Assistant Public Works Director

  • Lake County, California
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Accounting and Finance Administration and Management Public Works
  • Salary: $9,162.00 - $11,137.00 Monthly USD

Job Description

General Recruitment Information

Recruitments for County positions are typically conducted to establish eligibility lists to fill countywide vacancies that occur during the active status of those lists (approximately 3 -12 months). Any person on a promotional eligibility list will be considered first by the hiring department(s) before persons on an open eligibility list.

The County of Lake only accepts applications for permanent positions when actively recruiting. Only online applications are accepted. It is the responsibility of each applicant to review the full job description and requirements.

The County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer. Veteran’s Preference.

To apply for County examinations - All applications for County examinations must be submitted through the County’s online application system. A completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each online application. All permanent County recruitments will be posted at with a link to the online application. The County of Lake reserves the right to limit the number of applications that will be accepted for any open recruitment, and any such limit will be included on the job posting. When a limit is posted, the recruitment is subject to close at any time prior to the final filing date. Completed online application packets must be submitted by the close of business on the date that the recruitment closes. All relevant experience must be included on the application to be considered - resumes and other attached documents will not be used to qualify an applicant. Relevant experience and/or education may be substituted at a ratio of 2 to 1 for the purpose of meeting minimum qualifications and applicants should contact the Human Resources department for details.
Important Notice - The provisions listed on job postings, job descriptions, or other recruitment materials do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Benefits may vary between bargaining units. Any provisions contained within job postings, job descriptions or other recruitment material may be modified or revoked without notice. All County of Lake applicants who are given a conditional employment offer must comply with the County’s pre-employment medical review program before they may be appointed to the County position.

Additional Information


Minimum Qualifications

Training and Experience:

Three (3) years of increasingly responsible engineering experience in planning, development, construction and maintenance of public works facilities, including at least two (2) years in a management or supervisory position.

Advanced educational training in civil engineering, public administration or related fields is desirable.

Special Requirements:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver’s License.

Possession of current and valid registration as a Professional Civil Engineer from the State of California.

Job Description


Under general direction, to assist with planning, organizing, directing, and managing the Department of Public Works; to serve as a Division Head, as assigned, planning, directing, and coordinating assigned activities and functions; to oversee the Department of Public Works Administrative functions; to perform special assignments as directed by the Public Works Director; and to do related work as required.

This is a management classification that assists with the overall management and supervision of the Department of Public Works. The incumbent directly manages delegated functions or divisions within the department including the Administrative Division.

This is a discrete classification. The incumbent in this management position serves at the pleasure of his/her appointing authority, which means the employment relationship is at-will, and that the County of Lake or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time, with or without cause.

Receives general supervision from supervisory and/or management staff, depending on areas of work assignments. Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, and administrative support staff.

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the scope of duties performed by employees in this class and are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

  • Assists with planning, organizing, directing and managing the functions and activities of the Department of Public Works.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, and priorities.
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned staff; oversees and coordinates department personnel activities.
  • Selects, supervises and trains assigned staff.
  • Assists with the department budget.
  • Works with the Public Works Director in formulating department procedures and policies
  • Monitors current legislation related to areas of responsibility and develops reports of impacts on areas of assigned responsibility.
  • Develops comprehensive reports and presents findings to the Board of Supervisors and the public.
  • Develops and recommends policies and procedures regarding assigned areas of responsibility, secures approval from persons and entities, and administers them equitably.
  • Prepares and administers budgets for delegated functions
  • Prepares and submits grant applications for a variety of projects and administers grants
  • Develops long range plans and capital improvement requirements for assigned areas of management responsibility and carries out approved plans
  • Identifies and develops additional funding sources
  • Oversees professional engineering studies and consultant work, including preparation of plans and project specifications
  • Coordinates field inspections of projects and facilities
  • Ensures project compliance with engineering standards
  • Evaluates proposals for contract engineering work.
  • Has a major responsibility in the development, submission, and presentation of department reports
  • Approves department claims; maintains contact with the press
  • Performs special assignments for the Public Works Director
  • Interprets policies and regulations for the public
  • Serves as a liaison for the Department of Public Works with a variety of regional and local boards, commissions, other County departments, other government organizations, as delegated.


Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices, and methods of civil engineering as applied to the design, construction, and maintenance of public works facilities.
  • Pertinent state, federal and local laws, regulations, and ordinances related to the functions and operations of the Department of Public Works.
  • Grant development and administration.
  • Proper inspection methods and procedures.
  • Research and statistical methods.
  • Budget development and control.
  • Principles of project planning, development, coordination, and direction.
  • Principles of management, supervision, training, and work evaluation.

Ability to:
  • Assist with planning, organizing, managing, and coordinating the functions and services of the Department of Public Works.
  • Provide supervision, training, and timely work evaluations for assigned staff.
  • Develop and administer budgets.
  • Direct and oversee a wide scope of complex professional engineering and construction surveying work.
  • Direct and manage the development and administration of grants.
  • Perform special assignments for a variety of County boards and commissions.
  • Direct the preparation and prepare clear, concise reports.
  • Operate a computer and use appropriate software in the performance of public works administration responsibilities.
  • Make effective oral and written presentations.
  • Effectively represent the Department of Public Works with the public, community organizations, boards, commissions and other government agencies.
  • Regularly work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.
  • Constantly demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, and customers/clients.

Licensing and Certifications:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver's license.

Possession of current and valid registration as a Professional Civil Engineer from the State of California.

Education and Experience:

Three (3) years of increasingly responsible engineering experience in planning, development, construction and maintenance of public works facilities, including at least two (2) years in a management or supervisory position.

Advanced educational training in civil engineering, public administration or related fields is desirable.

Additional directly related experience and/or education may be substituted.

The County of Lake is an equal opportunity employer and will comply with its obligations under the law to provide equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Incumbents generally work partially in an office environment with moderate noise levels and controlled temperature conditions and partially in the field. As such, incumbents may have occasional exposure to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, and direct exposure to hazardous physical conditions. Incumbents may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Positions in this class typically require: sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work: Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Positions in this class may require local and statewide travel as necessary.

A successful candidate will be required to submit to and pass a background check prior to the appointment. Depending upon the position and/or assigned department, the background check may include but is not limited to civil and criminal history check, reference check, Live Scan, and/or credit check (as allowed under state law).

Disaster Service Workers: As members of the County of Lake Emergency Services Organization, all Lake County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers during a proclaimed emergency and may be required to perform certain emergency services at the direction of the department and / or County.

The contents of this class specification shall not be construed to constitute any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee, nor shall it constitute a contract of employment. The County of Lake assumes no responsibility beyond the general accuracy of the document, nor does it assume responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained herein. The contents of this specification may be modified or revoked without notice. Terms and conditions of employment are determined through a “meet and confer ” process and are subject to the Memorandum of Understanding currently in effect.

RETIREMENT - County employees are members of the California Public Employee Retirement system (CalPERS).CalPERS provides a defined benefit pension at retirement for County employees.The pension formulas and employee contribution amounts may vary by bargaining unit, date of hire, prior qualifying service, and classification. Please contact Human Resources for more information.

HEALTH AND INSURANCE BENEFITS - Medical, dental, hospital, vision, life and disability coverage is available to employees and their dependents. The County contributes $1,500 of the monthly premiums for the insurance plan options.

VACATION ACCRUAL may be adjusted for current city or county government employees.

VACATION - 80 hours per year during the first five years of service, 120 hours per year after five years, and additional accruals based on years of service beyond fifteen years. Pro-rated for part-time employees.

SICK LEAVE - Accrues at a rate of 96 hours per year. Pro-rated for part-time employees.

HOLIDAYS- An average of twelve paid 8-hour holidays per year. Pro-rated for part-time employees.

SALARY - Lake County has an adopted salary schedule. The salary range for most classifications is in five increments with a provision for longevity increases. Appointments are normally made at the first step of the salary range.

SOCIAL SECURITY - County employees participate in Social Security.

CALIFORNIA STATE DISABILITY INSURANCE - SDI is available to some County employees.


Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


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