Manages and administers the Parks and Cemetery Divisions within the Parks Department. Plans and oversees maintenance and operations of the parks, medians, trails, cemeteries, facilities and grounds at public buildings and the Park Ranger Program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.
Responsible for maintenance, renovation and operation of athletic fields and facilities, picnic shelters, playgrounds, park restrooms, concession areas and various storage facilities.
Coordinates the raw water delivery for the Parks Department.
Participates in formulating and administering City and Community Service, Service Unit policies and developing long-range goals and objectives.
Directs the preparation of short-term and long-range plans and the division's bi-annual budget based on the goals and growth objectives of the Community Service, Service Unit.
Oversees the Parks Lifecycle Program.
Reviews and analyzes programs, operations and associated costs forecasting progress with regard to stated objectives and future needs.
Evaluates the results of overall operations and service levels and provides regular reports to the Director of Parks as needed.
Participates in and leads interdepartmental and interagency teams to accomplish division, department, and City programs and missions.
Advises and communicates with the public concerning Parks Department policies and work projects.
May serve on variety of boards and committees.
Serves with other Parks Department managers as a member of the Parks Department management team.
Handles customer requests, concerns and suggestions.
Manages and administers a variety of contracts, memorandums of understanding and inter-governmental agreements.
Coordinates logistics of City-involved public events such as the 4th of July, New West Fest, and all large events held on City Parks property.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES This position is responsible for the supervision of City employee(s).
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
QUALIFICATIONS The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.
Skilled in strategic planning.
Ability to use word processing and spreadsheet software.
Ability to perform statistical analysis.
Skilled in conflict resolution.
Knowledge of park planning and maintenance practices.
Ability to read and interpret plans is desirable.
Knowledge of raw water delivery systems.
Ability to lead and work effectively with teams.
Knowledge of budget preparation.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to interact effectively with City staff and the general public.
Bachelor's degree in Parks Administration, Parks/Resource Planning, or related field from an accredited college or university; MA desirable; eight to ten years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Located against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and home to Colorado State University (CSU), the City of Fort Collins offers a diverse culture, educated and engaged citizens, outdoor recreation, bicycles, breweries, historic charm, and a thriving economy. Throughout the year, live music and entertainment, as well as great local dining, can be found throughout the historic downtown area. Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city.
* The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:
* No. 8 Top 25 Best-Performing Large Cities (Yahoo Finance 2016)
* “Top Ten Websites” Best of The Web Awards (Center for Digital Government – September 2016)
* Top 10 Healthiest Cities" (Livability.com - April 2015)
* No. 13 “Best Place to Live” (Livability.com - September 2015)
* No. 9, and “One of the Top 10 Best Places to Retire” (CBS Money Watch - February 2012)
Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?
- Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following 30 days employment
- Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick days
- Retirement + company matching – after 6 month probati...on period and immediate vesting
- Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
- Employee Assistance Program: counselling, legal, financial assistance
- Life insurance, short-term and long term disability
- Wellness program, workout facilities
- Employee/family Onsite Health Clinic
- Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility
- Collaborative work environment
The City of Fort Collins received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2017. Fort Collins was just the third municipality to receive this award. The Fort Collins Forestry Division has been recognized as being a leader in the profession. The Division and its staff have received several awards. The Forestry Division manages 53,000 city property trees located on public right-of-way and in parks, golf courses, cemeteries and other city property. Davey Tree Keeper is used for inventory management. The inventory has been increasing at around 2,000 trees per year and with an exceptional diversity of tree species. The Vegetation Ordinance and the Land Use Code grant authority and define standards for urban forest management. The Division includes 15 fulltime employees (City Forester, Senior Urban Forester, Forestry Supervisor, 2-Forestry Specialists, 3-Crew Chiefs, 6-Forestry Technicians, 1-Forester Field Worker). The Forestry fleet includes equipment for staff and three city tree crews. The Division contracts for tree maintenance work and for most tree planting. The City Forester’s Tree Pruning Frequency Standards are funded to prune small trees on a five-year cycle and large trees on a seven-year cycle. The 2018 budget is $2.4 million. The Division has a strategy map that is updated annually. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has not yet been detected in Fort Collins, but likely will be within 5 years. The Forestry Division has an EAB Management Plan that defines the pre-infestation and post-infestation responses. The Parks and Recreation Board is a citizen appointed advisory board that reviews policy and major operational projects for the Forestry and Parks Divisions. The Division licenses commercial arborists and enforces the City of Fort Collins’ Tree Management Standards approved by the City Manager. Forestry is involved in the development review process with the necessary full-time employees assigned to this task. All public and private development plans are reviewed by Forestry, with project city tree planting authorized by a forestry permit. Forestry staff works with other city departments and the community on urban forest management, planning and issues. Educational materials are provided, and community outreach is conducted on topics related to tree care, protection and design. Fort Collins has an extensive Arbor Day program and first received the Tree City USA award in 1978. The City Park Arboretum includes over 220 species or cultivars and is used by citizens, students and professionals.