The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is seeking an experienced professional to lead the agency’s long-term planning for solid waste management, recycling and organic waste processing infrastructure in the role of Director of Waste Management Planning (“Director”). The Director will work report directly to the Deputy Commissioner for Solid Waste Management and will work collaboratively with the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability and the Commissioner’s Office to develop and implement plans that advance the City’s sanitation priorities.
DSNY is the nation’s largest municipal sanitation agency, collecting and sustainably managing more than 3.8 million tons of waste annually. DSNY has nearly 10,000 employees, over 100 garages, repair shops and transfer station facilities, and a fleet of 5,000 trucks, cars and other equipment. We keep New York City healthy, safe, and clean by collecting, recycling, and disposing of waste, cleaning City streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice.
In this role, you will coordinate infrastructure planning efforts related to the City’s next comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, a 20-year plan due to be submitted to the City Council and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for approval by 2026. You will work closely with other agency stakeholders and City and private sector partners to develop plans that advances the City’s zero waste and climate goals while providing for resilient, reliable and efficient infrastructure to manage the City’s waste. This role will also oversee the development of new capacity to process organic waste from the City’s growing curbside collection programs, including the procurement of a next generation of organics processing and beneficial reuse contracts. This position will also work closely with the City’s recycling contractors to monitor recycling markets and industry trends and identify any potential new investments or technologies to improve recycling capture and sustainability. You will also advise the Department’s Bureau of Commercial Waste on policies and programs related to sustainable materials management in the commercial waste sector.
The ideal candidate will have deep experience in the solid waste management or environmental services sectors with a track-record of developing and implementing long-term plans within a large organization. They will excel in working collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams and will be able to quickly learn and adapt to the complex regulatory and policy environment in New York City.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college in engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, business administration, or public administration, and five years of full-time satisfactory experience in the planning, administering or expediting of engineering design, and/or construction, or coordinating a very large engineering project, two years of which must have been in an administrative, managerial, executive or supervisory capacity; or 2. A four year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and nine years of experience as described in "1" above; two years of which must have been in an administrative, managerial, executive or supervisory capacity; or 3. Education and/or experience equivalent to "1" or "2" above. An accredited Master's degree in one of the disciplines described in "1" above, a law degree, or a valid New York State license as a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect or Landscape Architect may be substituted for one year of the required experience. However, all candidates must have the two years of the administrative, managerial, executive or supervisory experience as described in "1" above.
1. Master’s Degree preferred. 2. At least five experience in solid waste management, environmental services, or related fields. 3. Interest in and passion for sustainable waste management. 4. Familiarity with laws and regulations regarding solid waste management, environmental review and land use in New York City and New York State 5. Demonstrated ability to lead teams and collaborate with internal and external partners. 6. Excellent presentation and oral and written communications skills. 7. Skills in decision making, strategic planning and problem solving. 8. Experience working with or managing consultants. 9. Experience in public-sector procurement and/or in negotiating contracts and managing contractors.
The NYC Department of Sanitation is the world’s largest sanitation department. We keep New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. DSNY collects more than 10,500 tons of residential and institutional garbage and 1,760 tons of the recyclables – each day. While efficiently managing solid waste and clearing litter or snow from 6,300 miles of streets, the Department is also a leader in environmentalism — committing to sending zero waste to landfills.