THE POSITION:Under general direction, plans and administers the day-to-day operations of municipal solid waste collection; supervises disposal, diversion and recycling programs; makes public presentations and responds to public inquiries; performs related work as required; acts for the Solid Waste Director in their absence.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: Administers general policies and procedures and supervises the operation of municipal solid waste collection, treatment, disposal, diversion and recycling programs; develops and recommends to the Solid Waste Director changes and modifications in operating procedures as required to meet changing times and conditions; reviews the work of Division employees; makes regular inspections of work in the field; coordinates procedures to address legislated requirements; coordinates activities with other City divisions; deals with a variety of businesses, manufacturers, suppliers and service organizations from which the City obtains materials, equipment, supplies and services; represents the City with other local agencies in solid waste matters; supervises monthly reporting and cost records; prepares budget estimates and work programs and administers annual budget; prepares basic specifications for equipment and conducts proper field testing; coordinates and prepares proposals requiring consultant review, response and action; authorizes routine purchases; reviews and resolves service complaints from the public; promotes good public relations practices in dealing with public complaints and inquiries; reviews and administers contracts for refuse collection by independent contractors; ensures timely and accurate payment to contractors; recommends and participates in contract negotiations for outside services.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Applications will be accepted only for those applicants who clearly demonstrate on the COMPLETED City appliction, supplemental questionnaire, resume and DMV printout that they have:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in the Physical, Biological or Environmental Sciences, Engineering or related field; AND
Five years progressively responsible experience in solid waste administration, including collection activities, disposal operations and waste diversion or related experience, including three years at a supervisory level; OR
An equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the capabilities to perform the described job duties.
Licenses, Certifications or Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid California Class "C" driver's license.
Highly desirable: National and State certifications in solid waste industry areas such as environmental health, engineering, safety, or related fields and certifications offered by professional organizations, i.e., the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), US Composting Council (USCC), Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA), or other engineering or industry associations.
OTHER MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Knowledge of: Principles of management and supervision; effective and efficient methods and procedures of scheduling and managing solid waste collection, treatment, disposal, diversion, and recycling operations; thorough knowledge of the equipment and machinery used in areas of waste management; familiar with modern techniques, automation and methods utilized in solid waste collection, treatment, disposal, diversion, and recycling; City policies, procedures and practices; personal computer operation including word processing, spreadsheet and database software. Ability to: Organize and supervise the work of staff and monitor performance; plan, schedule, coordinate and inspect all solid waste management operations; effectively implement approved programs; determine economic use of equipment, manpower and materials to forecast long and short-range service requirements; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the public; make public presentations; effectively communicate with the news media, local agencies, refuse haulers, businesses, etc.; develop and implement goals, procedures, work standards and internal controls. Physical Conditions or Special Working Conditions: Standard office environment and working conditions; however, must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Ability to inspect and direct activities at waste diversion and landfill facilities, and oversee large vehicle operations.
The City of Bakersfield employs approximately 1600 employees and consists of ten departments including Police, Fire, City Attorney, Development Services, Public Works, Water Resources, Recreation and Parks, Financial Services, Economic/Community Development and City Manager.