Solid Waste Program Manager
DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, plans, directs,
evaluates, and manages a variety of integrated solid waste
collection, recycling, and diversion programs; and performs related
duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from
Public Works Program Specialist, Senior in that the Program Manager
has responsibility for comprehensive planning and implementation of
integrated solid waste management programs and supervises
professional staff. Incumbents in the Public Works Program
Specialist, Senior class act as lead workers or coordinate,
implement, and maintain complex and/or specialized water resources
or solid waste programs.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Manages County solid waste collection, diversion, and recycling
programs by making long-range plans to meet state mandates,
negotiating contracts with solid waste haulers and consultants,
providing policy direction in the development of solid waste
programs and facilities for the diversion of solid waste, and
recommending adjustments to solid waste fee structure to the Deputy
Public Works Director - Solid Waste & Utilities.
2. Plans, assigns, reviews and evaluates work of Solid Waste Program
staff; interviews and recommends staff for hire; and trains staff in
solid waste collection, diversion, and recycling programs.
3. Prepares, administers, and monitors the program unit's budget
including solid waste diversion, resource recovery, and planning
programs; develops and evaluates performance measures; authorizes
payments for contracted services; and participates in resolution of
disputed contractual matters.
4. Directs solid waste collection, diversion, and recycling programs
through staff including: reviewing staff recommendations for new
programs and changes to existing programs such as requests for
proposals and grant submissions; directing the development,
revision, and implementation of policies and procedures; explaining
and interpreting policies and procedures for staff; and responding
to complaints regarding programs.
5. Reviews and analyzes policies, guidelines, and legislation
related to solid waste operations to ensure compliance with federal
and state regulations and laws; reviews and analyzes proposed
legislation and provides recommendations for action to department;
prepares or directs updates to solid waste management planning
documents to reflect changes in law or County operations; meets with
local officials and groups to solicit input on program design, and
to gain cooperation and participation in programs; prepares
administrative studies and reports on regulatory compliance;
enforces refuse disposal laws through supervision of Refuse
Inspectors at disposal sites; and directs staff actions on disputed
violations of solid waste disposal and handling laws.
6. Reviews and provides comments to the Planning and Development
Department and applicants on local environmental review documents
for proposed and planned projects and facilities for compliance with
solid waste management mitigation measures.
7. Conducts workshops for the public to explain and generate support
for proposed solid waste collection, diversion, and recycling
projects; makes presentations to local task force and Board of
Supervisors to advise and provide updates on solid waste programs
and issues; and provides comment and testimony to State legislative
and public bodies regarding solid waste program development and
regulatory issues to minimize adverse impacts on County programs.
8. Represents the County at solid waste program-related conferences,
workshops, and meetings to maintain current knowledge of field and
to provide information about County's programs.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a bachelor's degree in
environmental studies, hydrology; biological sciences, natural
resources management, urban or regional planning, geology, soil
science, or a related field; and:
1. three years of progressively responsible professional experience
in the planning and implementation of integrated solid waste
recycling and diversion programs that included lead work
2. one year of experience performing solid waste recycling or
diversion duties equivalent to the class of Public Works Program
Specialist, Senior with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience
that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
Knowledge of: principles and practices of integrated solid waste
management, including recycling, source reduction, and diversion
programs; local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and policies
pertaining to solid waste management; budgeting, including planning
and monitoring; solid waste diversion, resource recovery, and source
reduction programs and equipment; recycling processing technology
and equipment; short- and long-range planning; federal and state
laws and regulations for long-range solid waste disposal and
facilities planning; solid waste materials and their uses as
recoverable resources; composting technology, techniques, and
equipment; performance management; contract management; basic math
to compute costs of programs; statistics to analyze program data;
and standard English, grammar, usage, and syntax.
Ability to: review and analyze information, and develop valid
recommendations; prepare and give presentations before community
groups and governing bodies; read, analyze, and interpret laws,
regulations, policies, and procedures related to solid waste
programs for staff, public officials, and the public; negotiate
contracts; communicate effectively to persuade others with differing
points of view and to explain technical regulations to the public;
facilitate public meetings; prepare clear and concise plans,
reports, and correspondence using correct grammar, punctuation and
spelling; establish and maintain effective working relationships
with co-workers, staff, public officials, other agencies, and the
public; organize work and set priorities to meet deadlines; work
independently; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work of self
Knowledge of: principles and practices of supervision; interviewing
techniques to conduct hiring interviews and select staff; personnel
practices relating to disciplining employees and resolving
grievances; and County solid waste operations and programs.
Ability to: supervise staff, including planning, organizing,
assigning, reviewing, and evaluating work; and train staff.