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Deputy Director of Public Works

at City of Laguna Beach (CA)

Posted: 9/27/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2320143
Keywords: operations

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for a customer service-oriented Deputy Director of Public Works. Under administrative direction, the Deputy Director of Public Works (Public Services) manages, directs, supervises and coordinates programs and services related to the maintenance and repair of City streets, beaches and beach approach areas, parks, City-owned trees and public landscape, public buildings, the downtown area, sidewalks, and storm drains within the Public Works Department. The Deputy Director assists the Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Works in the overall management of the Public Works Department, serves as a member of the department management team, provides supervision over Public Works supervisory and maintenance operations personnel, and provides highly responsible and professional staff assistance to the Director.

Laguna Beach: With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscape in Southern California. Laguna Beach hosts millions of visitors to its world-famous arts festivals and beautiful beaches. Services provided to its resident population of approximately 24,000 include police, fire, marine safety, recreation, parks, public works, community development, parking, transit and animal control.

The Department: The Mission of the Public Works Department is to preserve, maintain, enhance the City's infrastructure and natural resources, and provide services and environmental stewardship for the benefits of Laguna Beach residents, businesses and visitors. The Department is organized into the following divisions: Engineering and Administration, Fleet Maintenance, Park and Building Maintenance, Street Maintenance, Utility Undergrounding, Solid Waste, Parking Management and Operations, Traffic, Parking and Signs Maintenance, and Transit Services. There are 57 employees in the department.

In addition to the minimum qualifications listed below, ideal candidates will possess:
  • Experience in the maintenance of public use facilities
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Experience in multiple areas of public works (e.g., maintenance project management, street infrastructure, landscape maintenance, and facilities maintenance)
  • Experience dealing with emergency response and preparedness as it relates to public works services
Ideal Competency Profile:
  • Decision Making
  • Adaptability
  • Action and Results Focus
  • Self-Management
  • Oral Communication
  • Writing
  • Presentation Skill
  • Allocating Resources
  • Political and Organizational Savvy
  • Relationship Building
  • Handling Conflict
  • Customer Focus
  • Managing Performance
  • Delegating

To Be Considered: This recruitment will be opened continuously until filled. Applications will be reviewed weekly. The first review deadline is Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.  Please ensure you upload the following documents to your completed application: (1) resume or CV, (2) cover letter, and (3) three professional references.

The selection process will include a structured panel interview and may include other testing components designed to predict a candidate's success in this position.  Those recommended for further evaluation will undergo a department interview with City executive staff.

Selected candidates must successfully pass a police background check with the Laguna Beach Police Department, a fingerprint check with the State Department of Justice, and a pre-placement physical and drug test.

Examples of Duties

  • Responsible for the operation of the following Public Works maintenance divisions: Sidewalks and Streets, Parks, Trees and Landscape, Downtown and Beaches, and Public Facilities
  • Establishes division work priorities, budgets, personnel assignments, and scheduling
  • Sets priorities and establishes work schedules
  • Coordinates the activities of the above divisions with those of other City departments
  • Plans and directs the implementation of division programs and special projects
  • Participates as part of the emergency preparedness and emergency response team
  • Evaluates performance and conducts performance evaluations
  • Encourages and delivers quality customer service
  • Participates in the determination of maintenance repair needs
  • Prioritizes maintenance construction projects
  • Develops on-going maintenance programs
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs the work of assigned staff engaged in various activities of the divisions
  • Inspects maintenance projects in progress and upon completion
  • Receives and responds to complaints and requests for service regarding maintenance activities
  • Engages in employment activities related to hiring, promotion, transfer, training, discipline and termination
  • Makes budgetary recommendations
  • Writes reports and delivers presentations related to division activities
  • Performs other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration or another field related to the position is required.
Experience:  A minimum of five years combined experience in the supervision of operations staff and management of public infrastructure maintenance services.
License/Certificate Requirements: Due to the performance of some field duties, which will require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid California Driver's license and an acceptable driving record are required.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of: Principles and practices related to one or more of the following: streets and sidewalks, trees, and landscape maintenance operations, public facilities maintenance and operations, including budget preparation, purchasing, and program analysis; principles and practices of staff supervision and motivation; personnel rules and regulations; principles and practices of quality customer services; timely planning, coordination and completion of maintenance projects; the use of a PC and applicable software; fundamental business law, algebra, and logic; effective contract administration; and knowledge of laws and regulations related to the above activities.  

Ability to:  Exercise independent judgment in establishing efficient and effective operations consistent with City Council policies and administrative guidelines established by the City Manager; select, supervise, train and evaluate staff; provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for activities related to the operations assigned to the position; prepare and administer a budget; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner; respond to time constraints; coordinate and organize people and activities; communicate positively, effectively and tactfully verbally and in writing with a variety of individuals, including the general public, elected and appointed officials and staff at all levels of government; prepare clear, concise, and grammatically correct records, correspondence and reports; maintain effective working relationships with others; operate or learn to use a variety of computer applications; sit, reach, twist, lean, stand, operate a computer keyboard, lift files and reports from counter tops or file drawers, withstand exposure to vibration, pitch and glare from a computer; develop and implement divisions goals, objective, policies and procedures; analyze and interpret laws, codes, regulations and standards relating to the above activities; analyze and recommend solutions to problems and issues; plan, develop and manage programs and projects; and, exercise independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines.