Director of Public Works/City Engineer

City of Vacaville , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Executive Level


$175,715.52 - $213,557.28 Annually

Application Deadline 


08/03/2020 05:30 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Vacaville  is seeking an experienced, talented individual to fill the key executive leadership position of Director of Public Works. This position will report directly to the City Manager, and is responsible for overseeing and guiding the daily function and long-term vision set forth in the City’s Strategic Plan. The Director provides professional and technical guidance to over 113 full-time and 40 part-time employees organized into three divisions: administration, engineering services and maintenance.

To learn more details about this exciting opportunity, please view our job advertisement!



The Ideal Candidate
Vacaville is seeking a strong leader who understands the importance of customer service and who possesses the ability to quickly respond to direction and concerns from the City Council and City Manager’s Office, and the public, while still insuring the Department maintains financial, moral, ethical and professional standards at the highest level.  Additional characteristics of the ideal candidate include:

  • Ability to be inclusive at all levels, from an entry Maintenance Worker, to fellow department heads, to a business owner and resident, to the mayor and Council;
  • Has demonstrated experience in personnel management that displays a balanced approach between equity and firm decision making while acknowledging and recognizing performance accomplishments and success;
  • Maintains a positive work environment that inspires quality work, accountability and a high morale within the Department; always willing to cultivate and support positive change within the Department and the City;
  • Acts as a resource to the employees of the department, assisting with problem solving through collaboration, discussion and negotiation;
  • Can maintain a departmental culture where employees thrive in an environment of practical process improvement based on time-tested results, open and honest communication, and with the ability to treat all employees with equal value for what they bring to the organization;
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills to successfully build solid relationships with City leadership, partnering agencies, neighboring public works agencies, and other key stakeholders;
  • Experienced in meeting and speaking publicly with City stakeholders, City Council and the general public;
  • Enjoys the challenge of effectively managing a demanding workload of quickly shifting priorities and assumes ownership of key priorities and projects.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Public Administration or a closely related field; and seven (7) years of increasingly responsible and varied experience in a municipal public works department that includes a broad range of services such as Capitol Project engineering, Public Works infrastructure maintenance and/or traffic engineering, and that includes at least four (4) years of administrative and management responsibility.   Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California is desirable, but not required.

Please view our detailed job advertisement!



A completed City of Vacaville employment application, along with resume and cover letter attachments, must be received by Human Resources  by 5:30 p.m., Monday, August 3,  2020.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online at Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application packet. Application packets may also be requested in person at Human Resources or by calling (707) 449-5101.

Interested candidates with questions are welcome to contact Sandy Hess, Employee Relations Manager, at 707-449-5311 or

IMPORTANT:  Contact with applicants will primarily occur via email.  Please ensure that your application indicates a valid email address which you check on a regular basis.

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