Emergency Planning Manager – Solid Waste

Posted on July 8, 2019

Company: Metro

Position Title: Emergency Planning Manager – Solid Waste

Deadline to apply: July 22, 2019 @ 5:00 PM, PDT

Salary: $90,865.00 – $129,056.00 Annually

Ensuring that our regional solid waste system remains operational in the event of any emergency — from minor technical difficulties and contractor issues to major region-wide disasters such as floods, earthquakes and ice storms — is essential to the quality of life for residents of the region and the environment. We are currently seeking an experienced emergency management planner to help develop and manage regional emergency planning, response and recovery programs to maintain a resilient solid waste system that will continue to function effectively during and after a disruption event.

If you are an experienced emergency management planner with a passion for public service, this could be the ideal opportunity to contribute to the ongoing health and well-being of the greater Portland region. As Metro’s Emergency Planning Manager – Solid Waste, you will develop and oversee the implementation and management of a comprehensive preparedness program, with the goal of maintaining a resilient solid waste system by planning and preparing for emergency response, debris management and continuity of operations to ensure that waste collection, transfer, transport and disposal services continue to function during and after a disruptive event.

This position will provide management oversight, coordination and support for the implementation of Metro’s Disaster Debris Management Plan, Continuity of Operations Plan, and pertinent goals and actions in the 2030 Regional Waste Plan. Specific duties include leading and developing a new work group that will be tasked with planning, preparing and responding to disruptive events in the region’s solid waste system; coordinating planning, response and recovery activities for a variety of natural, mechanical and human-caused emergencies; providing administrative and technical expertise and coordination; recommending and implementing program goals, policies and procedures; overseeing training and education for staff, community partners and the public; and developing and maintaining the program budget.

The ideal candidate will have experience developing and implementing emergency planning, response and recovery programs across a large city or region. This candidate also should have experience developing effective teams and collaborating with multiple partners (local, state and federal jurisdictions; utility and service providers; and others). Familiarity with the region’s solid waste system would be ideal, but is not required.

Eliminating racial inequities within our regional solid waste operations is a priority for Metro, so it’s essential that the Emergency Planning Manager – Solid Waste has a strong understanding of racial equity issues, and a passion for and proven track record of addressing and mitigating those inequities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in emergency management, homeland security or related public safety field;
  • At least two years of experience in emergency management, including experience developing and implementing emergency response and recovery plans, mitigation plans and continuity of operations plans;
  • At least three years of lead or supervisory experience; AND
  • Strong collaborative leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to form and maintain partnerships, lead groups, foster teamwork, and communicate and work effectively across all layers of the organization

  – OR -

  • Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the classification duties and responsibilities.

Preferred qualifications (desired, but not required)

  • Master’s degree in emergency management, homeland security or related public safety field.
  • Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), FEMA Emergency Response certification, and/or National Incident Management System (NIMS) certification.
  • Familiarity with the regional solid waste system
  • Proven success in engaging underrepresented communities in emergency planning, response and recovery activities

To apply: Visit www.oregonmetro.gov/jobs  for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center. Please apply by 5 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, July 22, 2019.

Application requirements: 1) Electronic application, 2) answers to supplemental questions, and 3) cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications as they related to this position.

Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer