The purpose of this classification is to oversee the daily operations of the Sanitation Department. Duties include managing the Municipal Solid Waste Landfill, three transfer stations, the animal crematory, roll off services, composting operations, risk management, and engineering consulting firms. The Assistant Director of sanitation also serves as the department contact for Purchasing, Project Manager for construction and handles Fleet Specifications. It is differentiated from the Deputy Director PW Sanitation in that this position reports to the Deputy Director.
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Directs, manages, and monitors (daily) scheduled residential and commercial solid waste and recycling collection core operations: facilitates and fosters team and organizational development; advises and directs, where necessary, reallocation of collection resources and service priorities for timely collection of solid waste and recycle materials; requires operational leadership, decision making, initiative, sound judgment abilities, skills, and knowledge.
Approves, recommends, and resolves customer complaints, new services, service delivery changes, equipment usage and assignment, and overtime when necessary to accomplish effective service delivery: directly and indirectly provides written and verbal resolution to sensitive inquiries and complaints from both internal and external sources; as division head, acts to defend, justify programs, policies, procedures, actions, projects and activities.
Reviews, investigates, and recommends corrective and/or disciplinary action occasioned by violation of department operating and/or safety policies, procedures, rules, guidelines and practices: selects, assigns, trains, develops, and evaluates subordinate staff and employees; assists in development and administration of business processes, service level agreements, resolutions, ordinances, and HR policies; conducts funding estimates needed for program modifications, staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitors and approves division expenditures and budget adjustments as needed.
Prepares, designs, analyzes, and implements programs for effective and efficient solid waste and recycling material collection: researches and evaluates technical information and sources; recommends new technology, methods and procedures consistent with “best solid waste management practices.”
Approves, reviews, organizes, and administers fiscal policies and procedures including revenue and expense budget projections, schedules, and rate/service fee analyses: manages collection division budget and work processes and plans; meets with leadership and management staff to identify and resolve organizational issues; assigns projects and areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods, processes, and procedures.
Prepares, analyzes reviews, approves, and recommends policies, administrative and operational procedures, management reports, correspondence, ordinances, resolutions, agreements, and high level communications; assists in planning, updating, and analyzing solid waste management plans and emergency management plans; meet with local, state, and federal agency representatives, contractors, and consultants to ensure compliance with regulations, grant and emergency management protocol and requirements, county code, policies, and works to resolve non-compliance issues.
Assists in representing the department with county officials, other government agencies, contractors, consultants, customers, residents, commercials and business entities, and other vested interests: assists in monitoring and evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of collection service delivery systems, support and reporting systems, and identifies opportunities for improvement and management change.
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Social Work, Human Resource Management, other behavior sciences, or a related field required; supplemented by five years of progressively responsible experience in human resource management, public and business administration, solid waste management, or public works to include lead or supervisory experience and seven years of experience in the field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.
About DeKalb County Government Public Works Department
DeKalb County is Georgia’s third largest county with approximately 700,000 residents calling it home. The geographical area of the County covers approximately a 271 mile radius consisting of a portion of Atlanta; the cities of Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Stone Mountain and Tucker; and several unincorporated areas. Four major interstates and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) are easily accessible for commuting.