Clark County Solid Waste Manager (First Review date 4/21)

Solid Waste Program Manager II

Organization NamePublic Health-Environmental

The Job

Applications will be accepted until an adequate amount of applications are received or the position is filled.  This recruitment may be closed at any time after the first review date.


The Solid Waste Management Program Manager II is responsible for managing the services and staff within Environmental Public Health (EPH) Solid Waste Program within Clark County Public Health (CCPH).  Responsibilities involve working collaboratively with Clark County’s participating cities in setting county-wide and regional program goals, objectives, and policies; researching, analyzing and evaluating Clark County’s solid waste disposal recycling and waste reduction needs; planning, developing, and implementing programs to meet identified needs; and directing and coordinating employees and contract personnel in implementing programs.


Solid waste and recycling/waste reduction programs currently in place include: the planning and management of countywide transfer stations and landfill operations; solid waste operations, education and outreach to residents, businesses, and schools; curbside urban and rural recycling; moderate risk waste reduction, collection, and disposal; yard debris collection and composting; commercial recycling and waste reduction; and a Solid Waste Advisory Council appointed by the Board of County Councilors.


The Program Manager ensures the quality, effectiveness, efficiency and equitability of Solid Waste Management programs to minimize adverse environmental impacts of material use and maintain and improve health outcomes for Clark County residents and visitors.


Primary responsibilities include oversight of the Clark County Solid Waste Management Plan implementation; oversee the development of grant applications and project proposals for external funding for solid waste capital projects; provide support for and manage solid waste management staff, AmeriCorps Volunteers, and interns; direct, coordinate and review program/staff work plans; analyze and monitor program budget reports in order to ensure compliance, maximize revenue and manage costs; develop, prepare, administer and monitor program budget and contracts.

Selection Process

Application Review – Incomplete applications will not pass the review; attaching a resume or referring to a resume does not substitute for a completed application.  Candidates will be evaluated based on the content of their applications and those deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.


Supplemental Questions (Pass/Fail) - Please answer the following questions in a separate document.  Applicants who do not submit this material will not pass the application review.  Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.  Document must be added to the Documents section of My Application.  Please include the Recruitment Number in the file name (i.e., Supplemental Questions IRC15045.doc).


  1. Describe your experience with short and long range planning for a regional solid waste system, including any experience working with regional municipal partners, local and state agencies and regulators, advisory groups, and other stakeholders.


  1. Describe your experience managing a regional solid waste system, including negotiating contracts, code revision, identifying and managing revenue sources such as fees and grants, and supervising staff.


  1. Describe your experience developing and/or implementing environmental outreach programs that encourage behavior change, or managing staff who do so. 

Oral Interview – The interview will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.


Employment References may be conducted for the final candidates, including verification of education.


Driver License verification and license abstract checks will be performed prior to final selection.


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, civil or sanitary engineering, planning, public administration or a related field from an institution of higher education accredited by the US Secretary of Education and at least four years of progressively responsible technical experience involving project coordination applicable to solid waste facilities and/or landfill management.  A master’s degree is preferred.


The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

·       Strong supervision, leadership and management skills.

·       Strong interpersonal skills including effective communication with staff, supervisors, and the public.

·       Experience collaborating with community partners.

·       Experience in organizational development, process analysis, and team-building.

·       Apply understanding and knowledge of cultural differences and similarities when working with diverse populations.


Knowledge of:  Solid waste operations and integrated solid waste management; principles and practices of program operations and integrated solid waste management; state and federal laws, guidelines and best practices pertaining to integrated solid waste management.  Contract negotiation and administration; principles and practices of project management, including planning, scheduling, monitoring, and problem solving; methods and procedures of budget development, justification, monitoring and forecasting; principles and practices of quality assurance and quality improvement; basic principles and practices of public outreach and communication and community based social marketing; principles, practices and standards of civil engineering with special emphasis in solid waste facilities and projects; solid waste planning and operations; federal and state solid waste and hazardous waste laws and regulations.


Ability to:  Effectively plan, assign, direct and evaluate the work of others; manage and coordinate multiple diverse programs with competing priorities and deadlines; delegate responsibility and authority and assure success; carry out policy directives in an effective and timely manner; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, the public, policy makers, other governmental jurisdictions, contractors, community agencies and other Clark County staff; effectively use a personal computer, Microsoft Office software, e-mail, electronic scheduling, and internet to accomplish job functions; work effectively in stressful and sensitive situations.


Evidence of valid driver's license and certified copy of current driving record (CCDR) are required at time of hire.


$6,214 - $8,779 per month

How To Apply

Apply here on-line.  Application materials are due by the closing date listed on the recruitment.  Please read the Job Posting material thoroughly to determine application requirements.


The Human Resources Department will begin a review of applications after the first review date of Friday, April 21, 2017.

The County


Benefits and Salary Information

Clark County offers a comprehensive benefits package including: 

•        Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

•        Paid Days Off

•        Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)

•        Retirement Options

•        Employee Assistance Program

•        10 Paid Holidays

•        Flexible Spending

•        Life Insurance

•        Supplemental Life Insurance

•        Long Term Disability


It is the general policy of the County to start employees in the lower or middle sections of the salary range.





Clark County is located in the southwestern part of the State of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.  With almost 600 programs serving nearly 436,000 residents, the county provides a wide variety of employment opportunities for about 1600 people.  Clark County’s structure is complex, with 18 elected officials, 13 regional councils and districts, and numerous appointed boards.  Although the county seat is in downtown Vancouver, county employees provide services to all of its residents, from urban cities and towns, to the hundreds of miles of beautiful countryside.  Clark County offers excellent livability and a relatively low cost of living.  There is no state income tax.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization.  We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law.  Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


Clark County's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan is available at 


NOTE:  This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change.  It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.



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