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Biosolids Program Manager - Environmental Services Program Manager

San Jose, CA

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The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) division is responsible for delivering a 10-year Capital Improvement Program estimated at $1.4 billion. The first Five-Year CIP includes Headworks Improvements, Aeration Tanks and Blower Rehabilitation, Nitrification Clarifier Rehabilitation, Secondary Clarifier Rehabilitation, Digester and Thickener Facilities Upgrades, New Cogeneration Facility, Digested Sludge Dewatering Facility, Advance Facility Control and Meter Replacement, Treatment Plant Distributed Control System, and Facility Wide Water Systems Improvements. The division is a collective 70 member team, staffed by more than 30 full-time engineering professionals and supported by program management consultant staff as well as staff from the City’s Department of Public Works. The CIP is an exciting opportunity that stands among one of the largest public improvement efforts in the South Bay.
CIP is currently recruiting for an Environmental Services Program Manager (“Biosolids Program Manager”) to oversee the future Biosolids Management Program for the San José – Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF).  This position will provide leadership and direct oversight of the RWF’s transition from the current biosolids disposal method using 100% biosolids as Alternative Daily Cover (“ADC”) on the Newby Island landfill, to a diversified disposal program, using biosolids for multiple beneficial purposes. 
The Biosolids Program Manager will be responsible for directing and managing the Biosolids Management Program at the San José – Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF), including the initial development of a work plan for the new Biosolids Management Program, identifying goals, objectives, task, additional staffing needs and implementation schedule.
This position will also be responsible for establishing and managing multiple disposition contracts for beneficial use of the biosolids produced at the new dewatering facility to be on line by 2022. 
Establishing this management position would also allow RWF to start small pilot or demonstration projects, and participate in regional facilities and emerging technologies to develop new products that would use the cake in innovative ways that complied with new regulations.  These were other recommendation made in the BTSR. 
In addition to the above, other duties may include managing workgroups providing biosolids specific training for new staff, investigate new technology opportunities, for biosolids treatment, provide guidance for regulatory compliance and participation in national and/or regional biosolids partnerships.
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Job Requirements
Minimum Qualifications
1. Education:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental sciences, environmental engineering, biology, public or business administration, or a closely related field.
2. Experience:
Six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience in overseeing and administering complex environmental programs, including four (3) years of progressively responsible supervisory experience.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.
Desirable competencies for this position include:
*Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
*Communication Skills -
Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
*Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.
*Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
*Coaching - Provides guidance, opportunities and motivation to develop and strengthen knowledge, skills, and competencies to improve employee’s capabilities.
*Collaboration - Develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities.
*Decision Making - Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.
*Leadership - Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.
*Management - Evaluates priorities to ensure the 'true' top priorities are handled satisfactorily; sets clear goals for the employees and the work unit.
*Political Skill - In taking action, demonstrates an understanding and consideration of how it will impact stakeholders and affected areas in the organization.
Selection Process
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.
Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response:
* If you have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, please specify the degree, major, and institution from which you have graduated from.
* Please describe your increasingly responsible experience in overseeing and administering complex environmental programs, including progressively responsible supervisory experience. In your response, please include years of experience, title of the positions, and scope of responsibilities.
* Please describe your management experience in environmental compliance programs or any specific biosolids management or similar related experience.  In your response, please include your dates of employment, title, and scope of responsibility. 
* Please describe your experience developing collaborations with senior management in your organization, the public and business representatives, and city, state, and federal government agencies.
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.
If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Maria Lane via email at Maria.Lane@sanjosecagov
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