Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer

Ventura, California
$134,464 - $180,184 Annually DOQ
Jan 04, 2022
Feb 03, 2022
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The City of Ventura’s Public Works Department is looking for an Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer to join the management team.  This new management position will serve as the City Engineer and have responsibility for overseeing three divisions within the Public Works Department. We are seeking candidates who have experience leading, directing, managing, planning, and coordinating different operating division and experience functioning as a City Engineer.

The Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer works under direction of the Public Works Director and is responsible for providing leadership, management, planning, oversight, and direction for the City’s Engineering Services, Design and Construction, and Transportation divisions. This position will assist in coordinating assigned activities with other City departments, divisions, outside agencies, and the public, while fostering cooperative working relationships among the various City departments, divisions, intergovernmental and regulatory agencies, and various public and private groups. provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the Public Works Director; and performs related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader who succeeds at motivating teams while creating and maintaining a culture that stimulates and supports a multi-generational workforce.  He/she will be an adept problem solver who is energized by challenges and proactively seeks opportunities that advance the goals of the City. This person will possess a track record that demonstrates the ability to develop and maintain cohesive interdepartmental relationships and function as a collaborative business partner, complementing Ventura's Public Works management team.

The Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer is expected to bring considerable engineering depth and expertise to the position. The selected individual will have experience in selecting and overseeing consultants and contractors, as well as negotiating and managing contracts. The ideal candidate will bring experience with effective CIP planning and project management. This high energy leader will be an inspiring mentor who is passionate about developing his/her people and maximizing their potential. He/she will value the expertise and strengths of staff and support their professional growth.

The City of Ventura offers a rewarding career working with experienced professionals who value new ideas and taking the City’s Public Works Department to the next level.  Join our team as we align our workforce to better serve our community together – they’re counting on us!

This position is designated as “at will.” At will employees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and are subject to discharge without cause and without the right of appeal.


Salary and Benefits

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary plus excellent benefit! Salary: $134,464 - $180,184 Annually DOQ.



A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related filed from an accredited college or university, seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional civil engineering experience in public works/utilities design and construction management, and three (3) years of supervisory level experience. A master’s degree is desirable.

Certificates: Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California is required at time of appointment or within 18 months of appointment if currently registered as a Professional Civil Engineer (or equivalent) in a different state.

License: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid class C California driver license.


To Apply

To be considered for this career advancement opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline, Monday, January 31, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.

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