Operations Assistant/Solid Waste – Cambridge, MA

Operations Assistant/Solid Waste

Cambridge, MA

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NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: March 8, 2023
RESUME AND COVER LETTER REQUESTED BY 04/05/2023 VIA EMAIL TO [email protected] POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department:

Public Works Department (DPW)

Job Title:

Operations Assistant/Solid Waste

Job Code:

A471-701

Civil Service Position:

Non Civil Service position

Union Affiliation:

None

Hours Per Week:

37.5 hours per week

The City of Cambridge is a diverse and vibrant community that people of different ethnic, racial, religious, national, and other backgrounds call home. We take pride in our city's diversity and strive to create a workplace that is reflective of the community we serve. The city is also deeply committed to creating an environment in which all our employees are treated equitably and feel included. We seek to hire, develop, and advance individuals who value antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI), and are committed to embedding ADEI best practices and tenets in all aspects of our work.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:

The Department of Public Works (DPW) develops and implements long term plans that support broader City goals such as Net Zero Emission facilities and operations, strengthened capacity for resilience, safe and sustainable transportation, and access to high quality open spaces.

ABOUT THE ROLE:

DPW's Solid Waste Division provides trash, recycling, and street cleaning services, working to improve the cleanliness of the city and to promote a decrease in trash disposal and an increase in recycling. The Division manages weekly curbside collection of recycling and trash, yard waste collection for nine months a year, a curbside compost program, seasonal Christmas tree collection, mattress collection, collection of large appliances, household hazardous waste collections, public area trash and recycling bins, and a drop-off Recycling Center. Under the general supervision of the Environmental Services Manager, the Operations Assistant will provide overall support to the Division.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The specific duties of the Operations Assistant include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Coordinate Division-wide operations such as answering phones, using the city's SeeClickFix system for handling day-to-day operations, and coordinating with waste collection & city staff;
  • Manage all bill payments, requisitions, budgeting and procurement for the Street Cleaning, Sanitation, and Recycling divisions.
  • Schedule deliveries and swaps of all trash, recycling, and compost carts. Assist in delivering, assembling, and managing recycle and compost carts.
  • Coordinate, process, and manage hauling with vendors for Recycle Center, household hazardous waste, and other waste collection programs.
  • Assist in maximizing waste diversion at Cambridge Public Schools.
  • Operate vehicle to conduct field work or deliver recycling or compost supplies.
  • Manage all data pertaining to waste tonnage managed by the city.
  • Outreach at community events as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education and Experience

  • Minimum 1 year of professional work experience.
  • Experience should include administrative, operations, finance, or other related work.
  • A current and valid Massachusetts Driver's License Class D
  • Superior customer service skills & excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse range of Department staff, other city employees, and members of the public in a courteous and professional manner;
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and project management skills; ability to set priorities and to work independently and efficiently to manage multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced office environment;
  • Must be highly motivated, reliable, and professional in the workplace.
  • Have a demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society.
  • Commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion – The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse.   Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

PREFERRED:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Three years of professional work.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy using Microsoft applications including Word and Excel.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Requires the ability to do repetitive lifting from 15 to 50 pounds, moving heavier loads with a hand cart or in a recycling container, moving stacks of recycling carts, and shoveling snow. Requires the ability to lift 25 pounds over head. Requires the ability to perform proper bending, squatting, stretching, pushing, climbing, dragging, and pulling. Duties range from light physical to heavy tasks. Requires the ability to travel among various sites and city locations. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:Standard office environment, which includes fluorescent lighting and air conditioning.  Moderate noise level, which can elevate with phone calls and walk in members of the public.  The employee must be able to work outdoors in any weather condition including rain, sleet, snow, and sunshine.

SUMMARY OF BENEFITS:

  • Competitive health, dental and vision insurance
  • Vacation and Sick Leave eligible
  • Sick Incentive Pay eligible.
  • 3 Personal Days
  • 14 Holidays
  • Commuter Benefits (T-Pass reimbursement, Bluebikes membership, EZRide Shuttle membership)
  • Management Allowance, $2,700/year

RATE: $23.87 – $33.34/hour (in 7 Steps) + competitive benefits

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit your resume and cover letter via email to [email protected] or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and cover letter requested by 04/05/2023.  Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED CATEGORY. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES, WRITTEN MATERIALS IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS, AND REASONABLE MODIFICATIONS IN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE PROVIDED TO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FREE OF CHARGE, UPON REQUEST. The City is committed to advancing a workforce culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

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