Under general direction, this position exercises first level management responsibilities and oversight of the District's interpretive and recreation services and programs. Develops and implements a wide range of educational and recreational programs. Performs representational duties to assist planning, developing, evaluating and engaging communities to support the District's mission, vision and operational goals.
Vacancy Situation: The Park District currently has one (1) vacancy located at East Bay Regional Park District Administrative headquarters in Oakland, CA. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and during work from home directives, the selected candidate will work remotely, but also conduct site visits to various visitor centers/facilities using equipment supplied by the Park District. The hiring pools established as a result of this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancies and additional vacancies that may occur during the one year life of the hiring pools.
What You'll Be Doing:
Learn about and administer the District's interpretive and recreation programs.
Familiarize yourself with visitor centers/facilities locations.
Conduct monthly staff meetings and regular one-on-one meetings with director reports.
Conduct assessment and evaluation of program services and offerings.
A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job:
Opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects ranging from the East Bay's urbanized shoreline to the open landscapes and rural communities in East County and the Delta.
Contributing your own tangible legacy to the Park District's mission.
Excellent benefits including medical, dental, tuition reimbursement, a retirement pension through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), and one week per year of Management Administrative Leave in addition to accrued vacation (prorated in year one depending on the date of hire).
Respect: We honor each other, the park users we serve, and the land we steward
Resilience: We creatively adapt to change. We address challenges with empathy, perspective, and determination.
Relationships: Our greatest strength lies in the trust, accountability, and teamwork we cultivate with our colleagues, partners, and the public we serve.
Responsiveness: We communicate openly, honestly, and reliably.
Transparency: We hold the public's trust through meaningful stakeholder engagement and unfettered access to timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.
Serves as a regional program manager, providing direct supervision to interpretive and recreation supervisors at visitor centers and recreation facilities throughout the District.
Analyzes regional programmatic needs and oversees program development, community engagement, outreach and marketing of interpretive, recreation, environmental education and special events.
Key program objectives include structuring programs and recreational opportunities that meet the needs of current park users, and identifying and marketing specialized programs for a wide variety of audiences; including those who have not developed an active outdoor lifestyle or view the Park District as a resource.
Oversees and guides the development of the volunteer docent program and assesses the quality of interpretive and recreation programs and services through a variety of evaluation tools and media in combination with other District units and departments.
Collaborates with Environmental Graphics and Creative Services to ensure the quality and appropriateness of exhibits and displays to District standards.
Assists in resolving internal operational problems and coordinates with other District departments and staff in resolving broader problems and issues.
Exercises second level supervisory responsibilities over a large workforce of regular, temporary and seasonal staff supporting interpretive and recreation services and programs within the region, and indirectly oversees a number of docents, volunteers and/or contract concessionaires.
Provides leadership to set standards for visitor centers, recreation facilities and parks spread over a wide geographic area in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Assumes overall responsibility for a significant Operating and Capital budget.
Ensures District fiscal interests receive maximum attention and that decisions are consistent with overall District goals and objectives related to interpretive and recreation services.
Confers regularly with the Chief of Interpretive and Recreation Services, Unit staff and personnel from other District departments to address issues.
Participates in negotiating and monitoring contracts, leases and agreements related to facility management.
Responds to public agencies, public inquiries and complaints; makes public presentations and maintains good public relations.
May also serve as District representative to external organizations related to the region.
Develops and maintains effective collaborative relationships with other District departments as well as with other agencies and the private sector to offer joint programs that expand interpretive and recreation opportunities at District parks and facilities.
Represents the District with print and broadcast media. Assists staff in personnel and labor relations matters.
Develops interpretive and recreation operational standards and competencies, evaluates staff's performance and motivates staff toward improvement and efficiency when necessary.
Prepares and reviews a variety of correspondence, Board material, manuals and reports.
On call to respond to a wide range of potential public operational emergencies, as well as disasters caused by fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural events.
Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in recreation, park management, environmental science, natural science, business, public administration, or a closely related field;
Experience: Six years of experience in the field of interpretation or recreation, preferably outdoor recreation. At least three of the six years should be at a supervisory level. Additional experience in park and facility maintenance is desirable.
Substitution: A Master's degree in recreation, park management, environmental science, natural science, business or public administration or a closely related field may be accepted as an equivalent to a maximum of one and a half years of the required six years of experience.
OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
About East Bay Regional Park District
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay.The East Bay Regional Park District will preserve a priceless heritage of natural and cultural resources open space, parks and trails for the future and will set aside park areas for enjoyment and healthful recreation for generations to come. An environmental ethic guides us in all that we do.
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