The Parks and Community Services Department is seeking a motivated, creative, forward-thinking, team-oriented public servant to fill the role of Parks Superintendent. This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the Parks Division's development, maintenance, program and service priorities for the Watsonville community. The successful candidate will be a vision-oriented leader, able to inspire the Parks maintenance team in upholding high maintenance standards for the City's parks, street medians and right of ways to meet community expectations.
As the Parks Superintendent, you will be responsible for utilizing your highly developed interpersonal skills to ensure that Park Division operations and services remain responsive, forward thinking and customer focused. Paramount to your success will be your ability to assess community needs, engage teammates and residents, streamline operations, develop Department personnel, and maintain high maintenance and customer satisfaction levels. The position will lead a team of 12 FTEs and manage a $2.8 million budget to provide exceptional parks and recreation experiences that enrich the lives of our residents.
The Parks Superintendent will provide strategic direction to enhance the quality and quantity of parks and facilities and will play a key role in the implementation of several large park development projects over the next several years and will serve as part of the Parks and Community Services Department's leadership team.
JOB SUMMARY: Under general guidance, plans, organizes, directs, coordinates and evaluates the development, construction, and maintenance of the City parks and recreational system, including parks, recreational facilities, landscaped medians, greenbelts, urban forest, and other public grounds. Prepares the parks division operation and capital improvement budgets; manages and oversees projects; supervises and formally evaluates the work of Parks Division staff; coordinates effectively with other City Departments, advisory bodies, government agencies, and contractors; and performs related work as assigned.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Employees in this classification receive administrative direction within a framework of general guidelines, goals and objectives and exercise direct supervision over subordinate managers and supervisors. This job class functions at a full administrative level of classification and is responsible for a variety of park development, maintenance and operation programs and services. This position is responsible for providing consultation to senior management and to assist with the administration of the Parks Division in close coordination with other Departmental activities. Successful performance of the work requires the ability to independently implement programs, projects, and policies in conformance with generally accepted standards. This classification is distinguished from the next lower classification of Parks Services Manager in that the latter classification coordinates and supervises the activities and operations of the parks division but does not possess the full scope of administrative functions as does the Parks Superintendent classification.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The following duties are performed personally, in cooperation with the Director, Assistant Director, Recreation Superintendent, and/or in coordination with division staff, other City employees, operating partners, community groups, and other public and private organizations. Additional duties may be assigned.
Leads and directs park operations, development and maintenance activities to ensure the entire system is maintained in a safe, high quality and aesthetically pleasing condition.
a. Plans, coordinates, and directs work programs and projects for the construction and maintenance of City parks, recreational facilities, landscaped medians, greenbelts and related public grounds areas through the development and implementation of a maintenance management system. b. Establishes and ensures compliance with system-wide maintenance standards. c. Oversees the protection, preservation and maintenance of city owned open space and other facilities with emphasis on patrol, enforcement and interpretation. d. Prepares or directs the preparation of grant and permit applications and reports to various agencies, districts, and commissions; assures program, policy, and project compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines, rules, and regulations. e. Plans, implements, directs and evaluates strategies to improve productivity, reliability, energy costs, water conservation, environmental quality and safety of city parks, landscaped medians, greenbelts, urban forest, and related public grounds; makes field and site visits. f. Participates in the planning process for development, construction and maintenance of parks; assists in leading the implementation of strategic plans and master plans, including the development of Annual Work Plans consistent with the City Council’s community priorities. g. Creative, appropriate, and measurable goals and objectives are developed to achieve and sustain quality programs, facilities, and services. h. Routinely evaluates and ensures park maintenance operations is strategic, collaborative, and consistent with the Council’s goals, priorities, and policies. i. Compliance with established maintenance schedules contributes to high public utilization and low accident rates. j. Determines the orders of division equipment, materials and supplies; supervises inventory; and directs equipment maintenance and safety programs. k. Directs the City's street tree program and approves permits for removal and trimming of trees. Administers the City's historical tree program. l. Prepares reports, correspondence, and applications related to park operations, maintenance and construction. 2. Exercises a leadership style that fosters teamwork, promotes staff initiative, and provides professional growth opportunities for all division employees. a. Recruitment, hiring, training and evaluation of parks division staff, including managers, supervisors, utility workers, and park maintenance workers is successful. b. Active listening and feedback clearly and consistently strengthens the quality and quantity of employee performance, teamwork, employee input, and the results being achieved. c. Division employees clearly understand and demonstrate an organizational focus in accomplishing the City Council’s priorities and advancing the organization’s values d. Development of Departmental policies, work standards, and coordination of park operations and business functions with the recreation division is done with effective teamwork. 3. Leads Parks Division operations in a manner that results in high customer service satisfaction levels, leveraging of resources, and continuous improvement. a. Customer satisfaction is a division priority and customer focused operating policies, practices, and procedures are established and routinely evaluated for their effectiveness. b. Coordinates Parks Division operations with Department activities, other City Departments, county, state, and regional agencies and seeks out collaborative service delivery opportunities to improve efficiency, enhance service levels, and increase public participation. c. Investigates and responds to the more complex inquiries and complaints regarding Parks Division activities; resolves technical and operational problems. 4. Prepares, submits, and administrates an annual division budget including the controls necessary to ensure budgetary compliance, sensitivity to program and facility needs, and careful evaluation of programs, services, and projects. a. Prepares and manages the division's annual budgets and capital improvements, including revenue and operation, maintenance and capital improvement budgets. b. Balance of effective maintenance and system improvements is achieved and maintained. c. Current year projects, programs, and activities are successfully accomplished within approved budget parameters by controlling expenditures. d. Plans for existing and future equipment and facility needs; evaluates requests for the purchase of equipment and services; writes and oversees the preparation of project specifications or requests for proposals; secures and evaluates bids; administers contracts for materials and services. e. Innovative approaches to generate resources and control expenses are evaluated and implemented to limit dependence on the general tax fund. 5. Serves as a City representative in presenting, explaining and discussing the views, interests and policies of the City to the Council, Parks and Recreation Commission, City task forces and other interested parties inside and outside the community. a. Meets with community groups, members of the public, school district personnel, and other outside agencies as required, to coordinate cooperative efforts in construction and operations, and responds to complaints and questions in a way that elicits increased understanding and support for Department programs, services, and facilities. b. Increased community understanding and support facilitates the effective implementation of and funding for new programs, facilities, projects, and services. 6. Prepares reports and studies for the Director, Assistant Director, City Manager and Council as scheduled or requested a. Provides technical assistance, coordination, and guidance to Department Director, Assistant Director, landscape architects, construction contractors as required, performing design, construction or maintenance project b. The Director and other interested parties are kept current with reliable, timely and documented information and analyses providing an accurate and current measure of actions taken to create and maintain quality services and facilities for the community. 7. May function as the Department Head in the absence of the Director and Assistant Director 8. Performs other job-related responsibilities as evident or directed.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS Knowledge of:
Principles, practices, and techniques of parks design and planning, public administration, budget preparation, recreation and community services, maintenance operations
Principles and techniques of supervision including staffing, employee development, and planning work
Engineering principles and practices as applied to park development, construction and maintenance including modern methods, materials, equipment, and tools used in operations
Horticultural and arboricultural principles including landscape design, plant materials, irrigation systems, and integrated pest management and eradication techniques
Pertinent laws and regulatory codes governing maintenance operations
Basic Microsoft Office computer applications, and smart phone, pc and laptop technologies
Plan, organize, direct and evaluate the development, construction, maintenance, of park facilities
Prepare and administer an annual division operations budget and control expenditures
Read and interpret construction plans and specifications and inspect and evaluate construction and maintenance work
Develop and implement work programs for the construction and maintenance of park facilities
Effectively recruit, assign, supervise, evaluate, and train subordinates, and enforce safety
Tactfully and courteously deal with the public and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Develop and maintain accurate record keeping systems
Analyze technical issues and develop appropriate recommendations for action
Prepare clear, comprehensive technical and administrative reports, grants and other written material
Make effective oral and visual presentations to city staff and advisory bodies
Interpret, apply, and explain laws, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures
Maintain close and effective working relationships with the management staff of other City Departments, officials of other agencies, recreational organizations and community services groups
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Drive a vehicle, climb into and out of appropriate vehicles; and up and down stairs and ladders
Walk on uneven surfaces and stand for long periods of time
Reach above and at shoulder height
Work outdoors for long periods of time in variable temperatures and weather conditions
Work under conditions such as high noise levels, medium to high speed traffic, strong and unpleasant odors, and vibration from equipment and dust from various materials
Hear and distinguish various sounds such as loud machinery and voices of co-workers in a noisy environment
Distinguish colors and symbols such as colored medical waste containers, recyclable materials and waste containers.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Completion of advanced educational study in park management, horticulture, landscape architecture, forestry or a related field and five years of increasingly responsible experience in park maintenance and construction in a supervisory or administrative capacity.
LICENSE & CERTIFICATION:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License and a safe driving record
Must obtain CPR and first aid certifications within six months of employment
Must successfully complete a state mandated background investigation and drug screen at time of hire.
Must be willing to work outdoors in various weather conditions.
Must be willing to respond to emergencies outside of regular work hours.
Bilingual English/Spanish highly desirable.
Possession of a valid California Commercial Class A or B Driver’s License
Possession of any professional certificates or licenses related to landscaping and irrigation, arboriculture, heavy equipment operation/maintenance, construction trades
Working knowledge of Computer Assisted Drafting programs
Possession of a Certified Playground Safety Inspector Credential
Possession of an ISA Certified Arborist credential.
Watsonville, California is known all over the world for its long and rich heritage as a center for agriculture – especially berries. Watsonville is located 95 miles south of San Francisco at the southern end of Santa Cruz County, covers 6.6 square miles, and has a population of 52,087 (January 2015). Watsonville is also a proving ground for entrepreneurs and businesses from all types of industries and emerging technologies. Its central location, nestled between the Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz mountains, offers growing companies quick and easy highway access. Watsonville’s location is topped only by its ideal climate and the rustic, small town charm of a close-knit rural community. The Watsonville area offers many amenities to visitors and tourists, including beaches, mountains, wine, food, activities and more!