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Assistant Director Solid Waste

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$34.46 $48.25 $5,972.95 $8,363.17 $71,687.00 $100,361.00


Assists the Solid Waste Director in administration of the Solid Waste Department, including the areas of solid waste, recycling, and hazardous waste. Serve as technical, administrative, and management resource.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
  • Receives immediate supervision from the Solid Waste Director.
  • Exercises direct and indirect supervision over technical, professional, and clerical staff as assigned.
  • Assign, direct and supervise activities of assigned staff, ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures and standards.
  • Administer or make recommendations for routine personnel matters affecting subordinates, including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning work, scheduling work hours, granting leave, appraising performance, disciplining and submitting such records and reports as required by County policies and procedures. 
  • Assist in strategic planning and in development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Assist in development and administration of the budget.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Make recommendation regarding personnel actions affecting subordinate employees.
  • Represent the Department at various federal, state, and local meetings and conferences.
  • Represent the Department at meetings with the Board of County Commissioners; provides input and makes recommendations.
  • Conduct public meetings.
  • May assume supervisor duties for Solid Waste Director on a temporary basis and as assigned.
  • Interpret and enforce federal, state, and local regulations and statutes pertaining to departmental programs.
  • Plan, direct, and supervise landfill maintenance and operation activities performed by maintenance personnel engaged in heavy equipment operation.
  • Personally perform the most complex landfill maintenance duties including the operation of heavy equipment such as graders, bulldozers, maintainers, and compacters.
  • Inspect landfill maintenance work projects in progress and upon completion; verify elevations and contours to meet landfill design specifications.
  • Supervise and direct the installation of necessary safety devices and traffic warning signs on County landfill property.
  • Maintain records of equipment maintenance and other required records for CDL drivers.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, and rules and regulations pertaining to solid waste, recycling, and hazardous waste.
  • Extensive knowledge of the operation of sanitary landfills, waste transfer, recycling, and hazardous waste facilities.
  • Techniques and methods of solid and hazardous waste program development and implementation.
  • Leadership methods and management skills.
  • Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including training, discipline, selection and evaluation.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Routine software and business applications, including but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases. 
  • Build working relationships between people of different viewpoints to reach consensus and achieve practical objectives.
  • Work effectively in a public sector environment in which the establishment and attainment of organizational objectives is an open process which must take into consideration a wide range of viewpoints.
  • Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
  • Develop and manage the budget. Review and approve expenditures.
  • Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.


  • Six years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental science, civil or environmental engineering, or a closely related field. The equivalent to the bachelor's degree is 6 years of directly related experience. This is in addition to the experience qualification above.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
  • Maintain continuing education hours annually or as required.
  • Specialized training in landfill maintenance and heavy equipment operations.
  • SWANA MOLO Certified within one year of hire.

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