Assistant Director Public Works, Public ...
City of Palo Alto - Palo Alto, CA

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The City of Palo Alto Public Works Department is happy to announce the recruitment of their Assistant Director Public Works, Public Services This position will oversee a 100-person Division comprised of mostly line (union) workers in the maintenance and repair of city infrastructure including: buildings, trees, streets & sidewalks, storm drains, equipment management, traffic control, and emergency response.
This position is responsible for a range of activities that take place high above ground such as roofing repairs and tree trimming activities on large trees, to activities that take place underground such as storm drain repairs/cleaning and basement/plumbing repairs to city facilities. Additionally the Assistant Director will be responsible for managing the city’s storm response to address flooding problems, fallen trees, mud slides, and creek blockages.

A critical role for this position will be to represents Public Works as a first responder in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, which may include to staff the City’s Emergency Operations Center to provide cohesive response to natural disasters such as heavy rain events or coordinate emergency response activities during heavy winter storm events.

Essential Duties:

Some of the essential duties are as follows:
  • Supervises technical, clerical, and lead staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations;
  • Oversees the development and administration of policies, procedures, programs, goals and objectives for Public Services division;
  • Provides complex administrative and professional assistance to the Director;
  • Serves as a lead in cross-division teams and cross-department initiatives and programs including department-wide training and development activities and opportunities;
  • Reviews departmental operations to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of services and/or programs;
  • Provides direction and guidance to external consultants and/or vendors engaged in studies and projects on behalf of the City; initiates and monitors the progress of special studies to be undertaken by internal staff. Administers the monitoring process of service contracts; evaluates services performed and costs for services obtained through outside contractors and vendors.
  • Responds to and resolves sensitive and/or the complex questions or concerns from the general public, partners, the business community, and staff.
  • Prepares and develops budgets, which may include capital improvement program budgets;
  • Direct operations associated with street maintenance, sign and traffic markings, in-house sidewalk and concrete repairs, street sweeping, tree maintenance facility maintenance, storm drain system maintenance and the maintenance of the City fleet;
  • Directing the development, planning, control, and evaluations of the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan;
  • Some night meetings will be necessary to represent Department at Community and/or City Council meetings.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and skills, which would typically be acquired through:

    Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field and eight years of related experience, including five years of management level experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Master’s degree is preferred.

    Licensing Requirements:
    • Valid California Driver’s License

    Ideal Candidate:

    The City is looking for a detailed oriented individual to lead the division with confidence and enthusiasm and draw out ideas to improve processes while recognizing the need to be flexible in building a collaborative environment. Ability to make difficult decisions and accept responsibility for those decisions, be a skilled manager who is capable of effective and diplomatic communication for complex, technical or politically sensitive concepts and able to motivate both line staff and managers while providing vision for the group. Maintains a work environment that operates as a cohesive team that values working together to provide critical services to the community and other city employees, and will have experience working in a strong union environment to achieve collaborative solutions to daily work issues. Ability to embrace innovation and creativity and be able to build positive relationships with the City Council, staff, committees, regulatory agencies, other Department representatives, and residents will be essential traits.

    The successful candidate will be one who can remain calm in emergency situations involving loss of property and make sound decisions to properly and safety address the emergency. Lastly, the ideal candidate will also be competent with Microsoft suite applications, SAP, and be knowledgeable of the equipment operation and repair methods used in the maintenance of city roads, sidewalks, trees, facilities, fleet, and storm drains.

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