Recycling and Solid Waste Manager

  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • Mar 13, 2017
Full time Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Science/Engineering Hazardous Waste / RCRA Management Sustainability Waste Management/Recycling

Job Description


Facilities Management at CU Boulder welcomes applicants for a Recycling and Solid Waste Manager. This is a managerial position that is responsible for the supervision of in-house solid waste and recycling collection services (including the management of the on-campus recycling facility) for the entire CU Boulder campus. The position directly supervises 13 FTE’s.

Who we are:

Our Solid Waste and Recycling Department provides in-house solid waste and recycling collection services, including the management of the on-campus recycling facility for the entire CU Boulder campus. The division also supports various other environmental initiatives and operations within Facilities Management and other campus departments, such as management of universal hazardous waste (mercury light tubes, magnetic ballasts, batteries, etc). This department collects over 1,100 tons of recyclables per year and over 2,200 tons of trash from the academic and research buildings on the CU Boulder campus. Currently, the campus diversion rate is approximately 45% (the amount of waste that is diverted from the landfill and is either reused, recycled, or composted). Our goal is to reach a 90% diversion rate by the year 2025.

What your key responsibilities will be:Supervisory: 

  • Supervise Solid Waste and Recycling collections and processing operations for entire campus, including on-campus recycling facility.
  • Direct supervision of 13 FTEs, including one Program Assistant II, one General Labor II, one Technician III, and 11 General Labor I positions.
  • Facilitate employee training, education and create performance management plans.
  • Develop policies, procedures, and guidelines for Solid Waste and Recycling programs that improve collection efficiency and recycling participation.
  • Determine and delegate specific duties to staff based upon customer needs, labor availability, and operational equipment. 
  • Develop safety procedures for collection of recyclable materials and equipment use.
  • Respond to complaints from faculty and staff.

Program Oversight:

  • Administer and negotiate on-going contracts for the collection, disposal, recycling, and/or composting of various materials within the campus’ Municipal Solid Waste stream. 
  • Act as liaison for recycling and solid waste division amongst Campus Administration, building proctors, department heads, Housing and Dining Services, Student Government, Zero Waste Advisory Board, and vendors within profession.
  • Determine short and long-range solutions within the program to meet the Administration’s sustainability goal of becoming a Zero Waste campus.
  • Determine space and equipment needs for recycling and solid waste collections within new buildings and renovated areas.
  • Continually revise existing building collections and frequency as demands for recycling materials increase.
  • Communicate with vendors when not in compliance of contract and determine solutions.
  • Develop collection programs for new recyclable materials such as compost/organics. 


  • Monitor expenditures and recharge for the Recycling and Solid Waste programs, (total budget of $610,000). 
  • Determine/develop next year’s budget based on current trends and predict additional costs.
  • Review, verify, and approve majority of charges/credits for the Solid Waste and Recycling budgets.

Data Analysis:

  • Determine long range effectiveness of the recycling and solid waste programs by designing and producing detailed yearly reports on program costs, volumes collected, and projections for future generation rates.
  • Perform analysis on incoming data and create weekly, monthly, and yearly reports/graphs on recyclable materials and solid waste. A primary focus of this analysis is to ensure the program remains cost effective and meets program goals and regulations.

Outreach, Education, Special Events:

  • Educate campus (students, faculty, and staff) and larger community through presentations on the efficient collections of waste streams. Examples of presentations include proctor forums, departmental staff meetings, and Recycling Partnership meetings with the CUSG Environmental Center & Housing Department.
  • Responsible for designing operations and procedures for all aspects of the Recycling and Solid Waste programs, including special events. 


What we require:

  • Minimum of two years of working experience in environmental or business administration. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies or Business Administration or closely related field.Substitution for degree: four years or more of relevant work experience can substitute for the degree requirement.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Export Control Requirements: Employee must speak and understand English language fluently due to ESD lab requirements as well as the following documentation must be met to meet government contract requirement:
    • U.S. Citizen (has a U.S. passport, certificate of naturalization, original or certified copy of U.S. birth certificate, Native American Tribal Document, Certification of Birth Abroad by Department of State).
    • Permanent Resident in the US (has a green card, or foreign passport has a temporary I-551 stamp imprinted on visa).

What you will need:

  • Achievement
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Collaboration
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Support and promote sustainability

What we’d like you to have:

  • Knowledge of, and experience with all aspects of Recycling and Solid Waste operations.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, DOT rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, Universal and Hazardous Waste compliance in University setting (State & Federal regulations).
  • Understanding of contracts and memorandums of understanding.  
  • Successfully worked in multicultural university setting.
  • Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) preferred or Educational Facilities Professional (EFP).
  • University or facilities experience is preferred.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please apply by March 24, 2017.


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