OC Parks Deputy Director (Administrative Manager III)
County of Orange
June 11, 2018
Santa Ana, California
Full-time - Experienced
THE OPPORTUNITY: The County of Orange is seeking a strong leader to serve as the Deputy Director of OC Parks. The Deputy is responsible for providing guidance, direction and coordination for the department in carrying out the department's mission of preserving the County's portfolio of regional parks and open spaces to provide economical recreational opportunities to the public.
Reporting to the OC Parks Director, the incumbent assists in establishing and achieving Department priorities, goals, and objectives for general parks operations, internal human resources, real estate and property management, visitor services, maintenance, resource management, interpretation, and public programming. The incumbent will work closely with the department's management staff to establish priorities, policies and direction and take an active leadership role in furthering the department's strategic initiatives. He or she will build consensus and continuity across divisions, and establish a respectful, productive, and ethical work environment.
In fulfilling these responsibilities, the Deputy Director must be comfortable working with myriad County and external organizations including, but not limited to, the Board of Supervisors, County Counsel, Orange County Public Works, Orange County Parks Commission, Orange County Historic Commission, Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Sheriff, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, California State Parks, California Coastal Commission, US Army Corps of Engineers, and numerous municipalities, non-profits, and community groups.
The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of/familiarity with: long range planning and park development including capital projects; real estate and property management strategies; grant development and administration; laws and regulations related to environmental issues including mechanisms for conservation such as NCCP; methods of park facility construction and maintenance; familiarity with state and local public contract procedures; and marketing and public relations. He or she will be motivational, collaborative, and empathetic, and will lead with integrity. The Deputy Director will have a passion for conservation and public service, and firm belief that parks and open spaces are integral to healthy communities.
The ideal candidate will have significant and progressively responsible experience in a mid- to upper-level managerial capacity with a parks and recreation organization of more than seventy-five (75) staff. He/she will possess a Master's degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.), Business Administration (M.B.A.), Recreation and Park Administration (M.S.), or related field of study. Additionally, the ideal candidate will demonstrate:
• a record of visionary leadership and significant accomplishments in a complex park and recreation organization in local government; • leadership of successful community engagement processes; • comprehensive knowledge of the principles of public administration, public contract procurement and administration, and best practices in internal/external communication; • in-depth knowledge of and experience in community needs analysis, program performance assessment, benchmarking and balanced scorecard; • strong oral and written communication skills with experience in public speaking, meeting facilitation and staff reports/briefs; • the ability to interact effectively with elected and appointed officials, other government agencies, public and private partners, community leaders and customers and the general public; • the ability to direct and develop staff at all levels of the department with confidence, empathy, and respect; • strong project management skills, and the ability to guide the implementation of major strategic initiatives that involve collaboration across organizational boundaries; • strong analytical and research skills, and the ability to develop and execute comprehensive business strategies for the various program areas within the regional park system; • a CPRP or CPRE certification
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