City of Fresno

SALARY: $9,588-$16,074/mo.

FILING DEADLINE: February 26, 2024

The Assistant Director of Public Works assists in the planning, direction, organization and review of the assigned operations. Within the Public Works Department, Assistant  Directors in this at-will capacity exercise judgment and discretion in overseeing complex major projects and/or operating divisions. The Assistant Director is responsible for the oversight of daily operations and may, in the absence of the Director, assume those duties. In addition, the Assistant Director is responsible for tactical level planning related  to strategic plans, and policies and develops operational goals. Incumbents act as a  technical advisor to the Director and the City Manager and attend meetings of the City  Council, boards, commissions, and committees. The Assistant Director participates in the preparation and administration of the Department’s annual operating budget and works  with the City Manager regarding current and anticipated City and departmental needs,  prioritization of those needs, and the feasibility of alternative approaches to meeting them.  The Assistant Director is expected to facilitate and coordinate activities with other departments within the City of Fresno, as well as outside agencies. 

There is currently one Assistant Director position available in the Department that works with managers and staff to accomplish the Department mission and objectives. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for leading the High Speed Rail and Special  Projects team within the Public Works Department. The High Speed Rail project is a  unique opportunity representing one of the largest transportation infrastructure investments in the history of the City of Fresno. The project includes nine railroad grade separations, reconstruction of an existing grade separation, closure of multiple at-grade crossings, relocation of several miles of sewer, water and storm drain, and over 30 traffic  signal modifications or installations. The High Speed Rail and Special Projects team is  also leading the City team for two major Caltrans freeway interchange and reconstruction projects, as well as numerous special projects ranging from development impact fee  updates to complex interagency agreements to high-priority initiatives for the Department. 


The Public Works Department is focused on infrastructure development and revitalization activity in the city including capital project planning, development project review, plan check, permit issuance, inspection services, transportation planning, processing of subdivision maps, impact fee administration, and special district administration. The Department also maintains and/or operates public facilities and assets such as traffic  signals, streetlights, streets, sidewalks, median islands, urban forest, landscape maintenance districts, and pedestrian/bicycle trails. The Department also provides graffiti  abatement services and oversees litter control contracts on the State highway system. The Department’s mission: Building a Better Fresno summarizes these services and the commitment of its staff to serve the citizens of Fresno. 

Public Works has a staff of 398 employees and a FY 2024 adopted budget of  $370,055,600 for all activities. Operating divisions within the Department include  Engineering, Traffic Operations & Planning, Street Maintenance and Landscape  Maintenance. 


The City is seeking a service and solution oriented person that understands public works systems, long range vision for a vibrant community and who possesses excellent leadership skills. An innovative manager who understands how multi-disciplinary collaborative efforts enhance the ability to provide best-in-class service will do well in this position. The ideal candidate will have a record of straightforward and open communication and a willingness to make effective decisions within the parameters of the position, as well as the ability to effectively manage conflicting perspectives.  

The Department Director is seeking an Assistant to serve as a key member of the  Department’s executive management team, recognizing this position is a vital element that works together with others to support the Mayor, City Manager, and Council’s vision for the City of Fresno. A candidate with a strong record of collaborative work with internal and external stakeholders would be highly valued, as the Assistant Director must be able to develop positive relationships with staff, other City departments, the public, and a number of other agencies. The Assistant Director must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive reports, records, and other written materials for a variety of audiences.  

A background that includes a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and four years of experience in managing large construction projects will be considered  qualifying for this position. Significant experience managing a combination of multi-million dollar public and privately funded infrastructure projects is highly desired. This position also requires the possession of a valid California Driver’s License.  


As the only California city located amongst three National Parks, residents and visitors enjoy Fresno’s proximity to Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. With approximately 300 days of sunshine each year, the Mediterranean climate allows for year round recreational activities, including sailing, snow and water skiing, fishing,  backpacking, and golfing.  

Living in Fresno has the benefit of urban amenities and the unique charm of a suburban atmosphere. Housing prices are typically lower than California’s other large metropolitan areas. There are four large school districts in Fresno, including Fresno Unified, Central Unified, Sanger Unified, Clovis Unified, and a variety of private educational institutions. 

The city is also home to colleges and universities, most notably California State University, Fresno as well as Fresno City College and Fresno Pacific University.  Residents enjoy various social, cultural, and athletic activities in an affordable community environment. 

Our Organization 

The City of Fresno is the fifth-largest city in the state of California and is a full-service charter city that operates under a “strong mayor” form of government. The Mayor is elected at large and does not serve on the Council but has veto power over certain actions taken by the City Council. The City Manager, who is appointed by the Mayor, is responsible for appointing all department heads in the City. There are seven Council  Members. The Council appoints the City Attorney and the City Clerk. 

Compensation and Benefits (Unit 2 Classification)  

The City of Fresno offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package. The salary for the Assistant Director is $115,056 up to $192,888. The employee benefits  package, as noted below, is subject to change and includes: 

Retirement: Fresno City Retirement System; reciprocity with other public California systems. The City’s pension funds are among the best-funded public systems in California and the nation. The City does not participate in Social Security. DROP (Deferred  Retirement Option Program): an optional, voluntary program that allows an employee to deposit retirement benefits in a special savings account within the Retirement System while continuing to work for the City of Fresno for up to 10 years. Participation minimum is age 50 and vested. Benefits includes ownership of accumulated funds, compound interest earnings, and alternative distribution options. 

Health Insurance: The City contributes toward monthly premiums for PPO medical,  dental and vision for employee and dependents. 

Flexible Spending Account Program: IRS 125 Plan for health and dependent care expenses. 

Auto Allowance: May be granted by the City Manager consistent with Administrative  Order 2-2. 

Deferred Compensation: Voluntary 457 plan with Fidelity Investments to increase your retirement savings. City contributes up to $75 per month. 

Management Leave: 80 hours (pro-rated) per fiscal year with an annual cash out provision.  

Supplemental Management Leave: Up to 32 hours at the discretion of the City  Manager. This leave may be placed in a retiree Health Reimbursement Arrangement account. 

Annual Leave: Accrue 15.5 hours of annual leave per month with a limited cash out provision. 

Supplemental Sick: 40 hours per fiscal year. 80 hours lifetime maximum. 

Holidays: Ten (10) City-observed holidays annually, plus birthday and two (2) personal  days per year.  

Life Insurance: Equal to annual salary; premium paid by City.  

Long-Term Disability: City pays premium for 66.66% of monthly salary up to $7,500  per month after 30 days.  

Additional information regarding the City of Fresno is available at

How to Apply 

For first consideration, apply by February 19, 2024. Include a letter of interest, resume,  and five references in the online application at: 

The Selection Process 

A select group of candidates will be invited to participate in the interview process  depending on their qualifications. For additional information regarding the City of  Fresno, please visit  

Equal Opportunity Employer 

The City of Fresno is an Equal Opportunity Employer.