Director of Public Works and Municipal Utilities

City of Compton | Compton, CA

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Posted Date 11/13/2017

Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, directs and administers the activities and operations of the Public Works Department including oversight of the City's capital improvement program; planning, designing, constructing and maintaining public streets and City open spaces; utilities including sewer and storm drains; traffic engineering; maintenance of City vehicles; coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; and performs other related duties

$128,232.00 - $150,360.00 Annually 

The following essential functions are those that are critical, integral, necessary, crucial, primary and fundamental to the job. Incumbents who possess the requisite skill, experience, education, and other job-related requirements of a position are expected to perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.


  • Assumes full management responsibility for all Public Works Department personnel and activities including planning, designing, constructing and maintaining public streets, parks and City open spaces; utilities including sewer and storm water drains; traffic; City vehicles; oversight of the City's capital improvement program, controlling work and activity in City rights-of-way, and maintaining public works records.
  • Manages the development and implementation of the Public Works Department goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area; establishes appropriate service and staffing levels within City policy; allocates resources accordingly.
  • Continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and directs the implementation of changes.
  • Plans, organizes and directs the scheduling of capital improvement projects, including design and inspection of contractors' work to ensure compliance with specifications.
  • Coordinates the development and administration of specifications and contracts for capital improvement projects; reviews and approves the analysis of bids, recommends approval and develops procedures to monitor contract compliance.
  • Develops and implements long range maintenance and preventative maintenance schedules for City facilities, structures, infrastructure, vehicles and equipment.
  • Represents the Department to other City departments, elected officials and outside agencies; explains and interprets departmental programs, policies and activities; investigates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.
  • Plans, develops and presents the departmental budget, monitors expenditures; develops and implements long term plans, goals and objectives focused on supporting the City's mission and City Council's objectives.
  • Provides leadership and works with supervisors to develop and retain highly competent staff through selection, compensation, training and management practices that support the City's mission and values.
  • Prepares, reviews and approves the formal performance evaluation of department staff, and coaches staff for improvement and development; initiates disciplinary action up to and including dismissal as required to correct behavior.
  • Provides staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; prepares and presents oral and written reports to the City Council, City Manager and other groups.
  • Coordinates department activities with those other departments, outside agencies and organizations; provides technical assistance as necessary.
  • Composes, reviews, edits and approves all reports including requests for Council action and weekly or monthly reports of departmental activity.
  • Attends various civic events as City representative; participates on a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of civil engineering and public works.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • Education and Experience:
    Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering or a related field; AND ten (10) years progressively responsible engineering and public works management experience, including five (5) years supervisory/ managerial experience; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

    Required Knowledge of:
    • City organization, operations, policies and procedures.
    • Principles and practices of civil engineering.
    • Principles and practices of construction, maintenance, repair and safety practices including vehicle related maintenance.
    • State and federal construction administration codes and regulations, Cal OSHA regulations and Davis-Bacon regulations.
    • City Code, City Ordinances, Standard Operating Manual, personnel policies and procedures, and applicable Memoranda of Understanding.
    • Project and contract management and cost estimation.
    • Organizational and management practices applicable to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
    • Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management.
    • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

    Required Skill in:

    • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, City departments, elected officials, regulatory agencies, contractors, community groups, local businesses, and the general public.
    • Developing and administering budgets and monitoring expenditures.
    • Supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority.
    • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
    • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and the public.
    • Effective verbal and written communication.
    Physical Demands / Work Environment:
    • Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment.
    • Work may be performed outdoors with time spent in moderate to high temperatures (above 90 degrees).
    • Work requires light lifting, carrying, driving and on occasion climbing (up to 4 feet).
    • Moderate finger dexterity and near vision is required.
    • Work may involve exposure to wet surfaces, occasional loud noise and dust.

    The purpose of this examination is to establish an eligible list from which vacant position(s) may be filled.

    Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the interview process. 

    An oral examination, weighted 100% will be administered by an appraisal panel to measure all or portions of the above knowledge, skills and abilities, and to evaluate personal qualifications, background and suitability.  The oral examination may include graded simulated exercises, writing exercises, and oral presentations.

    The City reserves the right to utilize alternative testing methods if deemed necessary.  Failure to qualify in one phase of the examination process disqualifies the applicant from further consideration and participation in the remaining phase(s) of the examination.


    Recruitment may be conducted on a (a) promotional basis, (b) open-competitive basis, or (c) promotional and open-competitive basis simultaneously. All candidates who attain an overall score of at least 70.00 (open-competitive) and at least 75.00 (promotional) will be placed in rank order on the relevant eligible list(s).

    In order to be placed on a promotional eligible list, a City employee must have attained permanent status with the City and must attain a score of at least 75.00 on EACH PHASE of the examination. All permanent City employees that attain an overall score of at least 75.00 will be placed on both the promotional eligible list and the open-competitive eligible list.  All City employees that attain a score of at least 70.00 on EACH PHASE of the examination but an overall score of less than 75.00 will be placed on the open-competitive eligible list only.

    Each eligible list shall remain in effect one (1) year from the date of its establishment unless it is extended, abolished or exhausted. Whenever possible, three (3) names are certified to fill any one (1) vacant position. No candidate may be certified more than three (3) times for any one classified position. When certifying eligible lists to appointing powers, the promotional eligible list takes precedence over the open-competitive eligible list. A department manager's recommendation for employment is subject to the City Manager's approval.

    A candidate, may within five (5) days after taking the written examination, file in writing with the City Manager an appeal against any part of the test, citing the item or items against which the appeal is directed and the reason(s) for such appeal. The Personnel Board will consider appeals from the decisions and ratings of qualifications appraisal (interview) boards if such appeals meet the conditions described in the Personnel Rules and Regulations (Section 6.8).

    All examination papers, including the employment application, resume, and other attachments(s) submitted by competitors are the property of the Personnel Board and are confidential records which may be open to inspection only for purposes and under conditions established by the Personnel Board.

    In all entrance examinations (open-competitive only) for positions in the Classified Service, veterans who served in the armed forces of the United States during time(s) of war, and who attain an overall passing score in the examination, are allowed additional preferential credit in accordance with the Personnel Rules and Regulations. In order to claim veterans' credit, the applicant must submit proof of service and honorable discharge (showing specific dates of service) on a U.S. Military form (DD-214) at the time of application or not later than the final filing date for the examination
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