Natural Resources Emergency Services Director

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Seattle Parks and Recreation is recruiting a Director for the Natural Resources Emergency Services Division. This division maintains Seattle parks and open spaces by creating a positive and safe visitor experience, and by using sustainable practices for environmental stewardship.  Division staff works 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to provide an outstanding level of maintenance. Read on to see what we're looking for.

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The Director oversees four unique areas of responsibility:

  • Parks Resources: Responsible for citywide park maintenance (six maintenance districts); Encampment and RV cleaning in parks and on City Rights of Way; heavy equipment operations; and Waterfront Park District maintenance
  • Natural Resources:  Responsible for horticulture for specialty gardens; pest management; wildlife management; the Green Seattle Partnership (restoration of natural areas and urban forests); Arborists and Tree Crew; trail maintenance; and the Green Youth Corps
  • Emergency Management and Security: Responsible for Emergency Management Operations; management of a 7 day after-hour call center; and the management of Security and Park Rangers
  • Performance Management and Finance: Responsible for budget development and monitoring; personnel management; Asset Management Work Order System reporting; Parks and Grounds maintenance standards; metrics and KPI performance management (including Race and Social Justice performance goals)  

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Required Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree in Public Administration; Business Administration; Environmental Management; Forestry and Horticulture, and Parks and Recreation Management or a related field (or the equivalent of two years' experience and/or training and/or education in the fields mentioned above that provides the equivalent to work in the class), plus five years of increasingly responsible management-level experience in outdoor maintenance management, environmental stewardship, service delivery and/or business operations related to outdoor grounds maintenance management, including supervision of multiple direct reports. Comparable skills will be evaluated. Also required: A current, valid driver's license.

Read the additional unique characteristics we're looking for

Please apply if you have most or all of these qualities and credentials: 

  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience managing and directing employees in grounds maintenance functions for a large, complex and highly unionized organization.
  • Excellent leadership and supervisory skills including strategic thinking, sound decision-making, strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to achieving results.
  • A commitment to the City's Race and Social Justice initiative as well as SPR's values of access, opportunity and sustainability.
  • Six years progressively responsible experience in Parks or Grounds Maintenance, Forestry, Horticultural Specialty Gardens Management, and/or Landscape Management, including five years of managerial experience.
  • Four or more years of successful experience planning, developing and implementing a variety of programs and partnerships with stakeholders, customers, peers, partner organizations and advocacy groups while maintaining positive relationships and collaborations with other operations divisions.
  • Five or more years of financial management experience effectively allocating large budgets and leveraging funding from a variety of sources at a high managerial level.

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  • Strong analytical skills including proven financial management and policy development.
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