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Deputy Director of Public Works - Field Operations

City of South Gate
South Gate, California
Closing date
Dec 13, 2023

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Planning & Development, Structural Engineering
Position Type
Division / Department Head
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Under general direction, plans, directs, and organizes the varied and complex functions of the Field Operations Division of the Public Works Department, including street and bridge maintenance, traffic signal and street light systems, sewer maintenance, municipal water system, vehicle and equipment maintenance, general building maintenance, storm water programs, solid waste and recycling programs, and right-of-way tree maintenance and graffiti removal; coordinates assigned activities with other division, departments, and outside agencies; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Public Works; acts for and represents the Director of Public Works in specified areas; performs related duties as required.

This is a deputy department director classification that oversees and directs the activities of the Public Works Field Operations Division, including short- and long-range planning as well as development and administration of departmental policies, procedures, and services. This class provides assistance to the Director of Public Works in a variety of administrative, coordinative, analytical, and liaison capacities. This class is distinguished from the Director of Public Works in that the latter has overall administrative and policy responsibility for all public works functions and programs.
Receives general direction from the Director of Public Works.
Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff through subordinate levels of supervision.


Essential Functions 

Essential functions may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Plans, manages, and oversees the operations, services, and activities of the Field Operations Division, including street and bridge maintenance, traffic signal and streetlight systems, sewer maintenance, municipal water system, vehicle and equipment maintenance, general building maintenance, stormwater programs, solid waste and recycling programs, and right-of-way tree maintenance and graffiti removal.
Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
Monitors, evaluates, and improves the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods, programs, and procedures; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate services, and staffing levels. 
Plans, directs, coordinates, assigns, and reviews the work of assigned staff; selects, trains, motivates, supervises, and evaluates personnel; provides and coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures. 

Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the Field Operations Division annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments.
Manages revenues from a variety of funds and sources; ensures appropriate fee-for-services levels, fund balance levels, and reserves.
Administers a variety of contracts to ensure compliance with contract provisions; oversees the development of requests for proposals and the selection process; negotiates and recommends contracts and service providers.
Effectively directs emergency operations support activities. 
Serves as a liaison for assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies.
Responds to, negotiates, and resolves difficult, sensitive, and controversial issues, inquiries, and complaints. 
Serves as a representative of the Public Works Department to various boards, outside agencies, and public and community groups as directed; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary public presentations. 
Provides responsible staff assistance to the Public Works Director; conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to public works field operations programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of public works and incorporates new developments as appropriate.
Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum & Desirable Qualifications

Training and Experience
Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary.  A typical way of obtaining the knowledge and abilities would be any combination equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public or business administration, engineering, or a closely related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in public works maintenance or construction, including three (3) years in a supervisory capacity. Additional relevant supervisory experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. Possession of or ability to obtain a California Class C driver’s license within 6-months of hire and a satisfactory driving record is required at the time of hire and maintained throughout employment. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of: municipal public works planning and operations; principles, practices, and materials related to public infrastructure construction and maintenance; technical, legal, financial, and public relations considerations involved in public works maintenance; street maintenance; traffic signals, striping, and signage; operations and legal requirements related to water production, quality, storage, and distribution systems; project management principles, practices, and methods; computer software applications related to the work; principles and practices of personnel management and supervision; principles and practices of public budgeting and financing; applicable federal, state, and local regulations; work-related safety principles and regulations; principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interactions; principles and practices of contract and budget administration.

Ability to: plan, organize, and direct the work activities of assigned staff; provide administrative, management, and professional leadership for the division; supervise staff, including motivating, training, assigning, monitoring, disciplining, resolving grievances, and evaluating work performance; prepare clear and concise reports; prepare and administer department short-term and long-term goals and objectives; evaluate, develop, and implement departmental policy and programs to improve operations; analyze complex issues, evaluate alternative solutions, and develop and implement sound solutions; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; plan and organize work to meet deadlines; exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.


California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice System
An incumbent appointed to this position is subject to enrollment in the California DMV Pull Notice Program. The Pull Notice program provides information on the incumbent's driving record and Driver's License status on a periodic basis to the City of South Gate. An employee assigned a City vehicle must acknowledge receipt and understanding of City Administrative Regulations covering the use of City vehicles.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to occasionally lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 40 pounds); to occasionally stand and walk; to frequently operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement, finger dexterity, and fine coordination, including the use of a computer keyboard; and to frequently verbally communicate to exchange information.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office and moderately loud when outdoors. When in the field, the employee may be exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibrations, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous substances of fumes. The employee may interact with upset staff and/or members of the public, especially when interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. The employee may also be required to conduct City business during irregular hours (e.g., evenings and weekends).

Application Packets Must Include:  A fully completed online employment application which:

  • Covers at least the past 10 years of employment history (or longer if you have other relevant experience). 
  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire. 
  • Must be specific in describing your qualifications for this position.  Failure to state all pertinent information may lead to elimination from consideration.  Stating "See Resume" is not an acceptable substitute for a completed application.
  • Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any phase of the application or selection process must advise Human Resources and make such a request during the application process.  Every effort will be made to provide a reasonable accommodation where requested.   

Selection Process:  All application materials received by the application deadline will be reviewed and evaluated.  All information supplied by applicants is subject to verification.

  1. Application Review (Qualifying): The first phase will be a detailed review and appraisal of each candidate's application.  This phase is for qualifying purposes only.  There is no weight assigned to this phase.  Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications may be invited to the next phase.  
  2. Oral Appraisal Interview: A minimum of 70% must be obtained to pass the oral appraisal interview.  
  3. Employment Eligibility List:  The Employment Eligibility List will be established after completion of the examination process.  Current and future vacancies will be filled from this list.  Lists typically last for 12 months but may be extended or abolished in accordance with the City's Civil Service rules and regulations. 

Pre-employment Process 

  • The City supports a Drug-Free Workplace. 
  • All potential employees are required to successfully complete a thorough background investigation, fingerprinting, and pass a post-offer pre-employment medical examination (which will include a drug/alcohol screening).
  • New employees must complete a verification form designated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, that certifies eligibility for employment in the United States of America. 

Hiring of Relatives:  Relatives of existing employees by blood or marriage will not be eligible for employment with the City if potential supervision, safety, security, or morale problems exist; or if potential conflicts of interest exist. Relatives include an employee's parents, children, spouse, brothers, sisters, in-laws, and step relationships.
The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of South Gate is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws, it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, religion, disability (mental or physical), medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, or pregnancy), sexual orientation (including homosexuality, bisexuality, or heterosexuality), or military or veteran status in its employment actions, policies, procedures, or practices.
The City of South Gate
The City of South Gate is a busy urban community consisting of residential, commercial, and industrial development, spread over 7.41 square miles.  It is currently ranked the 79th largest city in California with a population of approximately 97,000.  Strategically located along the 710 freeway, the City is just 12 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. 

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