County of Alameda

Assistant Director of Public Works (#2050)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Executive Mgmt (051)
$93.68-$113.85 Hourly / $7,494.40-$9,108.00 BiWeekly /
$16,237.87-$19,734.00 Monthly / $194,854.40-$236,808.00 Yearly

Under general direction, to act as the principal assistant to the Director of Public Works in planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the Public Works Agency; to assist in determining and interpreting agency policies; to program and direct the activities of assigned departments and districts of the Public Works Agency; and to do related work as required.


The incumbent of this one-position class is Chief Deputy to the Director of Public Works, and acts for the Director in his absence. This position differs from the next lower levels in the Agency (Deputy Director Public Works-Roads and Engineer-Manager in that its responsibilities are agency-wide as opposed to departmental).

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. Assists the Director in planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the activities of the Public Works Agency, which includes a wide variety of administrative, engineering, architectural, transportation, inspection, construction, and maintenance services to government agencies and the general public.

2. Assists the Director in formulating and obtaining adherence to administrative policies, technical standards, and procedures for effective operation of the Public Works Agency.

3. Acts for the Director in his absence or at his direction in Agency matters; represents the Director or the Agency at public meetings, including regular and special meetings of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

4. Gives technical assistance and advises staff members on administrative problems and Agency policies and procedures; assists in the evaluation of candidates for hiring or promotion.

5. Directs the preparation and administration of the annual budget for assigned departments and districts of the Public Works Agency and justifies requested expenditures to reflect operational needs and goals.

6. Performs or directs the performance of special studies and investigations on matters pertaining to past, present and future operations of the Public Works Agency and presents the results to interested parties.

7. Appears before and consults with public and private groups to facilitate coordination of agency activities with other agencies, and to stimulate interest in the County public works program.

8. Attends professional conferences and meetings; keeps informed on legal, legislative, technical, personnel, management, and administrative trends in the field of public works.


Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in civil engineering, public administration, business administration, or a related field;


The equivalent of five years’ full-time broad and extensive experience in public, personnel or engineering administration or management supervising a major operating branch of a public works/engineering organization; e.g., city/county department, public works department, road, flood control, building inspection, engineering or architectural department.

Registration and Licenses:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license within thirty days of appointment.

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 is desirable.

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.

Knowledge of:

· Principles and practices of modern management and administration.
· Government policy, organization, and responsibility.
· Legal bases for public work programs.
· Environmental requirements and procedures.
· Engineering and transportation economics.
· Effective methods of public relations.
· Budget preparation and administration.
· Principles of effective public relations.
· Legislative processes.
· Personnel policies and procedures.


· Planning, organizing, directing and coordinating a large and complex public works program.
· Developing sound policies for department operations and implementing policies with the aid of subordinate managers.
· Selecting high-level professional employees and directing employee training.
· Analyzing complex technical and administrative public works programs.
· Making sound recommendations for their solutions, and adopting effective courses of action.
· Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with public and private officials, administrators, and organizations to obtain enthusiastic support for County public works programs.
· Speaking effectively with individuals and groups.
· Keeping up with developments in the field of public works administration and technology and related environmental aspects.

Old document: PR:lfm
Revised: 7/89
New document: Jobspecs/2050


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

  • 11 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.