Public Works Director Recruitment


 City of Alameda


 Invites your application for the position of…

Public Works Director

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Deadline to apply is August 21, 2020

 Experience the vibrant feel of this Bay Area island community!



The City of Alameda is a 10.6 square mile island community located in San Francisco Bay. Alameda is just seven miles east of San Francisco, and less than one mile west of the City of Oakland.  Alameda is a diverse community with a population of approximately 79,000.

According to Money Magazine, the City of Alameda compares favorably to the "best places to live" in America. That is, in part, due to the small town feel of this Bay Area island community. It also has a high median family income, a large number of educational institutions nearby, more than double the number of restaurants and libraries as the "best places average," excellent air quality, and better than average weather



In 1916, Alameda became a charter city and was one of six cities that were the first in California to adopt the Council-Manager form of government. Under this form, the City is governed by a five-member City Council. Programs and services are administered by a City Manager.

The City Council is elected on a non-partisan basis. Council members serve four-year staggered terms, with two Council members elected every two years. The Mayor is elected to serve a four-year term. The Mayor and Council members are elected at large, and subject to two elected term limits. The City Auditor and the City Treasurer are also elected by the voters. There are no term limits associated with these positions.

The Mayor and City Council are responsible for passing ordinances and policies; adopting the budget; appointing citizens to Boards and Commissions; and hiring the three Charter offices of City Manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk. As chief executive officer, the City Manager provides the leadership and organizational direction for the operation and management of all City departments. The City Manager implements the policies and ordinances of the City Council, overseeing operations of the City, and appointing the City’s department heads.



Organized under 14 departments, the City provides a broad range of services including police and fire protection; construction and maintenance of streets, parks, storm drains and other infrastructure; recreational and cultural activities, including a golf complex comprised of two 18-hole championship golf courses and one nine-hole executive course; and general government and administrative support services. Additionally, the City provides power to residents through its electric utility, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP). For more information, please go to:


The nation’s 115th agency to be accredited by the American Public Works Association, the Public Works Department is the steward of Alameda’s public infrastructure, responsible for its design, construction, and maintenance. It is the vision of the agency to become the best trained, most talented and efficient public works department in the entire Bay Area. Public Works is comprised of three divisions: Maintenance, responsible for day-to-day operations, maintenance, and repair; Engineering, which designs and oversees construction of significant replacements or repairs to public infrastructure; and Administration, which provides overall management, supervision, and administrative support. These three divisions manage various programs providing numerous vital services to the Alameda community.

The Department reviews land development proposals; manages the garbage and recycling franchise (currently a $17 million contract); reviews and approves transportation requests; develops and implements sewer and storm water programs; performs graffiti abatement and street sweeping; manages the City’s special districts; operates Alameda’s paid parking program; maintains signal and streetlights; and maintains the City’s urban forest, fleet, and facilities.

 The Department is also responsible for the City’s robust 5 year Capital Improvement Program that includes a range of simple to complex projects, including collaboration with Recreation and Parks to develop new parks, total overhaul of the city’s aging sewer infrastructure, “complete streets” projects, oversight of new infrastructure at Alameda Point, , and the maintenance and management of 42 buildings, over 20,000 street trees, and hundreds of miles of streets, sidewalks, storm drains, and shoreline.

The Department has identified the following goals:

  • Provide cost-effective planning, design, construction, and maintenance of public infrastructure and facilities that minimizes or reduces future operating costs and liabilities;
  • Pursue local, regional, state and federal funding opportunities to address deferred maintenance needs;
  • Support City operations with a safe, functional and reliable facility and fleet;   Support planning and engineering for transportation projects.

The Public Works Department is supported by 74.75 FTE and an annual operating budget of close to $28.5 million.



The City is seeking a visionary and forward-thinking public works professional who is also an exceptional people and project manager. The ideal candidate will be:

  • A versatile and inspiring leader with the capacity to manage and motivate a multigenerational and multi-disciplinary workforce.
  • A focused professional known for being fair, even-keeled and consistent. The ideal candidate will be an empowering mentor who enjoys teaching and maximizing the potential of their staff.
  • An inclusive manager who encourages ideas and innovation at all levels. Further, the individual selected will foster a culture of mutual respect and continuous improvement where team members are always striving to be better.
  • Passionate about overseeing a wide range of capital projects simultaneously. They will possess an impressive track record of delivering large and small-scale projects within budget and on schedule, coupled with a history that reflects a keen ability to see projects and initiatives through from beginning to full completion.
  • Experienced with transportation projects and issues is desirable.
  • Able to balance competing priorities with confidence and accuracy will be carefully evaluated.
  • An articulate and credible communicator with outstanding interpersonal skills and an extraordinary customer orientation. To that end, this professional must be a proactive internal and external communicator who is sensitive to the information needs of all stakeholders. In addition to being responsive and flexible, he/she must be comfortable dealing with an engaged community that is extremely committed to Alameda’s high quality of life standards.
  • Previous experience being involved in regional interests and interacting with elected and appointed officials will be considered favorably.  The new Public Works Director will join an Executive Team that is collaborative, cooperative and supportive of one another’s individual as well as collective success. High emotional intelligence and self- awareness along with sophisticated political acumen

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The Salary Range for the Public Works Director is $191,623 - $232,919 annually based on a 37.5 hour work week; placement within the range is dependent upon qualifications.  The City also offers a competitive benefits package, including:

  • Retirement Program – CalPERS retirement formula of 2% @ 55 for classic members or 2% @ 62 for PEPRA (new) members. Classic members pay 7% as pre-tax contribution and also 1.868% as pre-tax City contribution.  New members pay half the normal cost as determined by PERS. The City does not participate in Social Security; however, employees contribute 1.45% for Medicare.

  • Medical, Dental & Life Insurance – Pre-tax monthly allowance up to $2,475.48 is provided by the City for PERS health; depending upon health plan and number insured; dental insurance for the employee and all eligible dependents and a $100,00 life insurance policy are provided by the City

  • Vacation – 150 hours of vacation per year, increasing according to length of service time up to a max of 187.5 hours annually

  • Holidays – 10 observed plus 5.5 floating holidays

  • Sick Leave – 90 hours per year.  Unused sick leave may be converted to PERS service credit upon retirement

  • Automobile Allowance – $250 per month.

  • Administrative Leave- 37.5 Hours annually- cashed out if not used

  • Long-Term Disability – The City provides LTD insurance up to $8,000 per month

  • Optional Benefits – Several optional insurance plans are available to eligible employees including vision, flexible spending account, dependent care program, long-term care, additional life insurance and 457 deferred compensation plans.

  • Deferred Comp – City matches up to 1% of employee’s salary


 Click Here to submit your resume and cover letter.

The final filing date is August 21, 2020. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of August 31, 2020.

If you have questions regarding this position or process, please feel free to contact: Nancy Bronstein, Human Resource Director, (510) 747-4922 or

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.