OC COMMUNITY RESOURCES (OCCR) OC Community Resources is a multi-faceted department comprised of OC Animal Care, OC Community Services, OC Housing & Community Development, OC Parks, and OC Public Libraries.Click here for more information on the County of Orange.
OC PARKS OC Parks encompasses regional, wilderness, historical facilities, and coastal areas throughout the County of Orange in California. Featuring nearly 60,000 acres of parkland, open space, and shoreline, Orange County's award-winning parks and programs are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors each year, in ways as diverse as the parks themselves.
THE OPPORTUNITY OC Parks is offering a rewarding and challenging opportunity for talented park professionals to fill positions as Park Division Managers (PDMs). As a PDM, you will be a vital part of the OC Parks leadership team, responsible for overseeing and directing a diverse portfolio of park facilities, which includes wilderness parks, regional parks, historical sites, harbors, and beaches. The Parks Division Manager (PDM) is responsible for the administration, operation, and maintenance of County regional park facilities within a given parks division. The PDM will provide responsible and complex leadership and administrative support to the Director’s office and oversee a wide range of programs and services to achieve OC Parks mission, vision, and goals. This position will supervise full time staff and coordinate assigned Division responsibilities with other County Departments, Divisions, and external agencies. The PDM will participate in community problem solving and have the ability to be flexible and change plans based on the needs of the community. This position is responsible for the oversight of facility operations to ensure the long-range sustainability of critical park programs, asset management, resource management, facility maintenance, visitor and employee safety and major incident management. If you're a dedicated park professional with the necessary skills and qualifications, we invite you to explore this fulfilling opportunity.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND CORE COMPETENCIES
The ideal candidate will be an experienced manager with five (5) years of professional business administration or operations and maintenance management experience. This experience should include an in-depth portfolio or facility management expertise comparable to an OC Parks Division Manager, with at least two (2) years of lead/ supervisory experience. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record of effectively leading and managing a diverse and complex portfolio of park and recreational facilities.
In addition, the ideal candidate will demonstrate related knowledge and experience in the following core competencies:
Technical Expertise | Administrative Support
Knowledge of principles in regulations, ordinances, and policies pertaining to the management and operations of parks, beaches, and open space.
Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs.
Recommend, administer, and ensure compliance with Parks and County-wide policies and procedures.
Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, appropriate service and staffing levels.
Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the Division's annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments.
Provide technical advice in the planning and construction of landscape, open space projects, and outdoor recreational facilities to meet customer needs.
Participate in the design, redesign, and development of parks and recreation facilities; review contract proposals and construction plans; evaluate and recommend modifications; review and approve project submittals; track construction progress and ensure adherence to construction timelines and specifications.
Provide consultation and policy recommendations to OC Parks Executive Leadership; conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to park maintenance programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
Respond to questions and inquiries from the general public regarding park facility maintenance functions, public safety and operating best management practices; physically inspect facilities as appropriate.
Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of park maintenance and service delivery; incorporate new developments as appropriate.
Work effectively and collaboratively with various stakeholders including internal/external clients, various departments/agencies throughout the organization, contractors, vendors, and internal/external business partners.
Establish and maintain professional, cooperative, working relationships with peers, managers, stakeholders, vendors, and the general public.
Effectively communicate with regulatory agencies: Department of Fish & Game, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and the California Coastal Commission, etc.
Coordinate and develop working relationships with law enforcement agencies and fire protection agencies.
Verbal l Written Communication Skills
Communicate effectively in person and in writing with County management and staff, contractors, public constituents, and community stakeholders.
Utilize diplomacy, tact, excellent customer service, and confidentiality in the performance of the assigned duties.
Compose written documents for a wide variety of audiences including composing formal letters and reports, reallocation studies, disciplinary action plans, and other official documents.
Problem Solving | Organizing & Planning
Assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
Oversee and administer contracts for maintenance of parks and recreation facilities; develop specifications and bid documents; track contract performance and ensure adherence to specifications.
Effectively utilize organizational and planning skills to ensure high productivity and efficiency.
Work independently and manage time wisely to effectively prioritize multiple and competing tasks.
Demonstrate decisiveness and soundness in judgment, and work cooperatively in groups.
Supervision | Leadership
Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for park operations staff; assign work activities, projects, and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
Serve as the liaison for the assigned division with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
Select, train, motivate, and evaluate division personnel; provide or coordinate staff hiring and training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
Demonstrate knowledge of personnel practices as they relate to selecting, training, evaluating performance, and supervising employees.
Flexible and forward-looking, use and deploy new technologies/systems and lead the OC Parks to meet its current and future needs.