San José, CA (pop. 1 M plus) is conducting a national search for an innovative leader to manage a $421.6 million capital improvements and reinvestment program in the Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department (PRNS). If you are a proactive, innovative, high-energy manager and are looking for a high public service accomplishment position with high reward career opportunity, you are an ideal candidate to become the next Deputy Director for Capital Projects. The ideal person will be experienced in bringing capital projects from start to finish, will be a fast learner, nimble, diplomatic, and have demonstrated capability of working with multiple stakeholders. San José is the 10th largest city in the US.
The Deputy Director – Capital Projects position reports directly to the Director and will manage a team of 35 skilled professionals from multiple disciplines, including an especially robust design group. The position is responsible for total project management: from forecasting, planning, engineering, bidding, and construction management through to ribbon cutting. The ideal person will enjoy working with a multitude of stakeholders to successful long-term conclusions that will return forever-lasting credit to the new Deputy Director’s capabilities and career. See organization chart here.
The City of San José is known as the “Capital of Silicon Valley” and plays a vital economic and cultural role, anchoring the world’s leading region of innovation. Encompassing 178 square miles with more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States. San José’s is home to major tech headquarters like Cisco, Adobe, Samsung, and eBay, and to an upcoming Google campus.
San José’s quality of life is unsurpassed. Surrounded by the Diablo and Santa Cruz Mountain ranges and enjoying an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, residents have easy access to the beaches along the California coast, Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada, and a rich cultural and recreational life.
San José receives accolades for its vibrant neighborhoods, healthy lifestyle, and diverse attractions. Nineteen public school districts and over 300 private and parochial schools provide residents with a range of educational choices. Universities in and near the city include San José State University, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and three University of California campuses.
San Jose City Government
The City of San José is a full-service Charter City that operates as a Council-Manager government. City Council consists of 10 council members elected by district and a mayor elected at–large. The City Manager and the executive team provide strategic leadership that supports the policymaking role of the Mayor and the City Council and motivates the organization to deliver high quality services. The City actively engages with members of the community through Council-appointed boards and commissions.
The Deputy Director position performs work of considerable difficulty including:
- Plans, organizes, and directs major functional areas of the PRNS department;
- Directs and performs special projects and strategic planning programs that impact PRNS departmental operations;
- Represents the Department Director in a variety of interdepartmental, intergovernmental, and community matters;
- Assumes responsibility for the department's operations in the absence of the Director;
- Provides staff support to the Mayor and City Council members on an as needed basis; and
- Coordinates activities between major departmental divisions.
Position Minimum Requirements
- A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in public, business, park, or recreation administration, or a related field
- Six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience in senior level administrative and/or analytic work in a public or private agency
- Licensed engineer or landscape architect
- Master’s Degree in a related field
- Experience managing and supervising capital project planning in a public or private agency
- Experience managing a work unit equivalent to a major division within a City operating department
- Experience in design of public facilities, an understanding of municipal land use planning and policy, and environmental permitting
- Experienced in navigating projects with extensive community engagement which require consensus from a diversity of opinions
- Demonstrating a passion for public spaces that serve the community
Compensation and Benefits
The approved salary range is $140,154.56 – $226,257.20 DOQ/E, including five percent (5%) on-going non-pensionable pay.
The City provides an excellent array of benefits, including:
- Retirement – Competitive defined benefit retirement plan with full reciprocity with CalPERS; defined contribution plan available as an option.
- Health Insurance – The City contributes 85 percent towards the premium of the lowest cost non-deductible plan. There are several plan options.
- Dental Insurance – The City contributes 100 percent of the premium of the lowest priced plan for dental coverage.
- Personal Time – Vacation is accrued initially at the rate of three weeks per year with amounts increasing up to five weeks after 15 years of service. Executive Leave of 40 hours is granted annually and depending upon success in the Management Performance Program could increase to up to 80 hours. Sick Leave is accrued at the rate of approximately 8 hours per month.
- Holidays – The City observes 15 paid holidays annually.
- Deferred Compensation – The City offers an optional 457 Plan.
- Flexible Spending Accounts – The City participates in Dependent Care Assistance and Medical Reimbursement Programs.
- Insurance – The City provides a term life policy equal to two times annual salary. Long-term disability and AD&D plans are optional.
- Employee Assistance Program – The City provides a comprehensive range of services through the EAP.
- Remote Work – Some remote work flexibility is available yet three days minimum are required in the office.
Application deadline is January 9, 2023. Candidates apply online along with a cover letter, resume that reflects the size of staff and budgets managed. Include four work-related references (who will not be contacted without prior notice). For questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates’ applications remain confidential until the finalist stage.
Save these tentative interview dates: February 2nd, 9th, and 10th. (Candidates will be notified in advance of any changes to these dates)
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa that requires an employee application. EEOC.
Per the City’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all employees starting on or after February 11, 2022, to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination means that employees are required to be “up-to-date” with regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. Consistent with the Santa Clara County Public Health Order issued on December 28, 2021, "up-to-date" means that employees are required to be vaccinated with the entire recommended initial series of a COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine).
Application Deadline: January 9, 2023