Assistant Public Works Director

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
Full Time Construction Design Engineering Facilities Operations

Job Description


SALARY : $82,613.44 - $132,380.98 Annually

Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, public works engineering or related field and four years related professional level public works experience, including three years of supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of related training, and experience. This position requires the completion of the  the completion of Microsoft Word, Excel, Attention to Detail and Business Communication assessment with a minimum score of "moderate knowledge". These tests can be taken at CareerSource North Central Florida, located at 10 NW 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. I also understand that I should call CareerSource North Central Florida at (352) 955-2245 to schedule an appointment or call the County Human Resources Office at (352) 374-5219 to confirm that my scores are already on file. Passing scores must be received by the Human Resources Office  via email at no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday after the position closes. I understand that CareerSource North Central Florida is not responsible for submitting my test scores to the Alachua County Human Resources Office. All scores are valid for a period of 2 years from the date of testing.  Must have Professional Engineer (P.E.) license at time of hire or ability to obtain State of Florida Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration within six months of employment.  A valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position.  Requires the successful completion of a criminal history background investigation prior to employment Including finger printing and compliance with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) requirements throughout the term of employment.


 Position Summary: This is responsible administrative and professional level work assisting the Public Works Director in the Public Works Department .

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.

An employee assigned to this classification plans, organizes, directs, and controls the various activities of the Public Works Department which including but not limited to  engineering, development review, traffic operations, surveying, road & bridge, fleet management, and capital projects.

Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results obtained.

Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.

Coordinates, approves and makes major decisions concerning design, construction, maintenance, and operations and management of the Public Works Department.

Supervises and coordinates the activities of subordinate supervisors and employees including determining work procedures and schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; recommending personnel actions; conducting performance reviews; and conducting departmental training and orientation.

Develops and implements program plans for major functional areas within established time frames and budget.

Develops and improves methodologies for the identification and prioritization of program needs.

Develops and monitors the budget for area and assists in development of the Public Works departmental budget.

Coordinates activities with other Alachua County departments.

Coordinates activities with various city, state and federal agencies.

Assists in formulation of policy for the department.

Serves as expert witness in court cases, hearings and legislative committees.

Drives a County and/or personal vehicle to perform required duties.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of public works operations specifically in the areas of engineering, development review, traffic operations, surveying, road & bridge, fleet management, and capital projects.

Considerable knowledge of modern principles and practices of administration and organization including budgeting, personnel techniques and management.
Ability to analyze market data and determine impact on public works operations.

Ability to supervise and coordinate production of complete project plans and specifications on schedule.
Ability to supervise and coordinate major public works construction projects on schedule.

Ability to plan and implement major programs.

Ability to supervise and coordinate work of several work sections to accomplish a common goal.

Ability to maintain effective relations with employees, the public, contractors, engineers and special interest groups.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to make public presentations.

Ability to develop goals and objectives for major functional area.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately noisy.



Administrative Support, Architecture Interior Design, Business Analysis, Business Development, CAD Drafting, City Planning, Civil & Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Facilities Management, General Business, General Construction, Heavy Equipment Operation, HVAC, Plumbing, Project Management, Roofing

Education Requirements

Professional Certification, Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, M.B.A., Ph.D, Other Doctorate Degree


$82,613.44 - $132,380.98 Annually