Parks Superintendent

Berkeley Public Library - Berkeley, CA3.3

The City of Berkeley is currently accepting applications for Parks Superintendent. Under general direction, the Parks Superintendent manages the activities and operations of the Parks Division of the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department, including the citywide parks, parks and recreation facilities and urban forestry programs. May act as the Department Head in the absence of the Director of the Parks, Recreations and Waterfront Department. Performs related work as assigned.

This is a division head classification responsible for the administration and management of the citywide parks and recreation facilities and urban forestry programs. Plans, organizes and directs, through subordinate supervisors, the design, beautification, construction and maintenance of the City's parks and park buildings facilities, gardens, urban forest, playgrounds, recreational facilities and medians; works closely with the community in managing these activities. Working within general policy guidelines, the incumbent formulates parks-related policy and procedures, develops goals and objectives, makes recommendations for action, assists in the development of budgets and administers the Parks Division budget. This position is distinguished from the Director of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront which is a department head classification with overall responsibility for the operations, planning and administration of the city's parks, parks facilities, marina, waterfront properties and programs, urban forestry, landscape planning and design, and all of the City's recreation programs.

Plans, organizes, directs, and manages a comprehensive citywide parks and urban forestry program including, but not limited to, the work of the Parks Division (Landscape Section, Building Maintenance Section and Forestry Section); develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and new programs for the Division;
Promotes public participation in park planning, planting and design; fosters effective community participation among volunteer groups and organizes volunteers in park improvement projects;
Manages, plans, coordinates and integrates divisional programs and operations with other City departments, public agencies and officials and concerned community groups; represents the Department in meetings with these groups in order to coordinate, develop and implement projects and programs;
Provides staff support, attends meetings and makes presentations to relevant city commissions;
May act as department head in the absence of the Director of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront;
Works closely with Recreation Program staff to ensure that programs are fully serviced by park facilities;
Prepares or directs the preparation of a variety of studies and reports related to current and long-range City needs, including the Capital Improvement Program, and develops specific proposals and budgets to meet them; directs maintenance and construction activities, including planning, budgeting, estimating, scheduling, and the personal inspection and monitoring of work being performed;
Ensures compliance of parks, facilities, and forestry activities to pertinent codes, regulations and guidelines; monitors developments related to park capital improvement projects and park maintenance, evaluates their impact and implements policy and procedure improvements;
Accounts for the efficient and effective use of all financial resources within authorized Division budget;
Prepares, presents and defends the annual parks maintenance-related division budget including revenue projections, fees and cost recovery component to meet targeted budgetary goals; monitors budget and expenditures and adjusts program delivery as necessary; justifies all budget allocations and expenditures in accordance with City policies and procedures;
Develops effective service standards to meet the needs of park users and ensures the timeliness of service delivery; responds to citizen complaints, initiatives, and inquiries;
Reviews staff work and existing policies and operating procedures for overall effectiveness and develops new programmatic approaches; develops and implements relevant management systems, procedures and standards for program evaluation;
Responsible for the selection, supervision, work evaluation, discipline, training and development of staff;
Assists in planning new parks and facilities and the renovation or redevelopment of existing ones; and directs the maintenance of new parks and facilities; and;
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: EDUCATION:
Equivalent to graduation from high school supplemented by college level course work in parks management, public administration, horticulture, forestry, or closely-related field.


Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible management and administrative experience which includes a minimum of three (3) years supervision of professional, technical and support staff in park and facility administration, operations and maintenance.

Additional administrative experience may be substituted for supplemental coursework. College level coursework in parks management, public administration, horticulture, or forestry may be substituted for non-supervisory experience, on a year-for-year basis.

Must be able to travel to various locations within and outside the City of Berkeley to meet the program needs and to fulfill the job responsibilities.
When driving on City business, maintenance of a valid California driver's license and satisfactory driving record is required.

Knowledge and Abilities: KNOWLEDGE OF: 1. Theories, standards, techniques and equipment used in parks landscape maintenance, urban forestry, and building and facilities maintenance and operation; 2. Principles and best management practices for native California plants and open lands; horticulture; urban forestry operations and maintenance (including fire fuels management); environmental conservation; ecology; and park preservation; 3. Administrative principles and methods including setting goals and developing work standards; program development and implementation, personnel administration, and techniques of project management including project planning, implementation and evaluation; 4. Principles and practices of effective employee supervision, including selection, training, work evaluation and discipline; 5. Principles and practices of budget development and administration and parks capital improvements planning, including principles and practices of grant funding application and administration; 6. Safety practices and equipment pertinent to parks, playgrounds, landscape, forestry and building and facilities maintenance; and occupational hazards and standard safety precautions necessary in the work place; 7. Codes, ordinances and guidelines pertaining to the work, including the Americans with Disabilities Act; 8. Principles and practices of governmental contract preparation and administration; and, 9. Computer applications such as Windows, Microsoft Office and other related programs, including computerized maintenance and management systems.

ABILITY TO: 1. Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate a variety of functional specialties with overlapping work areas; 2. Manage and direct large landscaping, building maintenance and urban forestry programs; 3. Select, motivate, and evaluate staff; maintain morale and productivity; and provide for staff training and development; 4. Provide a team approach to service response with other city departments; 5. Prepare, administer and monitor a Division budget; 6. Represent the City effectively in meetings with other governmental agencies, community groups, businesses, financial institutions, boards, commissions and the public; 7. Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and management controls; 8. Prepare clear and concise records, reports, correspondence and other written materials; and 9. Exercise independent judgment within general policy guidelines.

Application Process:Applicants must submit the following:

All materials must be received in our office no later than the closing date, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Postmarks, faxes and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.

The examination process will consist of:
Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and to ensure all materials have been submitted.
Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. Hiring Department(s) will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background / reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. Components may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency / disaster.

Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Berkeley will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Human Resources Department | 1-510-981-6800 | |2180 Milvia 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704. Requests can be made via email, phone, or in writing via U.S. mail.

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