Springfield Park District Director of Parks & Planning
Department: Administration Position Title: Director of Parks and Planning Reporting Authority: Executive Director Classification: Exempt Salary: $75,000 - $85,000 Depending on Qualifications
The Director of Parks and Planning is responsible for the overall management of the Parks and Planning Department. This position is responsible for developing, planning, implementing and managing daily operations, routine maintenance, preventative maintenance plans, long-term capital improvement plans, and internal work order system for approximately 2,600 acres of park property, various recreation facilities, multiple maintenance facilities, and park amenities. This position supervises a department of 6 full-time management staff, approximately 30 full-time union staff, and approximately 50 seasonal union staff.
• Overall administration of parks and planning operations, onsite implementation and effective completion of daily operating tasks as necessary. • Develop, implement, and evaluate annual goals and objectives for the effective operation of the department. • Communicate operations specifics and matters of importance to Executive Director in a timely manner. • Direct supervision of the following employees including, but not limited to development, motivating, hiring, training, record keeping, evaluating, and terminating supervised employees: o Superintendent of Park Maintenance o Superintendent of Natural Resources o Project Manager/ADA Coordinator o Superintendent of Golf Maintenance • Develop, implement, evaluate, and modify a preventative maintenance management system for all District facilities. • Develop, implement, evaluate, and modify a fleet maintenance management system for all District vehicles, machinery, and mechanized equipment. • Develop, implement, evaluate, and modify a work order management system for all projects through the District. • Develop, implement, evaluate, and modify park and facility maintenance and operational standards. • Develop, implement, evaluate, and modify a tree maintenance management system for all District properties. • Implement ADA transition plan to eliminate barrier for people with special needs. • Assists in development and oversight of all budgets relating to capital projects, maintenance programs and operations, evaluating the staffing needs of such departments, recommending and implementing changes as necessary. Monitor’s monthly expenses and implements budgetary controls where necessary. • Prepare bid specifications on all major equipment purchases and improvement projects within the Parks and Planning Department. Provide direct guidance and oversight to facility managers and programmers on similar purchases in the Recreation Department. • Analyze bid results, solicit proposals and provide recommendations on awarding of contracts. • Manages contract administration including selection and hiring of consultants, monitoring of work progress and assuring compliance with governmental rules and regulations. • Maintain accurate park boundary maps, legal descriptions, and other real estate files in an organized and effective manner. • Administer, research, develop, and submit information for District grant applications as determined by District planning procedures. • Maintain and foster cooperative and productive relationships with union leadership. • Directs and monitors grounds maintenance and facility maintenance activities which include the planning and implementing of long range maintenance projects. • Develops, implements and review plans for construction of new facilities and parks as well as the renovation of existing facilities to invite technical assistance and ensure maintenance feasibility. • Review development projects for consistency with Park District Master Plan objectives. • Participates on various district and department teams. • Develops excellence in internal and external customer satisfaction. • Serve as a contributing member of the senior management team. • Hosts regular Park and Planning Department meetings. • Attends all Committee, Park Board Meetings, and other applicable public meetings. • Serves at district liaison with various community groups as assigned. Including but not limited to: o Multi-Use Trails Jurisdiction Committee o Springfield Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission o Sangamon County Land Subdivision Committee o Springfield Area Transportation Study Technical Committee Policy Committee • Communicate effectively with co-workers and the public • Continues education on new issues, trends, procedures, and techniques. • Plans, promotes and implements safety practices and procedures. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• This position requires a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks Administration, Natural Resource Management, Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Planning or related field. Five years of related experience and three years of experience in supervisory management position is required. Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for the above.
• Knowledge of planning and development of park and recreation facilities. Skill in landscape architectural design. • Knowledge of landscaping, turf maintenance, athletic field maintenance, chemical application, plant materials, soil preparation and fertilization. • Knowledge of plant material, insects, diseases, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. • Knowledge of grounds maintenance procedures. • General knowledge of facility maintenance. • General knowledge of fleet maintenance. • Skill in analyzing and evaluating policies, procedures, services and facilities in order to develop recommendations for improvement. • Skill in annual budget preparation. • Ability to select from possible alternative methods the method of processing information that leads to the potentially best answer or solution to a problem. • Ability to generate or conceive new or innovative ideas or solution to a problem.
• Builds and maintains positive working relationship with co-workers, other departments and the public using principles of good customer service. • Knowledge of technology applications with a means to improving resource allocation. • Leadership abilities that include employee participation and involvement. • Ability to work in a team-based environment. • Effective interpersonal skills. • Skill in written and verbal communication. • Ability to maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees.
General Requirements: • Must be able to read and write and have good command of the English language. • Excellent oral and written communication. • Physical capabilities – lifts 50 pounds, squat, bend and move as necessary for the job. • Must be able to perform basic mathematics. • Must have basic proficiency of Microsoft Excel and Word. • Must possess valid Illinois Driver’s License. • Must possess professional phone skills and work well with the public. • Must present a neat and professional appearance. • Responsible to follow policies and procedures outlined in Springfield Park District employee manual. • Must live in Sangamon County, in the State of Illinois or must be willing to move to Sangamon County in the State of Illinois within the first 6 months of acceptance of a position with the Springfield Park District.
Applications & Resumes should be submitted to:
Springfield Park District Human Resources 2500 S. 11th Street Springfield IL 62703
Phone: 217-544-1751 ext. 1007
The Springfield Park District is committed to the provisions of Equal Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action to its applicants regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, age sex, marital or veterans’ status, national origin, disability or any other legally protected status.
Questions about this particular position can be answered by: Name: Derek Harms, Executive Director Location: Bunn Administrative Offices Phone: 217-544-1751 X 1000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org