South San Francisco

Maintenance Services Supervisor - Public Works (19954151)

Fleet Services
Public Works Maintenance
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$88,254.00-$107,286.00 Annually

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


550 North Canal South San Francisco, 94080


Applications are being accepted for the position of Maintenance Services Supervisor-Public Works (Fleet Services) with the City of South San Francisco. 

OPEN UNTIL FILLED RECRUITMENT: applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once it is determined that there are a sufficient number of qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements, oral panel interviews will be scheduled. Please ensure timely and complete submission of employment application and supporting documents as recruitment may close at any time.



The City of South San Francisco is a General Law city with a population of 65,710 residents that grows to 100,000 during business hours. South San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco. This City is also located along the Bay Area's main transportation routes, included 101, 280, Caltrain, BART, San Francisco Bay Ferry, and the San Francisco International Airport.

The City of South San Francisco is a full-service city with 12 City Departments including Police; Fire; Parks and Recreation; Public Works; Economic and Community Development; City Attorney; Library; Finance; Information Technology; Human Resources; City Clerk; and Office of the City Manager. 

South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play. 



The Public Works Department is composed of a Director and 11 full-time management staff with a 26 million dollar operating budget.  The department is comprised of the Maintenance, Engineering, and WQCP (Water Quality Control Plant) divisions.  The Maintenance Division oversees 127 miles of streets which includes asphalt, concrete, over 12,000 road signs, street markings, 70 signalized intersections, 164 miles of sewers, 125 miles of storm drains, 3857 street lights, 5 lift stations, and various miscellaneous tasks.



Under general direction, this Supervisor will perform responsible professional and technical work in promoting, organizing, and supervising a comprehensive maintenance program within the Public Works Department and will organize, schedule, and supervise the work of employees engaged in work; and does related work as assigned.

This multi-position middle management level classification performs work in several functional areas and is distinguished by its core responsibility for supervising employees, programs and activities within the Public Works or Parks and Recreation Department. This recruitment is for a Supervisor in the Public Works Department's Fleet Services.  The work is performed under general direction and incumbents may provide support for inter-divisional programs and functions. This classification has full supervisory responsibility for staff at different locations and has full administrative and fiscal responsibility for specific programs and/or projects.  Incumbents perform professional level activities and have considerable latitude for independent decision making in choosing methods of developing and implementing approved procedures.

Please review the job description for essential functions and duties.


Ideal Candidate

Depending on the department or assigned area, the incumbent must have job-related knowledge, abilities, and skills.

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, materials, and equipment used for the specific program in design, construction, repair and maintenance of City facilities, programs, and equipment.
  • Principles, methods, and practices pertaining to the operation of a City fleet repair facility; tools, lubricants, equipment and procedures used in servicing and repairing a variety of automotive and heavy equipment; principles and methods used in preventive maintenance.
  • Principles, methods, and practices relating to efficient operation of a public works, city fleet, parks or facilities maintenance program; techniques, methods, services, tools, and materials of public works, fleet, parks or facilities maintenance.
  • Principles, methods and practices of fleet management.
  • Efficient use and operation of various computer systems and their associated applications as required by assignment.
  • Construction skills and techniques.
  • Safety principles, practices, regulations, and procedures related to the work, including OSHA regulations.
  • Principles and practices of program administration, including budgeting, purchasing, and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of public administration and human resources as applied to function, including basic employee-relations concepts.
  • Principles of management, supervision, training, and employee development.

Ability to:

  • Acquire a thorough knowledge of applicable City, departmental and divisional policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize, and supervise the work of subordinate employees.
  • Read, interpret and work from construction plans, specifications, blueprints, diagrams and sketches.
  • Read, interpret, and accurately apply a variety of federal, state and local rules and regulations, including Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
  • Troubleshoot problems and determine materials and supplies required for maintenance, repair, and other projects.
  • Estimate labor and material costs for projects.
  • Schedule the repair and maintenance of City equipment with minimal impact to the mission of the affected departments.
  • Direct and inspect the technical details under the scope of the work assignment.
  • Read, interpret, and accurately apply a variety of federal, state, and local rules and regulations.
  • Provide appropriate advice and assistance on problems to obtain effective results.
  • Coordinate various projects with other City employees and public officials.
  • Communicate effectively in writing, orally, and with others to assimilate, understand, and convey information, in a manner consistent with job functions.
  • Keep accurate records and prepare clear and concise oral and written reports.
  • Prepare complex reports and analyses; prepare clear, concise, and complete written reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with subordinates, other employees, and the general public.
  • Review organizational and administrative problems and recommend and implement an effective course of action.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use initiative and independent judgment with established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Organize own work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Represent the City and the department effectively in contacts with representatives of other agencies, City departments, and the public.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Take a proactive approach to customer service issues.
  • Make process improvement changes to streamline procedures; develop and implement procedures and systems.
  • Work in a safe manner, modeling correct City safety practices and procedures; coach others and enforce adherence to safety police and procedures; identify, correct, and report safety hazards.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information.

Skill in:

  • Using a standard computer with speed and accuracy sufficient to perform assigned work.
  • Driving a variety of vehicles safely.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:


  • For Public Works: Five years of progressively more responsible journey-level experience in one or more of the following areas: maintenance and repair of automotive and other heavy equipment, public works, and construction. Two years of this experience must be at least in a lead capacity.


Equivalent to graduation from high school, supplemented by completion of college level courses in management and supervision, plus:

  • For Public Works: For certain positions, additional training in mechanical technology or an associate’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in construction or closely related field, or completion of American Public Works Association Training Program.

Licenses or Certificates

All required licenses and certifications must be maintained as a condition of employment.

  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California commercial driver’s license with proper endorsements and a satisfactory driving record within the first six months of employment.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain as appropriate, an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain as appropriate, a California State Fire Training Fire Mechanic I certification, or equivalent.



The process will first consist of a review of application materials and responses to the supplemental questionnaire, which must be detailed and complete. A resume is required, but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description; those with unclear past employment information; or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered. The most highly suitable and qualified candidates will be invited to participate in one or more of the following components: written exam, assessment center and oral board interview. This assessment will take place as soon as there are a sufficient number of qualified candidates, during which time candidates will be required to bring a current, original (within 30 days), State of CA DMV 3-year printout.

Upon completion of this examination, an eligible list will be established which will be used for the appointment to the position. Top scoring candidates on this list will be invited to the next phase of the selection process which will consist of any or all of the following: a departmental interview and written/performance exercise. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within 2-business days from the date the event occurred.  

Note: The City of South San Francisco reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. Admission to the examination may be limited to those applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications on the application and resume, in addition to an assessment of supplemental questionnaire responses. Applicants possessing the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed admission to the examination or placement on the eligible employment list.


Retirement:  CalPERS retirement formula is 2% at age 60 for Classic members or; 2% at age 62 for “new members” as defined by Government Code §7522.04(e). Social Security and Medicare participation and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans. City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after-retirement account, with a $100/month employee contribution.

Health Insurance:  City offers choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of vision and dental core plans for employee and eligible dependents. Employees shall contribute 10% of the HMO health premiums cost based on category of coverage (single, two, family).  For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. City provides 100% City-paid short- and long-term disability insurances. The City offers a discretionary benefit account for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

Vacation:  Fifteen to thirty working days annual vacation, based on the length of service.

Holidays:  Thirteen paid holidays per year, including one floating holiday.

Leaves:  The City offers 40 hours per fiscal year of administrative leave.

Personal & Professional Development Expense Reimbursement: Employees in this unit will receive $750 for personal and professional development per fiscal year.

Programs:  457 Deferred Compensation, Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care Expenses, Employee Assistance Program, Long Term Care, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Child-care Programs are available. 

This classification is in an employee bargaining unit.

Special Instructions

OPEN UNTIL FILLED RECRUITMENT: applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once it is determined that there are a sufficient number of qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements, oral panel interviews will be scheduled. Please ensure timely and complete submission of employment application and supporting documents as recruitment may close at any time.

To be considered for this employment opportunity, you must complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire in their entirety. A resume must be included but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered. Some email accounts have been known to place these emails in the spam/junk file. Please check your email folders/settings or accept emails ending with

Prior to hire, and after a conditional offer of appointment has been made, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a pre-employment physical and drug screening (when applicable), a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to nature and recency of the conviction and relationship to job duties. All City standards must be met before the final appointment is made.

Candidates requesting veteran’s preference must provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" as an attachment to their CalOpps application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

The policy of the City of South San Francisco is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of South San Francisco that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. The City of South San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract and is subject to change. Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

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