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Director of Maintenance job in Long Beach

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Organization:  Port of Long Beach
Job Category:  Water and Sewers
Fleet Services
Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  California (CA)
City:  Long Beach
Salary and Benefits:  $148-$160K


The Maintenance Division is located within the Engineering Design and Maintenance Directorate of The Engineering Bureau.  The Maintenance Division is responsible for providing all maintenance services for the Port, such as infrastructure, facilities, potable water systems, sanitary/storm water, electrical operations, HVAC, paint/carpentry services, custodial services, harbor marine facilities, plant and equipment and fleet operation.  The division is also responsible for developing and managing the maintenance asset inventory, implementing standards for maintenance projects and overseeing the management of Maintenance professional service contracts.  With an annual operating budget of $14.8 million and a staff comprised of professional, labor and administrative positions, the Maintenance Division plays a key role in providing technical expertise on maintenance related issues throughout the project lifecycle.



The Director, Maintenance will report to the Assistant Managing Director, Engineering Design and Maintenance, oversee a department of 88 employees, and directly manage the following:

  • Manager of Facilities
  • Manager of Utilities/Fleet
  • Manager of Infrastructure
  • Harbor Marine Manager
  • Civil Engineering Associate
  • Administrative Analyst II
  • Secretary



The Director, Maintenance is responsible for the public infrastructure within the Port, including the potable water system, the sewer and pumping stations, storm water pumping and drainage systems, street lighting, docks and wharves, maintaining the navigable waterways free of debris and obstructions,

minor street repairs, landscape and grounds maintenance and cleanup, traffic accident cleanup and damage repairs of the Port’s equipment, fleet of vehicles and boats, in-house commercial dive team and buildings that are not assigned to tenants.


  • Provides leadership and direction for the division that includes all maintenance services for the Port of Long Beach.  Provides direct and indirect guidance to the Maintenance Division; supervises staff in performing their daily responsibilities; interviews and recommends employees for hire; trains, coaches and mentors staff; evaluates employee performance, prepares annual performance reviews and provides coaching for performance improvement; takes disciplinary action to address performance or other deficiencies; directs and provides guidance to subordinate, managers and supervisors, consultants and contractors.
  • Provides strategic direction to the Maintenance Division, in order to align its services and mission with the overall organization.
  • Analyzes complex maintenance issues, problems and concerns; develops and evaluates alternatives; develops and facilitates the implementation of effective solutions.
  • Participates in strategic planning for department activities, and develops short and long-range goals, objectives, policies and priorities for maintenance-related functions and programs; analyzes needs and forecasts infrastructure requirements; develops and monitors standards and service levels; allocates staff and resources according to priorities.
  • Oversees and directs the development and administration of the Maintenance Department’s annual personal and non-personal budgets.
  • Researches, prepares and presents oral and written reports to Commissions, Committees and Boards; prepares memos, reports and correspondence regarding assigned services, activities and programs.
  • Attends and participates in Board of Harbor Commission, committees, staff, public and private agency meetings, as required regarding assigned services, activities and programs.
  • Conducts a variety of organizational, investigatory, and operational studies; recommends modifications to maintenance programs, policies and procedures.
  • Directs special assignments, such as remodeling projects.
  • Supplies construction assistance to the Engineering Design Division.
  • Makes modifications to comply with ADA, AQMD, OSHA and other regulatory requirements.
  • Responds to the emergency needs of tenants such as electrical work and emergency repairs.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Construction Management or related field is required.  Experience offering specific and substantial preparation for the duties of the position may be substituted for the required education on a year-to-year basis.
  • Master’s Degree in above disciplines or related fields is not required but is desirable.


  • Approximately ten to fifteen years of increasingly responsible maintenance management experience supervising a large staff is required.
  • Strong leadership background, with experience as a number one or number two management professional in a complex, similarly situated organization with comparable challenges and structure is expected.
  • Preference given to experience in other port environments, but not required.
  • A history of managing and successfully working with people from diverse backgrounds and areas of technical expertise is required.
  • A history of creating effective working relationships across functional lines is expected.
  • A history of effective partnering and problem-solving is required.
  • Experience preparing and monitoring a division budget of similar size is required.



  • Must have solid technical knowledge of all functional areas and have a proven history of leading and implementing change successfully.
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in the various building construction and maintenance trades, including but not limited to custodial, grounds and vehicle and equipment maintenance areas is required.
  • Requires a broad understanding of maintenance, construction and facilities terminology.
  • Must have knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques involved in the operation of buildings, structures and facilities.
  • Must have the knowledge, technical expertise and the ability to strategically manage operational and resource management needs.
  • Must have knowledge of federal, state and local laws plus codes, ordinances and regulations pertaining to construction and facilities management.
  • Knowledge of current trends, theories, practices, laws, and regulations regarding facilities services required.
  • Must be able to offer innovative approaches and solutions.
  • Knowledge of safety regulations, codes and safe work practices is required.
  • Broad public works background with knowledge of ADA, AQMD, OSHA and other regulatory requirements required.
  • Must have a broad working knowledge of management principles.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of employee supervision, including selection, training, performance evaluation and discipline required.
  • Must have knowledge of principles and practices of budgeting and purchasing.
  • Must have knowledge of principles and practices of administration, including goal setting, policy and procedure development and implementation, evaluation and work standards.
  • Must have knowledge of counseling and mediation practices.
  • Knowledge of maritime, environmental, construction government or engineering terminology a plus.



  • Ability to analyze and quickly react to facility emergencies required.
  • Ability to decide the time, place and sequence of operations within a system or organizational framework, as well as the ability to oversee their execution, is required.
  • Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the direction, control and planning of an entire program or multiple programs required.
  • Ability to develop and modify existing policies, strategies and/or principles required.
  • Ability to analyze and categorize data and information, in order to define consequences and to consider and select alternatives required.
  • Ability to manage and direct a group or workers, including selecting, training, assigning, prioritizing, monitoring and evaluating the work of subordinate staff, including counseling and resolving conflicts, is required.
  • Must be able to effectively use MS Office, including Word and Excel, Outlook, and other related applications.
  • Must be able to adapt and use new software programs, as applicable.
  • Ability to advise and interpret the application of policies, procedures and standards to specific situations required.
  • Must have high-level organizational and planning skills so that workflow is managed efficiently and accurately; must be able to set priorities, take initiative and exercise sound independent judgment.
  • Must be a strong and open-minded manager of people; capable of motivating and energizing staff.
  • Ability to work independently without extensive direction or oversight.
  • Ability to prepare clear, accurate and concise records and reports.
  • Must be comfortable working under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to handle frequent interruptions, and to prioritize tasks to complete multiple assignments with competing deadlines.
  • Must have strong technical knowledge, business writing and presentation skills.
  • Must be capable of effectively managing numerous diverse projects and priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently without extensive direction or oversight.
  • Must have valid California driver’s license to perform work-related duties, including driving to meetings and work-related events.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) during the course of employment.


The Port of Long Beach has established an annual salary range between $148,000 and $160,000.  An attractive package of executive level benefits is also included with the opportunity of working in one of the most diverse and dynamic areas of the United States.  The Port’s generous benefits package includes:

  • Auto allowance - $450 per month
  • Deferred Compensation – several plans available
  • Retirement – CalPERS 2% @ 62, coordinated with social security (with a 6.5% payroll contribution)
  • Group Health Insurance – medical (an HMO and a PPO) and dental options (two plans to choose from) available for employee and dependents
  • Life Insurance – City-paid life insurance policy of $20,000 plus executive insurance benefit equal to three times annual salary up to a maximum of $500,000
  • Disability Insurance – City-paid short and long-term disability insurance
  • Vacation – 12 days after one year of service; maximum of 20 days after 19.5 years of service
  • Sick Leave – 12 days per year
  • Executive leave – 5 days per year
  • Holidays – 9 designated holidays per calendar year, plus 4 personal holidays
  • Bereavement Leave – 3 days for death or critical illness of immediate family member plus three days of accrued sick leave
  • Annual Physical – provided by the City.




Submit resume (email preferred) to:              


Avery James Inc.

6601 Center Drive West, Suite 500

Los Angeles, CA 90045

O: 310-342-8224                                                                          

F: 310-348-8150




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