Yakima County Human Resources

  • 121-02 Senior Director E81 - Public Services

    Working Title
    Environmental Services Director
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Public Services-County Road
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $7,817 per month
  • Overview

    The Board of Yakima County Commissioners seeks an Environmental Services Director with the Yakima County Public Services, County Road department.  This position is responsible for in the overall management of the environmental services programs and facilities services programs. Directly responsible for supervising close to 80 employees with an annual budget of more than $20 million, the position is responsible for program development, capital and maintenance program administration and budgeting for the Solid Waste Division, Water Resources Division, Water and Wastewater Utilities Division and Facilities Services Department.  This recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.




    Establishes and implements broad department wide goals, work objectives, initiatives, directives, policies and procedures within the functional areas of responsibility; plans, evaluates, directs and implements programs in multiple departmental Divisions; establishes priorities, and provides managerial, technical and administrative leadership and advice.

    Develops general programs and strategies to accomplish the goals and objectives established by the Board of County Commissioners for the Solid Waste, Water Resources, Water/Wastewater Utilities and Facilities divisions of the Environmental Services Department. Formulates, develops and adjusts programs, strategies and priorities and makes resource allocations within these divisions.

    Directs the selection, evaluation training and motivation of the Division Managers; resolves grievances and other sensitive matters; determines appropriate personnel actions including initiating and implementing disciplinary actions. Delegates authority to subordinate managers. Oversees and ensures compliance with the statutory and administrative requirement for administration of the Environmental Services Department.

    Creates, implements and monitors annual budgets for the functional areas. Develops and updates six year environmental and facilities capital improvement programs (CIPs), annual capital construction programs and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for the construction, replacement or improvement of county facilities, (with the exception of county transportation facilities) and the apportionment of funds to administration, operations and maintenance functions.

    Evaluates functional area workload and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding functional area staffing levels, and makes determinations whether to accomplish work with county staff, or to use outside consultants or contractors.

    Collaborates and interacts with other elected officials, department heads, local government officials and the general public to explain departmental functions, goals, objectives and projects, and to resolve the most sensitive and technical issues.

    Performs the daily administrative functions of the Environmental Services Department.

    Other Duties as assigned.


    Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Seven years of progressively responsible Civil Engineering Experience with four years in a supervisory or managerial capacity or the equivalent education and experience to perform the essential duties of the job.


    • Possession of a valid Washington State driver’s license and proof of insurance, if requested, is required at time of appointment.
    • Successful completion of a general employment verification and financial background investigation

    Preferred: Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. Master of Science in Any Engineering Field, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, or related field.

    Knowledge: Civil and Environmental Engineering Principles and practices; Engineering Mathematics; Environmental Engineering, Road and bridge construction and maintenance methods and materials; Maintenance Management principles; Bridge Inspection and Bridge Program management principles and practices; Modern employee supervision principles; Accounting and Budgeting Principles

    Skills and abilities: Developing and implementing policies, plans and procedures; Planning and Supervising the work of others; Problem solving and decision making; Effective oral and written communication with a variety of individuals; Employee management in a collective bargaining environment.

    Equipment Used: Telephone, computer, calculator, FAX machine, copy machine, general office equipment simple survey equipment and passenger vehicles.

    Working Conditions: Environmental Demands: exposure to weather, travel, multiple work locations, field work. Maybe required to travel outside of Yakima County for meetings. Maybe required to attend meetings outside of regular work hours. Physical Demands: sitting, standing, walking, fingering, hearing, talking, visual acuity. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction.




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