Parks Operations Manager

City of Madison, WI - Madison, WI (30+ days ago)

General Description

Madison Parks began long before there was a division within the City government. The Madison Parks & Pleasure Drive Association formed in 1894 by such visionaries as John Olin, Daniel Tenney and Michael Olbrich. At its conception, the association had just 5.3 acres of parkland.

Today, Madison Parks has over 270 parks covering over 6,000 acres, including 1,600 conservation acres. The Parks Division is responsible for the operations and maintenance of Olbrich Botanical Gardens, four public golf courses, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, the Goodman Pool, Forest Hill Cemetery, and maintenance of State Street and the Mall Concourse. We are also responsible for over 96,000 trees along more than 700 miles of city streets. We offer reservable shelters, athletic fields, swimming lessons, guided nature walks, ice skating lessons, and free movies in the park.

Our mission is to provide the ideal system of parks, natural resources, and recreational opportunities which will enhance the quality of life for everyone.

The Parks Operations Manager is a responsible strategic position that will contribute to the rich history and plan the future of the City of Madison Parks Division. This position is responsible for supervisory, and administrative work in directing Parks operations and maintenance services for City park areas, boulevards, park facilities, trees, park buildings and all related equipment. The Parks Operations Manager also oversees and coordinates the operations of the City cemetery, golf courses, forestry, conservation areas and special events, both directly and through subordinate program supervisors. Work involves considerable discretion and judgment in coordinating and integrating operations; related problem resolution; and associated communications with City officials and managers, and the public. Under the general direction of the Assistant Parks Superintendent, the employee plays a key role in the overall management of the Parks Division.

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Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
Direct and supervise the operations of all City parks, buildings, fleet, equipment and other physical facilities through subordinate supervisors and a large maintenance staff.
Oversee, coordinate and integrate the maintenance operations of the City cemetery, golf courses, forestry, conservation areas and associated special events.
Lead and/or participate in related goal setting; work prioritization; human resource and equipment sharing/utilization, etc.
Participate in planning and implementing park expansion and development projects, etc. to incorporate maintenance needs into design standards.
Develop and monitor operating and capital budgets.
Inspect park facilities, including playground structures, buildings and amenities. Meet regularly with supervisors to review progress and problems. Review operational problems, project progress and future activities and assignments.
Monitor and manage fleet operations for the Parks Division, including tracking and maintenance needs.
Conduct and/or participate in public forums dealing with current or future parks operations/maintenance issues. Coordinate facilities' usage with the Madison Metropolitan School District and other major user groups.
Prepare related written and verbal reports for the Parks Superintendent, the Parks Commission, Alderpersons, the Council, other committees and the general public.
Manage a large staff of professional, supervisory, maintenance, laborer and hourly employees, directly or through subordinate supervisors.
Participate in labor relations as needed.
Minimum Qualifications
Four (4) years of directly related supervisory experience in generally comparable parks maintenance and operations, which included the supervision of multiple functions through subordinate supervisors.
Possession of a four year degree from an accredited college or university in the area of Parks and Recreation, Resource Management, Landscape Architecture, Business Administration, Public Administration, Operations Management or other related degree.
Possession of a Master's Degree in a related field may be used to substitute for one year of experience.
  • OR-
Six (6) years of directly related experience in parks maintenance, grounds, turf maintenance, landscaping or closely related field; four (4) of which must include directly related supervisory experience AND
Possession of a two year degree in the area of business administration, turf management, horticulture, landscaping, forestry, or a related field.
If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience.

Four (4) years experience in applying the following:
Supervisory principles and practices, labor relations and personnel management.
Methods, materials, equipment and practices associated with the maintenance and daily operations of parks, park buildings, and facilities and related mechanical systems. Such examples include, pool mechanical systems, in-ground irrigation, plumbing, electrical or HVAC.
Methods, materials, equipment and practices associated with turf maintenance, horticulture, urban forestry, park planning or facility maintenance.
Two (2) years experience in applying the following
Capital and operating budget development, and monitoring techniques and procedures.
Computer software related to parks operational activities, including scheduling, financial, work orders, and other related software.
For the complete list of the knowledge, skills, and abilities, please reference the Parks Operations Manager class specification.

Special Requirements
Ability to meet the transportation requirements of the position.

Physical Requirements:
Employees in this classification must be able to physically access and inspect all parks facilities throughout the City. This position requires work outdoors in all types of weather while walking and standing. However, the incumbent will also be expected to perform work at a desk using a computer, telephone, and other traditional office equipment. Finally, the incumbent may be expected to attend a variety of meetings outside normal working hours, including evenings and weekends.