Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency Kingston, New York
The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency (UCRRA) is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead all aspects of the organization, including the administration of current programs, development of new materials management options, and financial management. Established in December 1986 and governed by a five-member Board, UCRRA has two transfer stations, a recycling facility, a composting facility, an education department, and a budget of approximately $20 million.
UCRRA is run by a staff of 38 (including the Executive Director)- 11 administrative and 38 operations employees. The five-member board is appointed by the County of Ulster legislature.
The top priority for the Executive Director is to solicit and review alternative methods of waste disposal while reviewing compatible and economical waste diversion methods, work in partnership with local municipal (county, city, town, village) leaders, understand the inner workings of the Agency and ensure the current facilities are properly maintained.
This challenge and opportunity require significant effort toward partnerships with local government and citizen stakeholders. UCRRA needs to be a leader in waste diversion while managing its current programs and properties.
Ulster County stretches over three spectacular geographical regions: the Hudson River Valley, the Catskill Mountains, and the Shawangunk Ridge. Beyond the natural beauty of its landscape, Ulster’s diverse cultural fabric weaves together accomplished artists, musicians, chefs, farmers, thespians, and entrepreneurs in a creative and innovative community. With so much to see and do, Ulster offers plenty of opportunities to restore your work-life balance.
The county houses beautiful towns, from the quaint charm of New Paltz to the industrial architecture of Saugerties, to the towering murals and Revolutionary War-era stone houses that exist side by side in the city of Kingston. Museums and cultural heritage sites capture the county’s ample history. Every place has its own distinct personality, but they are all called home by generations of professionals in tech, manufacturing, hospitality, the food and beverage industry, and so many more—who know how to enjoy life when they are not working.
Many of the best restaurants in the region can be found here as well. Farm-to-table is the rule, not the exception, and restaurateurs make it a point to use ingredients grown by their neighbors. It all pairs perfectly with locally made hand-crafted beer, wine, hard cider, or spirits.
The Executive Director of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency is charged with protecting public health and the environment and promoting sustainable materials management practices by efficiently managing solid waste materials with a focus on resource conservation. As the chief executive officer and the face of the organization, the Executive Director will lead the organization in determining how Ulster County can attain these goals while examining issues through the environmental, legal, operational and financial lens.
Leads the UCRRA in planning and implementing new solid waste management
Keeps the Board informed and reports directly to them. Executes the decisions and policies of the Board.
Management of all UCRRA activities as outlined by the enabling legislation and job description.
The Chief Administrator with responsibility for planning and administering all phases of the Agency’s daily operations.
Directs the development and administration of all budgets in compliance with all State and Federal Regulations.
Directs development and submission applications to Federal, State and local agencies for new and or continuing funding. Implements new programs and changes in existing programs as required by law and regulations.
Maintains liaison with officials Federal, State and local municipality officials, business leaders and developers, community agencies and contiguous counties to promote understanding and cooperation.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Experience and skill in working with a community board of directors.
Passion for providing new and innovative solutions to waste management.
At least ten years of experience of responsible administrative experience, preferably in solid waste management, local government or related fields. Previous materials management experience is preferred.
Excellent coalition-building skills and previous success in establishing partnerships with individuals and organizations of influence, including civic leaders, state, federal and local officials, and citizen stakeholders.
Ability to build strong collaborative teams and actively engage with staff. Demonstrated appreciation for staff, solicitation/incorporation of their input, and a positive working environment.
Sound and pragmatic managerial ability. An astute manager who can set clear priorities, delegate, solve problems and make timely decisions.
Strategic thinking and vision. The vision and strategic thinking to perceive opportunities for growth and improve the efficiency, quality and costs of UCRRA
A history of successfully generating new and innovative revenue streams and improving financial results.
Strong financial management skills.
Change agent - effective leadership with the ability to “bring others along.” Can motivate and influence individuals and groups.
Outstanding presentation and communication skills. The experience and natural ability to be an articulate spokesperson, relationship builder and organization champion.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The Executive Director is a full-time, salaried, professional position located in Kingston, New York. Employees enjoy a benefit package including health insurance, paid time off, and retirement plan contributions. The salary range for this position is $145,000 to $170,000.
UCRRA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, gender identity, age, disability, or status in any other group protected by law.
The mission of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency is to protect public health and the
environment and to promote sustainable materials management practices in Ulster County by
efficiently managing solid waste materials with a focus on resource conservation.
The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency (Agency) is a public benefit corporation
responsible for managing discarded materials as resources. Resource recovery is achieved
through a variety of methods including community outreach and education, waste reduction,
reuse, recycling and composting. The Agency continuously explores the viability of new and/or
different practices and emerging technologies for reducing waste and managing discarded
materials. This policy establishes the foundation for sustainable materials management for the
Agency operations and activities.
In keeping with its mission, the Agency Board of Directors and its employees are committed to
protecting, preserving and heightening environmental awareness throughout Ulster County by
implementing an integrated local solid waste management plan that protects the community’s
land, air and water. Agency Board ...of Directors and employees are committed to:
- Preventing or minimizing damage to the environment
- Promoting employee, customer and contractor safety via appropriate emergency and
operational policies, procedures, and training programs
- Meeting and, where appropriate, exceeding requirements of applicable local, state and federal
- Fostering open communication with employees and the public, anticipating and responding to
their needs and concerns regarding potential and actual impacts of the Agency’s operations and
- Maintaining the financial viability of services through diversification of revenue sources and
- Reducing the amount of waste generated and promoting the use of reused and recycled
materials through education and outreach programs as well as exploring and supporting
sustainable markets for recovered materials
- Developing, designing and operating facilities that are environmentally compliant and energy,
resource and economically efficient
- Promoting continuous improvement in materials management by establishing environmental
objectives and targets that can be measured and evaluated
The Mission Statement expresses the Agency Board’s overall goal for the Agency.
The Vision Statement details ways in which the mission is accomplished and provides a framework for annual
strategic planning objectives.