Parks, Forestry, & Open Space Manager

City of Wheat Ridge - Wheat Ridge, CO3.8

Purpose/summary of the position: Responsible for the leadership and management of the Parks, Forestry, and Open Space division.

Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in building and maintaining effective relationships with staff and external customers. This individual will be accountable for managing and leading the Parks department towards their strategic goals. This individual will have savvy communication skills dealing with both the public, council, and staff and will be adept with developing and managing budgets.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for planning, developing, and implementing the programs and projects of a specialized City division.
Establish goals and objectives and collaborates with Parks & Recreation Director on strategic planning for Parks division.
Identifies opportunities for improvement of structure, methods, policies and procedures and directs the implementation of those changes.
Participate in development and implementation of departmental policies and procedures.
Work with other City divisions or departments, governmental agencies, or community organizations to coordinate and prioritize shared activities and projects.
Provides leadership to team members and performs supervisory duties including instructing, assigning, reviewing, and planning work of others.
Responsible for managing, in collaboration with the Parks management team, the entire lifecycle of employees from the recruitment and selection to transfers, reassignment, disciplinary actions and termination.
Plan, coordinate and arrange training for staff.
Monitors department's compliance with occupational health and safety standards and department regulations.
Maintain supervisory responsibility for all facilities and equipment in use by the division.
Participates in the development, forecasting, and administration of the budget and implements budgetary adjustments as necessary.
Responsible for reviewing and approving department expenditures including staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies.
Represents the Parks, Forestry and Open Space division to other County departments, elected officials and outside agencies.
Assess division needs to determine necessity of capital improvements and equipment acquisition.
Create and present presentations regarding division activities before civic or school groups, City Council and Boards and Commissions.
Review proposed ordinances, regulations, plans, sketches, blueprints, and technical reports related to divisional activities for content, accuracy, and feasibility.
Serves as a liaison to the police department regarding park rules and regulations enforcement in Parks and open space and law enforcement in park and open space facilities.
Responds to and resolves complex and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints and address inquiries concerning division's programs and activities.
May act in capacity of Director, in their absence; may represent division at various governmental and professional meetings.
Attend conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field.
Prepare a variety or reports and projects as requested by the Department Director.
Perform related work as required and assigned.
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Vocational Competency- Must have knowledge of materials, equipment, methods and practices essential to the maintenance and construction of Parks, playgrounds and related facilities. Must also be knowledgeable on forestry practices, horticultural practices and turf management practices. Must have knowledge of principles of plumbing, painting, plastering, masonry and carpentry. Must know the hazards and safety precautions common to the type of work involved.
Technology- Must have intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Must be able to work with the TimeClock Plus, ADG, and other city systems and software.
Supervision- Must have knowledge of management and supervision practices and principles. Must be skilled with performance evaluations, training, and supervision. Must be able to delegate authority and responsibility and provide leadership and direction.
Organization- Must have knowledge of organization and administration practices and principles. Must have ability to coordinate, organize, prioritize, and record many office support tasks demonstrating excellent organizational skills.
Time Management- Must take initiative and be able to manage multiple projects at a time and adjust to shifts in priorities. Must be able to prioritize tasks in a timely manner
Communication- Must be able to present ideas clearly and concisely verbally and in writing to multiple audiences. Must have strong knowledge of English language including spelling, grammar, and punctuation and business writing skills. Must have good diplomacy, communication, and conflict management skills. Have ability to handle difficult and stressful situations with composure.
Financial- Have knowledge of and the ability to perform basic financial, mathematics, and accounting principles. Must have knowledge of budget control methods and ability to prepare a budget. Must be able to manage complex budgets and work within the constraints of that budget.
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: Must be able to use sound judgement and discretion in decision making. Must be skilled with collecting, analyzing, and organizing complex data. Must be able to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems. Must be able handle confidential information with discretion.

Qualifications:Education and Training:
Bachelor's degree in field closely related to area of supervision.

Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in respective field of division's activities, including at least three (3) at the supervisory level

License or Certification:
Possess a current and valid driver's license and maintain a good driving record. If moving from a different state, a Colorado license must be obtained within (30) days of hire.
Drug screen, physical exam, and a background check are required.
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