Solid Waste and Recycling Director

City of Greensboro | Greensboro, NC

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Posted Date 2/21/2024

The thriving City of Greensboro, NC, seeks a personable, goal-oriented professional to serve as its first Solid Waste and Recycling Director (SW&R Director). Responsible for the leadership and strategic direction for Greensboro's residential and commercial waste collection and recycling services, this Director will join a well-recognized municipality that is a leader in Solid Waste Management.

The ideal candidate for Greensboro’s Solid Waste and Recycling Director is:
• experienced in Solid Waste and Recycling Services, equipment, operations, and personnel, as well as management of a landfill, transfer station operations, and street cleaning services within a community similar in size to Greensboro and knows NC regulations for solid waste collections and disposal;
• known for their outstanding project management skills and experienced in evaluating and implementing technical solutions to address solid waste needs and services;
• a visionary and humble leader possessing well-developed interpersonal skills and abilities to engage and build relationships with staff, city leaders, and the community;
• an influential and trusted manager with a track record of successfully leading highly skilled and educated teams that are committed to excellence and quality service delivery;
• an innovative and proactive thinker who is a swift problem-solver and handles crises with professionalism, strategy, and integrity; and,
• an effective communicator and active listener who seeks to build unity and cohesion with departmental and organizational goals and objectives.

Greensboro’s Solid Waste and Recycling Director has the great opportunity to strategically lead the department and its dedicated, accountable, reliable, and dependable staff through a season of reorganization. The Director will utilize impeccable communication skills to define and clarify staff roles and responsibilities while uniting the team around the benefits of the restructuring – to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of staff and service delivery, support a more intuitive service delivery model, and position staff for more significant career advancement opportunities.

About the Organization, Department and Position:
Greensboro is governed by a City Council utilizing a council/manager form of government consisting of a Mayor and eight Council members. The City’s FY 2023-2024 adopted budget of $751M supports over 3,400 employees working across 23 departments.

The City of Greensboro's Solid Waste and Recycling Department provides various services to Greensboro residents, including trash, recycling, yard waste, leaf, bulk, and litter collection services, transfer station and White Street Landfill, and street sweeping. Greensboro's Solid Waste management provides an environmentally safe location to dispose of solid waste debris and recyclables generated within the county. The department operates services across three main sites: office and equipment facilities, the White Street Landfill, and the transfer station. 

Reporting to the Deputy City Manager, the SW&R Director oversees service delivery of a department with two divisions, 204 (184 FT/the rest are seasonal) staff, and a budget of $29M. The department's Solid Waste Disposal and Solid Waste Collections divisions are each led by a Division Manager. The SW&R Director has the depth and breadth to oversee developing and managing the department's annual budget, ensuring compliance and accountability with city financial policies and procedures.

The SW&R Director must ensure the department’s full compliance with applicable NC solid waste and recycling regulations. As the SW&R Director immerses themselves in understanding the department and community, they will strategically refine its internal and external communication policies and guidelines to support more transparent relationships between staff, other departments, and the community.

A bachelor's degree with ten years of progressive experience in landfill and solid waste operations management or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. SWANA certification is preferred.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $120,786 - $216,143. Beginning salary will be commensurate with experience. The City offers a highly competitive benefits package. There is a residency requirement to live within thirty miles of the city limits of Greensboro or move within these boundaries within 12 months of appointment to the position. Relocation expenses will be provided if applicable.

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Please note the following:
? All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal (link above) – NOT the organization’s employment application portal or any other external website.
? Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application.
? Applicants should apply by March 18, 2024.
? The hiring team will invite successful semi-finalists to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluations on April 16 - 17, 2024. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate.
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The City of Greensboro, NC, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Developmental Associates, LLC manages the recruitment and selection process for this position. To learn more about our selection process, visit, select "Client Openings," and scroll down to "Important Information for Applicants."

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