Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Assistant Solid Waste Coordinator
Closing Date/Time:Thu. 06/01/17 5:05 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$4,696.00 - $5,721.00 Monthly
$56,352.00 - $68,652.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location:220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

Are you passionate about resource conservation?  Do you have experience in the design and implementation of community solid and hazardous waste management programs? The City of Kent is currently seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Solid Waste Coordinator in our Public Works Department.  If you are able to effectively develop recycling plans and goals that minimize waste and conform to resource constraints, we welcome your application for this position!

**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete; incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your online application after it has been submitted.  If you experience technical issues, please feel free to call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

This is a non-represented, benefited position.  Interviews for the position have tentatively been scheduled for Monday, June 12.

Under the direction of the Environmental Supervisor, or designee, oversee and participate in the development, implementation, and coordination of the City's resource conservation programs which include solid waste and recycling, conservation education and household hazardous waste.
Work is characterized by technical and customer service duties associated with resource conservation programs including frequent interaction with government officials, other City departments, neighboring communities, consultants, and citizens.  The incumbent is responsible for assisting with negotiations and monitoring solid waste and recycling contracts; securing funds; monitoring budgets and expenses; developing and providing education and technical assistance for residents and businesses; ensuring compliance with policies and regulations; providing local representation and coordination with solid waste utilities; and reviewing and commenting on City and regional environmental legislation and plans. The incumbent is involved in research, development, implementation, and administration of City codes, ordinances, policies, and procedures in the areas of environmental management. 
Work is performed under general supervision. The supervisor defines objectives, priorities, and deadlines; and assists the incumbent with unusual situations which may not have clear objectives or precedents.  The incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives.  The incumbent keeps the supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far reaching implications.  Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist with negotiation and administration of contract services, including solid waste and recycling contracts, vendor contracts, professional services agreements, and interagency and inter-local agreements; write RFPs; assist with interviewing and selection of contractors; approve contractor/consultant work and invoices; and assist with negotiation and recommend contract changes.
Help find, draft and administer grants related to resource conservation; assure proper reporting and terms and conditions are met.
In consultation with others, develop long-range plans to accomplish waste reduction, and recycling goals and objectives as established by the City Council and Mayor.
Assist with development of program goals; monitor and evaluate effectiveness of programs and vendors against established City goals and benchmarks; administer recordkeeping systems and analyze statistical information used in evaluating programs.
Conduct research on a wide variety of policy and operational issues affecting all aspects of providing solid waste and recycling services to residents, businesses, and institutions using a wide range of analytical and statistical methods to develop recommendations.
Assist with organization, promoting, and implementing Seasonal Clean-Up events, Special Recycling events and volunteer events; help establish analysis, program evaluation, and improvements.
Train, oversee and provide work direction to part-time temporary personnel, interns, and/or volunteers.
Develop and publish conservation resources/environmental articles for residents and businesses of Kent and prepare informational/educational pieces for online and print distribution.
Develop and promote programs and provide information and educational/technical assistance to other City departments and employees, citizens, businesses, community groups, and other agencies.
Research Federal, State, and local funding sources such as grants to support special projects and programs; draft grant proposals; monitor grants, as necessary.
Monitor Federal, State, and County legislation for impact on local programs with adjacent cities when appropriate.
Recommend changes and additions to current City code, compatible with State and county directives, which facilitate waste reduction.
Establish effective work relationships with adjacent local governments, State Department of Health, State Department of Ecology, and State Department of Fish and Wildlife to correct environmental problems and protect resources.
Perform field reconnaissance and investigations of reported violations to locate and identify environmental problems throughout the City.
Assist with investigations, enforcement, and technical support of environmental code violations; and attend hearings to present testimony as necessary.
Provide information and services to property owners and the public.
Assist with preparation of reports, memorandums, and presentation materials for the City Council and Council committees.
Actively support the vision, mission, values, and behavior statements of the department and the City.
Perform related duties as assigned.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Current literature, trends, and developments in the field of solid waste management and environmental issues
  • Recycling, hazardous and solid waste management practices, related issues, and industry standards
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances related to, waste reduction, and recycling
  • Municipal government policies, procedures, and structure
  • Research, analysis, and problem solving methods
  • Advanced computer programs such as GIS/Arc/View/Arc Explorer
  • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment including personal computers and software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access
  • Correctly using English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary
  • Effective oral and written communications
  • Principles of public administration and environmental science
  • Basic principles and practices of governmental accounting and purchasing procedures and practices
  • Recordkeeping techniques
  • Demonstrating interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing
  • Preparing and delivering oral presentations
  • Using proper telephone techniques and etiquette to assist a diverse assortment of individuals and inquiries
  • Developing and presenting educational and technical materials
  • Negotiations and conflict resolutions
  • Performing complex, technical work in a variety of environments
  • Composing, assembling, and editing correspondence, diverse data, letters, memoranda, reports, etc.
  • Use a PC, e-mail, Intranet, Internet, and basic computer software such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Visio
  • Use mathematics required to present technical materials
  • Read and understand technical material and plans well enough to make recommendations and explain to others
  • Read, analyze and interpret technical journals, financial reports, operating and procedure manuals, general business periodicals, professional journals, engineering rules and regulations, etc.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of actions
  • Maintain records and prepare reports
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines
  • Compose, proofread, and edit correspondence, technical journals, rules, and regulations
  • Educate and influence others through lobbying efforts, meetings, and public presentations
  • Present proposals and plans in a positive, persuasive, and effective manner
  • Organize and conduct various research projects
  • Make oral presentations at hearings and meetings
  • Work independently with minimum supervision
  • Read, analyze, interpret and explain City codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, technical procedures, legal documents, and governmental regulations
  • Speak effectively, present information, and respond to questions from City Council, Administration, management, developers, the general public, and/or public groups
  • Make educational presentations to various groups including schools, staff, City employees, City Council and the general public
 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Education:  High School diploma, or equivalent, supplemented by two (2) years college-level course work in environmental studies, natural resource management, waste management or related field; Associates Degree preferred; and
Experience:  Three (3) years of increasingly responsible environmental experience such as waste reduction, recycling, solid waste, resource conservation programs or increasingly responsible experience in a field coordinating, planning, implementing or operating programs.
Or:  In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment
  • Must successfully pass a Washington State Patrol background inquiry


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