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Organization:  City of West Sacramento
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  California (CA)
City:  West Sacramento
Post Code:  95691
Salary and Benefits:  Annual Salary of $113,532-$153,324 plus an excellent benefits package

The Public Works Department is comprised of four divisions along with an administrative staff. The Divisions are: Public Works Engineering, Public Works Operations, Flood Protection and Traffic/Transportation.

It is the mission of the Public Works Department to deliver sustainable infrastructure and quality services that benefit the public and add value to the community. We accomplish our mission with collaboration, integrity and a sense of pride; through an empowered workforce that is accountable, safe and responsive; and through stewardship of the community’s resources.


Along with solid administrative skills, the new Director of Public Works will have the capacity to work closely and collaboratively with fellow department heads and demonstrate the ability to view issues outside the realm of public works.  He/she must be willing to understand and embrace the complexities of a growing community.


The ideal candidate will be a strong leader who has a history of coaching and mentoring, practices a leadership style that fosters collaboration and teamwork, promotes cooperative goals and strengthens staff through delegation, development and visible support.


In addition, West Sacramento’s Director of Public Works will reflect the following leadership attributes:

  • Exhibits the highest ethical standards and exudes a strong sense of professionalism
  • Outstanding communicator
  • Energetic and dynamic and able to thrive in a rapidly changing community
  • Capable and assured; exercises sound judgment even in stressful times
  • Fair and even handed



Qualified candidates shall have ten years of increasingly responsible professional and high-level managerial experience in planning, operations or public works engineering, including three years of supervisory experience.  A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major in urban planning, civil engineering, public administration or a related field is also required.


The City hopes to attract candidates who are seeking a long-term partnership with the organization and the community.



The annual salary for this position is $113,532 - $153,324, depending upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.  The City also offers an attractive benefits package including:


Retirement:  CalPERS 2% @ 60 or 2% @ 62 plan, depending upon the employee’s status with CalPERS at time of appointment.


Money Purchase Plan (401a):  City contributes 4.5% of base salary with a 5.5% employee contribution.


Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance:  The City has a cafeteria plan for medical, dental, vision and life insurance in the amount of $750 per month.  The City separately pays for long-term disability insurance.  Retiree medical and dental coverage is available.


Leave Time:  Employees receive 10 set holidays and 3.5 floating holidays.  The City has a standard vacation accrual schedule based on tenure with the starting accrual rate negotiated at the time of employment.  Employees receive 12 days of sick leave per year, accrued on a monthly basis.  Department Heads receive 80 hours of management leave per fiscal year.


Social Security/Medicare:  The City does not participate in Social Security, but does participate in Medicare.


The City is currently operating with a furlough program, and the Director of Public Works will take 64 hours of unpaid time off in fiscal year 2013/2014.



To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, please complete the on-line application process through the CalOpps web site and visiting the City’s employment page (www.calopps.org).  Candidates are also requested to include a cover letter and resume.  For further information or to apply contact:


Mr. John Perry, Human Resources Manager

City of West Sacramento

1110 West Capitol Avenue, 3rd Floor

West Sacramento, California  95691

Phone:  (916) 617-4567

Fax: (916) 373-9006

E-mail: jperry@cityofwestsacramento.org

Final Filing Date: 5:00 p.m., June 27, 2013.


Those individuals determined to be the best suited for the position will be invited to the City’s selection process.  Upon completion of fingerprint and reference checks, a conditional offer of employment will be made.  Final appointment is subject to a physical examination.

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