The City of Soledad has a growing population of over 26,200 people and is located in the center of the Salinas Valley, nestled between the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains to the west and the picturesque Gabilan Mountains to the east. Soledad is surrounded by the Salinas Valley’s booming agricultural community, home to fields of lettuce, broccoli, and asparagus, as well as row upon row on some of the finest wine grapes in the state. Having a National Park, a California Mission, and the Santa Lucia Highlands wine country in your backyard is pretty amazing!
The new Public Works Director will be a progressive and active organizational leader and will partner with the City management team in providing exceptional services to the community. The new Director will have an active role, as there are a number of key priorities that need to be addressed. The new Director will need to establish a new five-year CIP, update impact fees, complete development of master plans for the waste water and water enterprises, as well as assisting Hartnell Community College District in the building of a campus in Soledad. Long-term there are a number of key projects that will need to be completed including: the Pinnacle Parkway bypass, development of the City’s first roundabout, as well as a $3 million storm water upgrade. The Director will be expected to manage “upwards” in maintaining active communications and providing solutions and recommendations to the City Manager and as appropriate to city policy makers. This proactive communication with the City Manager is especially critical as the Manager operates as a big picture, strategic thinker and expects the City leadership team to operate independently without daily oversight.
The Public Works Director is expected have at least five years of progressively responsible and varied work experience including construction, maintenance and operation of a variety of public works systems and facilities with specific experience in wastewater and water utilities. This includes at least three years of management with direct responsibility for staff, budgets and administration. A BA/BS degree in engineering, construction management, public administration or a related field is required. A P.E. in civil engineering and bi-lingual proficiency are highly desirable, but not required. To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at www.averyassoc.net/current-searches/ to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura by September 20, 2019.
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