Recognized as the “Heart of Silicon Valley,” Sunnyvale, with a population of approximately 148,000, is the fifth-largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area and the second-largest in Santa Clara County. The City is seeking a Director for the Environmental Services Department which is charged with maintaining the City’s potable and recycled water systems, the sanitary and storm sewer systems, the treatment of wastewater, the collection of garbage from City residents and businesses, and the diversion of recyclables, ensuring that the City complies with all applicable regulatory requirements, and helping to advance the City’s sustainable goals. The ideal candidate will share the City’s vision of entrepreneurial leadership and innovative solutions to problems. The Director will be a strategic leader who is able to translate his/her long-term vision for the Department into immediate-term action plans. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, sanitary or environmental engineering, or a related field; and seven (7) years of progressively responsible engineering experience, with at least four (4) years in a senior level management position. A Master’s degree in engineering or a related field is desirable. This position also requires possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a civil engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers. The salary range for the Director of Environmental Services is $185,131 to $217,802 annually; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications.
Recognized as the “Heart of Silicon Valley,” Sunnyvale, with a population of approximately 148,000, is the fifth-largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area and the second-largest in Santa Clara County. Sunnyvale was incorporated in 1912 and, over the years, has transformed from an agricultural community, to a center for the defense industry, to the current nexus of research, development and manufacturing that created Silicon Valley. Sunnyvale is home to notable companies such as LinkedIn, Microsoft, Google, Apple, NetApp, Mercedes Benz R&D, Plug & Play, and Bloom Energy.
Sunnyvale is ideally located close to some of California’s most attractive destinations. San Francisco, the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and the famed wine country of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys are within a short driving distance.
The Bay Area is home to many museums, theaters, concert halls and art galleries, as well as several professional sports teams. A wide variety of community, cultural and artistic events are held throughout the year, including the annual Art & Wine Festival, the Summer Music Series, Hands on the Arts children’s art fair, a weekly farmer’s market and downtown holiday events. The historic downtown business district is a vibrant commercial and entertainment hub. In addition, the City is in the final stages of completing a significant downtown office, residential and retail project that will continue to attract major corporations while maintaining the quality and ambience of a small town business district.
Four school districts serve the community of Sunnyvale, with 26 public and private schools. Stanford University, Santa Clara University, San Jose State University, two University of California campuses and several community colleges are nearby. Sunnyvale’s climate is ideal, with an average temperature of 71° in July and 53° in January.
The City of Sunnyvale is a charter city, with a seven-member City Council that is elected at-large. The Council appoints the City Manager and City Attorney. The Mayor and Vice Mayor are selected by the Council, with the Mayor serving a two-year term. The Council and City staff enjoy a positive and mutually-respectful relationship.
Sunnyvale provides a full range of services and maintains a workforce of approximately 900 employees. The City has a General Fund operating and capital budget of $398.8 million dollars for Fiscal Year 2016/17. The City’s financial planning and management system provide a strong structure for the City’s long-term fiscal stability, resulting in a solid overall financial foundation. The City has a balanced 20-year financial plan and operates under a two-year budget cycle.
The City of Sunnyvale is a full-service city whose departments include: Community Development, Environmental Services, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Library and Community Services, Public Safety, and Public Works. The City also staffs the Department of Employment Development (NOVA), which provides regional job-training programs to residents of San Mateo County and seven Santa Clara County cities (the region from south of San Francisco to north of San Jose.). For more information about the City of Sunnyvale, please visit the City’s website at www.sunnyvale.ca.gov.
The Environmental Services Department is charged with maintaining the City’s potable and recycled water systems, the sanitary and storm sewer systems, the treatment of wastewater, the collection of garbage from City residents and businesses and the diversion of recyclables, ensuring that the City complies with all applicable regulatory requirements, and helping to advance the City’s sustainable goals.
The new Director will guide the department in developing new targets and implementation strategies for the City’s Climate Action Plan; implementing a residential food scraps collection program as part of the City’s zero waste plan; partnering with the Department of Public Works to implement a $450 million wastewater treatment plant replacement program over 20 years; and coordinating feasibility studies to evaluate using purified wastewater for direct or indirect potable water reuse.
The Department is staffed with 121 positions. The Department has an operating budget of $90.4M and with collaboration between Environmental Services and the Department of Public Works the City of Sunnyvale is forecasted to deliver approximately $1B in forecasted capital projects over the 20-Year Financial Plan.
The Director of Environmental Services reports directly to the City Manager and is responsible for directing a comprehensive Environmental Services Department, which includes the following programs: Water Resources, Storm Water Collection, Sanitary Sewer Collection, Wastewater Processing and Discharge, Regulatory and Sustainability Programs, Solid Waste Management, and SMaRT Station Operations. One of the key components of this position is to provide highly responsible and technical staff assistance and act as the City’s primary authority on issues related to environmental services. The Director of Environmental Services is a member of the City Manager’s Executive Management Team and supervises professional, technical, and clerical staff.
The ideal candidate will share the City’s vision of entrepreneurial leadership and innovative solutions to problems. His/her leadership qualities will promote open lines of communication and effective working relationships. The candidate selected must be a transparent and persuasive communicator who is comfortable engaging with a wide array of diverse audiences. The ideal candidate will exhibit well-developed political acumen coupled with the ability to remain apolitical in facilitating Council decision-making on priorities and policies for maximizing effectiveness. A progressive problem solver, the individual selected will consider the use of new technologies when developing strategies for implementing organizational priorities.
The Director will be a strategic leader who is able to translate his/her long-term vision for the Department into immediate-term action plans. The ideal candidate will engage the organization in developing a contemporary vision for the Department in the context of new economic realities. Experience and a proven ability to motivate and lead a diverse and professional workforce through a variety of economic climates will be considered favorably. The selected candidate will demonstrate a collaborative and inclusive management style that values the opinions of a highly skilled workforce while being sensitive to the priorities of a diverse community. The Director will establish and maintain effective public relations with residents, official boards and agencies to develop strong partnerships toward advancing sustainability goals in the City of Sunnyvale.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, sanitary or environmental engineering, or a related field; and seven (7) years of progressively responsible engineering experience, with at least four (4) years in a senior level management position. A Master’s degree in engineering or a related field is desirable. A valid Certificate of Registration as a civil engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers is highly desirable.
The salary range for the Director of Environmental Services is $185,131 to $217,802 annually; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications. The City of Sunnyvale also offers an excellent and competitive benefits package, including:
Medical Insurance Provided through CalPERS and is fully paid by the City for the employee and eligible dependents.
Dental Insurance Provided through Delta Preferred (PPO) or Delta Care (HMO).
Life Insurance Basic Life/AD&D – City-paid $175,000 policy for employee.
Retirement CalPERS 2%@60 – Tier 2 classic employees contribute three percent of the seven percent employee contribution from pay on a pre-tax basis pursuant to 414(h)(2). The City pays the remaining four percent employee contribution and reports the value to CalPERS as additional compensation. New employees (not previously enrolled in CalPERS) will receive a benefit formula of 2% @ 62. Employees contribute 50% of the normal cost as determined by CalPERS. The current employee contribution is six and one quarter percent (6.25%). The employee contribution from pay is on a pre-tax basis pursuant to 414(h)(2).
Deferred Compensation The City contributes 2% of base salary to either a 457 or a 401(a) plan, subject to plan contribution limits.
Paid Time Off (PTO) An all-inclusive PTO program is available starting with 21 days annually and increasing to 39 days, depending upon length of service.
Management Leave After six months of employment, eligible for up to 70 hours of management leave per calendar year.
Holidays Eleven paid holidays and 20 hours of floating holiday pay per calendar year.
Mortgage Assistance Program The City offers a very generous mortgage assistance program that provides a low interest rate loan, requires 5% down payment, and loan amount up to 10 times annual salary control point. Some restrictions apply.
Additionally, the City of Sunnyvale offers relocation reimbursement assistance, disability leave, dependent care, employee assistance and tuition reimbursement programs. For additional information regarding the outstanding benefits offered by the City of Sunnyvale, please visit the City’s employment website at:
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with Bob Murray and Associates. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval. Finalist interviews will be held with the City of Sunnyvale. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following selection of the Director of Environmental Services.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Valerie Phillips at: (916) 784-9080