Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department – The City of Portland, Maine seeks a dynamic, experienced innovator to lead the Parks Division in the role as Parks Manager. Portland is home to a nationally significant and historic parks system with 63 parks, 27 playgrounds, 10 community gardens, hundreds of acres of open space, 12 basketball courts, 24 tennis courts, 16 baseball diamonds, 13 softball fields, 8 multi-purpose fields and 2 artificial-turf stadiums. The Division also oversees 20,000 street trees, a skatepark, public beach, 13 cemeteries, horticultural beds and meadows, winter recreation facilities and many other recreational amenities throughout the city. Portland’s first park, Lincoln Park, was designated in 1866, and soon after, the city employed the Olmsted firm (Central Park in NYC and the Emerald Necklace in Boston) to design an interconnected system of parks that still thrives today. Today, the Portland park system is tied together by a world class system of trails, bike paths and boulevards, and is visited by many hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. The 35+ staff of the Parks Division design, build and maintain park infrastructure to serve all of the residents and visitors to Portland, and we are seeking a dynamic leader to lead this team to continue to improve and build on the legacy of our historic parks system. The City seeks an individual with a history of innovation, resourcefulness, and excellent leadership and project management skills.
Graduation from a college or university with a baccalaureate degree in Parks administration or related degree, as well as ten years of progressive supervisory or administrative experience in a municipal park agency, or any equivalent combination of experience and training. Extensive knowledge of the modern principles and practices of park administration, cemetery management, forestry, park planning, design and construction including experience overseeing the master plan process. Candidate must have experience in budget development and human resource management and must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental employees, City and School officials, elected officials, the public and members of Boards and Commissions. Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is preferred. Must possess a valid Maine Class C driver’s license and have and maintain a good driving record. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check. www.portlandmaine.gov/324/jobs
The City of Portland is strongly committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Apply at/send cover letter and resume to the City of Portland, Maine Human Resources Office 389 Congress St., Room 115 Portland, ME 04101 Tel. (207) 874-8624, Fax (207) 874-8937 Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply online go to www.portlandmaine.gov/324/jobs.
Deadline for applications: Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
Additional Salary Information: Permanent, full-time employees receive a generous benefits package which includes 12 ½ paid holidays; employee health insurance; sick and vacation leave; optional life, dental and income protection insurances; choice of retirement plans; and tuition reduction programs with Kaplan University and the University of Southern Maine.
About City of Portland, Parks, Recreation & Facilities
“Portland is Maine's business, financial and retail capital and the largest city in the state. Seascapes and cityscapes blend harmoniously in Portland, perched on a peninsula, jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay. The metropolitan hub of Maine's south coast region, Portland is a progressive, lively city incorporating the character of yesteryear into a modern urban environment. Historic architecture blends gracefully with the new as you stroll along her working waterfront or the cobblestone streets of the restored Old Port section of the city. With a metro population of 230,000, the Greater Portland area is home to almost one quarter of Maine's total population. The population of the city is 64,000. The economy is strong. Bumper-to-bumper traffic and gridlock are unheard of. Portland is an easygoing city with friendly, hardworking people. Ranked nationally as one of the ten safest, culturally most fascinating US Cities and one of the top cities for doing business, housing is affordable, the schools and healthcare are outstanding. Recreation, entertainment, scenery, culture -we've got the market cornered. Just ask the 3.6 million tourists who visit each year. And, the same th...ings that attract vacationers make Portland a wonderful place to live, to work and to do business”. (Excerpt from Portlandmaine.gov website)