County of CalaverasSan Andreas 95249
Full Time
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Deputy Director Of Public Works

County of Calaveras
Full Time 891 Mountain Ranch Rd building d, San Andreas, CA 95249, United States


Position Description

Under general direction, assists the Public Works Director with the management of day-to-day departmental operations; assumes substantive and significant responsibility for specific departmental or division(s) administration; and does related work as required.


This is a management level position which serves as a principal assistant to the Department Head. Incumbents in this classification may act on behalf of the Department Head in their absence and will normally be assigned responsibility for one area/division such as general engineering, road maintenance, project management, development services but may oversee other divisions or programs within the department, as assigned.

Example of Duties
  • Assists Department Head with departmental management activities including program analysis, planning, implementation, and coordination responsibilities.
  • Supervises the work of subordinate staff in a variety of areas including development services, road maintenance or project management, as assigned.
  • May confer and coordinate program activities with other Public Works Divisions, County departments, and outside agencies to ensure that impacts to internal and external stakeholders are positive and productive.
  • Serves as a departmental liaison with state representatives and other agency employees.
  • Prepares and presents reports to a variety of interested groups, including the County Board of Supervisors.
  • May participate in preliminary and final budget hearings, making recommendations as appropriate.
  • Analyzes and reviews staff reports, making recommendations as appropriate.
  • Assists in establishing and maintaining departmental timelines and priorities.
  • Assures related activities comply with established standards, requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains current knowledge of laws, codes, rules, regulations and pending legislation related to department operations.
  • Handles cost assessments, staff supervision, staff training, and contract administration.
  • Oversees, develops, and evaluates applications for grant funding, and manages grant funding received from various local, state, and federal sources. Reviews bid documents, specifications, legal mandates, and other project data for compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Directs preparation of plans, specifications, estimates, and other documents necessary for construction contracts and requests for proposals for professional service agreements.
Minimum Qualifications

Desirable qualifications include a combination of experience, training, and education, which substantially demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge of: 

Advanced principles, practices and techniques involved in engineering, project management and delivery, with specific knowledge and experience in the same area;  advanced principles and practices of management, leadership, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution; planning, design, and coordination of public works projects; standard and accepted organizational and management practices; standard and accepted principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluations; standard and accepted principles and practices of work safety; programs, policies, and operational needs; applicable local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and laws related to the planning and development of public works projects; project and personnel management activities of a Public Works department; principles of governmental accounting, financing and budgeting; planning, designing and coordination of public works projects; contract preparation and administration; research, analysis and evaluation techniques; project development and control; operations of a variety of office equipment including a computer and assigned software; and exemplary oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

Ability to:

Plan, organize, and direct the activities of departmental staff; recommend policies, identify needs, develop, design and implement program objectives, procedures, budgets, staffing requirements and evaluation techniques; perform effectively under pressure from emergent conditions, deadlines or management constraints; establish and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships with others; supervise, train and evaluate the performance of assigned staff; evaluate management problems and present appropriate corrective alternatives, solutions and recommendations; interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; plan and organize own work and work of others; perform a variety of activities involved in the overall project delivery, program and personnel management activities of the division and department; and coordinate and organize project delivery activities and flow of communications and information to ensure effective and efficient outcomes.

Skill to: 

Know and understand all aspects of assigned job; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; analyze work papers, reports, and special projects; understand laws, regulations, and codes; develop, interpret, and evaluate staff reports; research, analyze, and present a variety of program and project information to governing boards, and community groups; develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned division; provide positive and effective program and policy guidance to Department Head: analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of departmental and County-wide goals and objectives; interpret and apply County and departmental policies, procedures, rules, and regulations in an effective and timely manner; analyze fiscal, operational, project, program, and technical reports; plan, organize, and schedule priorities for self and others in an effective and timely manner; organize, implement and direct activities of assigned staff; manage, supervise, train, and evaluate performance of assigned staff; remember various personnel rules; analyze program and project budgets, working papers, and technical reports; successfully develop, manage, and monitor program and project budgets; prepare, interpret, and evaluate RFP’s/RFQ’s; and identify and interpret technical and numerical information.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible supervisory-level project delivery experience, managing a variety of complex duties.  An additional three (3) years of progressively responsible management-level experience with major public works projects, engineering, road construction, finance and/or administration, preferably with a governmental entity is required.  

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in public or business administration, engineering, or closely related field is required.  

A relevant Master’s degree may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required experience.

Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer with the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers is required.  

Special Requirements

Possession of an appropriate California driver’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles is required.