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Deputy Director Engineering & Maintenance

County of Sonoma
SANTA ROSA, CA Full-time
Posted on September 30, 2018
Salary: $143,385.14 - $174,316.27 Annually
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Job Type: Full-Time
Department: Transportation & Public Works (TPW)
Job Number: 18/07-1041-O
10/17/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Position Information

The County of Sonoma Transportation and Public Works Department seeks an experienced professional to manage the Engineering & Maintenance Division!

The Deputy Director Engineering & Maintenance provides oversight of the day-to-day operations of the road maintenance and engineering divisions, which include traffic, construction, design, survey, land development, and materials lab. This position requires extensive knowledge of state and federal laws related to the engineering, surveying, drafting, and right-of-way requirements of public works projects. To view the color brochure, please click here.

The County of Sonoma offers a competitive total compensation package. Salary is $143,385 - $174,316 and will depend on experience and qualifications. Sonoma County also offers the following:

  • Competitive vacation accrual and additional management leave annually; 12 paid holidays and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year; generous sick leave accruals and 100% of accrual balance converted to service credit at retirement
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • A wide variety of high quality health plans options (PPO, EPO, three HMO's, and several deductible first/high deductible HMO's) with a County contribution toward the monthly premium of approximately $500 per month
  • Excellent dental, vision, disability, life insurance, professional development and more. Additional details for management employees may be found at sonomacounty.cagov/HR/Employee-Relations/Labor/Salary-Resolution
  • A cash allowance (in addition to monthly salary) of approximately $600 per month. An additional cash contribution of $342 per pay period, estimated to end 07/10/19*
  • IRS 457 Plan, Pre-tax employee contribution up to the IRS annual maximum
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund postretirement employee health insurance/benefits

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for this position is a creative and innovative thinker who is excited by the prospect of change, and the challenge of managing a large variety of complex projects. The individual selected for this position will possess the following competencies, skills, and abilities:

  • A thorough understanding of the current issues related to California governmental transportation
  • Experience working with the principles of project budgeting, financial management, and revenue generation
  • Extensive knowledge of the engineering, maintenance, and/or operation of large-scale public works projects, including state and federal laws related to public works projects
  • Demonstrated experience developing creative and alternative solutions to administrative, management, and fiscal challenges
  • Considerable independent judgment and discretion in staff supervision and delegated administration and management, including the prioritization and coordination of Department mandates, goals, and objectives
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a proven ability to effectively manage supervisors, lead teams, and collaborate with multiple agencies and the public

The Deputy Director Position
The Deputy Director is responsible for assisting in the formulation of TPW's long-range goals through the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and plans this position uses considerable independent judgment and discretion in staff supervision and in delegating administrative and management duties, including the prioritization and coordination of department mandates, goals, and objectives. This position provides direction to and supervises staff in areas of financial and program management as well as personnel management, including selection, development, evaluation, promotion, assignment, disciplinary action, and training.

The Deputy Director is also responsible for reviewing and evaluating programs in order to anticipate future needs; coordinating the activities of their assigned sections with other governmental agencies, public utilities, contractors, and private organizations; and assisting in the preparation of the departmental budget. Additionally, the Deputy Director will discuss and explain the Department's plans, programs, and projects at public meetings as well as administrative and legislative hearings; may serve as a member of various committees; and may act for the Director of Transportation and Public Works during periods of absence.

The Transportation and Public Works Department

Leading the way in maintaining a safe and sustainable community through stewardship and innovation.

The Transportation and Public Works (TPW) Department plans, builds, manages, and maintains the County of Sonoma's investment in critical services and quality infrastructure. TPW's multiple Divisions are dedicated to providing construction and maintenance services throughout the community:

  • Airport - operates and maintains airfield facilities for general and commercial services as well as corporate, recreational, law enforcement, emergency medical transport, and firefighting aircraft
  • Integrated Waste (Refuse) - provides ecologically sound solid waste disposal, natural gas recovery, recycling, community hazardous waste disposal, and composting programs to the County
  • Roads - performs design, construction, and maintenance of all roads, bridges, and minor drainage systems within the County road system, and keeps roads open and safely passable for the public
  • Transit - delivers cost effective public transportation services to meet the public's transit needs
  • Water Systems - operates, maintains, and improves the Fitch Mountain, Salmon Creek, Freestone, and Jenner water systems

The County of Sonoma
The County of Sonoma offers a rare and compelling array of scenic, recreational, and geographic characteristics that include over 200 award winning wineries, majestic redwoods, inspiring coastline and beaches, and the vibrant Russian River. Encompassing over one million acres of land and water, rich with agriculture, parks, campsites, lakes, and open spaces, the County is home to over 500,000 residents and offers a wide variety of art and music festivals, farmers' markets, and concert venues. Local schools continually rank high on California's Academic Performance Index, and the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University offer higher education opportunities.
The County of Sonoma is a general law county, governed by a five member Board of Supervisors. The Board is fully committed to a mission and vision which value high quality services that support and enrich the community, strong leadership, engaged citizen participation, transparency and accuracy in information, and efficient and fiscally sustainable government. The County Administrator leads a team of dedicated department heads who work collaboratively to address and strategically prepare for County initiatives and challenges. The County has 28 departments, agencies, and special districts, and employs over 4,000 regular employees with an annual budget of approximately $1.63 billion for fiscal year 2018-2019.
Please visit for more information about Sonoma County, the place to live, work, and build your career.


Minimum Qualifications


License: Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is required. Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level, including special endorsements as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Experience: Extensive professional experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, five years of full-time, professional engineering experience, including at least two years in an administrative or supervisory capacity, would provide such opportunity.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Extensive knowledge of: the planning, design, and construction of large-scale public works projects; the principles, practices and techniques of civil engineering; state and federal laws relative to the planning and development of public works projects.

Thorough knowledge of: the principles and practices of personnel and fiscal administration, including the budgetary process, principles of supervision, staff development and training; the principles and practices of contract negotiation and administration; economic research and feasibility as it relates to public works projects.

Considerable knowledge of: English syntax and grammar.

Ability to: plan, organize and direct the activities of a large staff of highly specialized professional, technical, maintenance, and clerical staff; establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with coworkers, subordinates, representatives of other governmental agencies, private contractors, private organizations, consulting engineers and architects, and the general public; prepare and implement administrative and fiscal policies and controls; coordinate divisional program activities with other Department Divisions, and other public entities; determine organizational needs and functional changes in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness; provide effective leadership in the development of new or improved procedures; analyze and review staff reports and recommendations and to give constructive criticism; effectively assemble, organize and present in written and/or oral form, reports containing alternative solutions and recommendations regarding specific resources, plans and policies; speak before groups regarding department plans, projects, and functions.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.

Due to the selection procedure listed above, it is important that you make every attempt to clearly describe your qualifications for this position. We recommend that you list all employers and positions held within at least the last 10 years in the work history section of your application and include history beyond 10 years if it is related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. In addition, be sure to respond thoroughly and clearly to the supplemental questions at the end of this job bulletin. The information you provide in your application and supplemental material will determine your score and rank on the employment list. Resumes can be submitted or inserted into the online application; however, they will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed job application and supplemental question responses.
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Colleen Goetz at 707-565-1701 or

A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.
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