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4 Apr 2022

Full-Time Director of Public Works & Transportation

City of Irvine – Posted by ryanwbcp Irvine, California, United States

Job Description

Director of Public Works & Transportation

City of Irvine

Salary: $141,648 – $220,688 (DOQ/DOE)

 The City seeks Director of Public Works & Transportation who is a proven leader and experienced professional with a passion for delivering high-quality services to carry out the critical functions of the Public Works & Transportation Department. This individual speaks the language of the community, showing that they understand the wants and needs of the people of Irvine. The Director of Public Works & Transportation will be a part of the City of Irvine’s leadership team, supporting the City Manager with the mission of improving citizens’ quality of life through innovation, integrity, professionalism, flexibility, and responsiveness. They will be a visionary leader who has a passion for the work they do and the team they lead, who is enthusiastic about serving the community and providing excellent customer service. If you want to help the City continue to build modern infrastructure while serving as a mentor to Public Works & Transportation staff, apply today!


See the full recruitment brochure here:



This is an executive position that reports directly to the City Manager and oversees Public Works & Transportation staff and several budgets, including the Department’s $95 million operational budget, approximately $63 million 2-year CIP budget, and approximately $187 million 5-year CIP budget. The Director of Public Works & Transportation will have the opportunity to work in one of the most ideal building locations due to plenty of funding, resources, and opportunities. They will serve as an organized and experienced project manager to serve as a liaison between the Department, City Council, and community. The next Director of Public Works & Transportation will have exemplary communication skills and be able to explain complex ideas or projects to key stakeholders in simplistic terms. This position requires significant strategic planning and technical knowledge in transportation systems, funding, design, and project management.


The ideal candidate will use their technical expertise and interpersonal skills to meet the goals and objectives of the Department and City. They will use sound judgment, decisiveness, and creativity as they oversee projects and programs of the Department. Having analytical skills to categorize data and make informed decisions is essential, as is having strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills. The successful candidate will show enthusiasm for innovative solutions and act as a visionary leader to staff. They will stay on top of current trends, theories, and practices to ensure the Department is providing the most cutting-edge services to the community.

Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Engineering, or a related field.
  • 8 years of increasingly responsible experience in managing a broad range of public works programs, transportation engineering/planning.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.


  • A Master’s degree.


Salary and Benefits:  Annual Salary $141,648 – $220,688 (DOQ/DOE) and an attractive benefits package.


HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, apply by May 2nd at



  • The first round of interviews will be virtual on Zoom and will take place on May 25th. The second round of interviews will be in-person and will take place on June 3rd. Selected candidates must be available for both dates.


Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:


Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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