Assistant Director - Solid Waste Management Department

City of San Antonio, TX

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First review of Resumes will take place on June 10th, 2021.For consideration any Interested applicants must apply before this date by sending a cover letter and resume to

About San Antonio

The City of San Antonio is the nation’s 7th largest city and is home to more than 1.5 million residents. Located in South Central Texas, approximately 150 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, San Antonio offers its residents one of the most attractive and affordable lifestyles in the country. Residents enjoy one of the lowest tax rates in the State as well as a plentiful supply of high-quality housing and low utility rates. The economy of San Antonio is an excellent mix of business services, manufacturing, health care, communications, corporate and regional offices, government, and the convention and tourism industry. San Antonio is rich in recreational and cultural opportunities and is home to the San Antonio Spurs.

City Government

San Antonio has a Council-Manager form of government with a ten-member City Council. Councilmembers are elected by District, while the Mayor is elected at-large. The term of office for the Mayor and all members of the City are two-year terms, for not more than four (4) full terms of office. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who appoints all officials in executive positions with the exception of the City Clerk, City Internal Auditor, Presiding Judge, and Municipal Judges.

The City of San Antonio has been recognized for its high level of professional management by the ICMA and National Civic League, amongst others. For ten consecutive years, the City has maintained a AAA bond rating. The Fiscal Year 2021 adopted operating budget is $2.9 billion with close to 13,000 employees across over 30 departments. The City has made a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, primarily through the formation of a citywide Office of Equity in 2017.

The Solid Waste Management Department

The Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) proudly serves its customers by providing them with an efficient and environmentally sustainable waste collection and recycling programs. The primary services provided by SWMD are garbage, recycling and organics collection with wheeled carts using automated side load trucks. SWMD customers also receive curbside brush collection twice per year and curbside brush collection twice per year. Other SWMD programs include multiple bulky waste drop off facilities, household hazardous collections sites, brush grinding facilities, dead animal collection, illegal dumping clean ups and litter basket collection downtown. Additionally, the SWMD operates a heavy fleet maintenance division that maintains approximately 2,000 units of SWMD equipment and equipment for other City departments.

The City of San Antonio is committed to environmental sustainability. Recycling and waste diversion are a significant goal, which is the cornerstone of several SWMD programs, including ReWorksSA. This is a Division of SWMD that recognizes and promotes recycling in the business community. SWMD also participates significantly in marketing and outreach for the community to encourage proper recycling and composting.
SWMD serves approximately 363,000 households, employs 773 individuals, and has a budget of approximately $151 million. SWMD has multiple facilities across the City.

The Position
The Assistant Director is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Solid Waste Management Department including solid waste collection, disposal operations, and environmental services. Coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies, and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager's Office. Exercises direct supervision over assigned staff. The SWMD is a fast-paced atmosphere, where no one day is quite like the next. While the demands can be many, our focus is on our employees and our customer experience.

Job Functions & Responsibilities

• As part of the leadership team, assumes full management responsibility for all department services and activities, including solid waste collection, disposal operations, and environmental services; and recommends and administers policies and procedures.

• The position is expected to be directly responsible for environmental maintenance of closed landfills, fleet maintenance, recycling inspections, brush and bulky operations and mulch grinding.

• Develops and implements department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area; establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; and allocates resources accordingly.

• Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems and internal reporting relationships; and identifies opportunities for improvement, and directs the implementation of changes.

• Frequently acts as the official departmental representative to other City departments, City Manager's Office, elected officials and outside agencies; explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; and negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.

• Establishes and sets team morale by selecting, motivating, and evaluating department staff; provides or coordinates training and works with employees to correct deficiencies; and implements and administers disciplinary and termination procedures.

• Assists in planning, directing, and coordinating, through subordinate-level staff, the department work plan; meets with management staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; and reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures.

• Participates in the development and administration of the department budget; estimates funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring and approval of expenditures; and directs the preparation and implementation of budgetary adjustments as necessary.

• Facilitates and coordinates departmental activities with other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provides staff assistance to the City Manager, Assistant City Managers, and City Council; and prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary communications.

Education & Experience

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, Construction Technology or a related field. They will also have five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public works, solid waste, environmental sciences, or a related field, including three (3) years of administrative or supervisory responsibility. The most highly qualified candidates for consideration will be selected based on a combination of education, career experience, and accomplishments that best fits the needs of the City of San Antonio.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate must be a professional public administrator and have an extensive background in the Solid Waste Management arena with experience leading and managing divisions of a Solid Waste Management department. Ideal candidates must have knowledge of operational characteristics, services, functions, and activities of a Solid Waste Management, recycling, composting and/or fleet management. Candidates should also have an appreciation and high understanding of Solid Waste services and its impact on the community.

Having a proven track record of relationship building with diverse employee populations is critical and being an influential leader who can attract followers and engage employees is important. A strong understanding of principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and initiatives with the ability to effectively communicate and present ideas in a concise and thoughtful manner is ideal.


The City of San Antonio is offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience. The City offers generous benefits and retirement including annual and personal leave, monthly car allowance, deferred compensation plans, relocation/moving expenses and participation in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS).

How to Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements to:

This position is open until filled. First review of resumes will occur on June 10th, 2021. Please submit your application as soon as possible and before this date to ensure you are considered for this position. Upon receipt, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by the City of San Antonio’s Executive Recruiter.

For additional information please contact:

Jeff Baldwin, Executive Recruiter
City of San Antonio
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Phone: (210) 207-7939

Please note: Under the Texas Public Information Act, information from your resume may be subject to public disclosure.The City of San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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Assistant/Deputy Department Director

City of San Antonio


114 W Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205-2413
United States

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