Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer

  • City of San Rafael
  • San Rafael, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Public Works Management
  • Salary: $10,720 USD
  • Salary Top: $13,030
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Apply By: May 21, 2021


Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer

$10,720 - $13,030 per month DOQ/DOE

Plus excellent benefits

(The salary above reflects a 5% furlough reduction for FY20/21)



APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Apply by Friday, May 21, 2021 for first consideration


The City of San Rafael is recruiting for an Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer.  San Rafael’s Organizational Culture framework is a Helen Putnam Award-winning initiative called “Together San Rafael”.”  City employees are our greatest asset, and we seek talented individuals with diverse backgrounds who are creative, curious, and excited about a challenge.  We are a results-driven team focused on the needs of community members.  The Together San Rafael initiative is focused on modernizing city services and increasing the engagement of employees.  This initiative recognizes the interconnectedness of the customer and employee experience.  Together San Rafael is about:

  • Collaborating cross-departmentally
  • Empowering all City employees to share and implement their innovative ideas
  • Celebrating the innovation happening every day in our departments



Under the direction of the Public Works Director, this position plans, organizes and directs the engineering division focused on the development and implementation of the City’s Capital Improvement Program and other engineering projects throughout the City.  This position oversees the design, construction, and construction managements of Capital Improvement projects and other maintenance and/or repairs; reviews and signs engineering drawings and land record maps and will represent and serve as Public Works Director in his absence. 

Job Description

This position performs the following essential job duties:

  • Serves as City Engineer.
  • Oversees and develops the goals and objectives for the City’s engineering division and directly supervises the engineering staff.
  • Prepares reports and analysis for the City Council and City Staff.
  • Participates in meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, homeowners’ associations and professional associations and presents verbal and written reports.
  • Works closely with the Community Development Department on private developments to ensure Public Works infrastructure is sustainable.
  • Meets with public and private engineers, architects, contractors and owners to discuss projects.
  • Prepares applications for State and Federal funding to enhance City funded road maintenance works.
  • Serves on boards representing the City.
  • Coordinates with Public Works Directors and City Engineers in other cities on matters of joint concern.
  • Oversees the management of the capital improvement program.
  • Plans, supervises and performs professional engineering work in the design and construction of public capital projects.
  • Conducts investigations and resolves complaints received from the community.
  • Negotiates fees and schedules with consultant(s).
  • Supervises the CIP construction to ensure projects are completed on schedule and within the budget.
  • Supervises the preparation of plans, project specifications, inspections, surveys and other engineering work performed by staff members and consultants.
  • Supervises and participates in the review of plans and the inspection of construction in progress for adherence to codes, acceptable engineering standards.
  • Reviews, approves and signs engineering drawings, plans and specifications and other legal documents as the City’s Civil Engineer.
  • Ensures compliance with Public Contracts Code, Federal and State laws, local ordinances and regulations.
  • Supervises and manages the application of Grants for District projects from Federal, State and local funding sources.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Job Requirements

To be eligible for this position you must have knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering and municipal engineering.
  • Planning, budgeting, design and construction management of the public works projects.
  • Selecting and paying consultants.
  • Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) procedures.
  • Federal, State, and local laws impacting Public Works.
  • Caltrans policies and procedures.
  • Principles, practices and trends in public works administration.
  • Principles of management.
  • Design methods of Public Works projects including the construction of streets, signals, lighting, parking, storm drain, parks and buildings.
  • Principles of organization, administration, and personnel management.
  • State Subdivision Map Act.
  • Public Works operations and maintenance.
  • Construction management.

To be eligible for this position you must have the ability to:

  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local laws.
  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain a flexible, cooperative customer service attitude and work well with other departments.
  • Coordinate diverse activities of the department.
  • Manage Public Works professionals and paraprofessionals.
  • Manage a budget a supervise staff.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university, AND
  • Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible public works engineering and construction experience including five (5) years in a managerial position.
  • Registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California REQUIRED
  • Valid California Driver’s License REQUIRED


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb, or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works near video display.  The employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts, heavy construction equipment and outside weather conditions from time to time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Special Instructions

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City of San Rafael application is required.  Resumes do not substitute for the City application.  Candidates should detail related education and experience on the application.  The examination process may include the following: application appraisal, oral board interview examination, fingerprinting/background check, pre-employment medical exam, DMV report, credit check, and personal history statement.  The passing point for the oral board examination final score will be 70%.   To file an application, go to:  Select “Member Agencies”.   Select “San Rafael”.   Follow this link to apply via 

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Reasonable Accommodation:  The City of San Rafael will make reasonable accommodations in the exam process to accommodate disabled applicants.  If you have a disability for which you require an accommodation, please contact us at (415) 485-3474 before the test date.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.  Such accommodations must be requested by the applicant. 


Job PDF: PDF icon Assistant Public Works Director - City Engineer Job Announcement.pdf additional Job PDF: PDF icon Brochure for Assistant Public Works Director-City Engineer Recruitment.pdf

Additional Information


The City of San Rafael offers an attractive compensation and benefits program.  The salary range for this position is $10,720 - $13,030 per month, DOQ/DOE and a competitive benefits program including:

  • Retirement:  The City is a part of the Marin County Employee Retirement Association (MCERA) plan, which offers reciprocity between agencies in CalPERS (this is part of the 37 Act County System);  
    • Classic Employees - 2% @ at 55 formula, single highest year of compensation;
    • PEPRA employees  -  hired after 1/1/13 or with 6-month break in service are eligible for a 2% at 62 formula, highest 3 year average compensation.
  • Health Insurance:  Full flex cafeteria plan which can be applied to a health plan or converted to cash (Employee Only - $673.42 Employee+1 - $1,346.82 Employee+Family - $1,750.88; Waive Coverage $673.42)
  • Life and Long Term Disability Insurance:  $150,000 basic and long-term disability is two-thirds of the salary up to $7,500 per month
  • Dental Insurance:  Fully paid for employee plus dependents
  • Vision Insurance:  Fully paid for employee plus dependents
  • Deferred Comp:  Employee option
  • Annual Leave:  Vacation ranges from 15 to 25 days (depending on years of service), 12 days of Sick Leave, 75 hours of Administrative Leave, 11 Holidays and 2 Floating Holidays. 
  • And more...... 

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: (415)485-3474Contact email:

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