County of Alameda

Deputy Director, Public Works (#2047)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Executive Mgmt (051)
$84.33-$102.57 Hourly / $6,746.40-$8,205.60 BiWeekly /
$14,617.20-$17,778.80 Monthly / $175,406.40-$213,345.60 Yearly

Under administrative direction, to plan, program, organize, coordinate, and direct the execution of maintenance, engineering or construction functions of the Alameda County Public Works Agency; as they relate to programs such as Capital Projects, Road and Flood Control; assists in the determination of overall policy for the Agency; performs related work as required.


The incumbents of this three position class are responsible for the overall execution of programs for either the Road, Flood Control or Capital Projects of the Public Works Agency and for the operation of a department with responsibility for some or all of the major functions of maintenance, engineering or construction within the Public Works Agency. The incumbents report to the Director of Public Works. Duties include the preparation and justification of budget requests, control of expenditures, and establishment and implementation of department policy in the context of Public Works Agency policy. In addition, each incumbent is responsible for the programming and budgeting their assigned department.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the operations of one of the departments of the Public Works Agency, whose functions may include maintenance, engineering and/or construction, and is involved in a wide variety of engineering, surveying, right of way, construction, maintenance and operation, contractual and inter agency coordination activities.

2. Assists in revising, preparing and recommending long range policies and plans relating to initiation of new projects, project priorities, budget controls, bond elections, financing of projects, and institution of special projects, assessment districts, and/or new flood control zones.

3. Plans, programs, budgets and monitors execution of one of three major Public Works programs (i.e. Roads, Flood Control or Capital Projects).

4. Directs the preparation, administration and budgetary requests for one of three Agency departments, as well as budgetary programs and controls for one of the three major agency programs (Roads, Flood Control or Capital Projects), including, where applicable, control of district and zone budget requests; makes budgetary recommendations to the Director of Public Works and the County Administrator.

5. Appears before the Board of Supervisors, city councils and other public and private groups to coordinate plans for proposed projects; explains policies and answers questions. Prepares press releases and discusses news items with reporters.

6. Gives technical assistance and advises staff members on administrative problems and department policies and procedures; makes recommendations on legislative actions pertaining to Alameda County or the Alameda County Flood Control District.

7. Directs the preparation of engineering and non engineering studies and reports, field reconnaissance and reports, plans and specifications involving projects, improvements to flood control, road or capital building construction projects, rehabilitation, maintenance and operation of road, flood control and capital building facilities.

8. Directs the construction, maintenance and/or operation of roads, flood control facilities, water supply, treatment and distribution systems for municipal, industrial and agricultural uses, and County buildings and facilities.

9. Recommends employment, dismissal or other disciplinary action related to personnel under his/her direction.

10. Directs continuing studies of current and future needs with regard to roads, flood control and County building needs; compiles data and makes recommendations relative to conditions and desirability of building sites, roads or flood control facilities and the relationship of these facilities to other governmental and private facilities; reviews construction plans for architectural and engineering accuracy, completeness, style and economy.

11. Directs the preparation of cost estimates for construction projects for roads, flood control or County buildings and coordinates review and acceptance of plans and specifications in compliance with necessary codes.

12. Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, appropriate service and staffing levels.

13. Recommends and implements complex computer systems.

14. May manage the safety program for the Agency.

15. May manage the Emergency Operations Plan and acts as the Department Operations Center Manager; determines strategies for implementing a plan to handle disasters.

16. Development and administration of Agency goals, objectives, procedures and strategic planning.

17. Researches, analyzes, and evaluates new service delivery methods and techniques.

18. Actively supports and models a customer service culture.

19. Advises the Director in strategic planning focusing on sustainable practices and approaches.


Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering or for the position specific to the Maintenance and Operations Division, possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public/Business Administration or Civil Engineering may be substituted.

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The equivalent of two years full-time experience as a Principal Civil Engineer class in Alameda County classified service and possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

For the position specific to the Maintenance and Operation Division of Public Works the equivalent of two years full-time experience as a Field Maintenance Superintendent can substitute for the required experience and licensure requirement as a Principal Civil Engineer.


The equivalent of five years full-time supervisory experience as a registered Civil Engineer with at least two years of the required experience being at the level of principal, assistant director or a higher-level position within an engineering organization and possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

For the position specific to the Maintenance and Operations Division, the equivalent of five years full-time supervisory experience working in a public or private organization as a Field Maintenance Supervisor or registered Civil Engineer, with at least two years as a field maintenance superintendent, principal civil engineer, assistant director or a higher-level position within a maintenance organization can substitute for the required Civil Engineering experience and civil engineering licensure requirement.


1. Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. For the position specific to Maintenance and Operations, this requirement is waived.

2. Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.


• Principles of administration, supervision and training, principles of public relations.
• Budget preparation and administration.
• Principles and practices of civil engineering, including surveying, hydrology, hydraulics and strength of materials.
• Theories, principles and techniques of construction and maintenance.
• Principles of right of way acquisitions.
• Methods and techniques used in conducting organizational and analytical studies.
• Familiarity with the American Public Works Association Accreditation and Leadership and Fellow Programs.

Ability to:

• Plan and organize.
• Communicate orally and in writing.
• Prepare budget analysis.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Make decisions.
• Adapt to stress.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Direct, coordinate and administer a variety of functional specialties with a large number of overlapping work areas.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of technical and administrative personnel.
• Effectively communicate the policies and programs of the Public Works Agency and its departments before individuals and groups.
• Balance competing interests in a regulatory and political environment.
• Exercise considerable independent judgment in the management of assigned activities.

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Revised: 2/84
Retyped: 5/85
Revised: 3/89
Updated 1/11/01
Jc:newspecs file: 2047
CSC Date: 3/29/89
MH:po revised 3/30/09
CSC Date: 4/8/2009
MH:cs Revised 12/1/14
CSC Date: 12/10/14


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.