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Salary: $96,158.04 – $116,848.32 Annually
Job Number: 2020-166
Closing: 7/26/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

This position has an approval of a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) on the current salary schedule. The new salary will be effective on July 11, 2020.

Are you passionate and dedicated to making our community clean and sustainable through recycling and waste prevention? Do you possess experience with managing and overseeing programs that regulate how garbage and recycling is collected, stored, and disposed? If so, Come Lead with Us in our Washington County Health and Human Services Department as a Solid Waste & Recycling Manager!

The Washington County Health and Human Services Department is seeking an experienced Solid Waste & Recycling Manager to direct the operations of the Division which is responsible for managing and enforcing private-sector service providers for collection, storage, transfer, and disposal of solid waste in a franchised system as well as enforcement of the County’s nuisance and noise ordinances. This position is a high-level management position requiring effective leadership of the Solid Waste & Recycling Division through the planning, coordination, and implementation of program activities, developing goals, objectives, and policies and procedures related to the oversight of the solid waste system.

In this role, you will oversee a robust education and technical assistance program to meet regional environmental goals as well as oversee a code enforcement program. You will also be responsible for serving as the County Liaison to Metro, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), local government, community-based organizations and community partners within Washington County. Additionally, you will work closely with various Departments, County leadership and City partners on a variety of environmental and regulatory topics related to the solid waste system.

The ideal candidate will have progressively responsible experience and relatable training for management at the municipal, county, or state level. The candidate will also possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to direct and manage a complex division that is responsible for regulatory oversight of the Solid Waste Management Industry, enforcement of applicable ordinance(s), and oversight of the education and outreach program which focuses on achieving State and regional waste management goals.

Additionally, the candidate in this role will have excellent oral and written communication skills, strong facilitation/community engagement skills, and exemplary leadership skills.

To learn more about our Health and Human Services Department, please use this link: Health and Human Services

Washington County offers employees a collaborative culture, work-life balance, and a comprehensive benefits package. Working within Washington County provides daily opportunities to serve and build communities now and into the future. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIESDuties may include:

  1. Manages and oversees Solid Waste & Recycling operations that provide services to Washington County community members; plans, coordinates, and evaluates the functions of the Solid Waste & Recycling Division in accordance with applicable statues, regulations, ordinances, and County policies. Administers the Solid Waste Control, Solid Waste Disposal Sites; Nuisances and Noise Control Ordinances.
  2. Develops and recommends long and short-term division goals and objectives; develops policies and procedures relative to the functions and operations of the division. Implements and reviews policies and procedures for the regulation of solid waste collection, storage, transfer and disposal; and reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures.
  3. Directs and participates in the development of the division work plan, and assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors workflow; establishes, implements and reviews policies and procedures for the regulation of solid waste collection, storage, transfer and disposal; and reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures.
  4. Participates in the hiring process; directs, trains, and supervises staff engaged in solid waste and recycling regulation activities.
  5. Mediates and resolves public complaints and concerns about the performance and service delivery of the franchised and certificated private service providers.
  6. Confers with legal counsel and HHS Director and Assistant Director to interpret and resolve procedures concerning ordinances, laws and regulations.
  7. Prepares and presents comprehensive and technical reports and briefings to the Board of County Commissioners (BOC).
  8. Represents the County and other cities, when designated, within Washington County in policy and technical plan development with Metro, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  9. Serves as liaison for and coordinates solid waste activities with cities and the solid waste industry within Washington County; and is a non-voting member of the County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC).
  10. Monitors new legislation or statutes, and regional laws, regulations, and judicial decisions that may impact solid waste management; and provides recommendations on proposed legislation to appropriate County management.

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Possession of a Master’s Degree in environmental science, engineering, public administration, natural sciences, or related fields; AND four (4) years of experience in a supervisory or management position spanning responsibilities in the defined essential duties of this position classification; OR
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, engineering, public administration, natural sciences, or related fields; AND six (6) years of experience in a supervisory or management position spanning responsibilities in the defined essential duties of this position classificationresponsibilities in the defined principal duties of this position classification.

If you have completed education in a foreign college or university and are using this education to meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received within the United States’ accredited college or university system or your application will not be accepted.

Washington County organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly. To review this classification, please use this link: Solid Waste & Recycling Manager

Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses. Please note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application.SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATIONWashington County is committed to using a Merit Based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Selection Process:
1. An evaluation of training and experience of submitted application packets will be performed by Human Resources the week of July 27, 2020.

2. A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials to include responses to supplemental questionnaire. This process will begin after August 3, 2020 and will take at the minimum of 2 weeks.

3. Our goal is to schedule oral panel interviews with candidates that successfully passed SME evaluation step as soon as possible.

Please note: Candidates that are successful in the evaluation process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification, or job family.

Status of Your Application:
You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via email. If you “opt out” or “unsubscribe” from email notifications from NEOGOV it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings.

Veterans’ Preference:
If you are a Veteran and would like to be considered for a Veterans’ Preference for this recruitment, please review instructions using this link: Veterans Preference Points Instructions (Download PDF reader).

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-846-8606, or e-mail at: at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation.

Questions (?) Regarding This Recruitment
Yeji Seo, Talent Acquisition Business Partner

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