Deputy Public Works Director

Recruitment #18-M15-001


Are you a dedicated and collaborative leader with proven experience managing and overseeing Public Works division and program activities and operations?   If you are a current regular status City of Ventura employee, consider this exciting Deputy Public Works Director promotional opportunity and apply online at by the 6/16/2019 filing deadline!


Under the direction of the Public Works Director assists in managing, planning, directing, overseeing and evaluating the activities and operations of assigned divisions and programs in the Public Works Department, including traffic, parking and transportation engineering, capital project engineering and construction, land development, engineering, street and signal maintenance, graffiti removal, environmental and recycling programs, and City fleet and facilities maintenance and operations; formulate departmental policies, goals, and objectives; build and foster relationships with other departments and outside agencies; and, provide highly responsible professional and technical staff assistance to the Public Works Director.

This position is designated as "at will." “At will" employees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and are subject to discharge without cause and without the right of appeal.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Provides highly responsible professional and technical staff assistance to the Public Works Director in managing, planning, directing, overseeing and implementation of the Public Works Department’s policies, projects, and programs; assumes responsibility for managing multiple divisions, work groups, and/or service areas.

Formulates departmental policies, procedures, goals, objectives and priorities for assigned divisions and programs; implements new programs and activities; identifies areas where improvement is needed and coordinates changes and adjustments.

Conducts special studies, analyses, and investigations of procedural matters and operating programs; evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of department operations and recommends short- and long-term plans and priorities to meet department goals; makes recommendations for improvements in financial and organizational procedures and policies.

Plans, directs, coordinates and organizes assigned public works activities related to construction, operation, and/or maintenance of the City's infrastructure, including but not limited to, buildings, equipment, and facilities; ascertains present and future needs for facilities, infrastructure, and programs, and assists in preparing long-term plans to meet those needs, including the budgetary requirements.

Manages the purchasing and acquisition process for assigned programs; participates in the development of the department’s annual budget; forecasts funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; participates in the development, implementation, and administration of the Capital Improvement Program and budget.

Responds to and resolves citizen and customer inquiries and complaints; meets with the public in small and large groups to discuss public works projects, policies, practices, and procedures.

Oversees safety programs for assigned sections and work groups; assists with action planning for safety programs; ensures the timely provision of mandated safety training.

Manages and directs assigned staff; selects, supervises, trains, motivates, and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; establishes performance expectations and performance standards for assigned staff; oversees plans and actions for employee development and training; prepares and conducts employee evaluations; conducts informal counseling on work issues; prepares documentation and improvement plans to address work performance problems/deficiencies and recommends and implements disciplinary action.

Makes presentations to the City Council, community groups, City staff, and other special meetings and events; serves on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other information to small and large groups.

Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations regarding regulations, laws, requirements, and emerging issues in public works.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required.


Environment:  Performs work primarily in an indoor office environment with some occasional exposure to outdoor conditions, including fumes, dirt/dust, noise, traffic, and construction; may drive a vehicle to different locations; may attend evening meetings; works under pressure in potentially stressful situations and with media scrutiny.  


A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public administration, business administration, engineering, or a closely related field and five years of progressively responsible related public works experience, including two years at a management/supervisory level.

Selection Plan

Do you have the knowledge, skill and ability to perform the work described above? If you are currently a regular status City of Ventura employee interested in applying for this in-house promotional opportunity, please apply online at by the final filing date.

Once your application has been submitted online, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices sent to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview

A select number of candidates will be invited to participate in a department selection interview in June 2019, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: