Public Works Assistant Director for Solid Waste

Salary: The beginning salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and is expected to be highly market competitive.
Close Date: This position will remain open until filled. The City is anxious to fill it as soon as possible.

Job Description:

Coral Gables has a residential population of approximately 51,133 and encompasses 12.92 square miles southwest of Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Since its incorporation in 1925, it has been considered one of South Florida's premier residential communities. The City has approximately 11 million square feet of office space and has developed into an international center of commerce serving as divisional headquarters for more than 150 multinational companies and 19 consulates and trade offices. The downtown area of Coral Gables is a vibrant business environment due to its central location, proximity to international travel hubs, quality dining, and exceptional hotels. The University of Miami, the largest private employer in Coral Gables, instructs approximately 17,000 students and employs approximately 15,100 full-time faculty and staff.

The City of Coral Gables supports both the residential and business sectors with excellent City services, having attained the highest possible standards in every field. The City employs 846 FTE’s who collectively provide a full array of municipal services. The community highly regarded and generously supports their City government. The City has made a strong commitment to municipal excellence which is evidenced by numerous nationally recognized awards and achievements. A few examples include AAA bond ratings by all three national rating agencies and fully accredited Police and Fire Departments. In fact, in 2014, the City's Police Department earned its seventh re accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the international gold standard in public safety. The City's Fire Department is one of only a handful of fire departments nationally to hold the distinction of Class 1 status for providing exemplary fire protection to the community. In addition, in 1993, Coral Gables became the first municipality ever to receive the National Emergency Management Award. The City’s Recreation Department is one of only155 departments accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Assistant Public Works Director for Solid Waste (Assistant Director) - - Coral Gables takes its motto, “The City Beautiful” seriously. This is evident in all its endeavors and very much in its approach to solid waste management.

The Assistant Director reports to the Public Works Director and is responsible for the management of the Solid Waste Division. The Solid Waste Division is committed to providing high quality friendly service that ensures that the public receives excellent waste collection service while minimizing environmental impact. The Assistant Director also serves as the Debris Manager during weather or other emergencies. The Solid Waste Division is composed of approximately 75 union represented employees with an operating budget of $11.6 million. It provides garbage, yard waste, and recycling collection for approximately 11,000 single-family homes. Commercial collection is conducted through private contracting. Backyard garbage collection is conducted twice per week while backyard recycling and curbside trash collection is conducted once weekly. This results in 44,000 customer “touches” per week.

Weather and other emergencies requiring debris removal are planned and implemented using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents.

The Division is operating with up-to-date equipment and technology. It is currently transitioning its trash/bulk service from a Crane and two dump trucks per route to a self-loader operation. Managing and meeting the expectations of the 51,000 City residents are both challenging and rewarding aspects of this position.

To succeed in this position the selected candidate must have a proven track record of firm leadership in a demanding and challenging management environment. The ideal candidate must possess exceptional interpersonal skills both verbal and written, as well as the ability to make effective public presentations. In addition, the selected candidate must be a strong leader with the ability to provide efficient and effective direction to the Solid Waste Division’s diverse group of employees. The Assistant Director must enhance and maintain relationships with employees, members of the community, City Management and City Commission.

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Minimum requirements include:

Education - - Associate degree or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Training/ Skills - - At least five years of responsible professional experience in an executive leadership position managing in a Public Works department of comparable size and complexity. Thorough knowledge of the principles, techniques, and accepted practices of sanitation collection, including knowledge of vehicle and equipment operation and maintenance, and the proper collection and disposal of solid waste. Knowledge of financial, data analysis and budgeting. Familiarity with the principals involved in the cost-effective purchasing of department vehicles and equipment and related materials and supplies.

Compensation and Benefits: The beginning salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and is expected to be highly market competitive. Benefits for Executive Employees include City-paid medical insurance for employee and available dependent coverage City paid at approximately 50%, a choice of retirement options including defined benefit and defined contribution plans, an attractive paid time-off program including cash-out and conversion provisions, an auto allowance, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and more.

To Apply: This position will remain open until filled. The City is anxious to fill it as soon as possible. If interested, you are encouraged to submit your resume and cover letter with current salary without delay to
For additional information please contact either:

Robert E. Slavin or David Krings
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A1
Norcross, GA 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656)

Note: Under Florida law, all applications are a public record once submitted. However, as a practical matter the media generally does not show interest in most management level positions.

The City of Coral Gables is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages minorities and women to apply.

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