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Deputy Director, Public Works

Los Angeles County Public Works
Los Angeles County, California
$197,317.92 - $306,870.00 Annually
Closing date
Dec 20, 2023

Los Angeles County Public Works is recruiting for a Deputy Director of Public Works to join our leadership team!

With more than 10 million residents, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the nation. As the largest employer in Southern California, over 112,000 employees in more than 42 departments provide vital public services as diverse as law enforcement, property assessment, public health protection, water conservation, cultural activities, and many more. 

We are looking for a leader and a team player to assist in the administration of the Department of Public Works and has a particular responsibility for the activities of an assigned group of divisions.  The ideal candidate will exercise a thorough knowledge of the principles of engineering, organization, administration, personnel management, and the interrelationship of the department's activities with those of other County departments, local, state, and federal agencies.   

Public Works' operations are defined within five core service areas:  Water Resources, Transportation, Environmental Services, Municipal Services, and Construction Management. Its annual budget of over $4.1 billion is funded by restricted revenues, such as gas tax, benefit assessment, water and sewer sales, user fees, and other revenue.  The agency also manages sustainable water, transportation, and waste management infrastructure, including over 130 capital projects with a construction value of $3.3 billion.  The agency's diverse workforce is comprised of approximately 4,000 employees in nearly 500 job classifications, including professional, technical, clerical, and skilled crafts.    


  • The County of Los Angeles offers an excellent benefits package which includes a Cafeteria Benefit Plan, Contributory Defined Benefit Retirement Plan, matched 401(k) Savings and Deferred Compensation & Thrift Plans, 13 paid holidays, 10 paid leave days and an option to buy one to 20 more, and flexible work schedules. 


To assist in the direction, management, and administration of all phases of the operation of the Department of Public Works.

Essential Duties include the following:   Formulate branch plans, policies, standards, and procedures. Direct the activities of the branch, usually comprised of three or more divisions, including assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of the branch. Direct special studies, investigations, and reports concerning departmental and branch activities. Coordinate work among the divisions within the assigned branch and assists in the coordination of work among the branches in the department and with other County departments. Assist in the preparation and administration of the departmental budget, prepare and administer the branch budget, and serve as a fund manager for the department as needed.  Assist in the coordination of departmental programs with those of the Federal, state and local agencies. Represent the department, as needed, at public meetings, conferences, and committee meetings. Act for the Assistant Director in his/her absence as needed.   Oversee the preparation of correspondence and reports which require the special attention and signature of the Assistant Director, Chief Deputy Director, or the Director of Public Works.

For a complete job description and further requirements regarding this exciting career opportunity, please click the link: Deputy Director, Public Works         


Option 1:  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in engineering or architecture -AND- one (1) year of experience at the level of County of Los Angeles class of Assistant Deputy Director, Public Works or higher.

Option 2:  A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in engineering or architecture -AND- five (5) years of experience managing a staff of 25 or more, responsible for performing highly complex work in the field of civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, architecture, or project management.  One (1) year of the aforementioned experience must have included the performance of highly complex budget, administration, external affairs, and long-range planning duties.


A valid California State Certificate of Registration as an Architect, Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, or Electrical Engineer -AND-

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.


Opening Date:  August 28, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. (PT).  Filing will remain open until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.


Applicants must submit a clear, concise, completed online Los Angeles County Employment Application along with any required supplemental application documents.  For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please click below: 

Deputy Director, Public Works


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