The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of
the Interlocal Solid Waste Authority (the “Authority” and/or “ISWA”) is seeking
an experienced leader to manage activities related to ISWA contractors,
employees, drivers, equipment, and transfer station sites including those
related to the receipt, transportation and disposal of municipal solid wastes
for ISWA Members and Participating Entities, or as otherwise presented at or
handled by ISWA facilities, including the ISWA transfer stations that are presently
located in Franklin County and Lincoln County, Tennessee, and any future
facilities. Key responsibilities of the Solid Waste Director/General Manager include
overseeing transfer station personnel and operations, infrastructure, planning,
regulatory compliance, government reporting, and fiscal management, all within
the oversight by and reporting to the ISWA Board. The ISWA is a Part 9 Solid
Waste Authority pursuant to the State of Tennessee Solid Waste Authority Act,
T.C.A. §68-211-901 et seq.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION
reason for this position is to implement, develop, lead and administer for the
Board all activities of the Authority in its provision of the interlocal and regional
solid waste programs. Primary responsibilities include managing and maintaining
two existing regional transfer stations, planning for expansion of future
infrastructure, assuring regulatory and fiscal compliance, and advising the
Authority’s Board on issues related to the successful administration of the
programs. This job classification develops work programs with considerable
independence and is responsible for achieving desired results. This position has
direct supervisory authority to manage ISWA staff. This position reports
directly to the ISWA’s Board.
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA)
STATUS: This is an exempt
position and is not eligible for overtime.
direction from the Board of Directors. Must be capable of establishing and
keeping detailed and accurate records as required by the ISWA Board, regulatory
agencies, and financial entities.
supervision over assigned management, professional, technical and/or
administrative support staff. Plans,
organizes, directs, coordinates, and budgets the overall activities and
operations of the ISWA in the areas of: Transfer Station operations as directed
by the Board -- including hiring adequate staffing, researching heavy equipment
specifications, and recommending purchases; maintenance of building and
equipment; long-range program and infrastructure planning; and, contract
negotiations for municipal solid waste receipt, transportation, and disposal.
Responsible for conducting
the operations in a manner which provides the best possible service at the
least amount of cost. Must advise and assist the Board; represent the
Authority’s goals and interests locally, regionally and at the State levels;
provide leadership to the organization and coordinate activities with Member
and Participating Entities, vendors, customers, agencies, outside agencies,
organizations and the community.
Directs, develops, and coordinates operations, policies, maintenance, upgrades, and research for the Authority.
Oversight responsibility for contracts with vendors -- including equipment calibration,
maintenance and repair. Writes, comments upon and reviews bid specifications
for machinery, buildings, infrastructure, containers, equipment, tools, and
other materials; manages contracts for vendor services such as landfill
disposal, waste hauling, and recycle brokering.
administration of budget, assuring compliance with financial rules, internal
controls, and ISWA policies and objectives. Assures all financial policies are
followed by employees responsible for financial tasks.
The manager exercises
full supervisory responsibility including performance reviews, hiring,
training, safety procedures and policies, and disciplinary actions as
established or directed by the Board and adopted personnel policies.
Assures that the Authority
operates in compliance with all municipal, County, State, and Federal
regulations governing solid waste handling, transport, and disposal.
environmental health and safety practices are followed. Schedule on call
management seven (7) days a week.
Establishes a program
safety policy that complies with State and Federal safety regulations.
adjusts service levels based on public demand and business necessity within the
limits of approved budget and Board oversight. Works with other regional
partners to solve solid waste issues while using innovative skills to adapt to
changes in the solid waste industry. Maintains customer relations and responds
to complaints and questions related to operation.
orally and in writing; prepares and reviews written materials and attends
meetings and conferences to keep informed of current solid waste issues and
practices; provides reports to the Authority, at least monthly and as requested;
advises the Board and provides management data for assessment of program
activities and productivity.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The Solid Waste Director/General Manager should
have demonstrated knowledge and experience:
solid waste collection, transfer, and/or disposal using industry accepted best
practices and procedures; or, similar technical or professional experience.
principles and practices of supervision, budgeting, and public administration;
such as forecasting additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials,
and supplies; monitoring and approving expenditures; requesting and
implementing periodic or mid-year adjustments.
and complying with federal, state and county policies, procedures, rules,
regulations and laws, particularly those as related to solid waste.
contracts or service agreements; soliciting bids and RFPs.
The Solid Waste
Director/General Manager must have demonstrated ability to:
Plan and organize data, coordinate programs, and
and submit a wide variety of financial, administrative, and operational reports
to the Board; keep the Board advised on financial matters, regulatory issues,
and the present or future needs of the Authority through conducting on-site reviews, inspections and
· Represent the Authority to elected officials, outside groups, and organizations; provide technical assistance as necessary.
· Research and analyze pending legislation/regulations and identify impact to Authority programs and activities.
· Receive, research and resolve the more complex or sensitive inquiries and complaints.
· Manage several teams of solid waste operators, including subordinate team lead and administrative staff, with capability of prioritizing workloads and responding appropriately to emergency and unscheduled work requests.
justify, and administer an operations budget; prepare capital improvement
budgets as part of long-range objectives; determine and implement long-range
continuous improvement efforts to streamline and promote efficiency and cost
written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper grammar.
and implement outreach and education program activities as directed.
grant opportunities and review grant guidelines and requirements to assess
compliance with requirements and risks associated with receiving grants;
prepare grant analyses and proposals; develop, maintain, and monitor grant
budgets and award milestones; and, ensure all requirements are being met and
motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct
performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline
and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operations; observe
and review staff members to ensure conformance to standards.
and use modern office equipment and technology, including computers and
applicable software, and enter data or information into a terminal, laptop,
or other keyboard device.
and present effective oral or written presentations, reports, and other necessary correspondence.
problems, develop and suggest innovative solutions and contribute effectively
to the accomplishment of Authority goals, objectives, and activities.
and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, Authority
management, other governmental organizations, vendors, and the public.
with and maintain the confidentiality of information.
the Board or Authority, and perform related duties as assigned.
The position requires a combination of
training, education, and experience equivalent to at least five (5) years
management or administrative experience in a field such as solid waste, a
closely related integrated management field, or other complicated governmental,
regulatory, or technical professional experience. The position also requires
ability/skills in personnel management/supervision, budget administration,
effective communication, and general office management. Must possess and maintain at least a valid Tennessee driver’s
license for the type(s) of equipment to be operated. The successful candidate shall
also fulfill and pass pre-employment background screenings to determine an applicant’s
qualifications, competence, and ability to perform essential job functions, and
applicants may be subject to and must satisfy extensive screening procedures
including but not limited to certain alcohol/drug testing, background checks, and
qualifying for a fidelity bond at the expense and discretion of the ISWA.
Additional Preferred Qualifications
TDEC Landfill Operator’s Training
(40-Hour Hazardous Waste Training)
TDEC Erosion and Sediment Control
TDEC SUIT Training (Inspector
Training for Transfer Stations and Convenience Centers)
Certifications issued from Solid
Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
UT-CTAS COCTP Training (Budgets,
Internal Controls, HR, Purchasing)
Tennessee, including but not
limited to: Lincoln County, Franklin County, Bedford County, Metro - Moore
County/City of Lynchburg, City of Tullahoma, City of Shelbyville, and other
towns within the regional area.
Salary and Benefits
This is an exempt, full-time
salaried position with benefits. The salary range will be determined by the
candidate’s experience. The anticipated salary range for this position will be dependent
upon candidate’s qualifications and experience.
Benefits will be negotiable.
Annual leave and sick days to be provided.
How to Apply
ISWA will be accepting applications
from interested candidates through at least MARCH 1, 2024, or
until the position is filled. Submit the
Ř Cover letter
Ř Comprehensive Resume
Ř Copies of Certifications (if available)
Please scan and send via email to
the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service, attention Kim
Raia, at Kim.Raia@tennessee.edu, to the
University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service, attention John
Chlarson, at John.Chlarson@tennessee.edu,
and to ISWA’s counsel, David Higney, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants also can mail their cover
letter, comprehensive resume and copies of certifications (if available) to:
Grant Konvalinka & Harrison P.C., Attn. DCH-ISWA, 633 Chestnut Street,
Suite 900 – Republic Center, Chattanooga TN 37450.
ISWA is an Equal Opportunity
Employer. Applicants will be considered
for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability
status. In compliance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act, the Board will provide reasonable accommodations to
qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and
current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.