Lead - Solid Waste Reduction

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/9/2023 6:02 PM)
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Regular Full Time
Engineering & Public Works
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Competition #23/122

Internal/External Posting  

Closing date: May 30, 2023


Lead – Solid Waste Reduction (Continuous)  

Engineering & Public Works Department


The City of Victoria is hiring for the position of Lead – Solid Waste Reduction to coordinate and deliver waste reduction, diversion, and circular economy initiatives as part of Zero Waste Victoria. This position leads a small team of staff in undertaking analysis, planning, design, project management, administration, and communication of a number of ambitious actions to meet the City’s target of 50% reduction in waste sent to landfill by 2040. The Lead - Solid Waste Reduction is also expected to work closely with staff across City departments and build and strengthen relationships with stakeholders throughout the community.


We’re looking for a candidate with proven experience leading teams to deliver exceptional quality environmental projects and programs. The position offers an opportunity to tackle complex challenges and the successful candidate will be encouraged to explore creative and innovative approaches to reduce waste across Victoria.


The City of Victoria prides itself on providing flexible and remote working opportunities.



Coordinate and administer the planning, design and delivery of the solid waste reduction program and related projects and policies. 



  • Coordinate, assign and review the work of approximately 3 staff involved in analysis, planning, design, project management, administration, and communication of the City’s solid waste reduction program;
  • Ensure schedules, procedures and established performance and safety standards are met;
  • Make recommendations on employee selection, promotion, discipline, and development; responsible for full supervision.
  • Develop plans and coordinate resources to meet the objectives of the solid waste reduction program.
  • Coordinate the research and development of solid waste reduction policies and initiatives.
  • Prepare project budget proposals.
  • Develop and administer routine and complex solid waste reduction projects.
  • Implement and administer bylaws and permit requirements to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Monitor effectiveness of policies, programs, and services.
  • Work with Supply Management Services on project requisitions; prepare requests for proposals and related documents in accordance with purchasing policies and procedures, assess and make recommendations in the selection and termination of external consultants, contractors, and engineers; and, ensure project schedules.
  • Liaise with regional, provincial and federal government staff, experts, businesses, consultants and the general public on issues related to solid waste management.
  • Stay abreast of regional, provincial and federal policies, regulations, legislation, initiatives and funding opportunities that relate to environmental and solid waste management initiatives, including a keen interest and understanding of both international best practice and behavioural factors related to waste management.
  • Provide information to the public, businesses, industry associations and outside agencies on solid waste reduction program, project and policy rationale, requirements, progress and budgets; lead public open houses; respond to enquiries and complaints from the public and other departments regarding solid waste management projects, bylaws and services.
  • Liaise with and provide technical information and analysis to staff, consultants and outside agencies related to the solid waste reduction program.
  • Support in the preparation of reports and recommendations for Council, advisory committees and staff; and, represent the City and participate on various community and advisory committee meetings.
  • Provide advice and recommendations to Management on policies, initiatives, and programs to implement Council objectives.
  • Perform related duties where required.


  • Work is generated by departmental work programs, community issues, staff, requests from Council or the public.
  • Work is reviewed through discussions with supervisor and department meetings.
  • New initiatives, major projects and policies are discussed with Supervisor with recommendations.



Physical Effort:

  • Normal

Mental Effort:

  • Meet multiple deadlines. (often)
  • Short periods of intense concentration while preparing reports. (often)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

  • Focus on a variety of source data and computer for short periods. (often)

Work Environment:

  • Office.



  • Organize and prioritize the work of a subsection.
  • Supervise a small staff.
  • Understand and apply the principles and methods of environmental and solid waste management.
  • Advanced level knowledge of current City word processing, spreadsheet and related specialty software.
  • Compose and present proposals and policies.
  • Facilitate public consultation meetings and workshops.
  • Select, administer, and monitor the operations and performance of contractors and consultants.
  • Monitor government waste management regulations, local bylaws, rules, and regulations governing environmental and solid waste management programs.
  • Deal effectively with the public and outside agencies.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Represent the City to the public and outside agencies.



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

  • University undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science, or related field (4 years).
  • Accredited courses in leadership and management studies. (1 year)
  • Current and valid Class 5 B.C. Driver's Licence.



  • 6 years of related experience including project management and supervisory experience
  • or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.


Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm, 35 hour work week

$59.58 per hour, Pay Grade 19 (Under Review)

Job Code #4394

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at www.victoria.ca/jobs - only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume.


At the City of Victoria, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.


If you require assistance, please email us at careers@victoria.ca.


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