Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) is excited to announce this unique opportunity for their next Executive Director. HWMA is looking for a leader who is enthusiastic about meeting challenges and can work independently, yet efficiently, with minimal direction to replace their outgoing Executive Director who is retiring after an 8-year tenure. If you are a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader who enjoys being hands-on, this is great opportunity for you.
HUMBOLDT COUNTY AND THE NORTH COAST REGION
Humboldt County is nestled along the coast in northern California’s coastal redwood region, approximately 275 miles north of San Francisco. With a population of about 135,500 residents spread throughout seven cities and multiple small unincorporated communities, one can find their perfect home in town or a rural setting, with ocean views or amongst the redwoods. Humboldt County offers a welcoming and peaceful environment with reasonably priced housing, renowned pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools, College of the Redwoods junior college, Humboldt State University, vibrant cultural arts and entertainment, and engaging outdoor activities that all combine to make for a wonderful place to live and work.
Rich in natural beauty, biologic diversity and history, the Redwood Coast offers breathtaking views, hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, and many year-round outdoor adventurer opportunities. Over 4,000 square miles large, the County has over two million acres that include hundreds of streams and lakes and local, County, state, national parks, forests, beaches, and campgrounds.
Eureka, the County seat and site of the HWMA office, overlooks historic Humboldt Bay, California’s second largest bay, home to the largest oyster production operations on the West Coast and several commercial and recreational marinas.
THE HUMBOLDT WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
Established in 1999, the HWMA is a joint powers authority formed to provide cost effective waste management services for its member agencies, comprised of the cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Rio Dell, and the County of Humboldt. HWMA is governed by a six (6) member Board of Directors composed of elected officials appointed annually by each of the member agencies. As stated in its Strategic Plan, the HWMA mission is:
“…to implement a sustainable, regional materials management system in order to protect and preserve the social, environmental and economical health of our community by supporting, developing and/or promoting policies, programs and facilities that cost effectively, eliminate solid waste generation, reduce disposal and increase diversion to achieve a state-reported diversion rate of 75 percent and a 14,800 ton reduction in landfilled materials by 2020.”
HWMA operates a large volume municipal solid waste (MSW) transfer station that receives approximately 75,000 tons annually (170 tons per day) of solid waste. It also operates a recycling center that receives about 4,000 tons annually of e-waste, used appliances and other recyclable materials; a regional household hazardous waste collection facility that receives approximately 259 tons of household hazardous waste annually; and numerous other material diversion services such as green waste, carpet, mattress recycling, and tire programs. HWMA owns and oversees post-closure maintenance and monitoring obligations for a closed MSW landfill with approximately 400-acres of surrounding productive forest lands. The complete fulfillment of HWMA programs and services requires overseeing numerous agreements, including the following:
HWMA currently employs 36.5 staff, including the Executive Director. The Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget is $14.4 million, with $2 million held in designated and undesignated reserves.
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION
Under the general policy direction of the HWMA Board, the Executive Director plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs the programs and activities of HWMA. Some of these varied programs and activities include annual budget development, long-range planning, personnel functions, facility operations, landfill management, contract negotiations and management, risk management including environmental health and safety, environmental compliance, member agency support on waste and recycling issues, capital project management, and representation of HWMA in meetings with public officials, staff from other public agencies, civic groups, media and various contractors.
The next Executive Director must possess the political and business acumen to manage and direct a large, multi-faceted operation serving multiple jurisdictional entities. They can expect to work closely with the community, contractors, franchise haulers, Board of Directors, and staff on various issues and projects. Current key tasks include:
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The salary range is $114,500 – $139,212 depending on qualifications with an excellent benefits package including:
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, submit a cover letter, resume and six-related work references to Koff & Associates job portal at:
This recruitment is open until filled, however for first consideration, application packets must be in the possession of HWMA no later than Friday, February 12, 2021, and may be submitted either in hard-copy or electronic copy to the address(es) below. Incomplete application packets may be disqualified from consideration.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
Candidates will be kept confidential until the selected candidates are notified that they will be invited to the interview process.
Applications will be initially screened by Koff & Associates and top candidates will be presented to the Executive Recruitment Subcommittee for review. First panel interviews, held virtually, are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 8, 2021. The top candidates will be invited to a virtual Meet and Greet interview with internal stakeholders and the final interview panel will be held with the full Board of Directors. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following finalist selection. References will be contacted only following candidate approval. Any offers of employment will be based upon the successful completion of a comprehensive reference and background check.
HWMA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.
Minimum qualifications include the following:
The successful candidate should have strong organizational skills, provide steady and strategic leadership, be a creative thinker, and an advocate for awareness of and commitment to materials management, diversion, and education. In addition, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in the following: