If you are interested in joining a group of dedicated, collaborative, smart, passionate professionals who are committed to public service, consider joining our team. The County of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting for the position of Countywide Trails Master Plan (CWTMP) Program Manager. This is a one?of?a?kind opportunity to bring your leadership and collaboration skills to bear with a focus on completing a world?class regional trail system for the Santa Clara County community.
Program Manager Responsibilities and Ideal Candidate Profile
The CWTMP Program Manager is a new position within the Department. The position was created to facilitate gap closures in the regional trail system as envisioned in the Santa Clara Countywide Trails Master Plan (1995). While the County does not have authority within incorporated areas, the plan included them through coordination with cities during the planning process. Thus, this position will play a unique advocacy role, considering the needs and interests of various key players to compose a singular vision and plan of action for each regional trail project, without enforcement capability. The position will work closely with the Department’s planning, real estate, and partnerships groups, plus executive management.
Key future projects include contributing to the update of the County General Plan, gap closures in urban portions of central, east, and south San Jose, as well as rural area trail projects located nearer the ridgelines that encircle the county.
The ideal candidate will be a self?driven, enthusiastic consensus builder with a proven track record of interpersonal and stakeholder relationship skills. He/she will possess a solid portfolio of significant planning, bike/ped transportation, government relations and/or trail design projects, plus ability to manage complex projects from start to finish. Effective candidates will be customer service?oriented, politically astute, and will work effectively with elected officials, state and local agency representatives, other County departments, community stakeholders, and the public.
Oversees major high?visibility regional trail planning projects;
Projects involve complex technical, environmental, legal and political issues;
Maintains continuous public interface and inter?jurisdictional coordination;
Makes decisions and recommendations with major and potentially long?term implications for overall County organization, community, property owners, residents and other government agencies and organizations;
Natural resource management and environmental review will play a role in all projects
Sufficient education, training and experience to demonstrate the possession and direct application of the following knowledge and abilities.
Training and Experience Note: The required knowledge and abilities are typically attained through training and experience equivalent to possession of a Bachelor's degree. Relevant experience can substitute for education on a year-for-year basis. Relevant experience includes experience performing analytical, administrative, lead, supervisory, or management duties, which include interpreting rules and regulations, gathering data and formulating recommendations, and report writing.
Five (5) years of analytical, administrative, lead, supervisory or management experience which includes duties interpreting rules and regulations, gathering data and formulating recommendations, and report writing; two (2) years of which must be at the journey level.
A Master's degree can substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.
Special Requirements Specialized program knowledge may be required in addition to the generalized administrative/supervisory experience when it can be demonstrated that:
it is an absolute necessity for the successful operation of the program;
that the Program Manager will be held accountable for this specialized knowledge; and
that subordinate program staff will not be able to provide the subject matter expertise that is required.
Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed below indicate the common aspects of the three levels of the Program Manager Series. However, for recruitment purposes, a potential candidate will be rated on ability to perform at a specific level as outlined in the allocation factors. In appraising experience, more weight will be given to the breadth rather than depth of pertinent experience and the evidence of the candidate's ability to assume and fulfill the responsibilities of the position at a designated level.
Some positions may require Live Scan screening as part of the background check process.
Program development and evaluation;
Techniques of organizing and motivating groups;
Personnel management techniques;
Methods of administrative problem solving;
Principles of organization and administrative, fiscal and program management;
Principles of employee supervision, training and development;
Community and agency consultation methods and procedures;
Computer applications, including but not limited to: word processing, spreadsheets, data base management software, presentation and electronic mail software.
Plan, organize, control and evaluate a public service program;
Manage initiatives, collect and analyze data for the purpose of evaluating services and or programs;
Plan and assign workloads clearly and effectively;
Train, develop and motivate staff;
Deal effectively with a variety of government and community officials;
Speak effectively in public;
Integrate the activities of a program to attain program goals;
Prepare and review reports;
Develop and recommend effective courses of action;
Develop and effectively utilize all available resources;
Establish and maintain program's objectives, priorities and policies;
Consult with and advise top administrator on the activities and status of the program;
Develop short and long range budget plans that accurately reflect program needs.
May require the ability to apply the tools of a specialty subject area.
About Santa Clara County Parks
Santa Clara County Park’s six decade legacy of providing outstanding recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations has resulted in one of the largest regional park systems in the California. Since the first County parkland was acquired in 1924, the Santa Clara County park system has grown to include 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres of land.
Our dedicated ranger, maintenance and interpretive staff are necessary complements to the overall park experience, taking an active role in the stewardship of the County’s finest natural resources and waterways especially with the assistance from our 1,400 volunteers who selflessly donate more than 60,000 hours of labor each year.