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17 Feb 2022

Full-Time Director of the Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency

County of Santa Clara – Posted by ExecutiveServ San Jose, California, United States

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Job Description

Subject to administrative determination of policy, to manage and direct the functions and staff of the County’s Vector Control District, Agriculture, Weights and Measures, Animal Services, Integrated Waste Management, Household Hazardous Waste, Clean Water, University of California Cooperative Extension, and Weed Abatement divisions and related programs.

Typical Tasks

  • Plans, organizes, directs, manages and evaluates the programs, staff and functions of the Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency;
  • Directs the administration of the County’s Vector Control District;
  • Oversees the administration of enforcement of various State and local laws and ordinances related to agricultural production, invasive pests, preservation of agricultural production, equity in the marketplace, animals, pesticide use, watershed protection, hazardous vegetation, recycling and waste management, and public health and welfare;
  • Oversees the administration of services to prevent the introduction, establishment, and spread of destructive insects, plant diseases and weeds;
  • Oversees the administration of State mandated testing/inspection/certification of commercial weighing, measuring, and counting devices;
  • Conducts review and analysis of proposed legislation and participates in the formulation of legislative policy;
  • Oversees field and Animal Services Center Services, with contracted cities and unincorporated County, to protect the public from diseased and vicious animals; to provide adoption services for homeless animals; and to provide support to keep community pets with owners;
  • Oversees the administration of services to identify, inspect, and abate hazardous vegetation on private property for contracted cities and unincorporated County in cooperation with the Fire Marshal’s Office;
  • Oversees State-mandated development and periodic review of the Countywide Integrated Waste Management Plan, and specified data collection, studies, coordination, promotion and reporting;
  • Oversees the administration of solid waste collection services in the unincorporated areas of the County to ensure compliance with State mandates and meets customer needs and household hazardous waste collection services Countywide;
  • Coordinates services with other jurisdictions, County agencies and community groups;
  • Represents the Agency before Board Commissions, Board of Supervisors, and outside organizations;
  • Participates in the Planning Section at the County’s Emergency Operations Center and supports the County’s disaster planning initiatives;
  • Directs the development, preparation, and implementation of the Agency budget, including the review and analysis of division budget requests, development of justification for budget proposals, and the management of expenditures and revenues;
  • May be assigned Disaster Service Worker duties as required; and
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards

Considerable management experience and training, and would demonstrate the ability to perform the above tasks and possession of the following knowledge and abilities.

The required management experience and training would typically be acquired through completion of college education in Business or Public Administration and a minimum of three (3) years experience in private or public employment in a responsible administrative or management position, requiring the planning and execution of work programs or administrative operations, the budgeting of expenditures and the coordination of varied activities in directing and managing complex resource management operations, functions, and staff.

Knowledge of: 

  • Principles and practices of administration, budget management, and supervision necessary to direct and oversee programs;
  • Practices and techniques of service fee setting, and budget preparation, monitoring and control;
  • Practices and techniques of community education and outreach;
  • Practices and techniques of contract negotiation and administration;
  • Practices and techniques of grant application and administration; and
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration, personnel management, employee relations, supervision, training and organizational development.

Ability to: 

  • Effectively organize, direct, coordinate and evaluate the staff and functions of a large agriculture and environmental management department responsible for many enforcement programs;
  • Interpret, apply and enforce State and local laws and ordinances relating to Agency programs and services;
  • Identify budget administration problems and devise procedural changes to resolve same;
  • Evaluate, recommend and implement solutions to complex Agency related issues and problems;
  • Train, organize, supervise and motivate departmental staff;
  • Effectively represent the Department before the Board of Supervisors, County Executive, State or Federal agencies, the public and other organizations;
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all those contacted during the course of work;
  • Prepare clear and comprehensive correspondence and reports; and
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in written form.

How to Apply

Final Filing Date: Monday, February 28, 2022. The application filing period may close at any time after ten business days from the issue date of the job announcement if sufficient qualified applications have been received.  Therefore it is important to submit your application as soon as possible.
This recruitment requires the submission of an online application.  No paper applications will be accepted.  Applicants who are viewing this job announcement outside of our Santa Clara County website must go to to apply. Computers are made available for applicants at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East wing, San Jose, CA, 95110 during normal business hours. To qualify for this exceptional opportunity, applicants must:
  • Attach a Resume
  • Complete the online supplemental questionnaire
  • Submit a letter of interest explaining why you are the ideal candidate. (No more than 3 pages)
  • Include contact information for a minimum of three references.
It is important that you complete the supplemental process and include the additional information requested as it will be evaluated during the competitive review process.

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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