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Assistant Refuse Superintendent

Fairfax County Government
Lorton, Virginia
$66,103.86 - $110,173.86 Annually
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

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This job opportunity is being re-announced. Applicants who previously applied for this job do not need to re-apply; all applications will be considered.

Let your worries be your waste, and Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program be your professional refuge!

DPWES is a diverse, nationally-accredited and award-winning public works agency with approximately 1,000 employees providing solid waste, capital facility development, wastewater, stormwater, urban forestry, and land acquisition management services for the most populous county in Virginia. Join our team to help us protect the environment and serve the people of Fairfax County by creating and preserving a sustainable community that is an ideal place to live, work, and play for everyone.

Fairfax County Government is committed to our employees, and offers comprehensive benefits, including a defined-benefit retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; paid leave; tuition reimbursement; and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Through our LiveWell Program and the County Benefits Division, we endeavor to cultivate a culture of wellbeing that empowers, educates and engages employees and retirees to make life-long choices that promote a holistic approach to their physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and financial wellness. Please review our awesome benefits:DPWES provides award-winning solid waste collection services for approximately 45,000 homes, operates a transfer station and landfill, regulates solid waste services, and leads sustainability initiatives to promote zero waste goals for Fairfax County. DPWES Solid Waste is a diverse work force of approximately 300 merit and 50 non-merit employees and has an annual operating budget of more than $100M. Our nationally-recognized team of professionals are working together towards a singular goal: providing environmentally-responsible and cost-effective management of municipal solid waste, keeping Fairfax County safe, green, healthy, and clean.

Supports the Assistant Complex Manger in the day-to-day management of county municipal solid waste operations to include the field supervision of staff and activities at a solid waste transfer station site, a closed solid waste landfill site, and/or a residential curbside collection/recycling operational site. Oversees operational logistics to include manpower, materials, and equipment necessary to ensure safe and efficient operation of all solid waste activities. Provides feedback and input into the budget in regards to goods, services, equipment, and personnel needs. Supervises operational field staff. Creates and schedules staff assignments and monitors work progress. Responds to a variety of operational situations which may include vehicle incidents, routine and non-routine operational matters, equipment failures, workers compensation injuries, etc. Ensures operational compliance to all environmental rules, regulations, laws, codes, and standards. Performs regular preventive maintenance inspections of grounds, infrastructure, and equipment and remediates deficiencies as necessary. Ensures staff compliance with safety rules, regulations, laws, codes, and standards including safe work practices and the wearing of personal protective equipment. Assists with the coordination and presentation of regular safety meetings to staff. Works closely with agency safety staff and Risk Management to reduce preventable incidents. Serves on incident review committees. Investigates vehicle incidents and workers compensation injuries. Prepares and reviews accident and injury reports. Engages in safety working practices and complies with Solid Waste safety programs and guidelines. Complies with the DPWES Safety Competencies. Performs administrative human resources activities such as employee performance reviews, employee counseling/disciplinary actions, associated recruitment activities, employee onboarding, staff training, etc. Maintains staff records to include time and attendance, coaching/disciplinary actions, staff training, etc. Provides approachable, proactive, prompt, and accurate customer service to internal or external customers. Provides assistance and/or support to co-workers, supervisors, the general public, or any other end users of county solid waste services. Thoroughly and accurately explains agency regulations and alternatives as they relate to the collection and disposal of solid waste to staff, the public, and other end users. Conducts Interviews with limited term applicants & contract employees hired from SAVERA Inc. Performs related duties as required.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Supervises staff in the collection and disposal of refuse, yard waste, white goods, household hazardous waste, and various other solid waste items;
  • Plans and schedules work assignments for various activities within the solid waste management program;
  • Responds to a variety of operational situations which may include vehicle incidents, routine and non-routine operational matters, equipment failures, workers compensation injuries, etc.;
  • Ensures operational compliance to all environmental rules, regulations, laws, codes, and standards;
  • Leads safety program management and monitors compliance with safety regulations;
  • Conducts safety meetings;
  • Works closely with agency safety staff and Risk Management to reduce preventable incidents;
  • Prepares reports, documents, and electronic files in regard to safety issues, compliance issues, daily work activities, and employee performance;
  • Coordinates vehicle and equipment repairs with appropriate maintenance facilities;
  • Investigates vehicle accidents and personal injuries and serves on safety review panels;
  • Ensures facility, vehicles, operations, and employees comply with all applicable rules and regulations;
  • Counsels, trains, schedules training, and mentors employees;
  • Participates in interview panel and recommends new hires;
  • Respond to complaints on various issues that may arise;
  • Provide input and statistical data in preparation of budgets;
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and materials and order new as needed;
  • Performs special projects as required;
  • Effectively communicates with customers, employees and managers;
  • Reinforces a safety culture and continually seeks to expand safety knowledge through training, mentoring, self-study or other methods of continuous learning;
  • Investigates, documents and reports safety issues;
  • Clearly communicates safety expectations;
  • Resolves safety-related matters in a timely manner;
  • Complies with the safety competencies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental rules and regulations;
  • Extensive knowledge of safety regulations, safety review and investigative procedures;
  • Thorough knowledge of traffic laws, safety procedures and practices;
  • Thorough knowledge of supply and policy and procedures;
  • Ability to use computers;
  • Ability to read and comprehend maps;
  • Ability to work outside with regular exposure to severe weather, noxious fumes, high levels of dust, etc.;
  • Ability to plan, schedule, and supervise work of others;
  • Ability to counsel and mentor others;
  • Ability to perform audits of work procedures, work performance, facility, and equipment and take corrective action as required;
  • Ability to operate heavy vehicles and equipment;
  • Ability to supervise and train others in the operation of a variety of heavy vehicles and equipment;
  • Ability to supervise and train others in the safe operation of a variety of heavy vehicles and equipment;
  • Ability to prepare reports and documents that pertain to operational and compliance issues within the solid waste management program;
  • Ability to give and follow oral and written instructions;
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships.

Employment Standards

High school diploma or GED issued by a state department of education; plus four years of refuse collection or disposal experience or experience managing field operations involving heavy equipment operations, scheduling, and maintenance, plus two years of experience at the supervisory level.

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check, a pre-employment physical examination, and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Required to report to work during extreme inclement weather or other emergencies, including after-hours and weekend work during emergency incidents to fulfill emergency service duties.

  • Three or more years of Solid Waste experience.
  • Three or more years supervising trade staff.
  • Three to five years working collection routes and/or three to five years working in the heavy construction industry or a related field.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish at intermediate level.
  • Experience working with routing software and Drivecam.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, including Word & Excel.

Ability to walk, stand, climb, bend, reach and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions for lengthy periods of time. Able to hear, see and be exposed to dangerous and loud machinery and equipment. Able to be exposed to continuous loud noise from machinery, equipment and vehicles. Manual strength and dexterity needed in the performance of duties. Able to work in adverse weather conditions and temperatures. Able to be exposed and work closely with hazardous chemicals, odors, and infectious diseases. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds without assistance and 25 to 50 pounds with or without assistance. Ability to operate keyboard driven and office equipment. Ability to operate non-CDL light, medium and heavy-duty equipment. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.



Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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