The County of Santa Barbara Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division (RRWMD) is looking for a ReSource Center Manager. The ReSource Center Manager is an at-will enterprise leader position which serves at the pleasure of the Department Director, and is exempt from the civil service system.
The County of Santa Barbara Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division (RRWMD) owns a recently constructed flag ship facility that will serve as a model to other jurisdictions who seek to mitigate the environmental impacts of their community’s waste.
RRWMD, working with its partner cities, created criteria and procured a project to be sited at the Tajiguas Landfill that provides a long-term regional waste management solution, maximizes the amount of resources diverted from landfilling (a minimum of 60% of all waste being buried), provide local control and flexibility while providing a humane work environment. The project consists of a state-of-the-art material recovery facility (MRF) capable of processing up to 185,000 tons per year of both source-separated recyclables as well as mixed waste. In order to maximize the recovery of resources, the County determined it was necessary to process mixed waste as it had mature commingled recycling and green waste collection programs since 1990 and 1997 respectively (and over 90% participation in these programs) yet up to 60% of waste still being buried was considered recyclable or compostable.
Based on the unique circumstances of our community (low water availability, space constraints, need for minimal air emissions, and the choice to maximize the recovery of organics by processing mixed waste), a dry fermentation anaerobic digester (ADF) was constructed to process up to 73,000 tons per year of regional organics.
The facility is entirely energy self-sufficient with landfill gas powering engines to provide electricity to operate both the MRF and the ADF. Additionally, solar panels are on the roofs of both the MRF and ADF, and the biogas generated by the ADF is converted to electricity via engines and the electricity is contracted to be sold to Southern California Edison through a Power Purchase Agreement. The revenue from the sale of recyclables and the renewable energy recovered from our waste is covers up to 60% of the facility’s operational costs.
This host of benefits allows our region to be excellent partners to support the state’s goal of reducing shortlived climate pollutants and far surpasses the requirements of SB 1383. RRWMD is seeking a qualified candidate to lead the administration of the ReSource Center.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Leads the ReSource Center team including technical, fiscal and legal areas of responsibilities including assignment of tasks, regular communication, provision of guidance, and monitoring performance
Develops innovative solutions to enhance operational performance and works collaboratively with subject area experts
Uses software and applications to support strong organizational skills with significant attention to detail in order to manage several facets of the project simultaneously
Drafts and implements project operational protocols, enforcement policies, and monitors contractor performance
Enforces contractual provisions, works well with others on contentious issues
Prepares draft legal enforcement correspondence for review by County Counsel
Oversees tonnage, cost and revenue reporting, identifies anomalies in data
Works with fiscal analysts to review requests for rate adjustments, compliance with recyclables sales guarantees, and to set yearly rates
Communicates regularly with project stakeholders including partner cities, contractors, neighbors and other interested parties. Takes an active listening and proactive approach to identify potential pending issues
Maintains knowledge on waste management trends, challenges, and emerging solutions
Brings an overall understanding of the importance of each facet of the project and the potential impact of one project component on other aspects of the project
1. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Finance, Business, Engineering or Public Administration or a related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience performing work in project management and fiscal, technical, and policy, management or related experience.; AND Knowledge of principles of public administration, organizations, and management; federal and State laws, ethical business practices, and methods for ensuring required compliance; OR 2. A minimum of ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience performing work in project management and fiscal, technical, and policy management or related experience.; AND Knowledge of principles of public administration, organizations, and management; federal and State laws, ethical business practices, and methods for ensuring required compliance.