Public Works Director

City of Sonoma
Until Filled

Public Works Director
City of Sonoma
Salary: $140,558 - $170,849 (DOQ/DOE)

The City of Sonoma, California, seeks a Public Works Director who is a proven leader and experienced professional with a passion for delivering high-quality services to carry out the critical functions of the Public Works Department. The ideal candidate will understand how to lead the activities of the Public Works Department, including the oversight of 21 public works staff and an operating budget of approximately $8.7 million.  The Public Works Director will be a part of the City of Sonoma’s leadership team, supporting the City Manager with the vision of improving citizens’ quality of life while ensuring public health and safety. The next Director will be a visionary leader who has a passion for the work they do and the team they lead, who is enthusiastic about serving the community and providing excellent customer service. If the successful candidate holds a Professional Engineering license, they may, at the direction of the City Manager, serve as the City Engineer, providing engineering consultations to other City Departments. If you want to help the City continue to build modern infrastructure while serving as a mentor to Public Works staff, apply today!

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The Public Works Director reports directly to the City Manager and is responsible for operating, maintaining, and upgrading the City’s water and transportation systems, parks, facilities, and cemeteries. This position is responsible for overseeing an operational budget of approximately $8.7 million and a Capital Improvement Program budget of approximately $3.8 million. The Public Works Director will represent the City with outside agencies by functioning as an intergovernmental coordinator for water supplies, traffic issues, Caltrans, and other regional governance boards. This individual will serve as a representative for the Department, and they will attend City Council meetings regularly. The successful candidate will direct the development and administration of the departmental budget; review budget proposals of each division; prepare the five-year capital improvement program; direct the preparation of reports on the budgetary and staffing requirements of proposed policies and projects; assign projects and coordinate work of staff; and have general accountability for the effectiveness of all operations.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the construction and management of streets, parks, water utilities, stormwater, and cemetery services. The successful candidate will use their technical expertise and interpersonal skills to meet the goals and objectives of the Department and City. They will also build relationships with supervisors, staff, key stakeholders, City leadership, the community at large, and engineering consulting firms, making interpersonal and communication skills important to have. Ideally, the candidate will have a robust background in water utility management and will be customer-service minded, an excellent project manager, and a mentor to the future leaders of the City.

Minimum Qualifications:
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:
  • Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal public works operations, including three (3) years of administrative and management responsibility.
  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, public administration, or a related field.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.

  • A strong background in water utilities.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Professional Engineer license from the State of California Board of Professional Engineers.

Salary and Benefits:  Annual Salary $140,558 - $170,849 (DOQ/DOE) with an attractive benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, apply by February 7th.
The first round of interviews will be virtual on Zoom and will take place on March 1st. The second round of interviews will be in-person and will take place on March 10th. Selected candidates must be available for both dates.

Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:

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