The San Mateo County Parks Department currently has an exceptional opportunity for an Assistant Director of Parks to join our team.
The San Mateo County Parks Department provides a wide array of services to ensure that visitors who come to County parks to picnic, camp, hike, bike, play and ride horses have a welcoming, safe and enjoyable experience. The operation and maintenance of 24 parks and recreation areas, including over 16,000 acres of parkland and 190 miles of trail, requires significant resources to manage. The Parks Department has 77 full-time employees, and is organized into five divisions: Operations and Maintenance, Natural Resource Management, Visitor Services, Fiscal and Administration, and Coyote Point Marina. The Department currently has a two-year, $88.6 million budget.
The Assistant Director will assist the Director in planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating programs and activities involving the operation, maintenance, protection and improvement of County parks, recreational areas, resources and facilities. The incumbent will also assume a leadership role in a high-performing and innovative organization comprised of highly motivated and engaged staff.
Some of the challenges and opportunities for the Assistant Director include leading management of the capital improvement program for construction projects in the parks; and maintaining strong relationships with the Board of Supervisors, Partners, Friends of the Park groups, and other stakeholders.
Strong analytical skills and a firm sense of accountability and ownership for end-to-end project lifecycles.
Experience in implementing innovative business process redesigns that increase efficiencies and leverage the use of technology.
Politically astute with a proven track record of developing high-level strategy for resolving complex issues that involve multiple stakeholders.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with a variety of County staff, elected officials, agencies and community members with diverse backgrounds and varying levels of knowledge about parks, recreation and natural resources management.
Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and manage changing priorities.
Ability to provide the highest levels of customer service to internal and external customers and to make prompt and sound decisions.
Demonstrated experience managing and leading change, training, developing and supervising staff.
Strong knowledge of and experience with diverse electronic and print media and communication channels that enable effective communication with and responsiveness to the public.
Education & Requirements:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is four years of increasingly responsible professional park management and development experience, including one full year in a senior-level administrative or management position.
Principles and practices of park management and administration; land use planning and development; landscape architecture in park and open space situations, building construction and natural resource protection.
Principles and practices of budget preparation, administration and control; and state and federal assistance programs for park acquisition and development.
Organizational, administrative and management principles and practices.
Pertinent local ecosystems and the impact of climate change on natural resources in County parks.
Principles and procedures of personnel management such as supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Principles of resource allocation, planning and budgeting.
Employment with San Mateo County offers a wealth of opportunities to serve your community while building a career. The County has a culture of innovation and has created a diverse workforce that is nationally celebrated for its collaborative approaches to providing essential services. San Mateo County leadership commits to serving the public well and providing a competitive compensation program including a choice of retirement plans, flexible hours, childcare center, commute assistance, health and wellness programs and much, much more. The County has been working on a Succession Planning Program, which includes many new and remarkable initiatives to prepare our workforce for the future. This is an exciting time and we in Human Resources look forward to continuing to partner with our department customers to position San Mateo County as employer of choice. Choose to make a difference – choose the County of San Mateo for a career!!