City of Long Beach | Long Beach, CA

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Posted Date 8/05/2022

The City of Long Beach requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment unless a medical or religious accommodation is approved by the City of Long Beach’s Human Resources Department for the duration of the vaccine mandate.

The City of Long Beach is seeking a highly qualified and experienced professional to oversee the collection of residential and commercial solid waste.

Salary:  $115,000-135,000

T H E  P O S I T I O N

The Superintendent of Refuse is an at-will management position that reports to the General Superintendent of Operations in the Environmental Services Bureau. The Environmental Services Bureau has 233 budgeted positions and a Fiscal Year 2022 budget of $59.6 million. The Bureau services over 120,000 residential and commercial waste collection accounts on a weekly basis, collecting over 194,000 tons of waste annually.

The position is responsible for management of the Refuse Division, comprised of 120 full-time equivalent positions engaged in the collection and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste. In addition to managing the complex day to day operations of solid waste collection and disposal, the Superintendent will analyze and evaluate new technology, equipment, and systems to determine their potential utility in the collection of solid waste, and develop solutions to operational challenges. The Superintendent will maintain budget controls, ensure optimum utilization of allocated resources, work with the Department Safety Officer to reduce the Division's accident and injury rate, oversee the Environmental Services Bureau's Refuse and Recycling hotline, and enforce City, Department, Bureau, and Division policies and procedures. In addition, the Superintendent will participate in Citywide efforts affecting solid waste operations and partner with stakeholders to develop innovative projects and programs to improve the quality of life for City residents.


T H E  I D E A L  C A N D I D A T E

The Superintendent of Refuse will be a seasoned supervisor or manager with a demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership in an operational environment and possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills to serve as a valuable resource throughout the City. The ideal candidate will be customer service oriented with a history of effective partnerships, responsiveness, problem solving, and conflict resolution. The ideal candidate will have the ability to fit well within an energetic and dedicated team managing diverse priorities and projects, and embody the attributes of principled leadership: trusteeship, values, ethics, commitment, honesty, involvement, and vision. Experience working in organizations of similar complexity, structure and size with similar challenges is desirable. Additional desirable qualifications includes; experience with organics collection (AB1826 & SB1383), experience conducting and implementing routing studies and experience developing employee training programs.

M I N I M U M  R E Q U I R E M E N T S

Five years of progressively responsible solid waste or recycling collection experience, two years of which must have been at a supervisory level directing a complex solid waste or recycling collection operation.

A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university is required; however, candidates may substitute experience offering specific and substantial preparation for the duties of the position for the required education on a year for year basis.

Possession of a valid Class C Driver License.

S A L A R Y  &  B E N E F I T S

The Superintendent of Refuse has a salary range of $115,000 to $135,000. Salary is commensurate with work experience. The City's compensation package also encompasses an attractive benefits package that includes:
Retirement – City offers CalPERS with a benefit of 2.5% @ 55 for Classic members or 2% at 62 for new members as defined by PEPRA, subject to the limitations set by PERS. Employee pays the employee portion. The City also participates in Social Security.
Vacation – 12 days (96 hours) after one year of service; 15 days (120 hours) after four years, six months of service; 20 days (160 hours) after 19 years, six months of service.
Executive Leave – Forty (40) hours per year.
Sick Leave – One day (8 hours) earned per month; unlimited accumulation; conversion upon retirement to cash credit toward health and/or dental insurance premiums, or to pension credits.
Holidays – Eleven designated holidays per year, plus four personal holidays (8 hours per holiday).
Paid Parental Leave - after six (6) months of City employment; up to 30 calendar days (160 hours/192 hours for sworn platoon) of PPL, taken in full-day increments, in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child, up to the age of seventeen (17).
Transportation Allowance
Health and Dental Insurance – The City offers an HMO and PPO option for health and dental insurance coverage. The City pays major portion of the premium for employee and dependents depending on the health/dental plan selected.
Life Insurance – City-paid term life insurance policy equal to three times annual salary to a maximum of $500,000.
Disability – City-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance.
Flexible Spending Account - Optional election for employees to reduce taxable income for payment of allowable childcare or medical expenses.
Management Physical – Annual City-paid physical examination.
Deferred Compensation 457(b) Plan – Optional for employee contribution to a supplementary retirement savings program available through ICMA Retirement Corporation.
Technology Allowance – Monthly phone stipend.

A P P L I C A T I O N  P R O C E S S

This recruitment will close at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2022. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must submit an application with responses to the supplemental questions, resume and a cover letter that reflect the scope and level of their current/most recent positions and responsibilities. To apply visit

Following the close of filing, applications will be reviewed and those candidates determined to be the best qualified will be invited to participate in the selection process which will include an oral interview by a selection panel.

This information is available in an alternative format by request to the Department of Public Works, Personnel Services Division, at (562) 570-4686. If you require an accommodation because of a disability in order to participate in any phase of the application process, please request when submitting your application or call (562) 570-4686.


E Q U A L  O P P O R T U N I T Y

The City of Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of the organization.

The City of Long Beach is committed to creating a workplace where every employee is valued for who they are. Having our workforce reflect the diversity of our community at various levels of the organization is a continuous goal embraced by our departments, management staff, and policymakers. To support efforts of fairness and diversity, City Leadership is committed to incorporating equity and inclusion into our work by supporting staff and community partners. We are committed to promoting transparency by publishing updated demographic information for employees, including workforce diversity data and pay by race and gender.

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