Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Deputy Director, Public Works Agency

Recruitment #17-2047-01

Introduction

THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

DESCRIPTION


THE PUBLIC WORKS AGENCY

The Alameda County Public Works Agency (PWA) designs, builds, and maintains public infrastructure including streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, creeks, flood control facilities, and storm drains. Along the unincorporated roadways, the PWA sweeps public streets, landscapes the public right-of-way, trims trees, and removes graffiti. The PWA also oversees the installation and operation of traffic signals, street lights, roadway signage, roadway pavement markings, and paint. The PWA administers the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, a separate legal entity that serves the entire County. The Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District is the devoted steward of a valuable resource—a vast flood control infrastructure including channels, pump stations, and other facilities. The District works specifically to protect County citizens from flooding while preserving the natural environment. The Public Works Agency also performs the engineering review of private development and issuance of building permits, right-of-way encroachment permits, and well-drilling permits. In addition, the Public Works Agency facilitates a variety of community programs including beautification, cleanup projects, community events, and biking/walking safety and promotion programs. The Public Works Agency has an annual operating budget of $177.5 million and 295 FTEs.

THE OPPORTUNITY & POSITION
The next Deputy Director for the Alameda County Public Works Agency will have the opportunity to oversee the capital project delivery of an impressive portfolio of projects in one of the most desirable locations in the United States. Alameda County is ideally located a short distance from San Francisco and both the Silicon and Napa Valleys. An interesting professional challenge and a desirable location await the selected candidate.

Reporting to the Director of Public Works, this Deputy Director will join two other Deputy Directors on the Public Works Agency’s executive team. This Deputy Director oversees the Engineering Department, which consists of the Engineering & Transportation Division and the Flood Control & Watershed Management Program, with 63 FTEs. The Engineering Department also administers over a $250 million capital budget. Two Principal Engineers, one overseeing the Engineering & Transportation Division and the other the Flood Control & Watershed Management Program, report to this Deputy Director.

   

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The Alameda County Public Works Agency is seeking an ambitious, innovative, and pragmatic leader to provide robust capital project delivery oversight of the engineering, transportation, and flood control functions for the Agency. The ideal candidate should embody the following characteristics, experience, and qualifications:

• Proven track record in successful capital project delivery. A “get the job done” approach, with demonstrated success, is the most important attribute that will be found in the ideal candidate. Keep projects on-time and on-budget, and meet deadlines while being flexible to accommodate changes in priorities as needed.

• A self-starter that is willing to commit the time and talents to take on new challenges and gain quick respect in the Agency. The ideal candidate will be able to work autonomously and productively.

• Proactive, and inspirational manager with an active communication style who promotes a positive environment of accountability while creating opportunities for employees to gain cutting edge training that will elevate the organization to the next level.

• Possess strong program management and long-term planning and budgeting expertise with resourceful approaches in securing funding, and implementation of key projects with short timelines at a rapid pace.

•Must be able to connect with diverse stakeholders and effectively manage stakeholder expectations by developing realistic solutions that can be implemented to improve community needs.

• Strong written and verbal communication skills are highly valued. The selected candidate must be responsive and communicate up, down, and across the organization. Additionally, the Deputy Director will often be called upon to present at Board and community meetings.

• The Alameda County PWA is an award-winning agency, as a result of innovation and the pursuit of excellence – traits the ideal candidate will share. It is expected the next Deputy Director will initiate innovations that continue the PWA's record of successes.

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering or for the position specific to the Maintenance and Operations Division, possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public/Business Administration or Civil Engineering may be substituted.

And Either I
Experience:

The equivalent of two years full-time experience as a Principal Civil Engineer class in Alameda County classified service and possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

For the position specific to the Maintenance and Operation Division of Public Works the equivalent of two years full-time experience as a Field Maintenance Superintendent can substitute for the required experience and licensure requirement as a Principal Civil Engineer.

Or II
Experience:

The equivalent of five years full-time supervisory experience as a registered Civil Engineer with at least two years of the required experience being at the level of principal, assistant director or a higher-level position within an engineering organization and possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

For the position specific to the Maintenance and Operations Division, the equivalent of five years full-time supervisory experience working in a public or private organization as a Field Maintenance Supervisor or registered Civil Engineer, with at least two years as a field maintenance superintendent, principal civil engineer, assistant director or a higher-level position within a maintenance organization can substitute for the required Civil Engineering experience and civil engineering licensure requirement.

And
License:

1. Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. For the position specific to Maintenance and Operations, this requirement is waived.

2. Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge:

• Principles of administration, supervision and training, principles of public relations.
• Budget preparation and administration.
• Principles and practices of civil engineering, including surveying, hydrology, hydraulics and strength of materials.
• Theories, principles and techniques of construction and maintenance.
• Principles of right of way acquisitions.
• Methods and techniques used in conducting organizational and analytical studies.
• Familiarity with the American Public Works Association Accreditation and Leadership and Fellow Programs.

Ability to:

• Plan and organize.
• Communicate orally and in writing.
• Prepare budget analysis.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Make decisions.
• Adapt to stress.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Direct, coordinate and administer a variety of functional specialties with a large number of overlapping work areas.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of technical and administrative personnel.
• Effectively communicate the policies and programs of the Public Works Agency and its departments before individuals and groups.
• Balance competing interests in a regulatory and political environment.
• Exercise considerable independent judgment in the management of assigned activities.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements.
  2. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process; review of candidates’ work experience and background to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process which may involve an interview with Ralph Anderson and Associates*.
  3. Those candidates scoring highest on the screening for best qualified will move on to the next step in the examination process, an oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

*Ralph Andersen & Associates is soliciting qualified candidates on behalf of Alameda County and this recruitment is being conducted pursuant to the Alameda County Civil Service Commission rules. Interested candidates should apply by August 14, 2017. Electronic submittals are strongly preferred to Ralph Andersen & Associates at apply@ralphandersen.com and should include a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and three years of salary history. Upon submission of application to Ralph Andersen & Associates, candidates will be instructed to immediately complete an online application with Alameda County to complete the process.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION.

We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN

Deadline for Filing:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

TBD

Review for Best Qualified:

TBD

Oral Examination:

TBD

*WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN*

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance (Employer Credit)
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Group Legal
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

Conclusion

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Sam Gee, Personnel Services Manager
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
510-267-9492