City of Ojai
  • Ojai, CA, USA
  • 137829.71-167532.76 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The City of Ojai is now accepting applications for the Public Works Director position. Under general administrative direction, the incumbent plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Public Works Department including streets, storm drains, solid waste management, street sweeping, special assessment districts, parks, equipment, trees, cemetery, and facilities; to coordinate engineering services and activities; to coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies, and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.


Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative support staff.


Assumes management responsibility for all Public Works Department services and activities including streets, storm drains, solid waste management, street sweeping, special assessment districts, parks, equipment, trees, cemetery, and facilities.

Manages the development and implementation of Public Works Department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area; established, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; allocates resources accordingly.

Continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors workloads, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs the implementation of changes.

Represents the Public Works Department to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explain and interprets Public Works Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolves sensitive, significant, and controver­sial issues.

Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates Public Works Department person­nel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies.

Plans, directs, and coordinates the Public Works Department's work plan; meets with manage­ment staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures.


Develops and administers major capital improvement programs/projects; coordinate development with City staff, property owners, consultants, and contractors.

Manages and participates in the development and administration of the Public Works Department budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expendi­tures; directs the preparation of and implement budgetary adjustments as necessary.

Coordinates the design of public works projects and facilities; oversees, administers, and coordinates contract engineering services in the approval of plans and specifications; oversees, administers, and coordinates construction activities and related department services.

Makes recommendations to other departments on various programs including capital improvements, facility maintenance, and operations.

Coordinates Public Works Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.

Serves as staff liaison to a number of boards, commissions, and committees.

Provides staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to Public Works programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.

Participates on a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public works.

Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints.


Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive public works program.

Municipal public works planning, design, maintenance, and construction.

Civil engineering principles related to planning, traffic, streets, parks, public buildings, and capital facilities planning.

Technical, legal, and financial requirements involved in the conduct of municipal public works studies, planning, and construction.

Techniques and methods of preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, and reports for proposed municipal facilities.

Organization and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.

Modern and complex principles and practices of program development and administration.

Federal and State grants procedures, especially relating to transportation planning and management.

Advanced principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervi­sion, training, and performance evaluation.

Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Safe driving principles and practices.

Skill to:

Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software.

Operate a motor vehicle safely.

Ability to:

Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the Public Works Department.

Develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient public works.

Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, profession­al, technical, and clerical personnel; delegate authority and responsibility.

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

Administer and coordinate consulting City engineer, solid waste management, NPDES, landscape architect, architect, street sweeping, and other contract operational and professional services.

Work with community groups and advisory groups to build and develop successful community supported programs.

Manage employees and/or consultants involved in State or Federal grant activities.

Identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns, and needs.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommenda­tions in support of goals.

Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.

Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Interpret and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to assigned programs and functions.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Minimum Qualifications:


Eight years of responsible public works experience including five years of manage­ment and supervisory experience.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, civil engineering or a related field. A Master's degree is desirable.

License or Certificate:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California is desirable.

Special Requirements:

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

Ability to work in a standard office environment; ability to travel to different sites and locations.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary:$137,829.71- $167,532.76 annually

Deferred Comp: ICMA; City matches lesser of 3% of salary or $200/month.

Retirement: City participates in California Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and Social Security.

Health, Dental, Vision, Disability: Participation in PERS health plans; City pays 100% employee and 80% of dependent premium up to PERS Choice rate; City pays 100% of the employee premium for dental and vision. City paid short- and long-term disability and life insurance.

Holidays: 13 Holidays

Vacation: Initial 88 hours per year with subsequent additions for longevity.

Sick Leave: 96.0 hours per year.

Life Insurance: City paid, $30,000 Life plus ADD

Post-Employment Benefits Program: Employees hired after Nov. 1, 2010, who work 10 years continuously and retire from the City, will be eligible to participate in the CalPERS health plans after retirement; City pays the "Employer Minimum Contribution" toward the retirees' premium.

Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Ojai Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close at any time without notice. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. Facsimiles, electronic mail, photocopies, and final filing date postmarks will not be accepted.

The City of Ojai is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer.

City of Ojai
  • Apply Now

    with our quick 3 minute Application!

  • * Fields Are Required

    What is your full name?

    How can we contact you?

  • Sign Up For Job Alerts!

  • Share This Page
  • Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email
government departments public safety logo community news calendar