PAY RANGE: N25






            This is administrative work directing waste collection activities or a variety of sanitation programs for a municipal sanitation waste collection program. Two positions are responsible for waste collection activities of at least four geographic districts within a sanitation area. Two positions are responsible for directing special sanitation collections, citywide cleaning and sanitation enforcement activities, and a solid waste transfer station. Employees in this class direct, through subordinate waste collection supervisors, refuse and recycling collections and municipal cleaning activities such as, cleaning lots and underpasses and performing tire removal.  Work includes conferring with subordinate supervisors, special sanitation programs administra­tors, other departmental administrators and the vehicle maintenance central agency to resolve operational, labor relations and maintenance problems.  Prioritizing maintenance and operational needs, ensuring that program standards and goals are being met and developing and controlling the assigned sanitation area program budget are significant aspects of the work.  Work is performed under the direction of an administra­tive superior. 


ALLOCATING FACTORS:   (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


•           Only four positions will be allocated to the class of Sanitation Collections Assistant Administrator. Two positions must supervise an assigned sanitation area consisting of at least four (4) geographic waste collection districts, two positions must supervise special sanitation collections, citywide cleaning and sanitation enforcement activities, clean block and urban beautification programs and a solid waste transfer station.

•           Supervision of assigned areas will be carried out through waste collection district supervisors, plant superintendents, sanitation enforcement supervisors and the clean block administrator in the Sanitation Division of the Streets Depart­ment. 




District Assignments


            Directs, through subordinate waste collection district supervisors, refuse and recycling collections and cleaning activities in an assigned geographic district of the City; resolves operational difficulties such as the preparation of routes, balancing collections and best utilization of equipment and personnel; coordinates the activities of the several waste collection districts within their assigned sanitation area to maintain a balance of personnel and equipment to accommodate changing workload demands; develops operating budgets for assigned area with the assistance of the divisional program coordinator; conducts or directs the study of various phases of the waste collection program to ascertain the most efficient methods of operation; observes the field testing of new equipment; makes recommendations for the purchase or rejection of new or improved collection equipment.


Citywide Assignments


            Directs, through subordinate supervisors and plant superintendents, continuous citywide cleaning and sanitation enforcement activities, citywide yard waste pick-up activities, clean block and urban beautification programs, hazardous waste collections and a solid waste transfer station.

            Receives, reviews and acts upon citizen complaints regarding collection and cleaning activities; visits sites of reported violations to make personal observations; assigns district supervisors responsibility for investigation and resolution.

            Directs appropriate personnel to carry out waste collection and cleaning activities for special events such as parades, public and community events, seasonal and holiday events; confers with officials of other city departments to coordinate work activities prior to following special events; directs appropriate personnel to carry out waste collections for condominiums and the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

            Directs, through subordinate supervisors, personnel assigned to the Sanitation Division’s injured on duty program; monitors citywide sanitation equipment and vehicles for maintenance and replacement;


Both Assignments


            Tours sanitation areas to determine if field forces are performing collection and municipal cleaning functions in accordance with prescribed procedures and schedules; ensures that productivity standards are adhered to; develops and recommends changes in work methods and procedures in order to improve operations.

            Makes suggestions in the bidding and contract process; does pre-delivery inspections of and suggests changes on contracted equipment.     

            Confers with subordinate supervisors to re-deploy the work force and equipment among the various areas and districts to alleviate shortages; meets with subordinate supervisors and staff to resolve labor difficulties; maintains good public relations.

            Directs personnel and vehicles engaged in municipal cleaning emergencies caused by automobile and environmental problems.

            Performs related work as required.






·         methods, techniques, tools, machines and equipment used in waste collection and street cleaning operations

·         principles governing the establishment of rules and regulations involved in sanitation operations

·         management principles, administrative procedures and record systems used in controlling a sanitation operations program

·         principles and practices of methods and procedures analysis, work implementing and forms and records control

·         principles and techniques of resource planning including budget and equipment allocation

·         supervisory methods and techniques

·         media appropriate for the dissemination of various kinds of informational, educational and publicity materials

·         public health aspects of solid waste sanitation




·         analyze and solve a variety of complex operational problems relative to a sanitation waste collection program

·         plan, organize and review the work of personnel engaged in sanitation waste collection and municipal cleaning operations

·         exercise judgement and discretion in applying and interpreting departmental policies and procedures

·         prepare comprehensive oral and written reports

·         establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, vendors and the public


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 5/09.)




            Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.





            Four years of field experience in street sanitation work.





            Four years of experience supervising waste collection, recycling and district cleaning activities for a sanitation district.




            Four years of experience supervising, through subordinate supervisors, a staff of skilled and unskilled workers engaged in the operation and maintenance of a solid waste transfer plant.




            Four years of experience supervising, through subordinate supervisors, a staff of neighborhood development specialists as part of the city’s clean block and urban beautification programs.




            Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources which has included the specific experience as described above.




            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.




            Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Common­wealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as Sanitation Collections Assistant Administrator.

Class Established:

CSC - 1/53

Ad. Board – 3/97

Spec. Revision: CSC - 4/09; Ad. Board - 5/09

Latest Spec. Revision: CSC - X/16; Ad. Board – X/16