The City of Gresham is seeking an innovative, results oriented, and highly accountable manager in our Parks division. As the Parks Superintendent, your focus will be on creating an exceptional parks, open spaces, and trails experience for residents and visitors alike. Our vision for this role is defined as providing safe and sound infrastructure and clean, well-maintained, and properly managed properties. In this capacity, you will lead a team that is focused on the goal of providing high quality Parks operations with limited resources. Your agility to work across divisional and departmental lines to triage and manage public service items of various priorities will make you a highly desirable candidate.
The Parks Superintendent reports to the Facilities, Parks and Fleet Manager, but will autonomously lead and manage Parks operations to include asset, personnel, budget, and project management. We are looking for someone to join a collaborative team of operations Superintendents in the City's Public Works department (Transportation, Water, Sewer,etc), and serve as a 24 hour on call Superintendent for one week out of every five.
Our Parks system includes more than 300 acres of park land, 840 acres of natural areas, and more than 8 miles of paved bike/pedestrian trails. Currently these areas are maintained by 6 regular status staff members, and 3 limited term employees (plus 4-6 seasonal staff about six months each year) with a budget of $2.33 million. The number of parks the city maintains totals 32 with a mixture of improved parks, community parks, and unimproved parks, with varying amenities.
The City of Gresham is near the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Pacific Ocean, and spectacular Mount Hood Recreation area. We proudly serve a growing and diverse population of over 100,000 residents and numerous businesses. Our Parks attract many visitors year-round which require oversight by a Parks Superintendent who is passionate about their work and collaborates well with various stakeholders.
Working as the Parks Superintendent, you will supervise public works operations to achieve goals within budgeted funds and available personnel. Reviewing progress and making changes in priorities and schedules as needed will be typical functions of this role. We are seeking an experienced individual to supervise and direct crew leads in the oversight of skilled and unskilled workers who will engage in maintaining, repairing, and installing park resources. Your ability to troubleshoot and problem solve the more difficult and non-routine operational issues will be necessary.
You can look forward to participating in neighborhood meetings, managing partnerships within the community related to park operations, and developing solid relations with volunteer organizations. This may involve occasional evening and weekend attendance at scheduled meetings and events. We desire someone who is responsive and effectively communicates with internal and external stakeholders on a consistent basis. If you have an aptitude for prioritization and analyzing current resources and needs, anticipating future needs, with an understanding of proper maintenance protocols, we encourage you to apply.
Your commitment to public service and ability to lead others in fulfilling the City's mission, objectives and service expectations will be highly valued. Participation in programs and activities that promote workplace diversity, a positive work environment, and operational safety, will be important functions in this role. We want someone who can effectively evaluate, coach, train, and discipline staff members as needed within assigned operations section. Your experience will be needed in the development of short and long-range work projects.
The Parks Superintendent will spend a majority of their time within an office environment at our Operations Center, however, to ensure productivity, safety, and quality of work performed by staff, we desire someone who will regularly allocate time in the field engaging with employees and the public. You will create and review various reports such as accident and damage reports, equipment reports, material usage reports, personnel time reports and procurement card statements. Maintaining systems and records that provide for proper documentation of assigned activities to include the development and oversight of data tracking systems and using applicable software to manage maintenance records will be required.
The City of Gresham receives inquiries and complaints from the public related to daily operations, construction, maintenance, and repair functions. As the Parks Superintendent, you will respond to them while actively assuring public safety and safe working conditions through inspections and training programs for staff. Your ability to prepare and monitor an assigned operating budget that involves the procurement and inventory of equipment and supplies, administering contracts for equipment and outside services, while monitoring contract performance will be critical to success in this role.
If you possess proven leadership skills, a strong understanding of management and personnel principles, and are highly collaborative with excellent written and spoken communication abilities, this may be a good fit for this role. Our ideal candidate will be accountable, innovative, and have a strong desire for process improvement.
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The ideal candidate:
Has demonstrated technical skills with regards to municipal Parks operations.
Has knowledge of the regulatory drivers of and construction management principles and practices applied to Parks operations.
Displays a strong understanding of principles and practices, methods, techniques and equipment related to parks operations and maintenance.
Knows effective and proper safety standards, practices and procedures relating to equipment operation, heavy labor, pesticide application, and the use of hand and power tools and equipment.
Has knowledge of personnel administrative rules and bargaining contract provisions.
Has knowledge or experience with basic Governmental budgeting.
Has experience with short and long term strategic planning.
Has experience with computers and software programs related to parks management including Word, Excel, Power Point, GIS, and Google Earth.
Has knowledge of effective supervisory methods and techniques.
Five years of progressively responsible experience in Parks Operations and Maintenance.
Minimum of two years in a supervisory role supporting Parks Operations.
Bachelor's degree in related field desired, but not required.
Gresham is a municipal government agency in Oregon. It is the state’s fourth largest city located in the northwest part of the state between Portland and Mount Hood. With a growing and diverse population, Gresham is home to many businesses and is also near to beautiful Mount Hood, the world renowned Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, the Pacific Ocean and is minutes away from Downtown Portland.