The Public Works Department is currently seeking to fill one Parks Manager vacancy. The ideal Parks Manager candidate will possess a strong and diverse background in horticulture and park maintenance related activities. He or she will have a proven history of demonstrating leadership, communication, innovation, motivation, and making customer service and teamwork their highest priorities. He or she will be a confident manager who communicates effectively with his or her team, while simultaneouslybalancing these traits with diplomacy and a good sense of humor. Experience seeking funding opportunities, managing employee relations in a unionized environment, and creating and implementing systems and processes is highly desired but not required. A Bachelor's Degree in park administration, horticulture, public administration, business administration, or other closely related field is required.
1. Submit a completed City of Concord application and the required supplemental question responses online at www.cityofconcord.org by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2019. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.
Please attach a copy of your resume when you apply. You must complete the job application in its entirety in addition to the resume submission in order to be considered. (i.e., do not indicate "see resume" on job application.)
2. All qualified applications and supplemental responses will be competitively evaluated, and those candidates demonstrating the strongest qualifications for the position to be invited to a panel interview (weighted 100%), which is currently scheduled to take place on May 16, 2019. If you are selected to participate in the interview process and are unavailable, we regret that we will not be able to reschedule.
3. Successful candidates will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill the current regular vacancy, as well as others occurring over the next 12 months.
IMPORTANT: Contact with candidates will primarily be via email. Make sure you list a current email that you check regularly on your application.
Purpose Manages the Park Services Division which maintains the City's developed parks and playgrounds, street trees, traffic medians, open space, creek channels, public right-of-way, and the City's Landscape Maintenance Districts to meet specific program objectives which include the health and vigor of the City's turf, plants, and trees; sport field availability; customer satisfaction; safety; fire hazard elimination; and performs related and other work as required all within the context of the City's Mission of providing responsive, cost effective, and innovative local government services through a collaborative effort with the community to make Concord a city of the highest quality.
Equipment, Methods & Guidelines Reviews and interprets City policies, procedures, and administrative directives. Typically uses City vehicles, telephones, calculators, and computers.
Working Conditions Includes working in an office setting and outdoors to provide direction and inspection activities. Includes irregular hours during the evenings, and on weekends and holidays to attend meetings, community functions/meetings to resolve problems/issues and represent the Public Works Department and the Parks Maintenance Division at various activities.
Physical Demands Emphasizes speech, hearing, and vision. Must be able to drive to various sites and conduct field inspections requiring walking uphill on narrow pathways, stooping, climbing, reaching, and crawling.
Supervisory Guidance Received/Given Reports to the Director of Public Works. The Parks Manager has internal control over divisional activities and provides fiscal oversight for multiple program budgets. Supervision received is characterized by general administrative support and guidance, rather than direct control over methods, programs or objectives. Progress, results and project status is reviewed each trimester. Exercises independence in developing and meeting program goals and objectives. Manages a staff of more than 50 full-time and FTE part-time and seasonal employees.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: 1. Oversees and manages multiple programs related to the development and preservation of City owned parks, sports fields, playground equipment, landscaped medians, street trees, public open space, and landscape maintenance districts. 2. Plans, organizes, and provides direction to staff responsible for development and maintenance of parks, landscaped medians, street tree revisions, weed abatement, development projects, and assessment districts. 3. Assesses related community issues; meets with citizen groups to discuss programs, clarify procedures, and identify needs. 4. Develops programs, content and standards of quality for the division; ensures development and implementation of goals and objectives for the division. 5. Applies City and departmental policies, procedures, rules, and regulations pertaining to the division; prepares work appraisals and discusses performance evaluations; initiates official disciplinary actions as necessary; identifies and resolves subordinate complaints. 6. Prepares, administers, and monitors the Parks Services; Street Trees, Medians, and Open Space; and Landscape Maintenance Districts Budgets, including submitting budgetary recommendations and anticipating future budgetary needs, encompassing changes in personnel, financial, and material resources. 7. Coordinates Park Services' activities with other City departments, and City goals; serves as staff to Park and Recreation Commission; serves on a City Liaison Team. 8. Review development projects for consistency with park, open space and trails planning objectives and apply park development fees as required by City policies. 9. Conducts field inspections to inspect work-in-progress and completed projects. 10. Responds to questions, complaints, and emergency calls referred by subordinates from the general public and takes appropriate courses of action. 11. Ensures appropriate training for staff; keeps subordinates informed through safety and on-the-job training; ensures the maintenance of safe working conditions, good housekeeping practices, and the use of safe work practices by subordinates. 12. Develops a variety of reports for management and the public. 13. May research plant materials, diseases and pests; may assess growth habits and soil requirements. 14. Promotes the City's Mission to make Concord a city of the highest quality by providing responsive, cost-effective, and innovative government services; understands and subscribes to the vision and values adopted by the City in its Mission Statement.
QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge and Abilities Working knowledge of the philosophy and objectives of municipal park activities; of related grounds, facilities, tools, and equipment; of management techniques pertinent to park services including planning, scheduling, training, identification of budget needs, and maintenance of budget controls.
Ability to design programs for park and street tree maintenance; to research plant materials, disease, and pests; to assess growth habits and soil requirements; to effectively supervise and coordinate the work of assigned areas of responsibility; to ensure the maintenance of material, cost, work, and time reports; to understand and apply the principles of outcome management, and to prepare written budget input and operate within budget allocations; to communicate skillfully orally and in writing; to understand, carry out, and issue clear oral and written instruction; and to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education/Experience Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Generally, this will require:
Education: Completion of a Bachelor's Degree in park administration, horticulture, public administration, business administration, or other closely related field is required.
Experience: Five years of combined experience in supervising a parks planning and maintenance function, preferably for a municipality, which includes program development, community liaison, and budget preparation.
OTHER: A California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment.
The City of Concord is an Equal Opportunity/Veteran's Preference Employer.
The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, express or implied and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. It is a policy of the City to refuse to consider a person for a position whenever that person's relationship to an employee, elected or appointed official, or member of a board or commission has the potential for creating adverse impact on supervision, safety, security, or morale, or involves a potential conflict of interest.