The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) of the County of San Diego is seeking applications and résumés from qualified individuals for Chief, Parks Development (official class title Chief, Departmental Operations). The selected candidate for this exceptional unclassified management position will be a strategist and innovator who strives for continuous improvement and results. The selected candidate will be responsible for providing leadership and oversight over one of two regions in DPR’s Parks Development Division.
The ideal candidate for Chief, Parks Development thrives in a fast-paced, high profile, and demanding environment; possesses depth and breadth of experience in park development, design, engineering, and construction management; and is highly skilled in the disciplines of strategic planning, project management, negotiation, attention to detail, timeline completion, and budget management. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a solution-oriented individual responsible for ensuring excellent customer service and working collaboratively with stakeholders.
The ideal candidate will also possess a professional history that includes the following:
• At least five years of professional level planning experience in the public or private sector, with at least two years of full supervisory or management level experience in planning, project management, design, engineering, construction management, or an environmental field • Ability to practice a customer service-oriented management philosophy which transcends all levels of an organization • Ability to demonstrate organizational and political awareness of sensitive issues and understanding of multiple stakeholder needs to develop consensus on projects and programs, including working with boards and commissions, community planning or sponsor groups, industry groups, community organizations, agency officials, and the public • Skill in strategic thinking and anticipation of future consequences and trends while applying knowledge appropriately • Ability to mentor, develop, and advocate for staff • Ability to convey information and ideas verbally and in writing in a transparent and articulate manner • Demonstrates strong teamwork and collaboration skills and the ability to help others learn interpersonal skills • Ability to relate to a wide range of styles and personalities of staff and various stakeholders
Applicants must possess the following: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or certified equivalency for foreign studies, AND, five years of experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the classification which must include two years of management or supervision; OR a combination of experience and/or education as stated above.
Notes: A master's degree or higher degree may substitute for a total of one year. In order for education to substitute for work experience as indicated above, college level coursework must demonstrate progress toward a degree and may be substituted on a year-for-year basis. Qualifying experience will include CAO Staff Officer or Project Manager experience that involves leading projects.
About County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation
Mission Statement: We enhance the quality of life in San Diego County by providing opportunities for high level parks and recreation experiences and preserving regionally significant natural and cultural resources.
Vision: A park and recreation system that is the pride of San Diego County.
Department Director: Brian Albright
About Us: County Parks and Recreation maintains and enhances the quality of life in San Diego County by providing parks and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Our award-winning system includes local and regional parks, campgrounds, 300 miles of trails, fishing lakes, state-of-the-art recreation centers and sports complexes, ecological preserves, and open space preserves. We offer hundreds of programs, ranging from an award-winning Outdoor Adventure Program to cutting edge activities that contribute to healthy communities and lifestyles. Our facilities cover more than 44,000 acres, are open year round, and are operated and maintained by County staff, volunteers, and service contracts.