Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is a national leader and innovator in the services and programs we provide to our residents who enjoy our public spaces such as parks, community centers, specialty gardens and swimming pools. Our mission is to provide welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, as well as to promote responsible stewardship of the land. We support healthy people, a healthy environment and strong communities. We strive to deliver excellent customer service to each visitor and participant. SPR is also deeply committed to advancing the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) by working to end institutional and structural racism.
SPR manages a 6,414-acre park system of over 485 parks and extensive natural areas. SPR provides athletic fields, tennis courts, play areas, specialty gardens, and more than 25 miles of boulevards and 120 miles of trails. The system comprises about 12% of the city's land area.
The Parks, Natural Resources and Emergency Services Division maintains these parks and open spaces by creating a positive and safe park visitor experience, and by using sustainable practices for environmental stewardship. This division works 365 days a year on multiple shifts and operates 24 hours a day to provide an outstanding level of maintenance.
This Division is composed of four unique areas of responsibility:
The Parks, Natural Resources and Emergency Services Division Director reports directly to the SPR Superintendent and provides leadership to the Parks, Natural Resources and Emergency Services Division staff.
If you are interested in applying, please complete the online application detailing your experience and qualifications for this position. Please be sure to list any licenses and certifications that you possess, along with any trainings you've completed.
Your application materials will be screened based on the ability to demonstrate the experience necessary to meet the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Top candidates will possess most or all the Desired Qualifications. Please review the information below carefully.
FIRST LOOK of Candidates will be December 10, 2019.
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.
Current, valid Driver's license
Unique characteristics of the ideal candidate include:
SPR's Core Competencies are:
Accountability & Action: Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, and delivering quality work. Demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making and promoting high quality standards.
Equity and Inclusion: Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City's commitment to workforce equity.
Communication: Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.
Service: An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the City.
Teamwork: Leading as an engaged member of a team to build a cohesive team and facilitate the achievement of work group goals.
Aligning Performance for Success: Collaboratively guiding and engaging the team to accomplish defined work goals.
Direction and Delegation: Sharing authority and responsibilities with others to distribute decision-making and accountability throughout the organization, enabling individuals to stretch their capabilities and accomplishing the organization's strategic priorities.