CA State Parks is looking for a new Division Chief to lead the Partnerships Division. The unit includes Concessions, Volunteers, and Cooperating Associations. The Division Chief serves as a Senior Leader in the department and regularly interacts with the highest levels of CA State Parks leadership, including District Superintendents, Division Chiefs and Deputy Directors.
The Chief of Partnerships reports to the Deputy Director of Park Operations. In your capacity of Chief of Partnerships, you manage a thriving network of mutual cooperation within the California State Park System that engages private, public, and volunteer services. Your primary team will consist of approximately 17 full time employees working in Concessions, Volunteers and Cooperating Associations.
The Partnerships team has been cultivated to encourage and support high quality recreation while protecting and preserving our natural and cultural resources. They are curious, motivated, independent and adaptable. As the team leader, you will bring a comprehensive understanding of best practices to empower, inspire, and strengthen public and private partners to create, promote, sustain, and expand visitor services to California’s diverse population. PLEASE APPLY HERE: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=329968
Possession of organizational and functional knowledge of California State Government; ability to work in a multidisciplinary team of professional and administrative staff; ability to develop good working relationships with all levels of the Department, private stakeholders, and partners; and the ability to analyze complex problems, policies and procedures and recommend effective courses of action. Familiarity of the Department’s mission, policies, statutes, regulations and a general knowledge of general plans and other park operational guidelines.
Ability to communicate effectively, practicing tactfulness and diplomacy.
Travel will be required.
Examination Qualification Requirements:
All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.
Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.
State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.
Knowledge and Abilities:
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:
Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.
These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):
CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Applications will be screened on the basis of the applicants background, managerial potential and the following desirable qualifications below will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate.
Experience in a managerial capacity at least equivalent to a Staff Services Manager II and above that includes the following:
Experience in creating and managing partnerships specific to concessions, nonprofit and philanthropic partners, community-based organizations, and corporate partners.
Experience in developing policies and procedures and recommending policy changes.
Experience in building strong business relationships internally and externally that add value to the organization. Specifically, with legislative staff, private parties, special interest groups and the media.
Experience with oversight and development of contract and operating agreements.
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