The City of Oxnard's Public Works Department is seeking an Assistant Director of Public Works who can build trust through honesty and integrity. The Assistant Director of Public Works is a solid leader and role model with a positive presence, who demonstrates initiative, is action-oriented, exercises good judgment, treats others with respect, and is open, approachable and responsive.
The Assistant Director of Public Works is responsible to plan, manage, and oversee specific activities and operations of the Public Works Department including parks and facilities, field operations, maintenance, fleet and and special districts. The Assistant Public Works Director coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies and performs responsible and complex administrative work.
WORK SCHEDULE: The normal work week is Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 6:00pm and alternating Fridays 8:00am-5:00pm. This position may be required to be available to work additional hours as needed to respond to workload needs. This position is not eligible for overtime pay.
PLEASE NOTE: Should a high number of qualified candidates apply, we reserve the right to conduct a comparative screening at any time to determine which applicants will be invited to continue in the recruitment and selection process.
The stand alone classification has responsibility of overall direction and administration of the divisions assigned within the Public Works Department: serving as a member of a departmental management team, developing and implementing policy and procedures, coordinating and overseeing the work and projects of the assigned areas. The incumbent is accountable for formulating policy, developing goals and objectives, supervising staff, and directing day-to-day operations through subordinate levels of supervision. A major portion of the work involves facilitating and supporting the work of the Public Works Director by supervising day-to-day services activities and by providing a professional level resource for related functions and operational responsibilities.
The Assistant Director of Public Works receives general supervision from the Public Works Director within a framework of broad policies and established organizational values and processes. This classification is accountable for planning and administering the work of professional, technical, supervisory, operational, customer service and mandated program management duties.
Plans, organizes, coordinates and administers the work of the assigned areas through subordinate levels of supervision. As a member of the departmental management team, the incumbent assists in developing goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and administrative control systems for the department.
Oversees operations and activities within the assigned area. Makes recommendations and implements processes, improvements and strategically aligns operations with the mission and objectives of the department.
Plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned staff; recommends selection of staff; trains staff in work procedures and provides for their professional development; recommends and/or administers discipline as required.
Coordinates and participates in the development of the department's budget, which includes multiple programmatic or functional budgets.
Monitors changes in laws, regulations and technology that may affect departmental operations; implements changes to policies and procedures after approval.
Communicates orally, in writing or through graphic representations and statistical summaries with colleagues, City Councilmembers, managers, employees, the public, organized employee groups and representatives of various organizations.
The ideal candidate is a strong leader and effective communicator who possesses broad experience in public works. As the position interacts with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, exceptional interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance. The successful candidate will have a proven history and the ability to effectively implement projects and supervise staff with a fair and positive management style, and will be flexible and creative in his/her approach.
The typical qualifications of the successful candidate include:
A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Construction Management, Public Administration or a related field. A master's Degree is preferred.
Five to seven years of experience in Public Works, Parks, Project Management, Administration and field operations leadership. Experience in the Public Sector is preferred.
Three years of staff management and supervision
Internal Number: 4538-PW-180830-A-WL
About City of Oxnard
Located on the beautiful Southern California coast, the City of Oxnard is the largest and
most populous city in the County of Ventura with over 200,000 residents. Nestled about 60
miles northwest of Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara, Oxnard prides itself on
its rich diversity and culture. Although agriculture remains a major industry, Oxnard enjoys
an expanding economy based on a healthy combination of agriculture, commercial and
manufacturing development, tourism, and the U.S. Navy.
Residents enjoy an unsurpassed quality of life enhanced by the clean air of this coastal
community, the charm and solitude of the nearby Los Padres National Forest, and the
cultural and educational amenities of a vibrant urban setting. This very diverse community
includes acres of new housing. Local assets include two thriving military bases, a full service
deep-water port, master planned industrial parks, prime commercial and retail sites, a
regional medical center and hospital and a flourishing community college. In addition,
there are golf courses, marinas and wonderfully landscaped streets. There is a small-town
atmosphere in this seaside city where fields of strawberries... flourish along many roads, and
the Mediterranean climate is unexcelled. It is an ideal coastal community.
The population has grown significantly in the last fifty years providing many challenges
to local government and residents. Oxnard continually offers many opportunities for its
enterprising and forward-thinking business community. As Oxnard has evolved through all
these changes, it has worked hard to maintain a “business friendly” atmosphere.
This city by the Pacific Ocean is an ideal place to raise a family, where Oxnard residents enjoy
a spirit of community pride. With its attractive residential areas located among tree-lined
streets, parks and beaches, Oxnard provides a wide variety of housing choices. An ideal
location with white sandy beaches, oceanfront recreation and outdoor adventures, award
winning festivals and friendly neighborhoods, Oxnard offers an exceptional quality of life.
Oxnard is a full-service city operating under the council-manager form of government.
The City Council consists of an elected Mayor holding a two-year term and four council
members elected at large for four-year overlapping terms. Also directly elected are the City
Clerk and City Treasurer.
Oxnard has adopted a 2030 General Plan that strikes a unique balance between celebrating
its agricultural heritage and continuing to accommodate dynamic changes. The City Council
appoints the City Manager and City Attorney.
Oxnard has a current all-funds budget of over $414 million, which includes the General Fund
of almost $125 million. The City employs just over 1,370 authorized full-time equivalent
employees and an additional 500 part-time seasonal and extra-help employees within 15