City of Seal Beach

Located on the coast of Southern California, Seal Beach enjoys a well-informed and engaged community. Seal Beach is well known for its historic wooden pier that juts out into the blue Pacific and a view and climate that is a weekend draw for the greater Southland. With a population of approximately 25,000, Seal Beach is nestled between Long Beach and Huntington Beach in Orange County and has retained its quaint “village-by-the-sea” ambiance.

Seal Beach is a Charter City operating under the Council- Manager form of government. The City organization provides service to its residents and businesses through the departments of: City Clerk, Community Services, Finance, Community Development, Public Works, Police and Marine Safety. The City contracts with the Orange County Fire Authority for fire and emergency medical services. The City currently maintains a workforce of over 100 full-time employees, supported by a dedicated team of part-time, volunteer, and contract employees.

The position of Director of Public Works is designated as an “at will” position. Under general direction of the City Manager, plans, directs, manages, and evaluates the administrative, engineering, and maintenance programs and services of the Public Works Department, including engineering, streets, utilities, beaches, equipment maintenance, buildings and facilities, and traffic programs; participates as a member of the City’s Executive Management Team; and does related work as required. 

The Director of Public Works is distinguished from the City Engineer by its broader scope of functional responsibility, decision-making authority, budgetary accountability, span of supervisory control, and external interfaces with City Council, developers, contractors, consulting engineers, and engineering and planning agency representatives.


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Public Administration, Civil Engineering or a related field is required. 
  • Experience: Eight years of professional, administrative, and managerial experience involving public works construction and administration is required.

The City is seeking a strong, energetic, team-oriented leader, who is hands-on and engaged that will be visible and accessible to their staff. The position requires someone who has broad experience in public works, is politically astute, a creative problem solver and has a comfort with and a strong desire for interacting with employees, department directors, elected officials, residents, and diverse stakeholders.

The Salary Range for the position is $14,897.23 – $18,107.68 monthly D.O.Q. To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please send a compelling cover letter and your detailed resume electronically to by Friday, October 21, 2022. Please contact Bob Hall at (714) 309-9104 should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process. Follow this link to view the Director of Public Works Brochure.

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