Bob Hall & Associates

Encompassing 2.2 square miles, Signal Hill has a population of 11,500 full-time residents and a daytime population of over 40,000. Over 80,000 commuters pass through the City each day, utilizing several major transportation arteries. Four major freeways, the Long Beach Airport, and the Blue Line light rail system are all convenient to Signal Hill.

Signal Hill is a Charter City operating under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council consists of five Council Members elected at-large to four (4) year terms. Each year the Council chooses the City Mayor and Vice-Mayor from among the Council Members. The City Clerk and City Treasurer are also elected, while the Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, Deputy City Manager, and department heads.

The City of Signal Hill Public Works Department is responsible for providing reliable, well-maintained public facilities and essential services that are depended upon in the daily lives of residents and the business community. The Department is responsible for six service areas: Engineering Services; Environmental Programs; Street & Park Maintenance; Facilities and Landscape Maintenance; Vehicle and Equipment Services; and Water Billing and Operations. Public Works is also involved in representing the community’s interests on significant regional issues, such as water and transportation.

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 City is desirous of attracting candidates who bring considerable experience with selecting and working with consultants, as well as overseeing capital projects along with negotiating and managing contracts.

The ideal candidate will convey a familiarity with land development matters and the entitlement process. Additionally, they will be efficiency-minded and knowledgeable regarding contemporary processes, as well as sound policies and procedures. Previous success in securing grants and outside funding sources is desirable. An adept administrator, the individual selected will have a history of being a thoughtful and responsible steward of public resources.

It’s important that Signal Hill’s Public Works Director be an outstanding verbal and written communicator who exhibits a calm, even-keeled demeanor. The proven ability to translate complex technical data and concepts into understandable layperson’s terms is critical. The ideal candidate will be comfortable giving public presentations and interacting with various stakeholders. Experience working with elected and/or appointed officials, advisory bodies and other community stakeholders will help to ensure a seamless transition.  

Six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in municipal engineering and public works administration with at least four (4) years of supervisory experience is required. A combination of public and private sector experience will be considered favorably. Experience with water and or stormwater operations is desirable. A Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related discipline is required. Registration in California as a professional civil engineer is preferred, but not necessary. Any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities will be considered qualifying.

The salary range for the Public Works Director position is $147,563 – $193,615. Placement within the range will be DOQE. Salary is supplemented by a generous benefits package. Please follow this link to see the Director of Public Works Brochure.  To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please send a compelling cover letter and your detailed resume electronically to: by September 24, 2021. Please contact Bob Hall at (714) 309-9104 if you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process.

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