Solid Waste Authorization Coordinator(Metro) Closes Aug 14

Job Title:Solid Waste Authorization Coordinator

Closing Date/Time:Fri. 08/14/15 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Salary:$61,376.11 - $82,249.85 Annually 

Job Type:Full Time

Location:600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, Oregon

The Solid Waste Authorization Coordinator is responsible for coordinating, organizing and developing best practices and procedures for the timely and consistent processing of solid waste authorizations e.g. licenses, franchises, non-system licensees, designated facility agreements, variances and intergovernmental agreements. This position is further responsible for coordinating the routine authorization process.

Metro issues 40-60 solid waste facility authorizations each year, including new authorizations, renewals of existing authorizations, amendments, corrections and terminations. 

At Metro, we strive to hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

Application requirements
1) Electronic application, 2) answer to supplemental questions, 3) resume and 4) cover letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the duties of this position.


 Essential Job Duties:

An employee in this position must be able to perform all the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation; however, this list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform.

  • Research, modify or develop tracking systems for authorization requirements, expirations dates and modifications

  • Analyze and plan annual workloads for routine authorizations working in consultation with the program supervisor to distribute the workload

  • Research, prepare and develop authorizations of new facilities or new types of facilities. Work in consultation with the program supervisor for the more controversial authorizations

  • Research, review and make recommendations for changes to the Metro Code, administrative procedures, guidance bulletins, applications forms and other documents to keep current and improve best practices

  • Review and develop best practices for public notification, public meetings, public engagement and communication with public on new authorizations or renewals, including organizing, attending and presenting at public meetings

  • Work and coordinate with internal staff, attorneys, communications staff and other solid waste staff on authorization issuance

  • Work with and coordinate authorization timing and issues with other regulatory jurisdictions e.g. DEQ, local governments

  • Work with and assist inspection, investigation and auditing staff to assure adequate and appropriate compliance monitoring

  • Research and develop databases or manuals for tracking certain critical components of authorizations e.g. tip fees, signage, insurance, closure, key dates, etc.

  • Research and develop best practice manuals for improving consistency in authorization.

In addition to the specific duties for the position, Metro organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions. This position falls under the Associate Solid Waste Planner classification (click to read the full classification).

 Minimum Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in science, public administration or related field and two years of experience including research, analysis, and report writing or public policy development; or any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Knowledge of solid waste issues and processes.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to perform analysis and make recommendations.

  • Ability to organize and conduct solid waste research studies independently.

  • Ability to present findings via reports and formal presentations.

  • Knowledge of public policy development processes and practices.

  • Knowledge of and ability to use a computer.


 Additional Information:

Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-797-1570.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.

Representation/classification: This position is represented by AFSCME Local 3580 and falls under the Associate Solid Waste Planner classification.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans’ preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans’ preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check: Criminal background checks: In order to protect the well being of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law.  Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

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