The City of Pasadena is currently seeking a Parks Administrator with strong leadership and expertise in parks management, operations, maintenance, and construction. This position plans, organizes, directs, and manages the Parks Division responsible for maintaining and managing City parks, public landscapes, and natural and open space areas. Pasadena is proud to have over 23 parks providing our community with beautiful views, tranquil walkways, sporting grounds, and exciting playgrounds. This is a great opportunity to lead a team of dedicated professionals involved in maintaining the beauty, versatility, and safety of our City's parks and natural and open spaces. Additionally, this position will be a part of the management team leading Pasadena into a new era of having a combined Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. Previously, park maintenance was in the Public Works Department. Plans are underway to consolidate the park maintenance and recreation programming functions into a single department.
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with expertise in parks operations and management, preferably in public sector, including construction and maintenance of diverse City parks and natural and open spaces. This person will have excellent management and communications skills, a customer focus approach, strong budget experience and decision making ability.
The major responsibilities of this position are listed below. For more detailed information, please review the job description.
Plans, organizes, directs, and manages the operations of the Parks Division to ensure effective maintenance and management of City parks, public landscapes, and natural and open space areas.
Manages parks, natural and open space planning and development functions for the City; coordinates open space program matters with City departments involved.
Directs the preparation of the division budget; monitors and manages division-related budget, resources, and financial transactions.
Conducts performance appraisals, directs staff training and development; makes employee selections and disciplinary recommendations.
Develops and implements a comprehensive maintenance program for parks, public landscapes, and natural and open space areas; establishes standards and benchmarks for maintenance operations; evaluates operations to maximize quality and cost effectiveness of services.
Monitors community issues and trends and identifies proactive strategies to meet emerging needs.
Prepares and delivers reports to City Council, boards, commissions, committees, and other groups.
Negotiates and administers maintenance contracts for park sites, public landscapes, and natural and open space; ensures contract standards/specifications are continuously in compliance.
Identifies funding/financing for a variety of related projects, programs and services; recommends methods of park development, natural and open space acquisition financing including federal, state, local and private funding; applies for and administers grant programs.
Reviews and makes recommendations on plans for park construction and renovation or irrigation and landscape projects.
The following list represents the core competencies needed for success in this position.
Handling Stress - Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity.
Oral Communication - Engaging effectively in dialogue.
Presentation Skills - Formally delivering information to groups.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing.
Customer Focus - Attending to the needs and expectation of customers.
Allocating Resources - Prioritizing the use of fiscal and material resources to maximize organizational effectiveness.
Leadership - Guiding and encouraging others to accomplish a common goal.
Analyzing and Interpreting Data - Drawing meaning and conclusions from quantitative and qualitative data.
Decision Making - Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in parks, public or business administration, forestry, arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, urban planning or a closely related field.
Four years of progressively responsible experience in parks, natural and open space, and forestry administration, including two years in a supervisory capacity.
The selection process will consist of a training and experience evaluation, interview panel, and department-level interviews.
There is currently one vacancy in the Parks Division of the Human Services and Recreation Department.
The resulting eligible list from this recruitment may be used to fill this vacancy and similar vacancies in the future.
Candidates for this position are subject to a one year probationary work period.
Must have or obtain a Class C California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.
Additional Salary Information: Click link below to review the City's excellent benefits package: Benefits
Internal Number: 20-083
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