Director of Environmental Management

Organization: Charleston County, South Carolina
Salary: Salary range of $98,800 to $169,936 plus excellent benefits
Close Date: October 19, 2015

Job Description:

Charleston County has the City of Charleston as its seat and is located along the southeastern coast of South Carolina. The County encompasses approximately 919 square miles with a coastline that stretches nearly 100 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. The Countyís population is growing rapidly and is now estimated to be more than 375,000 with a median age of 34. The County's rich blend of culture, economic activity, environmental beauty and historic tapestry makes it one of the most distinguished counties in the nation. A recognized leader, Charleston County is a proud community that strives to protect both its historic treasures and its environment while still keeping an eye toward future development and citizens' needs. The County continues to draw national recognition, winning dozens of local, state and national awards for its innovative programs and services and its world-class restaurants and arts festivals.

Charleston County operates under a Council-Administrator form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in a 9-member governing council elected to single member districts on a partisan basis. County Council responsibilities include passing ordinances and policies, approving the budget, appointing committee members, hiring the County's Clerk of Council and County Administrator and appointing the Internal Auditor and Attorney. The County Administrator manages the day-to-day operations of the County government. There are five Deputy County Administrators. The Director of Environmental Management reports to a Deputy County Administrator.

The Director of Environmental Management is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and evaluating all aspects of Solid Waste and Environmental Management for Charleston County. This includes managing the daily operations and serving as leader to a staff of 114, ensuring effective and efficient departmental operations, and managing a $27 million budget with additional capital expenditures of approximately $32.5 million. The range of functions within the department includes curbside and dropsite collection, disposal, recycling, composting, contract management and innovative technologies. To support these functions, a comprehensive set of processes and procedures are managed and coordinated by the department including financial, operational, resources (human and other), reporting and regulatory compliance. The job requires skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with the various departments, agencies and offices surrounding the service community; building and maintaining effective networks and teams to provide quality support for all solid waste and environmental management services; participating in town meetings to ensure issues and services are understood by citizens; and developing service goals, workforce support plans and equipment deployment strategies.

The County has recently completed implementing a County-wide single-stream recycling initiative, with a 40 percent recycling goal. In addition, Charleston Countyís compost facility now occupies 28 acres, employs 18 people and processes 100% of the yard waste generated and accepted at the landfill which totals nearly 60,000 tons a year.


To be considered, interested individuals must have a minimum of a bachelorís degree (a masterís degree is preferred) with a preference for a major in Civil Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related area combined with at least 5-10 years of experience in solid waste operations, including considerable time in a supervisory management role. The individual also must have significant experience with regulatory requirements, laws and regulations. And, the successful candidate for this position must be well-versed, current and innovative in state of the art and emerging technologies and strategies for solid waste management and disposal. The Director must have or be able to obtain a valid SC Driverís license within 90 days of employment.


The beginning salary for the Director of Environmental Management will be dependent on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual within the range of $98,800 to $169,936 annually. In addition, the County provides an excellent benefits package including; a variety of health plans, dental plans, a vision plan, annual and sick leave, 12 paid holidays, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and retirement plans.

To apply for this exceptional opportunity, please email a cover letter and detailed resume with your current salary to: Robert E. Slavin, President, Slavin Management Consultants at slavin@bellsouth.net no later than October 19, 2015. Please include your email address on the resume.

Charleston County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas or disability. The County will E-verify.

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