engineer authorities and responsibilities to effectively oversee engineering standards necessary to deliver the City's Capital Improvement Program will be delegated to the Deputy Chief City Engineer.
Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develops and implements goals, objective, policies, procedures and performance standards for E&CP;

  • Plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of professional engineering, technical and administrative staff, though subordinate supervisor;

  • Coordinates E&CP activities with other departments, outside agencies and organizations; provides staff assistance to the Mayor and City Council and relevant boards and commissions; and prepares and present reports and other necessary correspondence;

  • Provides management direction for engineering services and capital projects, including design, construction management, contracting and inspection services;

  • Supervises and participates in the development and administration of the Division's budget; assists with the development of the City's CIP budget and participates in various Citywide presentations as part of the approval process;

  • Directs the City's major CIP Projects including public buildings, street improvements and water/sewer projects;

  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with various City departments including the Public Utilities and Transportation & Storm Water Departments to ensure capital projects are managed in a timely and cost effective manner;

  • Provides professional and technical engineering advice to the Public Works Director, other City departments, and maintains professional standards for engineering services provided throughout the City;

  • Serves as focal point and arbitrator of disputes and interpretation of engineering and construction management policies and regulations;

  • Provides Citywide leadership in developing and enhancing construction methodologies;

  • Represents E&CP and interest of the City to outside groups and organizations; and provides technical assistance as necessary;

  • Maintains strong regional involvement with other public agencies, trade groups and regulatory entities; and

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Is a current professional engineer registered with the State of California

  • A commitment to public service, fiscal responsibility, and innovation in government;

  • Substantial, progressively responsible management experience that demonstrates the ability to direct a major operating department;

  • Excellent problem solving skills, with the ability to proactively identify and support creative and viable business solutions;

  • The ability to balance competing interests in a regulatory and political environment;

  • Demonstrated success in managing large multi-year capital improvement projects;

  • Competency in exercising fiduciary responsibilities to protect the interests of the City and the public;

  • Strong experience and background in public works management and engineering;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

  • Focus on enhanced customer service and customer satisfaction;

  • Strong interpersonal leadership skills, with the ability to successfully interact with a wide variety of stakeholders; and

  • Active and genuine commitment to managing diversity in the workplace and encouraging high performing teams.

    Minimum Requirements
    Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates these qualifications may be qualifying. Mandatory requirements include possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or another engineering discipline, registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California is required, and ten (10) years of progressively more responsible civil engineering experience, including at least ten (10) years at the management and policy making level with direction over professional staff. Possession of an advanced engineering degree is highly desirable.
    Management Compensation and Benefits:
    The successful candidate will be eligible for participation in the City's Flexible Benefits Plan that offers several optional benefit plans or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at 22 days per year for the 1st through the 15th year of service. For further information, please contact the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-6600.  Retirement benefits differ for this unclassified position depending on the candidate's eligible status (new hire, rehire, etc.). For further information, visit Risk Management, Employee Benefits at Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.
    Pre-Employment Requirements: 
    Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following: Proof of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.
    Medical Evaluation: 
    A City medical examination including drug screening and documentation of medical history may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion. The individual must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.  The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol free work place.
    Selection Process:
    To be considered for this position, please submit your: 1) current resume; 2) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for this position; and 3) a list of three professional references via email to
    Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.
    If you have any questions, please email the City's Human Resources Department at Human
    The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.

    Date Posted: July 7, 2017

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