Director of Public Works – County of Madera

Client: County of Madera
(Madera, California)
Position: Director of Public Works
Closing Date: Apply Immediately;
Resume Review Underway

Additional Information: 


The County of Madera seeks a highly qualified leader and skilled manager to guide the Public Works Department. Under policy direction of the Board of Supervisors, and day-to-day oversight by the Chief of Development Services and/or the CAO, the Director is responsible for the overall operations and functions of the Public Works Department. This is an at-will executive management position that provides leadership, strategic vision, administrative oversight, and policy direction to the various divisions and organizational units of Public Works. The position of Director of Public Works also functions as the County Engineer and the Road Commission (requires PE License). Additionally, this position requires a high level of administrative and management skill, knowledge and ability, initiative, judgment, discretion, and the ability to make sound, independent decisions within established policies and procedures set forth by the Board of Supervisors, CAO, Chief of Development Services, and federal, state, and County laws, ordinances, and regulations. The Public Works Department consists of the 3 divisions of Capital Improvement Projects; Maintenance and Operations; and Administration and has an expenditure budget for FY 2023-24 of $203 million and staffing for FTE budgeted at 138.

Requires equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of progressively responsible professional engineering experience, involving the design, construction, and maintenance of public works projects, or other professional experience in a diversified public works agency, including 3 years of management or administrative experience. Possession of registration as a PE (civil) in CA is desirable.

Important Note: This position functions as the mandated Road Commissioner, which requires a PE license, unless assignment is made to another staff or authorized consultant. At present time, the County has been outsourcing this responsibility to an engineering consulting firm.

The salary range for the Director is $142,829 to $173,609 plus 7.5% incentive pay for PE license in California. The County offers a benefits package including CalPERS Retirement. Moving expenses may also be negotiable for the top selected candidate. The County is currently in the process of a classification study and salary survey.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. This position is open until filled. Candidates are requested to submit a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume via email to Review of resumes is currently underway. This is a confidential process and references will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Ms. Heather Renschler (916) 630-4900 or to schedule a preliminary discussion send an email to