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THE POSITION Under the direction of the City Manager and/or the Assistant City Manager, the Director of Public Works will lead plan, direct, organize, supervise, coordinate and review the activities of the Department of Public Works with responsibility for all of the Department's operations and administration. The Director also assists the City Manager and/or Assistant City Manager in coordinating public works and engineering matters, and, as directed by the City Council, may serve as City Engineer. The Director of Public Works will oversee a department consisting of four (4) divisions:
Administration Responsible for the department budget ($17 Million), the City's Storm Water Program, contracted Shopping Cart Retrieval, Street Sweeping, Traffic Signal Maintenance, Tree Care, and Waste Management Services. Engineering Responsible for managing the design and construction of capital improvements, reviewing land development and construction activity as it relates to public infrastructure (both privately and publicly funded), conducting traffic engineering, and managing environmental programs in support of this goal. The City has over $100 million in upcoming projects, including $96 million in federally funded projects. The Public Works Director will lead a wide variety of high profile projects. Field Operations Consists of various crews responsible for general maintenance and upkeep of City owned buildings, including alleys, asphalt, landscape and irrigation, parks, trees, sidewalks, storm drains, truck routes and traffic markings and signage. Crews take care of 137 miles of City streets and alleyways, more than six miles of street medians and service road islands, 18,660 City trees, 86 acres of turf, 100 acres of parks, the skate park, 31 athletic fields, 12 tennis courts, 25 basketball courts, two soccer fields, and the upkeep and safety of the playground apparatus. Utilities Responsible for providing drinking water through approximately 9,400 water service connections. The water system is made up of more than 90 miles of pipeline, with nine (9) active wells; three (3) booster stations, three reservoirs, and 875 fire hydrants. The system is capable of providing more than 12,500 gallons of water per minute. The staff of the Water Operations Division is responsible for the distribution and treatment of water to its customers.
Knowledge of: Theories and principles of engineering; public administration; customer service techniques; safety procedures and practices; communication and public relations practices; pertinent laws and regulations; statutory reporting requirements; time management and conflict resolution methods; supervisory and leadership techniques; work organization planning methods; theories and principles of occupational disciplines; budget preparation methods; professional standards; management theories; department work plan; procedures and methods of report presentation. Will be required to handle complex field investigations; and have knowledge of general inspection and enforcement practices.
Skills: Proper use of a personal computer/laptop/mobile device and other technologies; proficiency in specialized software programs required to manage projects, Department budget; and can perform mathematical computations with ease.
May be required to operate a vehicle and equipment safely.
Ability to: Organize and prioritize multiple tasks; analyze and solve problems; research and interpret data, laws and regulations; interpret standards and practices; assist with budget preparation; demonstrate effective interpersonal skills; use conflict resolution techniques; tracking and writing techniques; conduct effective oral and public presentations; represent the City at functions; follow oral and written instructions; work with minimal supervision; use project, records and time management techniques; initiate and complete performance evaluations; write reports; comply with required regulations; delegate tasks and manage projects; maintain confidentiality of non-public records; interview and hire employees; demonstrate effective leadership skills; recommend and implement disciplinary action; manage capital improvement projects; and plan, direct, organize and control department activities. Will be required to interpret plans and specifications.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, public or business administration, public works or a closely related field. Valid registration as a Professional Civil Engineer from the State of California or both registration as a Civil Engineer and Private Land Surveyor is preferred. Master's Degree is desirable.
Experience: Eight (8) years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in municipal government; including six (6) years of supervisory experience; seven (7) years of public contact work; five (5) years of contract administration, three (3) budget/policy experience; and leadership experience is required.
Experience serving on government boards is desirable.
Internal Number: 201910-PW Director
About City of Pico Rivera
The City of Pico Rivera's vision and values are to safeguard the public's trust through open and transparent business practices that consistently maintain our credibility of strong ethical stewardship of all resources. We strive to provide responsive and consistent customer service to the community and our employees; who we trust to always own the problem and solution of all our business challenges. We recognize that we must engage our workforce in productive and respectful dialogue as our success internally hinges on the dynamic and interdependent partnerships within; thus improving our chances of external success.
The goal is to positively impact our community by optimizing and engaging our workforce to improve the human experience and quality of life in the City of Pico Rivera. The City is committed to forging a model of 21st Century government to better serve the community and its employees. This involves designing an organizational framework that makes maximum use of the enterprise's human resources and by establishing systems of communication that help the organization operate in a unified manner.