Placer County

Assistant Director of Public Works (#19813)

$68.06-$85.00 Hourly / $11,797.07-$14,733.33 Monthly / $141,564.80-$176,800.00 Yearly



To assist the Director of Public Works/Road Commissioner in managing and directing the Public Works Department; to plan, organize and direct the activities of assigned divisions; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Director of Public Works/Road Commissioner.


The Assistant Director level recognizes positions that serve as full line assistant to a director or assume responsibility for a major division or divisions and, in addition, perform general administrative tasks for a director.


Receives administrative direction from the Director of Public Works/Road Commissioner.

Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assist the Director of Public Works/Road Commissioner in managing and directing the Public Works Department.
  • Assist in developing Department goals and objectives; assist in the development of and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct internal administrative and assigned Department activities.
  • Develop and implement the Public Works Department work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Prepare the Public Works budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
  • Represent the Department to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence as necessary.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • In the absence of the Director of Public Works, to assume the responsibilities of the Director as needed.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


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

Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in public works, including three years of management responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, public or business administration, or a related field.  Additional training in management is highly desirable.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of current registration as a professional Civil Engineer is desirable.  If registration is granted by a state other than California, registration granted by the State of California must be obtained within one year of employment.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required depending on the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering and public works management
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of project management, contract administration and negotiation.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of capital improvement programming and capital project financing.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.

Ability to:

  • Assist in directing a full service public works department.
  • Organize, direct and implement comprehensive capital improvement and maintenance programs.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve Department cost recommendations; remember personnel rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time. Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means.
  • Prepare and administer a departmental budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Interpret and explain Department policies and procedures.
  • Negotiate contracts and agreements.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, including the ability to make concise and persuasive public presentations.

CLASS: 19813; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 11/1/2007;