County of OrangeSanta Ana 92701
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Environmental Sustainability Deputy Director

County of Orange
Full Time 601 N Ross St 5th Floor, Santa Ana, CA 92701, United States



(Regulatory Compliance Deputy Director)

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

 This position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective June 28, 2024 – 4.25% increase

Effective June 27, 2025 – 4.0% increase

This recruitment is open to the public and will establish an open eligible list.  This list will be used to fill current and future Regulatory Compliance Deputy Director positions with this specialty and may be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.
DEADLINE TO APPLYThis recruitment is scheduled to close at 11:59 PM (PST) on Thursday, October 19, 2023. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

 is an organization dedicated to providing waste management services, protecting public health and the environment, promoting recycling, and providing organics recycling infrastructure for compliance with SB1383 in order to ensure a safe and healthy community for current and future generations. OCWR operates three active regional landfills (North, Central, South), three compost facilities, four household hazardous waste collection centers, monitors 20 closed landfills, and administers municipal solid waste collection, recycling, and planning for County unincorporated areas. OCWR is a nationally renowned waste management department responsible for a network of sanitary landfills and the efforts to support SB1383 infrastructure demands. The Department is committed to its exceptional record of regulatory compliance and excellence. OCWR partners with the Orange County-based Discovery Cube to sponsor the Eco-Challenge educational exhibit that teaches thousands of students each year to reduce, recycle, and reuse in their daily life.

This position will be responsible for overseeing and managing the County's efforts on environmental conservation and sustainability. The position reports to the Director of OC Waste & Recycling and will work in close partnership with the County Executive Office. The primary job duties are as follows:

  • Develops, organizes, and directs, in partnership with the County Executive Office, all programs, operations, and activities under the County of Orange’s (County) Climate Action Plan; manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, and priorities relevant to the County’s environmental conservation and sustainability programs and projects.
  • Develops, prepares, and implements the County’s Climate Action Plan and other strategic documents and goals pertaining to climate change and sustainability in collaboration with the county's various department heads and/or their designees, such as OC Waste and Recycling’s “Orange” is the New Green strategic plan, County Strategic Financial Plan, Sustainable Fleet Replacement Plan/Policy, etc.
  • Works with the County Executive Office, the Board of Supervisors, and relevant County departments to develop and establish policies, procedures, and goals for waste, resource, and recycling management programs and activities for County facilities, commercial properties, and parks.
  • Establishes, maintains, and evaluates data and metrics of current energy and water consumption, waste production and recycling, GHG emissions and air quality, and sustainability practices within the County of Orange facilities and unincorporated Orange County. Establishes goals and key performance indicators to measure success over time.
  • Develops and manages comprehensive and strategic community engagement initiatives to promote and support public conservation and sustainability programs and policies; executes strategies to engage with diverse community groups.
  • Manages any contractors or consulting firms engaged by the County to improve energy efficiency or evaluate renewable energy opportunities.
  • Builds and maintains working partnerships with businesses, community groups and educational institutions to promote conservation and sustainability initiatives.
  • Establishes, coordinates, and provides staff support to pertinent County commission, committees, or task forces; prepares agenda staff reports, memorandums, and other materials for meetings between County and advisory committees.
  • Identifies and notifies County departments and relevant stakeholders of grant funding opportunities; maintains a grants matrix and reporting to the County Executive Office and Board of Supervisors statuses of grant applications. Lead any grant effort that requires collaboration between two or more County departments. 
  • Provides guidance and effective leadership to staff; oversees coordination of team member's assignments.

The Environmental Sustainability Deputy Director will be an experienced, organized, decisive, and innovative leader with the highest degree of integrity; leadership and professionalism; strong interpersonal skills; business analytical insight; excellent judgment; and the ability to implement ideas, concepts, and directives in an impactful yet cost-effective manner. The Environmental Sustainability Deputy Director should demonstrate emotional intelligence, excellent analytical ability, effective communication, being solution focused/results oriented, and able to effectively build teams to accomplish Countywide goals.
 Ideal candidates will be experienced and talented public or private sector professionals possessing at least six (6) or more years of experience related to sustainability and environmental programs, energy management, solid waste administration, or similar Public Works or Waste and Recycling programs including two (2) years supervising related staff. The ideal candidates will be experienced managing high-visibility intra-departmental/organizational projects from start to finish with responsibility for analyzing/researching strategic issues; formulating proposals and solutions; developing and implementing policies/procedures; collaborating and communicating with organizational and/or community stakeholders.  A bachelor’s degree in Environmental or Earth Science, Urban Planning, Architecture, Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field is preferred.

In addition to the above, the successful candidates must possess:
Technical Knowledge
  • Working knowledge of currently existing climate change/sustainability regulations and legislation, both on the state and national level.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of climate change impacts on public health and the environment with an understanding of the impacts on socially disadvantaged communities in Orange County and nationwide.
  • Strong technical ability in data analysis and interpretation, data mining/gathering, financial assessment, and analysis to develop key performance indicators. 

Leadership/Political Savvy
  • Experience working effectively with elected officials, officials with federal, state, county, city, agencies and special districts, business community, and academic institutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and established track record of leadership and results in the areas of sustainability and environmental programs.

Oral/Written Communication Skills
  • Effective communicator who can deliver clear, concise, and consistent messages both orally and in writing to all levels of stakeholders.

Click to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the Regulatory Compliance Deputy Director classification as well as the physical and mental requirements and the environmental conditions. NOTE: Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the 

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials for minimum and desirable qualifications and may contact candidates to conduct a phone screening. After screening, candidates who meet the minimum and desirable qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process.
Structured Oral Interview | SOI (Weighted 100%)
Applicants will be interviewed and rated by an oral interview panel of job knowledge experts. Each applicant's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the applicant's qualifications for the job. 

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Veterans Employment Preference 
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click to review the policy.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.