Deputy Director of Public Works

Agency City of Berkeley



Berkeley Deputy Director of Public Works Brochure

The Opportunity

Under general direction of the Director of Public Works, assists in the administration, planning and coordination of the City’s public works activities; supervises division heads and assists in the formulation of departmental policies and directives; acts in the absence of the Director; performs related work as assigned.  In addition to management of public works divisions and programs, responsibilities include conservation, environmental resource management, employee relations and community affairs.

The City of Berkeley

Berkeley is a vibrant city, known as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts.  Stretching from the rolling Berkeley hills down to the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley covers 10 square miles and borders the cities of Albany, Oakland and Emeryville.  With its temperate Mediterranean climate, Berkeley is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts and boasts opportunities for hiking and biking as well as sailing and windsurfing.  It is home to the University of California, Berkeley, one of the top educational  institutions in the country.  Employers like Bayer, Peet’s Coffee, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory benefit from being situated in this community of highly-educated citizens.  Building on decades of radical ideas, Berkeley has settled into its ground-breaking reputation and now leads the way in sustainable food, environmental awareness, superb theater, artistic expression, and social policy.  It is also one of the first Resilient Cities and emphasizes building stronger connections between residents and the various public, private, nonprofit and academic institutions that call the city home.

Experience & Qualifications 

Graduation from an accredited four (4)-year college or university with major coursework in business administration, public administration, planning, architecture, environmental science, civil, electrical or mechanical engineering or related field –AND- six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience in a Public Works function or in a municipal administration, which includes at least three (3) years of supervisory experience of professional and technical staff.

Registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary range is $123,012 to $164,568, depending on qualifications and experience.  Position will be eligible for a COLA increase, effective July 1, 2016.

The City of Berkeley offers a generous benefits package:

  • Retirement: California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) formula, either 2% at age 62 or 2.7% at age 55 depending on the individual’s eligibility.  Employees are vested in CalPERS after 5 years of full-time service.  The City contributes 6.7% of the employee’s salary (up to a maximum annual salary of $32,400) into a 401(a) Supplemental Retirement Income account (SRIP).
  • Deferred Compensation: Option 457 b plan.  Employees may contribute up to $18,000 per year on a pre-tax basis.
  • Medical Plans: The City offers a choice of Kaiser HMO plan or Sutter Health Plus plan.  The City contributes up to a full family premium for the Kaiser HMO plan.  Employees pay additional premium costs if they choose the Sutter Health Plus plan.  Employees who have medical coverage under another plan may choose to waive City-provided medical coverage and receive a monthly stipend equal to the Kaiser HMO single-party rate.
  • Dental Plan: The City provides group dental benefits through Delta Dental Plan of California.  The City contributes up to the family coverage for the plan, which covers 90% of dental charges up to $3,000 annually per person.  Orthodontic benefits are offered at a $3,000 lifetime maximum per person.  Employees who have dental coverage plan may choose to waive City-provided dental coverage and receive a monthly stipend equal to the single-party rate.
  • Life Insurance: The City provides employees with a $25,000 Life Insurance and Accidental & Death Dismemberment policy.  Employees have the option to purchase additional term life insurance up to a maximum of $300,000.
  • Sick Leave: Twelve days of paid sick leave earned annually.
  • Vacation: Vacation accrual is open for discussion.
  • Holidays: Thirteen regular holidays and three floating holidays annually.
  • Administrative Leave: Fifty hours of administrative leave annually.
  • Long Term Disability: The City provides long-term disability insurance that provides partial income replacement in the event of disability.  Benefits paid at 60% of salary.
  • Retiree Medical Coverage: The City pays a portion of the medical premiums of the retiree and eligible spouse or domestic partner based on years of service.  More information is available.

Important Application Information

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, resume, and application by email to  You can also mail the completed application materials to this address:

Koff & Associates

2835 Seventh Street

Berkeley, CA 94710.

The deadline to apply is May 30, 2016.

The City of Berkeley is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity.

The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.



Koff & Associates