Director, Solid Waste Management – City of Vancouver

30 May 2023

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Director, Solid Waste Management

Requisition ID: 38096 

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose and Function 
As the Director, you will play a critical role in managing the City’s sanitation and waste management operations, ensuring the cleanliness, sustainability, and overall quality of life for our residents.

Reporting directly to the Engineering Services Deputy General Manager, Safety & Operations, the Director will bring a strong operational focus to lead a 24/7 team of approximately 350 unionized and exempt staff, including 4 direct report Managers with an annual combined capital and operation budget of $130 million.  

The Director is responsible for planning, directing, managing and administering all departmental operations and functions for solid waste operations, resources management and recovery for the City of Vancouver, including the development and implementation of programs to achieve the City’s Zero Waste goals. This portfolio is also responsible for overnight storm response.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements comprehensive strategies and policies for effective sanitation and solid waste management in line with the City’sWaste Reduction and Recovery Program; identifies new and evolving global technologies and leading practices and assesses their ability to meet the City’s goal of being a leader in waste management.
  • Fosters strategic partnerships with other City departments, including City Council and outside agencies to initiate development opportunities to support the City’s goals.
  • Builds consensus while representing the City’s interests with regional, provincial and federal partners.
  • Leads and develops senior managers and staff in a culture of safety and innovation that seeks new and creative ways to deliver effective services and meet organizational goals.
  • Works with a management team, provides departmental leadership, including hiring, assigning responsibilities, coaching, mentoring, training and development and performance management.
  • Efficiently manages the City’s waste collection, and disposal programs, optimizing resource allocation, promoting environmentally sustainable practices and customer service.
  • Ensures compliance with relevant regulations, laws, and policies pertaining to sanitation and waste management, while maintaining a strong focus on health, safety, and environmental sustainability.
  • Prepares and presents business cases, reports, recommendations, and presentations to senior management, and council members on the status of sanitation and waste management operations.
  • Plans, manages and develops budgets and other resources to ensure program strategies, objectives, polices and priorities are met.

Education and Experience:

  • Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Business Administration, Public Administration or another related field
  • MBA or MPA an asset
  • Minimum 15 years of progressively responsible managerial experience in a large organization including experience managing in a large and responsibility for capital and operating budgets
  • Experience managing in a unionized environment an asset

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent leadership and supervisory skills, demonstrated experience and proficiency in contract negotiation, strong problem-solving and analytical skills, and budget management and project management experience
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are essential for this role.
  • Ability to independently lead initiatives and develop partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts with a variety of stakeholders in a manner beneficial to all parties.
  • Ability to engage and inspire employees and stakeholders in collaborative processes that achieve tangible results.
  • Ability to manage large workloads and multitask and prioritize effectively based on evolving City Council and stakeholder needs.
  • Ability to make clear, concise and well organized oral and written communications and presentations.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a track record of making informed decisions and implementing innovative solutions.
  • Ability to develop and operationalize business plans.

Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.

The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Senior Exempt 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: July, 2023 

Salary Information: Pay Grade RNG-131: $148,296 to $195,120 per annum

Application Close: June 25, 2023

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, 2SLGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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