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 224 budgeted positions and a Fiscal Year 2019 budget of $58 million. The Bureau services over 123,000 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.
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 in organizations of similar complexity, structure, size and with similar challenges is desirable.
The Department of Public Works invites candidates who meet the following minimum requirements to apply:
Five years of progressively responsible solid waste or recycling collection experience, two years of which must have been at a supervisory/managerial level directing a large, complex solid waste or recycling collection operation.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration or a related field 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.
Additional Salary Information: 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 – Nine designated holidays per year, plus four personal holidays (8 hours per holiday).
Monthly Transportation Allowance
Health Insurance – Two plans are available: one HMO, and one PPO plan. The City pays the major portion of the premium for employee and dependents.
Dental Insurance – Two dental plans are available for employees and dependents.
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.
Internal Number: PW20-080
About City of Long Beach
Ideally located on the Pacific Ocean, south of Los Angeles, adjacent to Orange County, the City of Long Beach, California (population 462,257) is frequently described as a series of strong, diverse, interwoven, smaller communities within a large city. Enjoying an ideal Southern California climate, Long Beach is home to an abundance of cultural and recreational options. The Long Beach Convention Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary and the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, plus a wide variety of other attractions (two historic ranchos, three marinas, and five golf courses), serve to draw 6 million visitors a year. The City is also home to California State University, Long Beach and Long Beach City College. Cal State Long Beach is the second largest university in the state and has consistently ranked among the top best-value public colleges in the nation. Serving the K-12 student population, the Long Beach Unified School District consistently ranks among the Top 10 urban school districts in the country. Covering approximately 50 square miles, Long Beach is supported by a wide mix of industries with education, health and social services, manufacturing, retail trade and professional services comprising the highest representation.