Director of Public Works - #291956

County of Nevada


Date: 06/11/2021 14:01 PM

City: Nevada City, California

Salary: $160,014 - $195,354 / year

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Definition and Class Characteristics

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The County of Nevada is seeking an experienced candidate to fill the position of Public Works Director. The ideal candidate will know how to effectively plan, organize and direct the County's Public Works functions and provide expert professional assistance to the Board of Supervisors and County management staff in areas of responsibility.



Knowledge of:
  • Program and budget development and implementation
  • Personnel management and employee supervision
  • Principles and methods of civil engineering as applied to public works projects, roads, highways, special districts and other public services, including transit operations, planning, development, design, construction, cost estimating and maintenance
  • Federal, State and local laws, regulations, and design standards affecting construction and maintenance of facilities, building inspection, land surveying and subdividing, transit and fleet operations, and County special districts

Skill in:
  • Planning, organizing, assigning, advising, reviewing and evaluating the engineering, surveying, public works and road inspection activities of the County
  • Selecting, training, motivating and evaluating assigned staff and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Developing, implementing, and interpreting goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards
  • Analyzing complex problems, evaluating alternatives, and making sound recommendations relating to transportation matters
  • Preparing, verifying, analyzing, and reconciling sophisticated engineering reports and recommendations
  • Exercising sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines
  • Representing the County effectively in meetings with others
  • Preparing clear, concise, and proficient reports, correspondence and other written materials

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: The Director of Public Works is an integral part of Nevada County whose mission is to be committed to the safety of individuals, their families, and the community! This position is crafted for individuals who have completed a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, and five years of progressively responsible experience in road operations, engineering or surveying, at least two years of which were in a supervisory capacity. A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in public or business administration is desirable and a Certificate of Registration as a civil engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers is highly preferred.



Why Nevada County?
  • Our leadership values employee development and engagement, promotes open and clear communication, sets us up to be a high-performing organization, and recognizes our contributions. Our leadership connects with our customers and the community, listens to them, and provides significant programming to keep us safe and healthy.
  • Competitive benefits include enrollment in the Public Employees' retirement System (CalPERS), several paid leave programs, education reimbursement and a robust choice of affordable health and life insurance plans.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.



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NOTE:This summary of benefits is not a binding document and is provided as a courtesy. Refer to specific summaries and agreements (MOUs) for specific benefit information.

Holidays 11 paid holidays per year. Paid Leave Program (Combination of Vacation and Sick Leave)0-5 years:221 hrs./year;6-10 years:260 hrs./yr.;11+ years:312 hrs./yr. Maximum accrual is 500 hours, and 80 hours may be cashed out each fiscal year Floating Holiday16 hours max;24 hours max after 10 years of service Paid Time Off24 hours is given each new fiscal year. Admin Leave40 hours per fiscal year Education and Training Benefit$800 per fiscal year

Medical, Dental and Vision Plans:County of Nevada offers CalPERS' suite of medical plan offerings. We offer Delta Dental Coverage and Vision Service Plan (VSP) vision coverage. You may elect medical insurance for yourself only or you and your eligible dependents. You may elect dental and vision insurance for yourself only or for you and your eligible dependents. Your choice regarding medical insurance enrollment is separate from your election for dental and vision insurance. Dental and vision insurance are bundled, however (this means if you elect dental insurance, you must also elect vision insurance.)

Depending upon the plan selected by the employee, the County contributes a substantial amount of the total cost of the complete health package (including medical, dental and vision coverage). In 2020, the amount the County contributes for employee only coverage is $568 per month;for employee + one coverage, $1,113 per month;and for family coverage, $1,484 per month. For those employees who have health coverage from other sources, and who elect to not participate in Nevada County's plans, the County offers a $300 monthly taxable Cash-Back allowance. For part-time employees working 50% or more, the County contribution will be pro-rated. As an example, a 50% employee will only receive the benefit of 50% of the county contribution rates listed above, increase out-of-pocket costs significantly.

Life InsuranceThe County pays the premium for life insurance for Department Heads equal to two times base salary. Optional life insurance is also available for purchase by the employee. Disability InsuranceThe County provides a supplemental short- and long-term disability insurance benefit equal to 60% of the disabled employee's biweekly wage. The County also participates in California State Disability Insurance (SDI) fund for short-term disability. Employee Assistance ProgramThe County-sponsored Employee Assistance provides confidential counseling, coaching, and wellness services to employees and their eligible dependents. Deferred CompensationThe County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation program and FSA (Flexible Spending Arrangement). Deposits into these plans are strictly voluntary and are made through a payroll deduction on a tax-deferred basis. The County does not make contributions to the employees' Deferred Compensation account. OtherLongevity pay is available at 2.5% after 5 years as a Department Head. 10 years as a Department Head or other job, additional 2.5%. RetirementThe County is in the Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) coordinated with Social Security. The various Retirement Plans are listed below: "Legacy Members"- 2.7% @ 55Final Retirement Compensation based on Single Highest Year. Effective July 1, 2015, employees contribute a total of 10.585% towards the employer share of the PERS contribution. Employer pays the normal employee contribution and reports it as EPMC. "Classic Members" to PERS- 2% @ 60Final Retirement:Compensation based on Highest Three-Year Average. Employees contribute 7%. "New Members" to PERS- 2.0% @ 62Final Retirement Compensation based on Highest Three-Year Average. Employee contributes 7.75%. CalPERS defines "new members" as: (1) A new hire who is brought into CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who has no prior membership in any other California public retirement system.(2) A new hire who is brought into CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who is not eligible for reciprocity with another California public retirement system.(3) A member who established CalPERS membership prior to January 1, 2013, and who is hired by a different CalPERS employer after January 1, 2013, after a break in service of greater than six months.

NEVADA COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERAny information on this page or links is subject to change without notice. Nevada County Human Resources Department950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-7010Comments, please email:human.resources@co.nevada.ca.us

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