Public Works Director

City of Morro Bay

The City of Morro Bay is seeking a visionary leader and strong manager to guide the Public Works Department and oversee a wide range of responsibilities and capital projects that will immediately impact and improve the quality of life in the community. The next Public Works Director will enjoy working with a high-functioning and respectful City Council, under the  administrative direction of a progressive City Manager, in an idyllic location along California’s Central Coast. A talented and dedicated staff of 33 full-time and three part-time professionals will support the Public Works Director to plan, organize, and carry out implement the activities of the Public Works Department.

The City of Morro Bay (population approx. 10,500) is located on California’s picturesque Central Coast, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, in San Luis Obispo County. The City receives 800,000 visitors annually from all over the world, who are drawn to its natural beauty, slow pace, and quaint atmosphere. Close to Hearst Castle and the Big Sur Coastline, residents and visitors alike enjoy the outdoor activities of kayaking, surfing, hiking, sailing, fishing, and bird watching.

The Morro Bay Public Works Department consists of Engineering & Administration, Capital Projects, Vehicle Maintenance, Consolidated Maintenance, Transit, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Utilities (Water, Wastewater Collection, Wastewater Treatment, (including the new Water Reclamation Facility). The Department’s combined annual budget is $14 million out of a total City budget of over $76 million (including Capital Projects).

The ideal candidate will demonstrate exceptional, collaborative leadership skills; be a decisive manager; show political sensitivity and be responsive to resident’s concerns; demonstrate effective listening, written, and oral communication skills in order to maintain good relations with other departments and the community; and exhibit exceptional leadership skills that help Public Works achieve outcomes that align with the City’s goals.

The new Director should respect and be able to balance conflicting perspectives, build political and operational consensus among City staff and other agencies; able to establish and maintain cooperative working relations with City staff, the City Council, other public agencies, boards and commissions, and the general public. He/She should be responsive and approachable and value communication.

Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for acceptable job performance. 
Minimum of five years’ experience in management or supervisory capacity.
Five years of increasingly responsible experience in the construction, maintenance and repair of municipal public works facilities or service.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with major work in public administration, civil engineering, or closely related field; possession of a master’s degree is desirable.
The City is offering an annual base salary range for this at-will, executive position of $129,439 and $157,334 (appointment DOQE).  Link to City Website and more detailed job flyer, minimum qualifications, and details regarding application requirements.  Questions may be directed to