Assistant Director of Public Works (Contract)

San Bernardino County | San Bernardino, CA

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Posted Date 7/14/2020

The County has operated a road system for over 100 years, and a flood protection system for over 75 years. In 2000, the Department of Public Works was established by bringing together Transportation, Flood Control, Solid Waste, and Surveyor under one departmental structure. Public Works primary responsibilities are to operate and maintain county roads, administer special transportation projects, oversee subdivision maps, records of survey through the Surveyor's Office, operate the county's solid waste system, and maintain a very extensive system of flood control and water conservation facilities.


Desired Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Civil Engineering, or a related field
  • Five (5) + years of experience in leading and managing personnel in a large, complex organization
  • Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience in professional engineering or construction activities, preferably in a county, state, or municipal setting
  • Special consideration will also be given to candidates who are licensed Civil Engineers in the State of California
  • The top candidates will have experience that demonstrates strong leadership ability, knowledge of operations, ideally in government programs, excellent communication skills, and the ability to manage large, complex organizations

Equivalent qualifications may be given consideration provided education and experience are commensurate with the responsibilities of this position.



The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership skills and extensive experience with personnel management in a union environment. Must be an excellent communicator with a strong work ethic and excellent customer service skills, with a passion for public service and the community. Strong interpersonal skills will be necessary to build solid relationships with County leadership, partnering agencies, and other key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to staff and leadership development, building interdepartmental relations, and have a sincere desire to build a thriving community through innovation in public works, fiscal responsibility, and environmental stewardship. A collaborative leadership style and humility will work best in this professional and skilled department, as will a strategic manager who understands the effectiveness of being a team player. Demonstrated ability to maintain a departmental culture where employees can thrive in an environment of practical process improvement and enterprise solutions, open and honest communication, and working together creatively is critical.

Selection Process

The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the appointing authority for further consideration and may be invited to participate in the selection interview process. 

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Application Procedure
Please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire by 5 pm,Friday, July 24, 2020Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaire.

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Job Category
Local Government
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