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The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) of the County of San Diego is seeking applications and résumés from qualified individuals for Chief of Parks Operations (official class title: Chief, Departmental Operations). The selected candidate for this 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 to maintain park and recreation facilities, Parks Region Managers and staff assigned to DPR’s South Operations Division. Facilities within this District include a variety of day use parks, sports complexes, campgrounds, open space preserves, historic sites, community/recreation centers and miles of multi-use trails all spanning from the coast to the desert.
Applicants must possess 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.
Note: 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 involved leading projects.
The ideal candidate for Chief, Parks Operations thrives in a fast-paced, high profile, and demanding environment; and possesses depth and breadth of experience in parks and recreational operations and activities.
The ideal candidate will also possess a professional history that includes the following:
•At least five years of management level experience within a public sector parks and recreation department
•Proven experience at a management level in enhancing and embracing an organizational culture that promotes a high degree of customer service
•Ability to practice a customer service-oriented management philosophy which transcends all levels of an organization
•Ability to manage people by building and supporting mutually beneficial relationships with other organizations, associations, and community contacts
•Ability to provide accurate and complete information in a timely manner
•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
•Demonstrates strong teamwork and collaboration skills and the ability to help others learn interpersonal skills
•Ability to convey information and ideas verbally and in writing in a transparent and articulate manner
•Ability to relate to a wide range of styles and personalities of staff and various stakeholders
Additional Salary Information: Salary placement for this position is dependent upon the qualifications of Salary placement for this position is dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate. Salary reviews are performance-based and goal oriented.
About The 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.