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The City of Durham’s Department of Solid Waste Management is seeking a Senior Assistant Solid Waste Manager. The Solid Waste Department provides curbside collection of trash, recyclable materials, bulky items and yard waste. The Department also operates a waste disposal and recycling center, including a transfer station, to meet the solid waste needs of City residents and commercial customers. The City currently processes and composts yard waste at this location, and is currently securing the necessary permit to allow the future addition of bio-solids and food waste. The City of Durham is committed to increased diversion of waste from disposal and sees composting as a key component in the process. This position will have lead responsibility for the composting operation, including contract management, securing and maintaining all required permits, ensuring compliance with all local, state, and/or federal rules and regulations, coordination and management of in-house resources, community outreach and more. The department is proud of its contributions in support of sustainable growth in the "Bull City". Home to great weather, a friendly, diverse population, beautiful natural sites, a prominent art culture, rich history and award-winning restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and breweries – it's no wonder that Durham is one of the top places in the U.S. to live, work, and play. The 4th largest municipality in the state, Durham's population has grown by 20 new residents and 5 new households EVERY DAY for the past 10 years. With all this growth, supporting a well-run organization is more important than ever. To do this, the Solid Waste Department requires the best people.
When you join the Solid Waste department, you are joining a team of innovative, highly-qualified, service-oriented individuals committed to the responsible management of solid waste for the City. Use your unique skills to make a difference, within the Durham community. The Department work culture is one that offers the opportunity for professional growth, to work with other innovative, talented and creative people, and to do meaningful and important work. Become part of a great team.
The purpose of this position is to assist Solid Waste Division Managers in the planning, development, and implementation of integrated solid waste management programs and services. This is accomplished by directing multiple staff within the Solid Waste department, managing service contracts, including working directly with service providers to ensure outcomes are met.
Other duties include assisting with budget preparation, management and analysis for the department; assisting SWM Director and Assistant Directors; training new hires and completing performance appraisals; coordinating events and activities for the department; managing safety and security of all Solid Waste Management facilities; and overseeing performance measures established by the City and the Solid Waste department.
Candidates must have experience in managing composting facilities and be knowledgeable regarding the principles associated with successful composting practices and procedures.
Direct supervision of supervisors; coordinates and directs work; oversees hiring process, training, and disciplining of employees; develops training materials, updates standard operating policies, work rules and procedures; seeks out opportunities for personnel development and training; coordinates events and meetings; and establishes performance standards and measures for personnel; tracks spending trends in fuel usage, maintenance, contract spending and revenue trends for collections, disposal and other operating parameters.
Manages programs by developing plans to accomplish initiatives and established goals; prepares and maintains reports, records, and database systems; develops spreadsheets to conduct analyses; composes letters, memorandums, charts, and maps; conducts presentations; makes recommendations to Solid Waste Manager(s); and serves on SWM committees; works with GIS analyst and supervisors to ensure in-vehicle devices units are being utilized properly.
Manages contracts and work of contractors providing services to the department to ensure all terms of contracts are met.
Ensures all programs and services at the Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, composting, transfer station, hazardous household waste, etc. operate in compliance with permitted requirements of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ).
Ensures all NC DEQ permits are renewed and kept current as required. Manages the application process for permits for new and/or expanded programs, including organics composting programs.
Partners with other City Departments, local, state and/or federal agencies and non-profit organizations to expand and enhance waste reduction, reuse and recycling programs.
Manages all Safety programs and examines all safety incidents by interpreting and enforcing relevant city ordinances and all Federal and State regulations concerning SWM divisions; investigates job related accidents and injuries; prepares reports and makes recommendations relating to operating policies, work rules, procedures, accidents, and injuries; and coordinates with Risk Management.
Oversees customer service issues by reviewing and resolving concerns and requests for services; handles difficult and confrontational customer service issues; and composes letters and memorandums; oversees staff to ensure that supervisors and/or crew chiefs follow up on customer service.
Handles fleet and facility maintenance by supervising the utilization of equipment; conducts equipment tests and studies; assists in the development of specifications for new equipment; recommends replacements and disposal of existing equipment; and manages the Storm Water and Waste Water Discharge Monitoring program; ensures that the proper training is held for SWM employees for the Storm Water program.
Has knowledge and ability to perform maintenance checks of equipment and vehicles.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Five or more years of related experience in the operation of transfer stations, landfills and/or composting and organics management services.
Successful completion of U.S. Composting Council’s Compost Operations Training within 6 months of employment.
Requires ability to obtain SWANA Certification in Managing Composting Programs within 6 months of employment.
Requires valid Class C Driver's License.
ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SKILLS
Experience in managing contracts
Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of commercial scale composting, including rules and regulations pertaining to composting within the State of North Carolina
About City of Durham
Whether you know of Durham as the "City of Medicine" or the "Bull City" it's easy to see why so many residents and businesses call Durham home. Located halfway between the Great Smoky Mountains and the beaches of the Atlantic, Durham is a community that is home to over 300 restaurants, more than 40 annual festivals, Duke and North Carolina Central universities, Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball, art and science museums, and world-class medical facilities just to name a few. With more than 5.2 million visitors annually, Durham is the top destination of arrivals at RDU International Airport. It doesn't take long for visitors to the City to notice the changing face of Durham, but the current exciting transformation is just one of many transitions the City has gone through as it has shaped a vibrant history over the last 180 years to become the world-class City it is today.