Work Location: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (Mahomet, IL) with travel to all District sites
Hours: Typical work hours are 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday unless otherwise scheduled. Some evenings, weekends, and holidays will be required depending on operational needs.
Compensation: CCFPD offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a competitive salary commensurate with experience (minimum starting pay of $67,000).
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND DEADLINE
Applicants must submit an online application directly to www.ccfpd.org (Get Involved>Employment>Current Vacancies). While we will accept applications until the position has been filled with the most qualified candidate, review of applications will commence September 24th.
Under the general direction of the Executive Director, this Deputy Director position is responsible for the planning and development of user areas within the Forest Preserve District’s land holdings, including the design, implementation, and evaluation of capital improvements and oversight of site operations. Work involves considerable discretion and judgment in directing the development, prioritization, and utilization of resources in the planning, design, and development of facilities and open space amenities.
The Deputy Director reports to the Executive Director. This position is responsible for directly supervising full-time staff in the Planning, Operations, and Construction departments, as well as providing direct and indirect supervision to seasonal employees, interns, and/or volunteers. The Deputy Director also oversees the operations of the Lake of the Woods golf course.
• Oversees the planning, development, and implementation of short-range and long-range plans for preserve and facility development and improvement; collaborates accordingly with relevant staff, public and private agencies, contractors, and other entities as necessary.
• Develops and manages long-range and annual capital improvement plans taking into account facility needs, staff input, District priorities, and master and site plans. Develops recommendations for annual capital project and equipment budgets.
• Directs departments in the development and implementation of an effective preventive maintenance program and budget for all sites, facilities, and equipment.
• Coordinates and directs the development of capital project plans and designs. Prepares bid specifications for capital and department projects, adhering to the District’s guidelines for RFP and/or RFQ processes.
• Develops and maintains thorough and accurate facility and equipment inventories and other records critical to District operations and assets.
• Inspects work sites to ensure compliance with established procedures and contract terms, assesses quality and progress of projects, makes recommendations for improvement, and ensures timely deliverables.
• Oversees site operations, construction, and planning departments ensuring that departments achieve established goals and objectives. Provides oversight to the District’s golf course facility and program.
• In the absence of the Executive Director, assumes all responsibilities for District operations, planning, public communications, and facility management.
• Attends meetings of the Board of Commissioners, District committees, and other events as required in support of District activities.
• Prepares and/or directs the preparation of board summaries, monthly reports, and periodic and special reports; responds to board inquiries as requested.
• Supports the District’s ADA Compliance Officer and implements the District’s ADA Transition Plan.
• Assists in the development of grant, land acquisition, and special project proposals.
• Develops and implements various methods of gathering community input into major projects including working with focus groups, advisory boards, and partner agencies.
• Continues professional development to keep abreast of emerging technologies, methods and best practices in the field.
Guides the professional development of direct reports; helps employees set annual goals that directly support the District’s Strategic Plan as well as departmental goals and objectives.
• Remains informed of new products, equipment, and management techniques and trends in the park services and conservation fields.
• Serves as a member of the 4th of July Freedom Fest Committee and represents the District at the annual Freedom Fest event and other District-hosted events as necessary.
• Understands, applies, and enforces safety rules and procedures as delineated within the District’s Safety Manual; oversees departmental preparations for Loss Control Reviews and other safety audits.
• All other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Natural Resource Management, or other related field.
• Four years of progressively responsible experience in park or conservation management with policy, supervisory, and budgetary experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to fulfill the duties of this position.
• Master’s degree in one of the above-noted fields or related field of study is preferred.
Skills and Abilities
• Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships throughout the District.
• Knowledge of the practices and equipment associated with the operations and maintenance of public lands and facilities.
• Excellent time management and prioritization skills; ability to work proactively and independently without constant supervision.
• Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment in solving problems and making decisions; ability to respond professionally to challenging or stressful situations.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate clearly and concisely in a professional manner.
• Demonstrated ability to lead both interdepartmental and interagency teams to achieve defined objectives.
• Demonstrated good safety awareness.
• Ability to use standard office equipment, including a computer. Must possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite. • Valid driver’s license is required.
• CPR/AED and First Aid certification or the ability to obtain within 12 months of employment.
• Must possess, or have the ability to learn, a working knowledge of the District’s rules and regulations.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Work is primarily performed in an office setting with frequent travel to other facilities and outdoor worksites. While performing this job, the employee regularly utilizes a computer and other standard office equipment and may be required to use repetitive motion for certain duties (e.g. typing). Some work will be performed outdoors in various weather conditions including heat, cold, rain, snow, or ice. Employee may be exposed to hazardous flora and fauna (e.g. poison ivy, wild parsnip, biting/stinging insects, ticks) and potentially hazardous substances and materials (cleaning supplies, herbicides/pesticides, gasoline/oil.) The employee may also be exposed to machinery with moving mechanical parts and high noise levels.
The employee will have frequent interaction with co-workers as well as District patrons and other members of the community. Ability to talk and hear or otherwise communicate effectively is required. Visual acuity necessary for this position includes close vision and depth perception. While performing the duties of this position, the employee may be occasionally sedentary and sitting for prolonged periods of time. The employee may regularly handle, grasp, or feel objects; reach, push, or pull to reposition items, and may occasionally lift and transport up to 50 pounds.
The work environment characteristics and physical demands described above are representative of those an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.
Reasonable accommodations may be made, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.