Job Description

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$75,850.00 - $110,000.00/Year
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8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#122876 Waste Mgmt, Recycling and Sustainability Manager

Filing Deadline: Thu 6/8/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

A cover letter is required for a complete application packet.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/19/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/8/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Waste Management, Recycling and Sustainability Manager will apply professional concepts and skills to support the planning, coordination and implementation of sustainability efforts for the University. Manage all aspects of the campus-wide Integrated Waste Management and Recycling Program. Oversee and provide program guidance to the Waste Diversion & Recycling Supervisor in planning, organizing and coordinating waste disposal and recycling activities and resources at UC San Diego. Establish annual goals for waste minimization and recycling and consult with staff and faculty in departments and organizations engaged in recycling programs.

Work closely with Local, State and Federal government agencies to monitor and analyze changes in waste disposal, recycling, and zero waste related industries. Provide administrative and technical support to the campus Waste Minimization Advisory Committee. Manage and oversee landscape services support for all Campus food forest and community garden activities. Oversee and provide program guidance to the Sustainability Landscape Technician in the planning, organizing and coordinating of work at all campus food forest and garden locations.

Provide leadership to the Waste Diversion & Recycling Supervisor in matters related to complex day-to-day operational and customer service issues, and Waste Disposal Company refuse issues. Responsible for budgetary planning and funds control within assigned area and oversee the operational budget. Administer the campus-wide contracts made with outside Waste, Recycling, and other Zero Waste Support Vendors; approve vendor invoices to ensure accuracy of customer billing. Supervisory authority includes hiring, assignment, evaluation, discipline and dismissal of staff; authority to make exceptions in emergency situations to departmental polices; and participation in policy setting processes. Maintain equipment and tools inventory.

  • A writing sample may be required.


  • Graduation from college with a major in business administration, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, or related degree and progressively responsible experience in the management of physical plant operations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in the area of environmental sustainability and policy. Thorough knowledge of sustainability concepts and practices, including LEED systems, climate action plans, food service procurement, and waste management practices. Knowledge of U.S. Green Building Council rating systems.

  • Skill in planning and implementing sustainability focused practices. Ability to define program goals and objectives, target campus audience and implement effective education and outreach strategies to expand campus involvement.

  • Previous experience managing and administering a maintenance area including budget, planning, staffing and technical operations. Ability and experience in managing vendor contracts.

  • Solid and effective interpersonal and work leadership skills to provide guidance to other personnel. Ability to supervise and coordinate the work of others and maintain solid productivity and high morale.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize information, extract relevant data, and prepare reports in various formats.

  • Strong ability to draft clear, concise correspondence, and develop presentations and business documents. Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver training, and measure training effectiveness.

  • Proficient in all software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) and database applications.

  • Solid decision making, critical thinking and reasoning skills, and ability to develop original ideas to solve problems, and conduct operations analysis and quality control analysis.

  • Extensive experience working in a service-oriented environment and nurturing customer relationships through proactive service skills.

  • Proven ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, work with accuracy and ensure effective time management. Experience to work effectively in a high volume, multiple demand, environment.

  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, including active listening and flexibility. Experience communicating verbally, in writing and electronically. Ability to build collaborative relationships and business partnerships. Ability to work with diverse populations at all levels of the organization, including students, staff and faculty.


  • DOJ/FBI and DMV checks and clearances required prior to employment.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License. May be required to participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $59,700 - $124,300 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.59 - $59.53

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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