Seattle Public Utilities' Solid Waste Line of Business (SPU SWLOB) is recruiting for a motivated, enthusiastic, and highly skilled team player to lead strategy, policy development, analysis, and advocacy related to waste prevention, extended producer responsibility, product stewardship, packaging, and other solid waste related concerns. This position leads engagement with industry, non-governmental organizations, and other governments on these topics at the local, state, and national level as well as advising on waste prevention strategy, pilots, and programs, including reuse systems to replace single-use items. Our ideal applicant will have strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills, ability, and experience drafting, analyzing, and advocating for policies, and motivation to create new innovative approaches to packaging and product stewardship, preventing waste, and developing reuse systems.
SPU is a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and the other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.
SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable to this commitment by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
Why join us? We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:
Hybrid work schedule opportunities
Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
Generous benefits package
Free public transportation options
City pension plan with employer/employee contributions.
Growth potential and advancement opportunities
Essential Duties for the Policy, Product Stewardship & Waste Prevention Advisor: General Time Allocation:
SPU SWLOB lead on local, regional, state, and national policy and processes informing strategy, including, but not limited to, local waste prevention and packaging ordinances and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation (50% of time).
Waste Prevention strategy, planning, and coordination (25% of time).
SPU SWLOB lead on local, regional, state, and national engagement with industry, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and other governments related to product stewardship, waste prevention, and overarching “upstream” actions, including product redesign and labelling, to support responsible reuse, recycling, and organics management of products and packaging (20% of time).
Market development coordination with King County and Washington Recycling Development Center (5% of time).
Examples of Job Responsibilities:
Provide analysis, conduct research, develop action plans, and review and track legislation and laws applicable to SPU’s goals.
Develop local waste prevention and packaging ordinances and policies that advance and support solid waste goals and priorities.
Develop policies to prevent waste, foster reuse, and responsibly manage packaging and products at the end-of-life and to create incentives that will drive the redesign of products/packaging to result in environmental benefits (e.g., legislated Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and voluntary Product Stewardship).
Assist with development of policies that require the use of recycled materials in products and packaging.
Plan and facilitate meetings, work sessions, and briefings with internal staff/management and external partners including other government agencies, NGOs, and stakeholders about policies and actions related to packaging and other products.
Coordinate with SPU Corporate Policy and Government Relations Division and City of Seattle Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR) on state and national policy work and advocacy that involves lobbying at the state legislature.
Build coalitions with external entities leading up to and in support of waste management bills in the Washington State legislature, and for other actions locally, regionally, or nationally, that prevent waste, foster reuse, and responsibility manage packaging and products at the end-of-life.
Coordinate with Department of Ecology or other state agencies, and others, on implementation of state laws advocated by SPU, as needed and appropriate, such as the compostable products labeling law, single-use bag law, and requirements related to packaging and food service products.
Participate on Northwest Product Stewardship Council Steering Committee and subcommittees.
Coordinate with King County through MOA for NWPSC coordination and MOU for EPR research.
Represent SPU SWD in a variety of multiple agency, stakeholder, and regional/national workgroups on a variety of topics related to waste prevention, reuse, recycling, organics management, packaging and product management, and EPR.
Advise and participate in the development of waste prevention polices, program strategies, and implementation for SPU SWLOB’s waste prevention plan.
Advise and participate in the development of other policies, program strategies, and implementation schemes for inclusion in the City of Seattle Solid Waste Plan.
Assist with development and implementation of the Seattle Solid Waste Plan.
Advise and collaborate with waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and organic management project leads.
Coordinate packaging and product related market development activities with King County and the Recycling Development Center.
Implement interim approaches to achieve the goals of the Responsible Recycling Task Force regarding transparency and documenting what materials are being recycled into usable commodities.
Draft plans and reports, and present to upper management.
Develop and manage work plans, program budgets, consultant contracts and scopes of work.
Oversee and manage staff through a matrixed managed approach.
Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Experience: Five years' of progressively responsible experience in strategic planning, policy development or another relevant policy areas related to environmental sustainability.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Business, Public Policy, Political Science, Government Relations, Environmental Policy, or Sustainability (in an environmental discipline) - or related degree program. Master's degree, in a relevant field preferred.
Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.
To be successful in this role, a candidate should possess some of the following skills, knowledge/experience and abilities:
Technical Skills including research and analysis techniques, pilot design, and policy analysis.
Ability to work collaboratively and objectively with representatives from government, industry, environmental groups, and those with other stakeholder interests.
Knowledge of Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy and programs, laws, and regulations in the U.S. and abroad.
Experience drafting and analyzing legislation and knowledge of legislative rulemaking process.
Knowledge of Washington State solid and hazardous waste regulations, with a strong environmental and/or waste management and recycling policy background.
Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to summarize complex concepts in formats that are easily understood by lay audiences, and to translate ideas into clear, compelling proposals, presentations, and reports.
Demonstrated project management, along with problem-solving and organizational skills, including proficiency with standard office computer software programs, such as MS Office Suite or Office 365 – Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
A full City of Seattle online application
Resume and, Cover Letter addressing your knowledge and experience, related to this position and why you would be successful in this role.
Writing sample that shows your ability to communicate a complex subject in a succinct manner.
City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.
Workplace Environment/Telework Expectations Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 state and local restrictions, hybrid telework/office/field assignment work will be available until at least January 2022; consistent with HR guidelines, and as circumstances dictate. We continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changed or needs regarding "workplace location" expectations.
Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Seattle Public Utilities provides a reliable water supply to more than 1.3 million customers in King County, and provides essential sewer, drainage, and solid waste services to City of Seattle customers.