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Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO)

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Director of Administration –
Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO)


The Position

Are you ready to make a lasting environmental impact while serving one of the most innovative solid waste districts in Ohio? The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio’s next Director of Administration will have the opportunity be a partner in cultivating the organization while leading change to unify and align staff and organizational goals. This position will have the exciting challenge of managing internal support for the organization’s creative and sustainable programs and policies. The Director of Administration will use best practices to foster collaboration and take the organization to the next level.

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) is a unique special district located in Grove City, Ohio. It is one of 52 solid waste districts created by the Ohio General Assembly. The organization is responsible for preparing, updating, and implementing a comprehensive solid waste management plan – incorporating recycling, reuse, and diversion – for the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District (principally Franklin County, but also including parts of five adjacent counties). In addition to providing solid waste planning for the District, SWACO owns and operates the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill with a maximum daily capacity of 8,000 tons and two solid waste Transfer Stations with a combined capacity of approximately 3,000 tons per day. SWACO is the only solid waste authority in Ohio to own and operate a landfill. SWACO also provides recycling programs, yard waste composting services, public education programs, and other activities to reduce the generation and disposal of solid waste within its jurisdiction.

In addition to the landfill and transfer stations, the organization owns and operates a Community Resource Center. Each of these facilities is used to improve the Franklin County waste stream through diversion, recycling and reuse, and the safe and efficient disposal of waste. SWACO also owns adjacent acreage for economic development and hopes to identify new technologies which will generate additional economic benefit for the community.

The Organization

SWACO is situated on a 1,100-acre campus in Franklin County, right outside of Columbus, the state’s capital. Franklin County has a population of 1,264,518 and is the most populous county in Ohio. Franklin County and Columbus are known for their highly educated workforce and excellent wage growth. Residents, businesses, governmental, and educational partners are all serviced by SWACO.

SWACO is guided by its vision of “a community that is environmentally safe and resourceful.” To achieve that vision, the organization provides Franklin County with education and outreach as well as creative solutions for solid waste diversion and disposal. SWACO has been designated as an Ohio Green Fleet through Clean Fuels Ohio’s statewide Ohio Green Fleets program. This program recognizes an organization’s fleet efficiency and environmental performance.

SWACO is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees composed of two members appointed by the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners, two members appointed by the City of Columbus, and additional members representing the County Board of Health, townships within SWACO, waste generators, and the general public. The Board of Trustees appoints SWACO’s Executive Director, who serves as SWACO’s Chief Executive Officer.

The Director of Administration reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with the Director of Innovation & Programs and the Director of Operations & Maintenance as part of the management team. The Director of Administration is responsible for the broad oversight of all administrative functions which are the shared services supporting the organization. The shared service business units include Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Procurement, and Information Technology. This position is responsible to utilize the resources in each of the functions to the highest capability in order to achieve the organization’s goals and mission. Responsibilities of this position also include establishing business practices and standard operations to conduct work within each business unit as well as across all the business functions. The Director of Administration is responsible for prioritizing and managing the work and leading the people of the Administration Division to provide support to the overall business of the organization.

The department has a workforce of 16 employees and a budget of $5.6 million.

Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) Workforce Chart


The requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree in business, administration, public administration or other related field and ten years’ of progressively responsible government experience, including five years of management/supervision. Significant budgeting experience with an enterprise fund, management of and strong skills in at least one of the major functions overseen (human resources, finance, information technology or legal) are also required. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, experience in solid waste, demonstrated experience implementing organizational change initiatives, and working with a Finance Committee and/or governing body.

Preferred qualifications include experience in one or more of the following areas: strategic and operational planning; fiscal management; leading a workgroup of peers in a team environment; and/or program or project management. Experience working in an urban, culturally diverse community and evaluating staffing and workflow changes is also preferred.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for SWACO’S next Director of Administration will be a strong leader and strategic partner in the organization’s performance. He or she will be a generalist with some background and knowledge in Information Technology, Finance, Human Resources, and Legal. The ideal candidate will be an effective listener and communicator, at ease speaking on complex administrative issues to a variety of audiences. This person will be well-versed in leading a diverse and multifaceted staff. He or she will be a collaborative team leader, comfortable giving direction and empowering staff to ensure the long-term success of the organization. The ideal candidate will be able to balance conflicting interests and priorities, yet also be decisive and provide clear recommendations to the Executive Director and Board. He or she will be able to foster relationships and be open to ideas from staff, stakeholders, and the Board. The Director of Administration will demonstrate a defined customer service philosophy that will be reflected and implemented by staff throughout the organization. He or she will act as a change agent and partner in the organization. The ideal candidate will be a visionary for the organization, able to use his or her leadership capabilities to encourage a strong, collaborative, and innovative culture for the organization.


A community that is environmentally safe and resourceful


To improve the community’s solid waste stream through effective reduction, recycling, and disposal

Guiding Principles

  • Collaborate with our public and private partners
  • Operate with transparency, efficiency, and innovation
  • Leverage the waste stream for economic benefit
  • Contribute to a safe and healthy community


The expected hiring range is $90,000-$165,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at and will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications September 11, 2017.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish or Chelsey Gordon at or 513-221-0500.

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