County of San Diego
40 per week $240,000 - $260,000 Per year CA Environmental Services, 8353 Miramar Pl, San Diego, CA 92121, United States



Reporting directly to the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, the Environmental Services Director assumes responsibility for leading and guiding the City’s Environmental Services Department.  The Director oversees Assistant Directors and senior management in this role, providing immediate direction and strategic vision. Focused on departmental operations, the Director champions initiatives to maintain a clean and safe environment for San Diego residents. With a team of over 600 employees, the department manages an annual operating budget of approximately $192 million.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Represent the Department at Council meetings and various civic, community, and professional engagements.
  • Collaborate with the department's management team and staff to ensure the department operates efficiently and effectively. 
  • Lead efforts to maintain solid waste mandates and regulations, including diversion, recycling, and SB 1383.
  • Review policies, administrative regulations, department instructions, and other related documents to ensure uniform compliance throughout the Department and City.
  • Monitor evolving technologies and implement process improvements as needed.
  • Regularly engage with both field and professional staff, fostering a culture that actively supports diversity and inclusion through genuine commitment and management initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with partner- agencies and key stakeholders. 
  • Manage Active Landfills, Compost Facilities, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), Transfer Facilities, Inactive Landfills, and Burn Ash Sites.
  • Direct the department’s fiscal/budget activities, including the preparation and administration of capital and operating budgets.
  • Lead efforts to proactively identify and support creative and viable business solutions for efficient recycling, solid waste collection operations, landfill management, environmental services, and programs, including the Zero Waste Strategic Plan, organics management, and the Mayor's Clean SD initiative.
  • Optimize the Department's organizational structure to ensure enhanced service delivery.
  • Responsible for managing the Non-Exclusive Solid Waste Collection Franchise System. 
  • Responsible for enforcement and compliance of solid waste and recycling codes for residents and businesses. Ability to professionally plan, organize, coordinate, administer, and direct the work of the Environmental Services Department.
  • Develop and direct the implementation of the department's goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Oversee the Department's financial management, including budget development, preparation, and monitoring to ensure compliance with City policies for purchasing and financial transactions.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Environmental Services, or a related field, and 
  • Ten (10) years of professional-level and management experience would typically demonstrate these qualifications.
Desirable Qualifications: 
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications: 
  • Unquestionable integrity with a proven commitment to environmental protection and resource conservation.
  • Strong interpersonal leadership skills, with the ability to successfully interact with various stakeholders, both inside and outside the City structure.
  • Strong quantitative analytical abilities, including a thorough understanding of common data analysis tools and programs.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information in a simple, clear, and straightforward manner, including using graphs and tables as needed.
  • Ethical and objective, adept at navigating politics. Strong business and political acumen for collaboration with stakeholders. 
  • Effective communicator with diverse audiences, including officials and the public. 
  • Ability to comprehend technical details and understand how they relate to and impact the "big picture."
  • Ability to align department goals with the City's vision, values, and mission.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment with constricted time constraints.
  • Interest in municipal activities and services and how they impact the community.
  • Energetic and motivated with the ability and desire to take initiative.
  • Experience working with represented labor groups.
The City offers a robust benefits package that includes:
  • , including pension reciprocity, dependent on an employee’s eligibility status (new hire, rehire, etc.). 
  • A wide variety of cafeteria-style health and wellness plans or in-lieu cash waiver.
  • 11 paid City holidays per calendar year and 1 floating holiday per fiscal year.
  • Approximately 176 hours of paid annual leave for an employee’s first 15 years of service and approximately 216 hours for 16+ years of service.
  • Up to 24 hours of paid discretionary leave per fiscal year.
  • Up to 320 hours of paid Parental Leave per childbirth or placement of a child.
  • Up to 40 hours of paid Bereavement Leave per fiscal year.
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $2,000 per fiscal year and complimentary LinkedIn Learning professional development opportunities.
  • Free transit pass (including MTS Trolley, MTS Bus, and all Rapid and Rapid Express bus services).
  • Access to premier City golf courses at a discounted rate. 
  • Reduced-rate fitness center memberships.
  • City-paid life insurance.
For additional details, please review the or contact the Benefits Division of the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-5924.
The Department: 
The Environmental Services Department ensures residents are provided with a clean and safe environment. The Department pursues waste management strategies emphasizing waste reduction and recycling, composting, and environmentally sound landfill management. The Department consists of five Divisions: Clean SD, Collection Services, Disposal, and Environmental Protection, Waste Reduction, and Support Services.
Clean SD Division 
Responsible for managing the waste abatement components of the Clean SD Program which includes abatement of homeless encampments, enforcement of citywide solid waste codes, removal of illegal dumping, waste abatements, providing roll-off bin services to city facilities, organizing planned curbside cleanups in neighborhoods, removing dead animals from public rights-of-way, and conducting sidewalk sanitization to protect public health. 
Collection Services Division
Provides for the collection and disposal of residential refuse, the proper handling of recyclables and organic waste, and the collection of litter from containers in business districts.
Disposal & Environmental Protection Division
Operates the Miramar Landfill and Greenery. The Division maintains eight closed landfills and eight inactive burn sites; ensures regulatory compliance of the City’s underground fuel storage tanks; performs inspections and manages abatements of lead and asbestos in City facilities; provides public education on lead and asbestos; and disposal services for residential household hazardous waste.
Waste Reduction Division
Responsible for managing the Non-Exclusive Solid Waste Collection Franchise System, waste diversion programs, zero waste planning, Senate Bill 1383 reporting and compliance, recycling education and technical assistance, and enforcement and compliance of solid waste and recycling codes for residents and businesses.
Support Services Division
Facilitates the Department’s delivery of quality environmental programs through the provision of administrative and regulatory support, contracting and fiscal management, intra-departmental facility maintenance, information system management, customer service, safety, training, and employee development programs. The Division functions as a multifaceted resource to the Department, highlighting the commitment to customer and environmental stewardship.
The mission is:
Manage solid waste in a way that champions sustainability, emphasizing resource conservation and environmental protection. 
The vision is:
To be a leader in the waste management industry and provide first-in-class service to all San Diegans.
The City:
With more than 1.4 million residents, the City of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. The City of San Diego’s strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions, unsurpassed quality of life, and world-renowned location make it the ideal place to work, live, and play. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego has something to offer for everyone.
As stated in the Strategic Plan, the City's Mission is “Every day we serve our communities to make San Diego not just a fine city, but a great City.” The City’s Vision is "Opportunity in every neighborhood, excellent service for every San Diegan."
As one of the region’s largest employers, the City of San Diego employs nearly 12,000 highly dedicated employees and has a combined Fiscal Year 2024 operating and capital budget of approximately $5 billion. Additional information about the City of San Diego can be found on the .
Pre-Employment Requirements and Screening Process:
Employment offers are conditional, pending the results of all screening processes applicable to the position. All the processes required by the City of San Diego must be successfully completed before employment begins. For additional information, please refer to the City’s pre-employment requirements and screening process webpage.  Nothing in this job posting constitutes or should be construed as part of an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. 
Application Instructions: Please adhere to the instructions provided in the "Selection/Application Process" section below. We regret to inform you that online applications will not be considered. 

Selection/Application Process:
To be considered for this position, you must submit the following items to the Human Resources Department at 
1) Resume;
2) Letter of Interest, highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for this position; and
3) List of three professional references.

  1. Attachments must be submitted in either PDF or Word Document format. 
  2. Reference Recruitment Number U2436 in the Subject Line.
  3. Candidates are encouraged to apply promptly, as interviews and selection may begin upon receipt of resumes from qualified individuals.
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above, and the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview.  If you have any questions, please email the City’s Human Resources Department at .
The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.