Public Works Director

City of Berkeley, California
Berkeley, California
$169,093.81 to $232,519.46
Dec 23, 2019
Jan 22, 2020
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City of Berkeley, California

Public Works Director
Annual salary range: $169,093.81 to $232,519.46
The City of Berkeley offers a comprehensive executive benefits package.
Application deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020

Famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts, the City of Berkeley is bordered by San Francisco Bay to the west and rolling hills to the east. The City is renowned for its green space, mild weather, and world-class cultural life. International shopping districts, outstanding restaurants, cutting-edge environmental organizations, art galleries, theaters, museums, Berkeley City College and the University of California at Berkeley all add to the City’s uniquely diverse and culturally rich atmosphere. Over 50 public parks, miles of bike lanes and walking trails, and a public marina offer exceptional opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation

This position directs the Department of Public Works with responsibility for the operation, planning, administration, financial management and inter-governmental relations for public works activities:

  • Directs the operations of the Department which include streets and sanitation, engineering, traffic engineering, facilities maintenance, equipment maintenance, and solid waste management, collection and disposal; performs related work as required.
  • Primary responsibility for planning and administering all aspects of the following: streets and sanitation, including construction and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, storm drains, and lateral sewer lines; facilities maintenance for City buildings and grounds, and installation and repair of electrical facilities such as street lighting, police and fire alarm, and communications systems; equipment maintenance for police and fire vehicles, solid waste trucks, construction equipment, fleet vehicles and other motorized equipment.
  • Operations management including solid waste collection and the long-range planning of environmentally sound solid waste collection, recycling, and disposal which meets with community standards; the planning, design, installation and maintenance of traffic signs, signals and markings; and engineering design and inspection.
  • Assumes direct responsibility for dealing with difficult matters involving policy, administration and operations. This position requires considerable public partnership with citizen groups, boards, commissions, other governmental agencies, and other City departments and officials.

The ideal candidate is a strong leader and effective communicator who possesses broad experience in public works. As the position interacts with many and varied internal and external stakeholders including commissions and interest groups, exceptional interpersonal skills are required. The successful candidate will have the management, interpersonal and political skills to lead a large (330+ staff) complex department with extensive capital projects and contracts. The successful candidate will possess a passion for public service, especially in an engaged and progressive community, a vision for expanded, energy efficient capital projects, and safe, low stress, complete streets across the City. Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, architecture, planning, public administration, or a closely related field AND six (6) years of professional experience in the field of public works, planning, or high level project management is required. A minimum of four (4) years of this experience must have involved high-level management of a variety of programs and demonstrated success in supervising a sizable professional and administrative staff. Professional experience in public sector administration, operations, program policy and planning, development and implementation is expected.

To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, please submit your cover letter with resume, and a list of five professional references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment). Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed. Please apply on our website:

For additional information, contact:

Frank Rojas
CPS HR Consulting
Ph: 916-471-3111

Recruitment Brochure:
City of Berkeley, California website:

The City of Berkeley, California is an equal opportunity employer.

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