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January 9, 2019
Napa, California
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The City of Napa is the dynamic and vibrant hub of the idyllic Napa Valley with a population of nearly 80,000. Napa offers an incredible combination of suburban amenities, rural beauty and the urban benefits within close proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area.

As the County seat for one of the world's Great Wine Capitals, the Napa name is synonymous with quality. Take a tour of Napa's gorgeous downtown and you'll find some of northern California's finest Victorian homes as well as contemporary architecture. Minutes from our many safe and comfortable neighborhoods are popular Downtown restaurants and the Oxbow Public Market. Napa is a city with a low crime rate, a high standard of living, clean air and great weather. Napa is home to over 70 restaurants, regional and local boutique shops, major event venues including Bottle Rock, and exciting recreation along its namesake river.

We are searching for you, our next Public Works Director, to help lead Napa's transition and show us your proven success in:

  • Building a Culture of Trust - fostering a work environment that encourages people to act with integrity and treat each other and their ideas with respect; creating and protecting a high-trust environment by setting an example, advocating for others in the face of challenges, removing barriers to trust, and rewarding others for demonstrating behaviors that cultivate trust.
  • Energizing the Organization - motivating increased employee effort by positively communicating a compelling view of the organization's purpose and its future state in a way that helps others understand the importance of their contributions and feel how outcomes will be different when progress is achieved.
  • Building Exceptional Internal and External Relationships- building productive internal and external relationships; taking accountability for personal and practical needs; using appropriate interpersonal techniques to prevent and resolve issues and gain others' confidence.
  • Developing Others - providing feedback, instruction, and development guidance to help others excel in their current or future job responsibilities; planning and supporting the development of individual skills and abilities.
  • Emotional Intelligence- establishing and sustaining trusting relationships by accurately perceiving and interpreting own and others' emotions and behavior; leveraging insights to effectively manage own responses so that one's behavior matches one's values and delivers intended results.
  • Aligning Performance for Success - focusing and managing individual performance by helping others set performance goals and then, tracking results and evaluating performance effectiveness.
  • Compelling Communication - clearly and succinctly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups; communicating in a focused and compelling way that captures and holds others' attention.
  • Strategic Influence - creating and executing strategies that gain commitment to one's ideas and persuade key stakeholders to take action that will advance shared interests and business goals.
  • Political Diplomacy - exhibiting confidence and professional diplomacy, while effectively relating to people at all levels internally and externally.
  • Operational Decision Making - securing and comparing information from multiple sources to identify business issues; committing to an action after weighing alternative solutions against important decision criteria and making sound decisions that prove to be fiscally sound and in good stewardship of the tax dollar.
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills - having achieved an expert level of technical, functional, and/or professional skill or knowledge in the area of municipal Public Works; keeping up with current developments and trends in areas such as engineering, development, maintenance and construction.
Our Department
The Public Works Department provides and sustains public works services in the best interests of the community. The Public Works Department's core objectives are to design, construct, operate and maintain the City's public infrastructure and services consisting of Streets, Storm Drains, Sidewalks, Bridges, Electrical, Fleet, and Facilities operations and manages the City-wide Capital Improvement Program.

The department includes a full-time staff of 79 employees and an operating budget of $56M. The Public Works Director is directly supported by three positions; 1) Deputy Director - Engineering (overseeing the Construction, Development, Engineering and Real Property divisions); 2) Operations Manager (overseeing all maintenance functions of the City's infrastructure and fleet); and 3) Administration Services Manager (overseeing the department budget development and management, strategic planning and administrative support team and services). The department is organized in the following divisions:

  • Administration Division - oversees the department budget development and management, strategic planning and administrative support team and services.
  • Construction Division - oversees and inspects the construction of capital improvement projects, encroachment permits and development projects throughout the City of Napa.
  • Development Engineering Division - responsible for the engineering review and processing of private development applications, as well as plan check, inspection and coordination of infrastructure construction activities resulting from the development process. The Division is also responsible for managing the City's floodplain needs, MS4 NPDES Permit, and traffic and transportation engineering.
  • Engineering Division - leads the development and implementation of the City's 5-year Capital Improvement Program.
  • Real Property Division - handles all right-of-way and real estate matters for the City of Napa.
  • Operation and Maintenance Division - responsible for the maintenance of approximately 480 lane miles of public roadway and right-of-way, signs and striping, sidewalks, city facilities maintenance, street lights, signals, and fleet management and maintenance.
Our Key Projects
  • Cultivate strong, cohesive cross-divisional work teams.
  • Evaluate Department structure and operations for optimal efficiency.
  • Develop an enhanced traffic circulation plan.
  • Revise private development project review and development procedures.
  • Repair/Replace sidewalks, curb and gutter, and focus efforts on infrastructure needs.
  • Complete implementation of the Lucity Work Order and Asset Management System.
  • Evaluate and review overall City facilities and maintenance needs.
This position is At-Will and reports to theCity Manager. For a full, detailed class specificationof the Public Works Director, clickhere.

Under administrative direction of the City Manager, the Public Works Director plans, organizes, manages and directs the programs and activities of the City's Public Works Department; formulates departmental policies, goals and directives; provides expert professional assistance to City management staff on public works matters; performs related work as assigned; performs all functions required as City Engineer and serves as a member of the City's management team.

This single position class has department level responsibility for overall policy development, program planning, fiscal management and operation of varied functional areas, including development engineering; capital improvement program management; construction management and inspection; streets, sidewalks and hardscape maintenance, facilities maintenance; and electrical maintenance. The Public Works Director is responsible for developing and implementing department goals, objectives and work standards in addition to furthering City goals and objectives. The responsibilities include direct and indirect supervision of management, professional, clerical and other support staff.


Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, work standards and departmental administrative policies and procedures; directs the preparation and administration of the department's budget.
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs, through subordinate supervisors, all public works functions of the City.
  • Works closely with the City Council, City Manager and members of other City departments and a variety of public and private organizations in developing programs and implementing projects to solve problems related to public work issues.
  • Interprets City regulations and codes and applicable laws and provides technical assistance to staff and commissions.
  • Determines priorities, reviews staff work and directs the development of management systems to evaluate policies and operating procedures for overall effectiveness.
  • Confers with and gives guidance to management and supervisors regarding matters effecting employer-employee relations; provides for the selection, work review and professional development of staff.
  • Coordinates the formulation of long-range City infrastructure and facility planning, including financial and capital improvement plans.
  • Represents the City and the Public Works Department in meetings with public officials, other public agencies and civic groups in order to coordinate, develop and implement projects and programs.
  • Directs the preparation of and personally prepares a variety of complex administrative and technical recommendations and reports; directs the maintenance of departmental records.
  • Reviews and approves all Civil Engineering maps, plans, specifications and reports prepared by or for the City and all such documents submitted to the City for review.
  • Serves as the official City Engineer and City Surveyor.
  • Monitors developments related to delegated service area, evaluates their impact on City operations and implements policy and procedure improvements.

A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in engineering or a related field and four years of supervisory or administrative experience in a major public works setting which has included program planning, development and administration. Experience in a municipality and possession of an advanced degree are desirable.

Knowledge of:Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program development and implementation and employee relations; principles and practices of municipal public works administration including civil engineering, traffic engineering, water treatment and distribution and facilities, parks and vehicle maintenance; engineering standards and legal guidelines for public works projects; applicable City, State and Federal laws, guidelines and standards; principles and practices of budget development and administration; and principles of business and engineering computer application.

Ability to: Plan, organize, administer and coordinate a variety of large and complex public works programs and services; plan, organize, assign, direct, review and evaluate the work of staff; select and motivate staff and provide for their training and professional development; develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls; analyze complex technical and administrative public works engineering, operational and maintenance problems, evaluate alternative solutions and adopt effective courses of action; prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials; exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of citizens, public and private organizations, boards and commissions and City staff.

Special Requirements: Registration in California as a Professional Civil Engineer. Licensed as a professional land surveyor in the State of California is desired. Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's license.


Please list all employers held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in disqualification.


What happens next?
  • We will review your application and all supplemental materials to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. Screening will include a review of qualifications, application appraisal rating of education, training and experience and relevance of background qualifications related to the target job as well as supplemental questions, if applicable.
  • Applicants selected to move forward in the process may be asked to participate in any combination of the following (at any phase of the selection process): a written examination, job related exercise, phone interview and in-person interview(s).

Reasonable Accommodations:The City of Napa Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified disabled applicants. Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation in the testing process must inform the HR Department in writing by the final filing date. A Reasonable Accommodation Request Form is available from HR and may be obtained by calling 707-257-9505, or dial 7-1-1 for the California Relay Service, offering free text-to-speech, speech-to-speech, and Spanish-language services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The City of Napa is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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