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THE POSITION Plans, organizes and directs the operations and activities of the Sanitation Division; performs directly related work as required.
Supervision is exercised over the work of all employees within the Sanitation Division including solid waste collection, recycling collection, yard waste collection, private property clean-up, customer service center, and street cleaning. Comprehensive knowledge of current principles, practices and operations of solid waste, recycling, yard waste, and street cleaning is required.
The City of Des Moines' Residency Requirement is in effect for this Position. Applicant must be a resident of the City of Des Moines within seven months of appointment date and maintain residency within the City of Des Moines while employed in this position.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY) Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the work of Division supervisors in completing solid waste, yard waste, recycling, and street cleaning operations;
Develops policies and procedures designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Division operations and address solid waste environmental needs within the City of Des Moines;
Develops and administers the Division budget;
Organizes resources within the Division, including developing equipment and materials specifications, requisitioning supplies and coordinating maintenance;
Coordinates projects with other City Departments, outside contractors, state and federal agencies/monitoring officials, other governmental jurisdictions and/or authorities;
Receives, investigates and resolves complaints from the public;
Ensures environmental conditions within the City's refuse management, recycling and related operations meet the objectives of properly processing solid waste, hazardous materials and recyclable material;
Oversees emergency operations, including snow and ice removal and emergency flood operations;
Oversees cost accounting within the Division and provides costs estimates on major projects planned and pending;
Provides status reports to the Public Works Director or Deputy Public Works Director on Divisional operations, any major shift in policies or procedures and recommendations for future development;
Participates in various aspects of personnel administration within the Division, including hiring, termination, grievance procedures and coordinating employee training;
Performs special projects for the Public Works Director or Deputy Director as requested;
Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;
Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biology or a related field; and
Considerable experience in public works operations with a management role; or
Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
REQUIRED SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen test;
Possession of a valid Iowa driver's license;
About City of Des Moines
As Iowa's capital city, Des Moines is a hub of government action, business activity and cultural affairs. With a Metro population of 569,633, Des Moines is a bustling metropolis. But though we have big city bustle, we're extremely proud of our small town atmosphere. Our community offers quality schools, superb public services, and friendly neighborhoods. Truly the best of both worlds!