Director of Public Works

Who We Are: Voted one of the Best Firms to Work For and Hot Firm by Zweig Group for multiple years. WestLAND Group, Inc. (WLG) is a full-service engineering, geospatial, land planning and utility locating firm providing creative and innovative solutions to public and private clients throughout California since 2000. WLG is known as an industry leader and pioneer in the adaption of state-of-the-art technologies combining professionalism, innovation, and a strong commitment to quality service and deliverables.

WLG is dedicated to finding quality candidates and offers a competitive compensation plan and an excellent benefit package which includes the following:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account Options
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and Holiday Pay
  • 401k Plan with a Generous Company Match
  • Flexible Work Schedule (9/80; Half-day Fridays, etc.)
  • Hybrid Telework Schedule
  • Support for Continuing Education and training opportunities

The Position: The Director of Public Works is responsible for managing and directing the Public Works Department and for developing and implementing department protocols, procedures, and serving as the business and technical leader. The Director will be responsible for securing new business opportunities and clients, developing department annual revenue goals, preparing/overseeing proposals for new projects, and directing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment including the preparation of plans, reports, schedules, and budgets.

Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the management, planning, scheduling, and budget of multiple engineering projects and personnel.
  • Manage project objectives by collaborating with client and company personnel, developing project proposals, and working closely with Business Development and Leadership on key performance indicators.
  • Manage and organize a team of engineers by assembling, communicating with, directing, and assigning responsibilities.
  • Negotiating proposals with and contracting with approved subconsultants.
  • Control multiple projects simultaneously by directing and approving changes in design, specification, budget, and schedule consistent with project objectives.
  • Ensure both project and department revenue goals, deadlines, and budgets are met while adhering to WLG design and engineering standards.
  • Provides direction and training to fellow personnel including assignment of responsibilities and tasks.
  • Administer annual performance reviews, interview, hire and train employees, address complaints, and resolve problems from clients or staff.
  • Clearly understand and explain, to WLG employees or subcontractors, client engineering and design standards to ensure project deliverables meet contractual specifications.
  • Approve quality of work by analyzing design, client requirements, performance standards, and provide needed feedback regarding accuracy, completeness, and value.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or within a related field.
  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of CA.
  • 15+ years’ experience with public works engineering (city, county, Caltrans, water agencies, etc.).
  • Working understanding of capital improvements, DIF programs, CFD public infrastructure, right of way, and public bid process.
  • Prior experience in design and management of water, sewer, storm drain, and street plans.
  • Prior experience with computer-aided drafting software’s AutoCAD Civil 3D.
  • Prior experience with managing and developing staff as well as familiarity with a project scopes and budgets.
  • Experience in preparing proposals as well as maintaining project deadlines and budget.
  • Excellent technical, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and ability to multitask and work on several projects concurrently.
  • Proven marketing skills and ability to secure new clients within the public works industry including going to industry events.

WestLAND Group is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Location: California Ontario

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