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Structures and Capital Group Manager

Public Works Department – Transportation Division

County of Santa Barbara, California

Annual Salary: $120,446 – $162,795 DOE/DOQ

The County of Santa Barbara, California, is seeking a Structures and Capital Group Manager (Manager) to oversee a broad range of engineering operations within the Transportation Division of the Public Works Department. While reporting to the Deputy Director of Transportation, the Manager will oversee eight staff and a budget of approximately $15 million. The Manager will also have the opportunity to lead additional staff on a project-by-project basis, with some of these projects costing up to $45 million. The ideal candidate is someone who demonstrates good judgment, strong leadership skills, and a desire to mentor and develop others. This Manager will have a broad yet deep knowledge of public works projects, with the ability to take them from start to finish. To say candidates will need strong project management skills is an understatement, as the primary responsibility of this role is project delivery and staff support/oversight. The successful candidate will regularly use critical-thinking and conflict-resolution skills. They will be customer-serviced focused with a willingness to be attentive, responsive, and respectful. This is an exciting opportunity to challenge your problem-solving skills while exercising a great deal of autonomy and independence. If you have the project management, staff development, and engineering expertise for this highly rewarding role, apply today!

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The Structures and Capital Group Manager will report to the Deputy Director of Transportation while overseeing eight staff, an approximate budget of $15 million, and various multi-million-dollar civil engineering projects. They will serve as a technical expert to staff, while also providing mentorship and training to their team. The Manager will ensure projects are making it to fruition in a timely and efficient manner. Other key duties include addressing public inquiries, giving presentations, overseeing contractors and consultants, preparing budgets, and coordinating timelines. They will work to develop Division goals and objectives and streamline current policies and procedures. While serving as a Division leader, they will also serve as a technical expert for other County Departments, task forces, boards, and the public. This role will regularly meet with other government agencies, private agencies, and engineering associates too.


The ideal candidate will have a high level of technical knowledge in civil engineering and construction management with a background in designing for public works projects. They will possess strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, using them to not only identify issues but also come up with thoughtful solutions. The successful candidate will be an effective communicator, collaborator, and leader. Having the ability to keep projects on track and efficiently get tasks done is essential, as is mentoring and teaching others to do the work. This role allows candidates a great deal of autonomy, which requires self-motivation and independence. The Manager will regularly take initiative and show good judgment in their decision-making process. Along with exemplary interpersonal skills, this candidate will be budget-minded and tech savvy.


Any combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed below and that provides the required knowledge and abilities:

  • Possession of a Professional Civil Engineering registration in the State of California; and
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible civil engineering experience, including one year of supervisory experience

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An annual salary of $120,446 – $162,795 DOE/DOQ plus, a generous benefits package

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, apply by April 7 at:

Please contact Senior Employment and Work Force Planning Analyst, Sabina Netto, with any questions:


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