City & County of Denver is looking for a Manager of Zero Waste & Circular Economy

Climate disruption is here. It is past time for Denver to aim for zero waste citywide, build a circular economy, and implement the policies and programs envisioned in the Sustainable Resource Management Plan. City & County of Denver- Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency (CASR) is seeking a Manager of Zero Waste and Circular Economy to lead this work while prioritizing stakeholder engagement, local end market development, internal sustainable purchasing practices, and policy and programs that focus on reducing consumption and waste generation through reuse and repair systems.

Achieving zero waste and creating a circular economy are regional issues, and the Manager will forge new relationships and build on existing relationships throughout the metro area, and at the state level, to ensure that the region’s network of haulers, facilities, reuse service providers, and end markets can support our policy imperatives. Additional partners serve on CASR’s Sustainability Advisory Council. Co-creation and implementation of new programs and policies with their input will be essential.

The Manager will develop and articulate a compelling vision for advancing zero waste principles and building a circular economy. This position will coordinate with City staff and community stakeholders to achieve measurable progress toward that vision. To enhance coordination and to integrate initiatives throughout City operations, the Manager will convene and facilitate multi-departmental leadership teams focused on actionable steps toward Denver’s zero waste vision. Please note, this is not a waste collections operations position. That service is managed by a different department. This is a policy-making role with a heavy emphasis on interagency and regional collaboration that address consumption and waste diversion in the residential, municipal and commercial sector.

The Manager will lead CASR’s Zero Waste & Circular Economy team. As such, the position will oversee development of new policies and implementation of programs such as the Skip the Stuff and Bring Your Own Bag ordinances. The scope of work includes managing project budgets, formulating work plans, supervising professional staff, and monitoring and reporting on progress. The Manager will develop a staffing plan and conduct hiring to build the team within their first year in addition to leading existing staff. Currently, one part-time position reports to this position, and the Manager will have the opportunity to build out the team with three additional positions.

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