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Deputy Director of Public Works

City of San Mateo
San Mateo, California
$15,763.72-$17,379.50 monthly depending on level, plus generous benefits
Closing date
May 24, 2024

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Why Join the City of San Mateo's Public Works Department?

Due to a recent promotional opportunity, The City of San Mateo Public Works Department is looking for a qualified Deputy Director of Public Works!

The Public Works Department operates under a two-section model for optimal performance and integration - Environmental Services and Engineering Services – and the two sections work together to meet the needs of the community.

The Environmental Services Section consists of four main Divisions, including Clean Water Program, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Field Maintenance and Data Management. The Engineering Services Section consists of four main Divisions, including Engineering (including Capital Improvement), Fleet Services and Facilities (including facility maintenance and capital improvements), Regulatory Compliance, and Transportation (including Traffic Engineering, Right-of-Way /Private Development, and Transportation Planning).

The current vacancy oversees the Engineering Services Division. Depending on your skillset and experience the City could place you in either of these sections or adjust the divisional oversight responsibilities.

When you join the Public Works Department, you will work among collaborative and energetic colleagues who share a passion for serving our San Mateo citizens and improving the community in which we live and work. Our team is comprised of individuals with diverse talents and experience in various fields. Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Creativity, Transparency and Informed Risk-taking are attributes within the City’s mission, values and organizational principles that we are seeking in the candidates.

The City of San Mateo is a very progressive City that encourages staff and resident engagement to develop positive solutions that meet the demands of the community and regulatory landscape.

Look to some of the reasons why the City of San Mateo is a great place to work:

What You’ll Do:

  • The Deputy Director of Public Works is responsible for directing and managing all programs within the Section for which they are responsible, includes capital improvement program development and implementation, traffic engineering, private development review, asset management, construction management, fleet coordination, downtown coordination and building maintenance; and the position may serve as the City Engineer.
  • Utilize your experience and skills to lead a number of divisions within the Public Works Department.
  • Engage in a positive manner with City Council, PW Department staff, City Departments and citizens.
  • Lead and mentor a dedicated and talented staff featuring many emerging leaders.
  • Analyze current processes and procedures to make system improvements for efficiencies, updating of standards, and improvements to the customer experience.
  • Collaborating with other agencies and stakeholders to plan regional solutions on shared items of interest such as traffic and the City’s General Plan Update.
  • Contribute to a collaborative and dynamic Public Works Leadership team.
  • The Deputy Director receives general direction from the Director of Public Works and exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative support staff.

For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

What You Bring:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • License to practice as a Professional Civil Engineer within the State of California is required (Engineering and Facilities Division).
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, environmental services or a related field. A Master’s degree is desirable.
  • Eight years of responsible public works experience, including four years of management and supervisory experience.
  • Possession of a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California is desirable (Environmental Services Division).
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Possession of license to practice Traffic Engineering within the State of California is desirable (Engineering and Facilities Services Division).

Bonus Points (highly desirable)

  • Master’s Degree
  • Municipal /Public Sector Experience
  • California Professional Land Surveyor and/or Traffic Engineering license

ADA Special Requirement:  Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: Ability to work in a standard office environment; ability to travel to different sites and locations.

What We Offer:

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement 2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members. Classic employees contribute 7.92% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS
  • Participation in the Social Security Program
  • City contribution of 1.5% of base salary to Deferred Compensation, and matching up to 1.0% of the Employee’s contribution
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Diff: $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • Employees receive a housing allowance of $200 per month
  • Employee housing loan up to $7,500 for home purchase or rental move-in assistance in the City of San Mateo
  • This classification is represented by the San Mateo Management Association.

Are You Ready? Apply.

Go to: and submit an online application, résumé (required), cover letter (required), and supplemental questionnaire or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.

Application Deadline

This recruitment will close by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2024.

Examination Process

All applications, résumés (required), cover letter (required), and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Résumés are required but do not take the place of a completed employment application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information, or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered; missing information cannot be assumed. A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral panel interview, written exercise, or in the form of a practical demonstration of skill and ability, or any combination of these; an in-person oral board is tentatively scheduled for early June 2024. Candidates invited to continue in the examination process will receive further details once confirmed.

An employment list will be established for those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least six months with the possibility of an extension for an additional six months. Once placed on an employment list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.

Date Posted – April 18, 2024, updated May 16, 2024

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from:

Fine Print: Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status, or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants requiring accommodations for any part of the testing or recruitment process must notify or (650) 522-7264 seven (7) days in advance of the application filing deadline, or the exam date if the exam is continuous, for the part of the process requiring accommodations. Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps. The City of San Mateo complies with employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


San Mateo is a city of approximately 100,000 residents, strategically located midway between San Francisco and San Jose, and is within the Silicon Valley. One of the City’s strengths is its diversity, both in the ethnic makeup and the physical development of the community. San Mateo has a vibrant business and retail environment with national and international businesses, two major shopping centers and an active downtown. The community values its historic and new residential neighborhoods and has a major new Transit Oriented Development that will add 1,500 new homes, 300,000 square feet of new retail and as much as 1.5 million square feet of commercial office space. The City organization has a culture of innovation, collaboration and strong customer service, while implementing the City Manager’s initiative of a High Performing Organization. The City’s annual budget is $130 million and is staffed by over 540 full time employees. The City is continually evaluating new and innovative ways of providing high quality services to its residents while acknowledging the competing demands for the limited funds available. For more interesting facts, please visit:

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