County of Colusa

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Director of Public Works

County of Colusa
Colusa, CA Full-time
Posted on October 27, 2019

About The Position

The County of Colusa is recruiting for a Director of Public Works to plan, direct, manage, and oversee the activities and operations of the Public Works Department. This includes: Engineering, road and bridge maintenance, traffic control, landfill, equipment maintenance, and the County's transportation programs; serves as Floodplain Administrator, Executive Director of Transportation Commission, Executive Director of Transit Agency, and if qualified, serves as Road Commissioner and County Engineer, may also serve if needed and qualified, as the County Surveyor; coordinate assigned activities with other County departments and outside agencies; provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Board of Supervisors. The Director of Public Works leads a technical staff of 48 and manages a budget of over $19.2 million. The Director reports to the County Administrative Officer and works closely with all other County departmental managers. In the upcoming year, the Department will be focusing attention on issues such as:

  • Continuation of FEMA Flood Re-mapping
  • Increased Road Maintenance and construction with RMRA funding
  • Utilization of an Emergency Grant of almost $700,000 for a water redundancy project and improve reliability for the Stonyford water system

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will display flexibility, adaptability, and resiliency suitable for the demands of today's dynamic environment and will also be adept at managing high-profile and sometimes controversial issues. This individual will manage and direct a variety of major County Programs that requires creative ability, resourcefulness and discriminating judgment in the analysis and solution of complex problems, and the ability to make technical decisions on specialized matters. Emphasis is placed on overall management skills to guide and direct the organization in a manner that achieves policy goals of the County and integrates programs and employees in the best cost-effective and efficient way within available resources.


Licensed Director $116,184 - $148,764 - $190,488 Unlicensed Director $105,240 - $134,748 - $172,536 The hiring salary range indicated above has six annual merit steps with approximately 5% between each step (Licensed: $116,184 - $148,764 or Unlicensed: $105,240 - $134,748). Annual advancement is based upon successful performance. The successful applicant can anticipate being offered a salary between steps 1 through 6 depending on experience and qualifications. The full salary range goes up to step 15 ($190,488 for Licensed and $172,536 for Unlicensed). Steps 7-15 are additional merit steps and eligibility for step advancement is based on 2 years of satisfactory performance at the previous step. Steps 7 through 14 provide increases of 2.5% each. Step 15 provides a 5% increase.

Minimum Requirements

The following requirements generally demonstrate possession of the minimum requisite knowledge and ability necessary to perform the duties of the position. Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Public Works Director-Licensed Engineer:

  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible public works and engineering experience including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
  • Bachelor's degree with major work in civil engineering or a related field.
  • Certificate of Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California. Land Surveying license in the State of California, preferred.

Public Works Director-Unlicensed:

  • Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible public works experience including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, business, management, or a related field. 
  • Nine (9) years of increasingly responsible public works experience including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
  • Equivalent to an Associates degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, business, management, or a related field. Additional combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Please mention you found this employment opportunity on the job board. This position is open until filled. A first review of application materials is scheduled for November 1, 2019. This recruitment may close without notice upon receipt of a sufficient number of applications.

The application materials will be used to select the best qualified applicants to participate in the selection process. An application will be required prior to interviews. Qualifications appraisal interviews will be used to assess the candidate's knowledge, skills and experience. The Board of Supervisors will make the final selection and appointment.

Note: The information contained in this flyer is general in nature and does not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Colusa County does not reimburse applicants for any travel or related expenses incurred in connection with applying for employment. Colusa County participates in E-Verify. To view the Notice of E-Verify Participation and Right to Work posters, please visit the Employment Opportunities section of the Colusa County website.

Benefits 3% at 60 CalPERS Retirement formula for Classic Members, 2% at 62 formula for New Members; deferred compensation plans available with monthly matching employer contributions; 13 paid holidays, 10 to 25 annual vacation days based on seniority and 12 days of sick leave; health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

  • Cell phone allowance ($60/month)
  • Designated County Vehicle Important

Note: Effective 2019 & 2020, for employees who elect to enroll in the PERS Select health plan (80/20 plan) including family coverage including vision insurance, will be covered entirely by the County contribution.