Public Works Director (20070600)

Public Works
South Bay
$153,516.00-$206,160.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.



The City of Gilroy is recruiting to fill the position of Public Works Director. As a key member of the City’s Senior Executive Team, the Public Works Director will to work closely with the City Administrator, elected officials, peer department heads and will provide quality, cost efficient services to the community.  Public Works priorities include timely completion of a wide array of capital projects, traffic control and mitigation efforts, and providing quality landscape and maintenance services.  

Under general direction of the City Administrator, organizes and administers the operations of the Public Works Department; directs the activities of the Engineering Division (capital improvement, development, environmental, traffic/transportation) and Operations Division (parks & landscape; water; streets/wastewater/trees). The Department also oversees the capital budget and operation of the South County Regional Wastewater Authority (SCRWA).  SCRWA treats wastewater for the Cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill and produces recycled water for South Santa Clara County.

Ideal Candidate


  • Have exceptional management, interpersonal and communication skills with a hands-on and proactive approach to addressing a broad range of public works and development related issues.
  • Be a progressive and active leader, an excellent administrator with a strong budget background, and a collaborative partner that works effectively with all constituencies.
  • Have a leadership style that is action oriented and focused on positive results and accountability.
  • Be customer service focused to ensure the department is providing responsive, helpful, and informative services to both internal and external customers.
  • Have strong problem solving and organizational skills with the ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Have well-developed management and supervisory skills with the ability to create a motivating work environment while at the same time hold staff accountable for work commitments.
  • Have the ability to assess current operations and identify opportunities to incorporate technology and industry best practices.
  • Have strong skills in managing timelines, budgets, contracts and is conscientious and ethical in dealing with vendors.
  • Make concise, thorough, and accurate written reports and verbal presentations to the City Council, City Administrator and others with the ability to make recommendations, take direction, and implement Council initiatives and plans accordingly.


  • Implementation of recently adopted Capital Improvement Program.
  • Develop and administer Public Works biennial budget for FY 22 and 23.
  • Implementation of Cityworks application.
  • Develop ongoing implementation and tracking plan for City’s storm water/clean water program.
  • SCRWA plant expansion – Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).
  • Develop Sustainable Streets Program.
  • Develop strategy to address long-term infrastructure needs both within the organization and the community.


  1. Serves as head of the Public Works Department and technical advisor to the City Administrator and other department heads on public works related matters.
  2. Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the Public Works Department.
  3. Plan, organize, assign, direct, review, and evaluate public works and engineering activities, including project planning, design, construction, and inspection.
  4. Plan, organize, assign, direct, review, and evaluate all maintenance activities, including the areas of streets, storm drains, parks, water and wastewater utilities, trees, facilities and fleet.
  5. Performs preliminary and final engineering review and consultation on public and private projects with developers, designers, and project engineers; review and sign maps, plans, specifications, and projects for compliance with sound engineering practices and existing laws; review initial studies and environmental impact reports for adequate mitigation of infrastructure impacts.
  6. Confers with City officials and community groups on proposed public works projects.
  7. Prepares and presents comprehensive technical reports.
  8. Makes presentations before Boards, Commissions, and the City Council.
  9. Directs the departmental budget to include: preparing division budgets, preparing the annual five-year and ten-year capital improvement budgets, and monitoring revenues and expenditures. Researches, analyzes, and makes recommendations for cost effective departmental operations to include: designing, administering, and evaluating departmental programs and services; addressing process issues; and implementing required changes.
  10. Selects, trains, and evaluates department personnel.
  11. Monitors developments related to municipal engineering and public works matters; evaluates their impact upon City operations and recommends policy and procedural improvements.
  12. Coordinates the activities of the Public Works Department with those of other departments and agencies. Meets with and represents the City in project development and negotiations with regional agencies such as CalTrans, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), and the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD).
  13. May be assigned to supports the Operations Branch, or other branches, of the city's Emergency Operations Center.
  14. Performs related work as assigned.


  1. Possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or a related field of study. A Masters degree in civil engineering or public administration is desired, but not required.
  2. Ten years of professional-level experience in municipal public works-related engineering or maintenance with at least five years of experience that has included management and supervision of professional, technical, and support staff.
  3. Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a professional civil engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers desired, but not required.*
  4. Intermediate computer skills required.
  5. Must pass a background check and Department of Justice criminal records check for employment.
  6. Possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and a safe driving record necessary to operate assigned vehicle(s).
  7. Pass a post-offer medical examination, which includes a drug test.
  8. Prefer non-tobacco user.

*Updated qualification to be considered by Gilroy Personnel Commission 12/2020. Revised language is reflected above.


Health Allowance and Flexible Benefits Plan

Depending upon the number of dependents the health allowance ranges from $852.03 to $2,250.05 per month for 2020 core health benefits. Subject to specific rules, a cash back program is also available with proof of other medical coverage. City employees participate in the PERS Health Program, and may choose their medical coverage from a variety of providers. The City's flexible benefits plan includes medical and dental coverage as core benefits.  A range of optional benefits including vision care and medical and dependent care accounts are also available. A term life insurance policy equal to annual salary, long-term disability plan, and an employee assistance plan are provided at City expense.

Other Benefits

The City currently offers the PERS 2.5% at 55 pension plan for "classic" members and 2% at 62 for "new" members.  Currently, the city pays the full employer portion of the retirement contribution for "classic" members and 50% of the total normal cost for "new" members.  The "classic" member contribution of 8% is a pre-tax payroll deduction; "new" members shall pay 50% of the total normal cost as set by CalPERS. Anyone hired on or after January 1, 2013 will be subject to the applicable provisions, retirement formulas, and plan benefits/restrictions associated with the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013.

Vacation, Sick Leave, Holidays

Annual vacation ranges from two to four weeks per year, based on years of City of Gilroy service. Employees accrue eight hours of sick leave each month. Employees receive 44 hours of personal leave time and 56 hours of administrative leave time in July of each fiscal year which must be used during the fiscal year.  The City observes 11 paid holidays each year.


All City employees are paid monthly, on the first business day of each month for the prior calendar month via direct deposit.


This is an exempt, at-will, unrepresented, confidential position

Special Instructions

$153,516 - $206,160 Annually*, Plus Excellent Benefits

*Temporary Pay Reduction in Exchange for Additional Time Off
Due to temporary budget reductions, during fiscal years 2021 and 2022, the pay rate for each employee will be reduced by 9.23076%. In recognition of this pay rate reduction, each employee will accrue and use 16 hours of additional paid leave each month.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open Until Filled; Application packets will be reviewed as submitted.

If you are interested in pursuing this exciting career opportunity, please attach and submit the following required items with your electronic NEOGOV application:

  • City of Gilroy employment application including supplemental question responses
  • A detailed resume that highlights your related skills and experience
  • A detailed cover letter expressing your interest in this position with the City of Gilroy

City Application Form – Candidates must complete the NEOGOV City of Gilroy application form for this position and submit online.  Please prepare attachments prior to completion of the NEOGOV application as incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Apply Online: Go to You can apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the "Apply" link. After viewing the Job Description, click the ‘Apply’ tab.  If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can import your resume from LinkedIn, upload it from a saved document on your computer, or manually enter your personal information.  This application will be saved and used to apply for future job openings.

Only complete application packets will be reviewed. Only the most qualified applicants with the most relevant experience and education will be invited to continue in the selection process.

The City of Gilroy is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: