Assistant Public Works Director - Engineering

Applications closing on January 07, 2022, 11:59 PM

  • Job typeFull-time
  • Salary range$140,650.00-$181,949.00 annually

The Public Works Director seeks an exceptionally qualified Assistant Director to lead the Engineering Division's dedicated staff of 19 in three sections: Capital Improvement, Development Services, and Utilities. This position will oversee 5 - 7 direct reports.

The Assistant Public Works Director of Engineering has responsibility over the City's Engineering Division, while also serving as the City Engineer. The Assistant Director plays a significant role in Menlo Park's many planned and anticipated projects, is an important member of the City’s management team and leads a large department of talented engineering staff to provide diverse community services.

Serving as the City Engineer, the Assistant Director is responsible for short- and long-term infrastructure planning for the community and forecasting additional funds and resources that are required. The incumbent reports spending a significant percentage of time driving capital and engineering projects to completion. This position also oversees permitting for the public right-of-way through encroachment permit and inspection programs, manages the City's water supply system, liaises with other special infrastructure districts, and manages the now-closed landfill at Bedwell Bayfront Park.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, be detail-oriented and collaborative, who builds strong working relationships across all City departments and other public agencies, and promotes a positive work environment. They will have extensive skill to represent the City at various regional efforts and to connect with the community, Commissions and the City Council as well as a seasoned administrator of a citywide capital program. They will generate ideas and encourage suggestions that result in system improvements and enhanced efficiencies of the Department.

The City of Menlo Park’s senior leadership team members must demonstrate positivity, accountability, ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders, intellectual curiosity, commitment to continuous improvement, and dedication to public service. No single combination of experience or training prepares individuals; however, the following represents a typical path:

  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a related field.
  • Six (6) years of increasingly responsible and varied professional Civil Engineering experience involving the design, construction, and inspection of a variety of public works projects.
  • Two (2) years of management and/or supervisory experience, ideally supervising professional or subprofessional engineering personnel.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license by time of appointment.
  • Possession of a Registered Professional Civil Engineer license issued by the State of California.



The City promotes employee health, wellness and work-life integration, supported by our excellent benefit package, including: 

  • 100% City paid medical, dental and vision insurance for employee and dependents.
  • Deferred compensation:  City match of employee contribution to a 457(b) plan, 1:1 up to 4% of base salary
  • Health Reimbursement Account: $2,500 per year City contribution.
  • General Leave: 338 hours of leave accrual each year.
  • Management Leave: 80 hours of annual leave granted every October, pro-rated based on date of hire.
  • Holidays: 11 official paid holidays.
  • CalPERS Retirement: 2.0% @ 60 formula for Classic Members; 2.0% @ 62 formula for all others.
  • Education Reimbursement: Subject to annual budget appropriations, reimbursement up to $3,600 per year for tuition expenses and/or student loan payments.
  • Vehicle Allowance:  $233 per pay period

For additional benefit information, visit the city website.

Special instructions

This recruitment will close Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.

If you would like to attach a resume and/or cover letter, please attach one file only (multiple pages okay) up to 2MB.

The most qualified candidates will be invited for an assessment panel interview. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following finalist selection.

The City of Menlo Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Menlo Park not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees. We will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please contact Veronica Wortham at 650-330-6673 or email before the closing date for accommodation requests.

Before receiving an offer of employment, the candidate will be required to successfully complete a background investigation with will include DOJ and FBI fingerprinting.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all potential employees are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States.

Recruitment contact

Phone: 650-330-6631


Full job brochure    

Read more in the job brochure(PDF, 4MB).