Solid Waste Operations Manager
DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, plans and manages
countywide transfer station and landfill operations; coordinates
solid waste processing operations with planning and engineering
staff; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position class that
reports to an assistant department head. It is distinguished from
the Refuse Supervisor class in that it is responsible for
coordination and long-range planning of all transfer station and
landfill operations, rather than for daily operations of a single
transfer station or landfill.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Through subordinates: supervises the safe and efficient transport
and disposal of solid waste, including household, industrial,
infectious, medical, and household hazardous materials; supervises
ancillary solid waste field operations, including equipment
operations and repair, recycling, and enforcement of refuse disposal
2. Coordinates solid waste processing operations with planning and
engineering staff to ensure the success of new programs and
facilities; analyzes field operations and formulates improvements to
ensure compliance with federal and state regulations; performs
long-range planning for staffing needs, equipment replacement, and
other operational requirements.
3. Manages the development, revision, and implementation of policies
and procedures for solid waste field operations; drafts budget for
transfer station and landfill operations; prepares Requests for
Proposal (RFPs) for equipment and services; represents the division
in negotiations with vendors and service contractors, and
participates in contract administration in disputed contractual
matters; prepares Board letters for renewal of contracts; prepares
staff reports, including reports for presentation to Board of
Supervisors; prepares tonnage reports and makes recommendations
regarding change in fees.
4. Selects and trains operations staff; assists supervisory staff in
resolving the most difficult operational or supervisory problems;
establishes standards, prepares annual performance plans, evaluates
performance, and reviews performance evaluations prepared by
subordinate supervisors; takes and approves disciplinary actions.
5. Represents the division to the public in matters related to solid
waste field operations and to private waste haulers regarding safety
and operational issues; directly or through subordinates, responds
to complaints from transfer station and landfill users by explaining
and enforcing applicable laws and regulations; participates in
public workshops to explain and generate support for proposed
projects and facilities; may address the Board of Supervisors to
answer questions about issues or proposals related to solid waste
1. Three years of supervisory experience in a construction,
processing, or production field operation that included a large
workforce performing diverse functions, as well as extensive public
contact. At least one year of the required experience must be in the
field of solid waste management; or,
2. three years of experience performing duties equivalent to Refuse
Supervisor with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience
that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
Basic knowledge of: principles and practices of integrated solid
waste management; other state and federal laws pertaining to solid
waste management; contract negotiation and administration.
Knowledge of: principles and practices of management and
supervision; budget preparation; principles and practices of
effective customer service; standard English usage and grammar.
Ability to: plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; learn and
adapt to changing laws and regulations pertaining to solid waste
management and disposal; coordinate the work of sections with
diverse functions; foster cooperation among subordinate staff; work
cooperatively as part of a management team; develop and implement
short- and long-range plans; prepare narrative and statistical
reports; analyze data and situations, make recommendations, and
formulate options, strategies, and solutions; establish and maintain
working relationships with colleagues, regulatory agencies, vendors,
service contractors, and members of the public; exercise tact,
diplomacy, and objectivity in representing the division; manage the
performance of a large, diverse staff.
Independent travel throughout the County is required.
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION: Possession of a certification in solid
waste management issued by the Solid Waste Management Association of
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Work environment may regularly expose the
incumbent to such conditions as: unpleasant odors, diesel exhaust,
hazardous materials, and hazards from moving vehicles and equipment.