Program Manager – Engineering and Contract
in Lower Sackville, NS

Lower Sackville, NS
Full-time - Permanent
$114,750 - $135,000 / year
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Competition Number: 7422BR
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7422BR - Program Manager - Engineering and Contract Services

Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting applications for the permanent, full-time position of Program Manager - Engineering and Contract Services in the Solid Waste Resources division of Public Works. Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is committed to reflecting the community it serves and recognizing Diversity and Inclusion as one of the Municipality's core values. We have an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Women in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented in the workforce, Indigenous/Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+ Persons. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify on their electronic application.
As a member of the Solid Waste Resources management team reporting to the Director of Solid Waste Resources, the Program Manager - Engineering and Contract Services is responsible for the day-to-day contract management, performance, reporting and service delivery of the Halifax Solid Waste Resource System which includes residential collection services, as well as processing and disposal facility operations. In addition to providing leadership and direction promoting high service standards for collection and processing services, the Program Manager is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and contract deliverables are monitored and met. This position supervises two Solid Waste Engineers, Contract Coordinator, and a Team Lead Collection Services.

For a detailed list of duties and responsibilities, please email [email protected] referencing the position title and competition BR number.

Education and Experience:

  • University degree in a related engineering discipline and registered professional engineer with Engineers NS.
  • Minimum of five years' experience with solid waste management systems.
  • Contract and project management experience, reporting to senior levels of municipal government.
  • Minimum five years of supervisory experience.

Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Good knowledge of the provision of municipal services and of dealing with complex service contracts within a municipal administrative framework.
  • Thorough understanding of public/private partnerships, contract administration and management information systems.
  • Technical knowledge of modern solid waste/resource management systems, including collection, waste-resource facility operational issues, diversion of materials, and disposal of residuals.
  • Extensive knowledge of the regulatory requirements for municipal waste disposal and diversion systems including the Nova Scotia Environment Act, Municipal Government Act, Transportation of Dangerous Goods and HRM regulations and bylaws.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of waste/resource management system design, tendering, and procurement process.
  • Proficient in managing and directing employees, contractors, and consultants.
  • Good knowledge of project management and financial management systems within a municipal infrastructure environment.
  • Ability to make decisions, work effectively in a team environment, with tight timelines and public scrutiny.
  • Demonstrated supervisory, administrative, and organizational ability.
  • Skill in managing contractors and measuring contractor's performance to optimize service delivery for Halifax customers.
  • Ability to analyze and apply knowledge of collection and facility operations to solid waste programs, to identify potential problems and implement changes to improve customer service.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Computer skills including working knowledge of computer databases, spreadsheets, project management, and the remote reporting system.
  • Ability to effectively represent the Business Unit with other staff in the Municipality, and with outside agencies and other contacts. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with facility operators, collection companies, other staff, elected officials, community organizations and the general public.
  • Challenges the status quo and looks for new and different opportunities to solve old problems.
  • Makes sound judgements using an appropriate combination of research, analysis, and experience.
  • Decision maker, flexible, strong client-focus and able to manage a variety of activities concurrently.
  • Professional, reliable, and dedicated.
  • Uses tact and diplomacy in dealing with clients, customers, other solid waste staff, and outside agencies.
  • Prepared to use own car in accordance with appropriate HRM policy.
  • Ability to work with computers with a good working knowledge of word processing, spread sheets, databases, project management, and the remote reporting system; demonstrated and proven supervisory, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

Please note - Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer's discretion. Interviews, testing, and in-person recruitment activities are being conducted in adherence with current COVID-19 Public Health protocols.

COMPETENCIES: Analytical Thinking, Customer Service, Organizational Awareness, Teamwork & Cooperation, Valuing Diversity

WORK STATUS: Permanent, full-time

HOURS OF WORK: Monday to Friday; 35 hours per week

SALARY: ENG 4 on the non-union salary scale; $114,750-$135,000. Salary to be commensurate with experience.

WORK LOCATION: 636 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville, NS

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to 11.59 PM on Sunday 2, April 2023

Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.
During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

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