City of San Mateo, CA

Deputy Director of Public Works

San Mateo, California
$174,893 - $192,819
Filing Deadline:
First review of applications: May 21, 2021

The City of San Mateo (pop. 104,570) is the second-largest municipality in San Mateo County, located on the San Francisco Peninsula. It covers 14.6 square miles from the San Francisco Bay to the east and a range of coast mountains to the west. This culturally and economically diverse community offers an extraordinary quality of life characterized by safe neighborhoods, quality city services and assets, friendly people, and ideal location. A center of commercial and residential activity in the Silicon Valley, San Mateo’s desirable location provides direct access to interstate highways, rail lines, a transbay bridge, public transit routes, and the San Francisco International Airport.

The Public Works Department operates under a two-section model for optimal performance and integration - Environmental Services and Engineering Services. The two Sections work together to meet the needs of the community. The Environmental Services Section oversees the City’s $1 billion Clean Water Program, provides stewardship of the City’s wastewater treatment plant as well as streets, traffic control, sanitary sewer and storm systems, and data management. The Department is supported by 149.91 full-time-equivalents and a FY2020-21 budget of $42.3M for general operating and a capital budget of $67.4M.

Receiving general direction from the Director of Public Works, the Deputy Director of Public Works in Environmental Services exercises direct supervision, management, supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative support staff, and is responsible for directing and managing all programs within the Environmental Services section including wastewater treatment plant operations and maintenance; sanitary sewer and stormwater conveyance and pump system maintenance; and field maintenance for streets and traffic control devices and equipment. This position manages four direct reports, overseeing a group of 78.

A major project that this position will oversee is the Clean Water Program, which is a joint effort between the City of San Mateo and City of Foster City/Estero Municipal Improvement District (EMID), a partial owner of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. This 10-year capital infrastructure improvement program will repair, replace, and upgrade aging sewage conveyance and wastewater treatment infrastructure. The wastewater system serves approximately 170,000 residents in San Mateo, Foster City, Crystal Springs County Sanitation District, and portions of Hillsborough, Belmont, and San Mateo County.

The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator able to quickly earn the respect of colleagues and subordinates through a leadership style of collaboration, supportive mentorship, and integrity. The successful candidate will be adept at creating a positive team environment and possess the ability to facilitate change with positive results for the organization and employees alike. Active listeners who encourage open, transparent communication and the sharing of new perspectives will find success in this role. Those who have fostered successful recruitment strategies and the retention of qualified, dedicated staff will be considered favorably.

Candidates shall have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, environmental services, or a related field.  A master’s degree is desirable. Experience shall include eight years of responsible public works experience including four years of management and supervisory experience. License to practice as a Professional Civil Engineer within the State of California is required. Possession of a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California is desirable.

Kylie Wilson
Senior Executive Recruiter
CPS HR Consulting
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