Sanitation and Hazardous Material Program Manager

Somerville, MA
Full Time
Department of Public Works (DPW)

Statement of Duties

The employee manages environmental related activities for the Department of Public Works (DPW) as well as acts as an advisor for the Director of the Office of Sustainability & Environment and the DPW administration. The employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Plans and manages environmental services such as municipal solid waste, recycling, household hazardous waste drop-off and emergency responses (environmental).
  • Manages hazardous materials training for City staff.
  • Manages the remediation of hazardous materials found in City buildings.
  • Advises the DPW administration on sanitation issues, including legislation, markets, and evolving technologies.
  • Addresses departmental needs related to environmental issues such as oil/hazardous material spills, indoor air quality, watershed quality, and greenhouse gas emission reductions.
  • Provides public education about city services (environmental) and targeted issues of concerns such as solid waste reduction, hazardous waste management, storm water pollution reduction.
  • Works with other departments, including Fire and Inspectional Services, on a variety of environmental issues.
  • Serves as a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
  • Manages contractors and consultants, including quality management and budget.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree and over five (5) years’ experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Knowledge of environmental engineering, regulations, and management.

Abilities: Ability to multi-task and obtain interdepartmental cooperation and communication; ability to meet and deal with the public effectively and appropriately; ability to handle problems and emergencies effectively; ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain confidential information; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to deal appropriately with city employees, city officials and the general public.

Skill: Excellent computer skills for word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; excellent analytical skills; excellent organizational skills

Work Environment

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours to attend evening meetings or complete work assignments (HAZ Mat collection days) and respond to environmental emergencies.

Physical and Mental Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

Physical Skills
Few physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing. May also be some occasional lifting of objects such as office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.)

Motor Skills
Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone, personal computer and/or most other office equipment including word processing, filing, and sorting of papers.

Visual Skills
Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes.

Hours: Full-Time
Salary: $81,182.41 annualized, plus benefits
Union: Non-Union
FLSA: Exempt
Date Posted: July 10, 2023

This position is budgeted with a start date of October, 1st, 2023.

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request. Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or

Pre-Employment Requirements for All Employees:

  • MA Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) clearance
  • Completition of Conflict-of-Interest Law Education training for municipal employees

Overview of Total Rewards:

  • 4 weeks annual vacation (for non-union positions) union positions vary by contract
  • Medical insurance through the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) - 80% of premium costs paid by City
  • Dental coverage low and high plans through Cigna
  • Vision care through Vision Service Plan (VSP)
  • Long term disability through Sun Life
  • Group and voluntary life insurance through Boston Mutual
  • Health Care and Dependent Care flexible spending through Benefit Strategies
  • Deferred compensation plans through a choice of three vendors
  • Free, confidential services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by E4Health
  • Annual cancer screening & wellness release
  • Somerville Retirement Pension System
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • MBTA pass program
  • FREE Blue Bikes membership
  • Eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)

Benefits listed are for benefits-eligible positions and the above information is meant to be a general overview of the benefit programs offered by the City of Somerville and not a binding contract.


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