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Director of Public Works

Public Works Department

County of Nevada, California

Annual Salary: $168,116 – $205,234 DOE/DOQ

Work in a scenic environment, while ensuring the functionality of the community’s infrastructure! The County of Nevada, California is seeking a Director of Public Works to provide visionary leadership for the Public Works Department’s 80 staff, six divisions, and approximate budget of $64 million. The new Director will integrate into the community while overseeing a variety of exciting and innovative projects – including the construction of a new transfer station, installation of electric fleet chargers, maintenance of the area’s most beautiful historic bridges, traffic flow improvements, and the development of bike lanes.

The ideal candidate has a desire to make an impact on this beautiful region. They will have a positive and hands-on leadership style, a desire to mentor others, enthusiasm for engaging with the community, and the ability to serve as the voice of the organization. They will also demonstrate technical and regulatory knowledge in their role, combined with confident public speaking abilities and clear communication. The County emphasizes prior experience working in a jurisdiction of a similar size for success in this role. The County of Nevada prioritizes work-life balance, family, and professional development in a vibrant community surrounded by rivers and mountains. Be part of a winning team – Apply today!

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The Director of Public Works for the County of Nevada assumes a pivotal role in overseeing the comprehensive operations of the Public Works Department. Reporting to the Community Development Agency Director, this position provides expert assistance to the Board of Supervisors and County management. The Director actively engages in open dialogue with stakeholders and the public, soliciting feedback and presenting project updates to ensure alignment with community expectations. An ability to build and maintain trust among a diverse audience is foundational to successful project execution. The ideal Director is engaging, personable, and energetic, with a flexible mindset.

The Director will plan and allocate resources to meet the needs of the Public Works Department. This entails preparing and presenting budget proposals, monitoring financial performance, and making strategic adjustments to ensure fiscal sustainability. They will also ensure adherence to State legislation, safety regulations, and industry best practices. This includes overseeing regular safety audits, implementing training programs, and staying abreast of evolving regulatory requirements.

The ideal Director embodies a unique blend of professional expertise, personal integrity, and a genuine appreciation for rural living and outdoor exploration. An appreciation for the region’s natural beauty, coupled with dedication to community engagement and environmental stewardship, makes the ideal candidate uniquely suited to lead the Public Works Department and contribute to the continued prosperity and well-being of Nevada County and its residents!


Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities is described below:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, public or business administration or a closely related field.
  • Experience: Five (5) years of professional civil engineering work or six (6) years of experience in private civil engineering or public works agencies, two years of which are served in a supervisory capacity
  • Driver’s License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license.


  • Education: Master’s degree in public or business administration.
  • Licensure: Licensed as a Professional Civil Engineer with State of California.
  • Experience: Prior background in a jurisdiction of similar size, ideally in a rural area.


This position receives an annual Salary of $168,116 – $205,234 DOE/DOQ, PLUS a generous benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, apply by July 19th at:

SAVE THE DATES: Round one interviews will take place in person on August 16th. Finalists will move forward to a round two, final interview with County leadership in person on September 4th.


Please contact Katie Ormsby, Management Technician, with any questions:

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