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Job Description

Job Title: Diversion Manager Department: Resource Recovery
Reports To: General Manager FLSA Status: Exempt
Prepared Date: April 2006 Approval Date:
Revision Date:


Under direction of the General Manager, plans, develops and implements programs and facilities to enhance solid waste diversion services at point of origin and at landfills and transfer stations in support of Board directives and relevant federal, state and local mandates.

Supports the Authority's mission: To promote and protect the environmental health of the Salinas Valley through planning, public education and management of an innovative solid waste system emphasizing recycling, energy recovery and state-of-the-art technology

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Other duties may be assigned.)

Solid Waste Diversion Plan - Develop and implement an integrated waste management strategy that promotes and provides for reduction of solid waste at its source and through recycling, reuse or transformation processes to protect the environment and conserve landfill capacity. Establish goals, objectives, policies, procedures and priorities for achievement of the diversion goals established by the Board of Directors utilizing existing and emerging technological processes and methods. Works with local agencies to ensure effective cooperation on all levels.

Solid Waste Conversion Technologies - Assists in evaluating technical, economic and political factors involved in developing or enhancing waste processing methods. Supervises and reviews the work of contract engineers and consultants to identify, plan, permit and construct facilities or site improvements while adhering to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and codes. Provides technical representation to the Authority and its Board of Directors; oversees the certification of plans and specifications; develops proposals, bid packages and specifications; analyzes responses; and prepares documentation for Board consideration.

Project Management - Develops and implements capital improvement projects for material recovery facilities, including household hazardous waste collection facilities; supervises contracted project managers and consultants; responds to public on issues related to source separated or diverted materials and related projects; coordinates external consultants and contractors related to assigned projects.

Environmental/Regulatory Compliance - Oversees permitting and compliance; reviews and comments on regulatory matters; oversees operations of waste recovery or conversion systems; analyzes reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, tests, prototypes and other data to calculate costs and feasibility of projects; prepares or directs preparation of reports, specifications, plans, construction schedules, environmental impact studies, and designs for projects. Demonstrates experience in overseeing and managing work performed by contractors and consultants.

Budget and Finance - Develops capital improvement budgets and operations budget for Diversion Services division.

Engineering and Inspection - Inspects construction sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to engineering plans, specifications, and construction and safety standards; directs construction and maintenance activities at project site.

General Responsibilities - Prepares proposals and enforces contract provisions related to conversion technologies, and programs implemented to identify and divert materials from landfills; evaluates the performance and outcomes of all supervised staff; develops and recommends policies and policy revisions to the General Manager.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises staff in Diversion Services including the Recycling Coordinator and Household Hazardous Waste Technician, contracted engineers, consultants or project managers. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Authority's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Communication and Motivation - Speaks clearly and persuasively; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates constructively in meetings; accurately represents Authority policies, programs and services to the Board of Directors, employees, contractors, representatives of other agencies and the public; writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; able to read and interpret written information. Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; takes measured risks to accomplish goals.

Problem Solving - Able to comprehend complex or diverse information; uses intuition and experience to interpret data and drive decisions; designs work flows and procedures; collects and analyzes data skillfully on technical, analytical, financial and administrative topics; identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; develops alternative solutions; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics; able to make timely decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process.

Leadership and People Management - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; makes self available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; develops staff skills and encourages growth; solicits and applies feedback (internal and external); Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills; delegates appropriately; exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; gives appropriate recognition to others; balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views and tries new things; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; provides guidance to staff with regards to professionalism, project management, technical elements, and other matters concerning development of work skills.

Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; conserves organizational resources.

Planning/Organizing - Plans and prioritizes work activities; uses time efficiently; sets realistic goals, objectives and action plans; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Minimum Qualifications

Eight years of work experience in the field of environmental science, environmental engineering, public or business administration focusing on source reduction, recycling, waste management or a related area including at least three years in a managerial position. A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university will serve as four years of experience; a Master's Degree is equivalent to five years of experience. The ability to demonstrate a history of responsibility for planning and implementing successful source separation and diversion programs and projects is essential.

Desirable Experience and Knowledge Base

* Methods of preparing and administering designs, plans, specifications, estimates, and recommendations for public works facilities;
* Applicable County, State and Federal laws, codes and ordinances related to the design, construction and operation of public facilities;
* Methods, material, tools, and equipment used in the thermal, biological or chemical technologies used to process solid waste;
* Principles and practices of public administration, including administrative analysis, fiscal planning and control and policy and program development.
* Budget development, expenditure control, financial administration and financial record keeping;
* Demonstrates experience in sound customer service practices and procedures;
* Principles of employee development and training; supervision, and performance evaluations.
* Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

* A valid California driver's license is required.
* Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) Certification or attainment within one year
* SWANA Recycling Program Manager Certificate or attainment within one year

Other Qualifications

Physical Demands - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment - The work environment a typical office setting; however field visits are required on a periodic basis, which may involve outdoor weather conditions, fumes, airborne particles, loud noise levels, and unpleasant odors. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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