Deputy Director, Environmental Services Department

City of San Jose, CA - San Jose, CA

The City of San José is a recognized nationally as a leader in environmental stewardship. The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives; and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. ESD helps San José respond quickly to new regulations and initiatives as well as retool and improve customer services such as garbage and recycling collection, wastewater treatment, and potable and recycled water. ESD has an annual budget of more than $300 million and 550 employees with diverse sets of skills and specialties. ESD is one of the City’s largest and most visible departments. ESD’s mission is “delivering World Class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment and economy”.

This Deputy Director reports directly to the Department Director and manages a division of more than 40 employees and a budget of approximately $130 million. The Division oversees commercial and residential programs to collect, recycle and dispose of solid waste to minimize material sent to landfills. These programs include leadership and management of recycling and garbage services, large item pickup and illegal dumping. The Deputy Director also will play a vital role in the integration of solid waste management into Climate Smart San José, the City’s sustainability plan.

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, results-oriented leader and manager with an entrepreneurial spirit who is passionate about the environment and public service. He/She will be adept at managing large budgets and complex contracts. The ideal candidate will become and remain current with best practices and trends in solid waste management and resource recovery and lead the program so as to ensure that City and department goals continue to be met. This person will follow new legislation and regulations and keep colleagues in the Environmental Services Department and throughout City Hall informed about proposed industry changes. To excel in this position, the candidate must have excellent oral and written communications skills as well as a can-do, positive style.

The Deputy Director will be a mentor and coach who takes an active role in helping people grow and develop. He/She will challenge every member of staff to contribute at a very high level and will provide the training, encouragement and support to help them succeed. This person will also build and maintain positive working relationships with waste haulers and the community. Finally, the Deputy Director will enjoy working in a fast-paced, supportive environment where collegiality, professionalism, teamwork and an appreciation for fun are valued.

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental sciences, public or business administration or other directly related area and six (6) years of increasingly responsible senior level administrative, analytic and leadership experience. Experience in the public sector is not required. A Master’s Degree in public administration, business administration, or a discipline related to the business performed by the department is preferred. A general understanding of how work is accomplished in a large, complex organization will be beneficial.

Resume review begins August 13, 2018. Apply on-line at For questions, contact Cindy Krebs or Sherrill Uyeda at (562) 901-0769 or via email at or EEO/ADA

Salary Range: $116,893 to $182,084 per year, DOQ.

Posted On: Monday, July 9, 2018

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