The Position

The City of Baltimore’s Department of Public Works is seeking a strong leader who can run a large operational department, is committed to sustainability, communicates as effectively to employees in the field as elected officials, and will bring creative, problem-solving skills to solid waste management.

The Solid Waste Bureau Head is under the classification of Operations Director I and is among the highest managerial levels in Baltimore City Government. Employees are responsible for directing programs that have a broad scope and major impact on agency missions and operations. Employees directly supervise Operational Managers and indirectly supervise technical, professional, and administrative staff.

Under the supervision of the Director of Public Works, the Solid Waste Bureau Head plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the Bureau’s operational functions through division chiefs, managers, administrative staff, and supervisors. The Bureau Head develops and administers a comprehensive program of solid waste management with emphasis on waste reduction through the promotion of recycling, composting and reusing, stimulation of community interest in recycling, and collection and disposal of residential solid waste; landfill, property management, street sweeping, marine operations, street cleaning, graffiti, corner cans, and performs related work as assigned.

The Solid Waste Bureau Head serves as the City of Baltimore’s Department of Public Works business expert in the blight, solid waste, and recycling field, and additionally, has Bureau-level responsibilities for developing goals, planning, and coordinating a comprehensive solid waste collection and recycling system.

The positions that report directly to the Bureau Head are Operations Manager I and II, Business District Division, Operations Officer I, II, and III, as well as the Special Assistant, and Office Support Specialist III. The total of full-time employees in the Department is 696 with a total budget of $112M. The Solid Waste Bureau has employees in three different collective bargaining units in the City. These collective bargaining units are the City Union of Baltimore (CUB); the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); and the Management and Professional Society (MAPS).

The system incorporates a variety of services, including drop-off centers, a landfill, a transfer station, and residential trash and recycling collection City-wide. Other operations included in the Solid Waste Bureau are a refuse transfer station; transportation of refuse for disposal; roll-off bin service; public litter receptacle collection; and refuse and recycling services for special community activities, street sweeping, and marine operations. The Bureau Head is also responsible for policy and program development to encourage waste reduction through the promotion of recycling, composting and reuse, and to ensure established programs coincide with the City’s goals and objectives (Less Waste, Better Baltimore Ten-Year Plan).

The City has recently invested in 67 replacement vehicles, a landfill expansion, and $17 million in the approved capital improvement plan for facilities upgrades at solid waste worksites.

Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s plus three years of experience providing leadership as a senior policy advisor, senior operations manager, or technical subject matter expert. Five years of local government or solid waste management experience is also preferred.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, experience managing in a diverse, complex local government or solid waste organization, and professional certifications. Demonstrated experience in community engagement, managing budgets, delivering daily services, recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce, and sustainability and zero waste best practices is also preferred.

Residency within the City of Baltimore six months after appointment is required for this position and a monthly housing stipend may be part of an overall relocation package.

Compensation and Benefits
The expected salary range is $175,000 – $180,000 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

Benefits offered include the following:

• Assigned downtown parking space
• Personal leave days in addition to vacation and sick leave days
• Comp time
• Medical
• Health – Management Cafeteria Plan
• Vacation Leave
• Sick Leave
• Holidays
• Pension Benefits
• Retirement
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position will be open until filled with the first review of applications beginning on February 1, 2023.

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