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Under the general direction of the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, the Environmental Services Director is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the city's Environmental Services Department which is comprised of over 430 employees and has an annual operating budget of approximately $123 million. The Environmental Services Director will provide immediate direction to the Assistant Director and other senior management staff. This position will lead department operations while also championing the commitment and ongoing development of long-term goals such as the City of San Diego Zero Waste Plan.
The Environmental Services Department ensures residents are provided with a clean and safe environment. The Department pursues waste management strategies that emphasize waste reduction and recycling, Zero Waste, organics management , and environmentally sound landfill operations. The Department consists of three Divisions: Collection Services, Disposal & Environmental Protection, and Waste Reduction.
Collection Services Division
Provides regular collection of residential refuse, recyclables and greens, and collection and maintenance of street litter containers in business districts.
Disposal & Environmental Protection Division
Operates the Miramar Landfill, an organic recycling facility, and a household hazardous-waste transfer facility; maintains eight closed landfills and eight inactive burn sites; ensures regulatory compliance of the City's underground fuel storage tanks; and provides education on lead and asbestos, and management of household hazardous waste.
Waste Reduction Division
Is responsible for zero waste planning; provides education, training, and programs for residents and businesses; and enforces solid waste and recycling codes. The Division is also responsible for managing and implementing the Clean SD Program which includes illegal dumping removal, homeless camp waste abatement, planned curbside cleanups in neighborhoods, and sidewalk sanitization.
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Environmental Services, or a related field; and
Ten (10) years of professional level management experience would be a typical way to demonstrate these qualifications.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Ability to professionally plan, organize, coordinate, administer, and direct the work of the Environmental Services Department;
Develop and direct the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the department;
Responsible for the overall financial management of the department, to include budget development, preparation, and monitoring to ensure that purchasing and financial transactions are performed in accordance with City policies;
Demonstrated exceptional business and political acumen to work effectively with internal customers, external agencies and businesses, elected officials and the public;
Strong interpersonal leadership skills, with the ability to successfully interact with a variety of stakeholders, both inside and outside the City structure.
Strong quantitative analytical abilities, including a thorough understanding of common data analysis tools and programs;
Excellent writing and communication skills;
Strong interpersonal skills;
Ability to communicate complex and technical information in a simple, clear and straightforward manner, including the use of graphs and tables as needed;
Ability to communicate effectively to different audiences, including elected officials, various levels of City management and members of the public;
Ability to comprehend technical details and understand how they relate to and impact the “big picture”;
Ability to align department goals with the City’s vision, values, and mission;
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, high pressure environment with tight time constraints;
Interest in municipal activities and services and how they impact the community;
Highly ethical and objective, with the ability to navigate in a political environment without being political;
Energetic and motivated with the ability and desire to take initiative; and
With more than 1.4 million people, the City of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. The City of San Diego’s strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions, unsurpassed quality of life, and world-renowned location makes it the ideal place to work, live, and play. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego has something to offer for everyone.
The City’s Mission, as found in our Strategic Plan, is “To Effectively Serve and Support Our Communities.” Our core values are Integrity, Service, People, and Excellence. The City’s Vision is “A World-Class City for All.”
As one of the region’s largest employers, the City of San Diego has a combined Fiscal Year 2021 operating and capital budget of approximately $4.0 billion and employs approximately 11,800 highly dedicated employees. Additional information about the City of San Diego can be obtained on the City’s website: www.sandiego.gov.