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FLSA Designation: Exempt
Feb, 2008

ASSISTANT PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

Under administrative direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation to plan, direct, and evaluate the programs and services of the Parks and Recreation Department including construction, development, maintenance and repair of City parks, landscape areas and associated equipment, and facilities and buildings; oversees preparation and implementation of the Department’s Operating budget and applicable Capital Improvement budget; oversees the development of the City’s park system, open space, trails, and landscaped parkways; coordinates ordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; directly oversees administrative staff; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director; serves as Acting Director in Director’s absence; performs other related duties as required.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS

The Assistant Parks and Recreation Director is considered a second-level management position. This position works closely with the Director of Parks and Recreation in developing and implementing department-wide goals and objectives, and with division managers and/or supervisors to successfully achieve these objectives. The Assistant Director is responsible to oversee administrative staff. Divisions are managed through this position and responsibilities include overall development, implementation, and administration of divisional and department programs, processes, policies, and/or procedures. As a second-level management position, the Assistant Parks and Recreation Director is also responsible for the development, administration, and control of associated budget(s). This classification is distinguished from the Recreation Manager by the level of professional expertise required and performance of overall management responsibilities within assigned areas. A person appointed to the Assistant Parks and Recreation Director classification is an “at-will” employee.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1. Assumes management responsibility for assigned services and activities of the Parks and Recreation Department; manages work related to the activities and operations of the Administrative staff, Parks/Landscape Maintenance, and Facilities Divisions including developing, monitoring and coordinating the maintenance, repair and development of City parks, landscaped areas and related buildings and facilities including the City pool; oversees the City’s park system, open space, trails, and landscaped parkways.

2. Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures as well as recommendations to revise policies and procedures, including those to meet legal requirements.

3. Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.

4. Plans, directs, coordinates, and/or reviews the work plan for management, supervisory, professional, and technical staff; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with subordinate managers and staff for planning and evaluation of activities and to identify and resolve problems.

5. Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.

6. Oversees and participates in the development and administration of assigned Division’s and Department’s annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments.

7. Manages a variety of contracts including landscape, custodial, electrical, mechanical, HVAC, alarms, and plumbing; ensures work is in compliance with specifications.

8. Reviews and develops standards for all construction documents, specifications and bid documents for assigned department.

9. Coordinates, reviews, and participates in a variety of project activities; researches, compiles, reviews, and analyzes data for special projects, as well as ensures projects progress on schedule and within prescribed budget and required City guidelines.

10. Conducts or oversees research and preparation of schedules and projections for future landscape and facilities needs.

11. Serves as the liaison for the Parks and Recreation Department, particularly the Administrative and Parks Maintenance Divisions with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.

12. Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

13. Provides responsible staff assistance to the Director of Parks and Recreation; conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to financial programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.

14. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of landscape/facilities maintenance and park planning and development; incorporates new developments as appropriate.

15. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complain

16. Serves as the acting Director of the Department in the Director’s absence; makes decisions and provides information as necessary in the Director’s absence.

17. Performs related duties as requd

QUALIFICATIONS

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of program development and administration. Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive municipal landscape/facilities maintenance and development program including City parks, landscaped areas and related facilities including the City pool.

Modern and complex principles, practices and techniques of landscape development, parks and landscape maintenance, and arts, recreation and leisure services activity administration, organization, and operation.

Management and supervision principles and practices.

Principles and practices of parks, landscape, and facilities operations and maintenance, including methods, practices, materials, tools and equipment including operational characteristics of standard maintenance equipment common to a landscape/facilities maintenance program.

Principles and practices of program development and administration.

Contract development and administration principles and practices including construction inspection principles.

Plant and facilities engineering management techniques including energy conservation. Advanced practices, techniques and materials used in design, construction, maintenance and repair of parks, landscaped areas, pools and related facilities, including principles of horticulture and irrigation systems.

Advanced grant development principles and practices.

Advanced procedures used in weed abatement.

Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Personnel policies and practices.

Safety practices and procedures for parks maintenance operations including occupational hazards and standard safety procedures.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:

Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive landscape/facilities maintenance and development program.

Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of assigned staff.

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives, and procedures.

Make adjustments to operating procedures as necessary to improve organizational effectiveness.

Prepare and administer large program budgets.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Plan, lay out, coordinate, schedule and direct the work of others performing or providing support to administration, parks, landscape and facilities development, maintenance, and/or acquisition.

Read and interpret construction plans and specifications and interpret them to others.

Prepare contract documents and specifications for the construction and landscaping of parks, parkways, trains, and open space areas.

Negotiate contracts with and coordinate project consultants.

Review and interpret designs, plans, and specifications for compliance with current standards, laws, codes, and regulations for solutions to problems, cost estimating, and constructability.

Ensure that safety principles are observed and practiced.

Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.

Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Deal patiently and tactfully with department/division heads, elected officials, outside agencies, and the public.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including but not limited to department/division heads, elected officials, and outside agencies.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in park administration, public administration, or a closely related field.

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible professional administrative experience in recreation and/or parks and facilities management, experience including three years of administrative and supervisory experience. Public agency experience is highly desirable.

License or Certificate: Must possess and maintain appropriate driver’s license. A Qualified Applicators Certificate issued by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation is highly desirable. A Certified Arborist Certificate is highly desirable. A Pest Control Advisor Certificate issued by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation is desirable.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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