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Solid Waste Permitting & Engineering Manager

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, organizes, directs, and manages the Solid Waste Permitting and Engineering Unit in the Public Works Department; supervises and trains staff; performs professional civil engineering or geologic work; and performs other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position, management class that reports to the Public Works Deputy Director, Solid Waste and Utilities Division. The Solid Waste Permitting and Engineering Unit is responsible for civil engineering, permit compliance, and geologic work associated with County landfills and transfer stations.


1. Identifies program goals, objectives, priorities, performance measures, and standards of success; develops long-range plans and assigns resources accordingly; develops, modifies, and implements policies and procedures to improve or standardize operations; provides technical advice and policy recommendations to executive staff regarding issues related to solid waste and permitting; and coordinates solid waste and permitting activities with other divisions of Public Works and other County departments.
2. Plans, assigns, and directs the work of professional engineers and geologists and paraprofessional and clerical support staff responsible for: obtaining permits from regulatory agencies and assuring the County's compliance with those permits; conducting groundwater, soil, geologic, seismic, and hydrologic studies; and designing and preparing engineering drawings, plans, specifications, estimates, and reports for a variety of solid waste projects or contracts.
3. Directs and participates in the preparation of technical civil engineering or geologic material, reports, studies, and/or contracts for submission to departmental executive staff and the Board of Supervisors; and certifies the adequacy of reports as allowed and required by State regulations.
4. Interviews and selects professional, paraprofessional, and clerical staff; communicates and enforces performance standards, organizational policies, and rules; evaluates the work of staff; trains and counsels staff; and takes disciplinary actions.
5. Prepares unit budget; monitors expenditures; consults with executive staff regarding plans or projects which may impact the budget; and administers contracts for solid waste projects, consultant services, and interagency projects.
6. Represents the department at meetings, conferences, and hearings; and provides information to the public regarding solid waste planning and management.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Registration as a Civil Engineer or Registered Geologist with the State of California; and:

1. four years of professional civil engineering work that included solid waste projects and one year supervising other professional staff; or,
2. four years of professional geological experience that included solid waste projects and one year supervising other professional staff; or,
3. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to Civil Engineer or Geologist, Registered with Santa Barbara County that included solid waste projects and one year supervising other professional staff; or,
4. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Initial appointment may be based on evidence of ability to obtain the appropriate California registration within 12 months of appointment. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of civil engineering or geology; solid waste regulatory requirements; principles and practices of supervision, training, contract administration, and performance management; data collection and analysis techniques and methodologies; and methods used in the construction, operation, and maintenance of solid waste facilities.

Ability to: plan, organize, coordinate, and delegate work; analyze data, draw conclusions, project consequences, and make evaluations, recommendations, and decisions; read, interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations governing solid waste programs; read and interpret technical engineering reports and studies; formulate, interpret, and apply policy; perform budget and contract administration; prepare clear and concise correspondence and complex, technical reports using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; exercise objectivity and independent judgment; work independently; balance competing priorities; make public presentations before groups with varying levels of technical understanding; demonstrate tact and diplomacy in representing the department; establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, staff, and others; and access and use a variety of personal computer applications.

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