Public Works Manager

Open Date: 08/16/2021

Closing Date: Until Filled

Requisition Number: 021-2021

Department: Public Works

Classification: Full-Time

Salary: Commensurate w/ Experience

Location: Valley Center, CA


Under the direction of the Tribal Administrator, the Public Works Manager will assist in the supervision of the reservation’s Public Works Department. This position will manage the activities of construction, repair, maintenance, and operational work on the reservation streets, parks, various infrastructures, trees, streetscapes and right of ways. This position will also manage ongoing projects and ensure compliance with the Tribal Government and Federal standards. This position will participate in the development and administration of the Public Works operating budget. The Public Works Manager will ensures safe work practices, work quality and accuracy; serves as a technical resource for assigned reporting supervisors and work crews. This person will conduct business in a professional and cordial manner that will uphold the integrity and reputation of Rincon.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Direct the maintenance of the domestic water system, utility infrastructure, tribal and BIA roads, reservation parks, trees, storm drains, streetlights and signals, sidewalks, streetscapes, buildings and grounds.
  • Prepare annual budgets for Public Works Department and stay within the approved allocation.
  • Manage water treatment for the domestic water system including testing, treatment, disinfection, and adequate water pressure for the residential community and other facilities.
  • Direct activities to ensure ongoing completion of projects and maintenance functions on the Rincon Tribal Reservation.
  • Oversee public works contracts, maintenance and construction agreements; administers provisions and specifications of applicable contracts; responds to afterhour call-outs as assigned.
  • Direct multiple projects such as Tribal developments, right of way, and capital construction projects. Coordinate complex construction activates.
  • Oversee and administer capital project contracts; ensure projects are completed on schedule and within budget, while avoiding potential construction claim.
  • Direct and supervise consultant project management, inspection, material testing, survey services; monitor consultant budgets and recommend approval of consultant payments. Ability to read and interpret engineering plans, specifications, bid documents and contracts.
  • Monitors work activities to ensure safe work practices, work quality and accuracy; ensures compliance with applicable Tribal and Federal rules, policies and procedures; establishes department performance goals; participates in the selection, training evaluation of General Services personnel.
  • Supervise, plan and participate in highly complex and responsible construction coordination and inspection work.
  • Oversee the development and upkeep of short and long-range maintenance schedules for the domestic water system, utility infrastructure, tribal and BIA roads, reservation parks, landscape, and facility maintenance. Assists in the development of cost estimates for implementation of maintenance programs.
  • Assists with operation of Tribal hazardous waste collection program; coordinates the conduct of special events with general service staff; serves as liaison with Federal governmental agencies.
  • Prepare reports on department operations as necessary. Plan, assign, direct and inspects field construction. Participates in budget preparation, and prepares project costs estimates.
  • Oversee bids, procures purchase requisitions, equipment procurements, and the order of supplies, tools and materials for the Public Works Department.
  • Responds to questions, and concerns from Tribal Members; provides information as is appropriate and resolves public service or operational complaints; establishes and maintains a customer service orientation within the unit.
  • Identifies the appropriate training for staff employees to ensure that they have the appropriate skills and knowledge to meet the performance expectation of the position.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organization, state/local agencies.
  • Conducts annual performance review and provides feedback in a timely and on a regular basis to ensure all employees have an understanding of what is required to meet the expectation of their job.
  • Attends training conferences to stay knowledgeable about trends within the utilities management, infrastructure preservation fields, and shares new trends with staff employee to ensure their continual growth in their job.
  • Assumes additional related job assignments, and delegates where appropriate to ensure continual growth for staff employees.
  • Maintains an effective and productive partnership with organizations that promotes a positive image for the Tribe.
  • Provide written, oral, and computer based presentations to Tribal Council, General Membership and Government Agencies for program reporting, project status, and department outreach.
  • Interact with Rincon Community to ensure implementation of Department goals.



  • Graduation from a U.S. high school, G.E.D. or equivalent from a U.S. institution, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Business Administration or equivalent degree is preferred. Equivalent experience may be substituted.
  • Experience in planning, organization, time management, construction management, problem solving and delegating for maintenance and construction services (i.e. roads, buildings, water and utilities lines/services).
  • Five (5) years or more of experience in a Government, Construction Management, Facilities Management, Public Management capacity, including at least three (3) years in a responsible management capacity.


The following license and certification are required to be maintained throughout employment and are not subject to waiver:

  • Valid California Driver’s License. Must maintain a satisfactory driving record with the DMV.


  • Knowledge of construction data collection processes, development of complex construction plans, and reports.
  • Contract documents including notice inviting bids, contract, special provisions, and construction plans.
  • Knowledge of Construction costing estimates, budgeting, and financial asset management.
  • Strong knowledge of federal related legal requirements, including reservation community health code requirements.


The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package for full-time and qualifying part-time employees. Benefit include the following:

  • Health & Wellness Coverage: Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) Accrual
  • Holidays: Full-time employees and qualifying part-time employees are eligible for eleven (11) full paid holidays, and four (4) half day (4 hours) paid holidays.
  • Comprehensive Annual Performance & Merit Reviews
  • Job Training based on Business Needs
  • Life and Long Term Disability: $100,000 employer paid Life Insurance and Long Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Healthcare and Dependent care reimbursement accounts
  • Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • Supplemental Coverage: Disability, Accident, Cancer, Life and Hospital Confinement
  • Retirement: 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match
  • Company Events: Rincon Tribal Government holds great social events for employees and occasionally raffle many prizes.