Executive Director

May 6, 2024

100 Red Rock Road, Newport, MN 55055

Annual Salary Range: $154,500 – $223,143.53

Hiring Range: $154,500 – $191,014.88

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) seeks to fill the position of Executive Director. The ideal candidate is one who is driven by the idea of leading a cutting-edge organization pursuing next generation technology solutions, and to take a high performing organization to the next level.

Ramsey and Washington counties have worked together to manage waste responsibly since the mid-1980s.Today, the counties work jointly through Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) to protect human health and the environment and meet the state of Minnesota’s solid waste policy goals including achieving a 75% recycling goal by 2030. R&E also collaborates with Hennepin County through the Partnership on Waste & Energy to maximize diversion of waste resources through policy and legislative advocacy around integrated waste management solutions.

R&E offers programs such as Food Scraps Pickup Program and BizRecycling among many others to help residents and businesses reduce waste and recycle more effectively. Through R&E, the counties are increasing investments in waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. R&E also manages the R&E Center, which processes garbage from the two counties to recover valuable materials and divert waste from landfills. The R&E Center receives approximately 440,000 tons of garbage every year through serving over 800,000 residents and 70,000 businesses. This important work is completed by approximately 115 full-time staff as well as collaboration with staff from the two counties.

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy is governed by the joint powers R&E Board which is composed of commissioners from the two counties as well as two ex officio members from the City of Newport and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The R&E Board will oversee the Executive Director. The Executive Director will also work with the counties’ public health departments to ensure the success of joint county initiatives. This position is a new position due to leadership structure changes and will be responsible for carrying out the policies, mission and vision of the R&E Board and overseeing the business affairs of R&E.

Core duties of this position:

  • Promote, build, and maintain a diverse, culturally responsive, inclusive, and respectful workplace.
  • Lead and provide strategic guidance and direction to R&E, set goals, and ensure the overall success of the organization.
  • Take direction from and collaborate with the R&E Board by providing information, advice, and support to facilitate effective decision-making and policy development.
  • Ensure compliance with the Ramsey/Washington Joint Powers Agreement, R&E Bylaws as well as the Partnership on Waste & Energy Joint Powers Agreement.
  • Lead the work of the R&E Facility & Finance Committee.
  • Serve as R&E’s liaison to County Public Health Departments and other County leadership, ensuring R&E’s mission, vision and direction align with respective County partnerships.
  • Supervise and provide direction to R&E’s Executive Leadership team.
  • Oversee investment and financial decisions, ensuring the organization’s financial sustainability and integrity.
  • Represent R&E to external stakeholders, including government agencies, media, community groups, and other organizations to promote the organization’s mission and objectives.
  • Advocate for R&E’s mission and objectives and engage in public relations activities to enhance R&E’s reputation and community relationships.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and ethical standards applicable to R&E’s activities.
  • Develop and implement long-term strategic plans to guide the organization’s growth and impact while simultaneously striving toward sustainability.

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Passion for environmental protection, waste reduction, reuse, recycling and materials management solutions that align with the goals of climate mitigation.
  • High emotional intelligence with the ability to build trusting relationships with Board members, staff, and other partners.
  • Strong, decisive leadership with a willingness to listen, value staff input, and provide Board recommendations.
  • Understanding of the origin of the facility and its purpose and can unite Board members around a shared vision for the future.
  • Ability to identify potential partners and collaborate to find solutions.
  • Ability to develop, empower, and inspire staff to think creatively.
  • Ability to delegate duties, provide direction, drive multiple projects, and provide stability.
  • Strong organizational awareness with ability to identify staffing and resources necessary to improve the organization.
  • Strong knowledge of existing and emerging technology and how it might benefit operations.
  • Forward looking, big picture leadership with the ability to help staff to see their role in the organization.
  • Ability to instill teamwork and pursuit of goals across a diverse group of staff.
  • Strong communication skills resulting in being responsive and keeping people informed.
  • Experience working in a union environment, building relationships, and holding staff accountable through performance management.
  • Ability to balance the needs of the facility as well as community programming.
  • Strong financial background to analyze the cost effectiveness of Board options and set financial goals.
  • Experience assisting a Board to run efficient meetings and facilitate business.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in working with Joint Powers Agreements.
  • Skilled in understanding the political landscape that exists in both counties and how that impacts the facility.
  • Ability to create, evaluate, and implement policies and procedures to streamline operations.
  • Comfort in taking calculated risks and making decisions during ambiguity.

Minimum Qualifications:

A high school degree or equivalent and ten (10) years of progressively more responsible experience that includes five (5) years in an administrative or managerial capacity in a multi-function service organization, or equivalent. A bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, or related field and experience in a county or municipal government is preferred.

A detailed job description can be found here: Executive Director

Position open until 4:00pm CST, May 27, 2024.

To Apply:

To apply for an R&E job, all of the following are required to be completed.

  1. Complete the job application
  2. Email job application, resume, and any other relevant materials to Human Resources at HR@recyclingandenergy.org.

The job application is a fillable-PDF. Learn how to use fillable PDFs. You may also print the application, complete it and email it, or you may bring in a completed to copy to our office.

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance or national origin.