Published date: May 1, 2024

JOB TITLE: Director of Public Works / City Engineer

AGENCY: City of Lawndale

LOCATION: Lawndale, CA


SALARY RANGE: $155,000 – $189,000 Annually


Appointed by the City Manager, the Director of Public Works / City Engineer supervises, plans, organizes, directs, and administers the activities and operations of the City’s Public Works Department. The hands-on position has full responsibility for providing direction and oversight for the department’s key operational areas which includes engineering, street, building and landscape maintenance, and contract administration. This position also serves as the City Engineer and administers the city’s public works engineering programs; reviews, evaluates and develops work products, methods, policies and procedures.

Duties include:

· Review and evaluates engineering plans, drawings, estimates and preliminary reports for construction and improvement projects for final approval.

· Monitor workflow and oversee and monitor the department’s budget and direct the forecast of additional funds needed for projects, staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.

· Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints.

· Oversee public works capital improvement projects, designs and construction, and quality control including civil and traffic engineering, municipal public works street design, subdivisions, parcel maps, grading, plan check, traffic light signal, graffiti, weed abatement, and water and sewer systems.

· Negotiate, execute and administer a variety of contracts and agreements, review and interpret government regulations and requirements, and prepare and provide reports as required.


The City of Lawndale is seeking a leader with strong management, organizational and communication skills with a proven track record of effectively overseeing capital improvement projects and public works operations. The City is seeking a knowledgeable and skilled professional with admirable integrity and dedication to achieving specific objectives to improve the overall performance and effectiveness of the Department’s service delivery, while providing exemplary municipal customer service to City residents, businesses, and visitors.

Key Attributes and Characteristics

Successful candidates must have strong management, organization, supervision and open communication skills and a dedication to bring best practices and departmental efficiencies as well as, but not limited to the following:

· A strong leader with the willingness and ability to respond quickly to resident complaints and issues. A problem-solver with a hands-on style of management, the ability to muti-task, and to adapt to changing priorities.

· A proactive manager with community awareness, sees a problem and addresses it with staff for clear and quick resolution.

· Political astuteness. A versatile personality who acknowledges criticism without taking it personally, engages openly with different audiences, and can bring about successful resolutions.

· Possesses a passion for public service and pursues professional success and efficiencies in alignment with the mission and vision of the City of Lawndale.

· A collaborative supervisory style willing to encourage and actively listen to the ideas of others.

· An energetic communicator who values the experience and knowledge of the City’s Central Management Team.

· A leader that can develop and manage a culture professionalism, mutual respect, and create a team-oriented high performing working environment.


The City of Lawndale is located in the southwestern region of Los Angeles County, California. This “Heart of the South Bay” city is situated in the South Bay area, approximately fifteen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles and five miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The city borders Hawthorne to the northwest, Redondo Beach to the west, and Torrance to the southwest. Lawndale is easily accessible via major roadways, including the San Diego Freeway (I-405) and the Pacific Coast Highway (California State Route 1). Lawndale is comprised of predominately single-family homes, encompassing 1.97 square miles, with a population of approximately 32,000 residents.

Founded in 1905 and incorporated in 1959, Lawndale has transformed from a rural community to a blossoming suburban community with residential neighborhoods, schools, parks, and commercial areas that caters to the needs of the community. These establishments contribute to the local economy and add to the overall character of Lawndale. Lawndale, a diverse, vibrant close-knit community offers various community services, including law enforcement, public works, recreation, and community outreach programs.

To learn more about the City of Lawndale, visit the City’s website at:

For more details about this opportunity, please visit:

To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five work related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) to: Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held.

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