THE POSITION: Under general direction, this position reports to the Chief, Interpretive and Recreation Service, and exercises first-level management responsibilities and oversight of the District's interpretive and recreation services and programs. Develops and implements a wide range of educational and recreational programs. Performs representational duties to assist planning, developing, evaluating and engaging communities to support the District's mission, vision and operational goals.
Vacancy Situation: The Park District currently has one (1) vacancy located at East Bay Regional Park District Administrative headquarters in Oakland, CA. The hiring pools established as a result of this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancies and additional vacancies that may occur during the one-year life of the hiring pools.
What You Will Be Doing: • Learn about and administer the District's interpretive and recreation programs. • Familiarize yourself with visitor centers/facilities locations. • Conduct monthly staff meetings and regular one-on-one meetings with direct reports. • Conduct assessment and evaluation of program services and offerings. • Work closely with various divisions and departments to implement programs and community engagement.
The Ideal Candidate: • Strong Leadership skills • Problem solver • Team player • Able to work independently • Strong mentorship skills • Have a solid understanding of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how it relates to the department and District overall.
A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job: • Meaningful work supporting the mission of an agency in public land management, conservation, and environmental stewardship • Having a direct impact on internal staff and the general public looking to connect with nature and recreational programs; educational content; volunteer opportunities; climate change impacts; scientific data on habitat and wildlife, etc. • Working with a creative, innovative, and public-service-par-excellence team • Free on-site parking and some telework options are available during current COVID-19 Pandemic. • Excellent benefits including Medical (100% employer paid), Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending, and pension benefits through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). • A community of colleagues who are passionate about the East Bay Regional Park District and its mission. • Tuition reimbursement and professional development.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Serves as a regional program manager, providing direct supervision to interpretive and recreation supervisors at visitor centers and recreation facilities throughout the District. • Analyzes regional programmatic needs and oversees program development, community engagement, outreach, and marketing of interpretive, recreation, environmental education, and special events. Key program objectives include structuring programs and recreational opportunities that meet the needs of current park users, and identifying and marketing specialized programs for a wide variety of audiences; including those who have not developed an active outdoor lifestyle or view the Park District as a resource. • Oversees and guides the development of the volunteer docent program and assesses the quality of interpretive and recreation programs and services through a variety of evaluation tools and media in combination with other District units and departments. • Collaborates with Environmental Graphics and Creative Services to ensure the quality and appropriateness of exhibits and displays to District standards. • Assists in resolving internal operational problems and coordinates with other District departments and staff in resolving broader problems and issues. • Exercises second-level supervisory responsibilities over a large workforce of regular, temporary and seasonal staff supporting interpretive and recreation services and programs within the region, and indirectly oversees a number of docents, volunteers and/or contract concessionaires. • Provides leadership to set standards for visitor centers, recreation facilities and parks spread over a wide geographic area in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. • Assumes overall responsibility for a significant Operating and Capital budget. • Ensures District fiscal interests receive maximum attention and that decisions are consistent with overall District goals and objectives related to interpretive and recreation services. • Confers regularly with the Chief of Interpretive and Recreation Services, Unit staff and personnel from other District departments to address issues. • Participates in negotiating and monitoring contracts, leases and agreements related to facility management. Responds to public agencies, public inquiries and complaints; makes public presentations and maintains good public relations. • May also serve as District representative to external organizations related to the region. • Develops and maintains effective collaborative relationships with other District departments as well as with other agencies and the private sector to offer joint programs that expand interpretive and recreation opportunities at District parks and facilities. • Represents the District with print and broadcast media. Assists staff in personnel and labor relations matters. • Develops interpretive and recreation operational standards and competencies, evaluates staff's performance and motivates staff toward improvement and efficiency when necessary. • Prepares and reviews a variety of correspondence, Board material, manuals and reports. • On-call to respond to a wide range of potential public operational emergencies, as well as disasters caused by fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural events.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in recreation, park management, environmental science, natural science, business, public administration, or a closely related field; and Experience: Six years of experience in the field of interpretation or recreation, preferably outdoor recreation. At least three of the six years should be at a supervisory level. Desirable: Additional experience in park and facility maintenance is desirable. Substitution: A Master's degree in recreation, park management, environmental science, natural science, business or public administration, or a closely related field may be accepted as an equivalent to a maximum of one and a half years of the required six years of experience.
OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Conditions of Employment: • All East Bay Park Regional District employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. • A valid California State driver's license is a condition of initial and continued employment in this position. • This position is in the Management group and is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (i.e. is not eligible for overtime); in addition to the regular work schedule, this position may require availability to work evenings and/or weekends. • The selected candidate must pass the Park District's Level 1 background check, which consists of Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprinting, professional references, and education verification. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Thorough knowledge of interpretive and outdoor recreation management philosophies, techniques, principles and practices. • Must have general knowledge of routine parks and facilities maintenance. • Knowledge of park design, exhibit design, marketing principles, revenue generation philosophies, and labor relations principles. • Must possess significant knowledge of management and supervisory principles and practices, and sound judgment and leadership skills. • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively with divergent groups are also required.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Application materials for this position consist of two (2) required parts: 1. East Bay Regional Park District application submitted onlineand 2. Completion of the supplemental questions.
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Management Designation: This position is in the Management group and is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (i.e. is not eligible for overtime); in addition to the regular work schedule, this position may require availability to work evenings and/or weekends. The probationary period for this position is one year.
Notification: All applicants will be notified of the disposition of their application via email, generally within two to three weeks after the closing date. You may also sign into your GovernmentJobs.com account to view your current application status and notifications.
Selection Process:The application material for all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for an interview or testing. The Park District reserves the right to set up a written test, performance test, and/or other assessment procedures before or after the interview process.Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview or invitation to test.Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment. The individual chosen for hire must be able to pass a background check, including a fingerprint check prior to employment.
Special Testing Arrangements: If you require special arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, please contact the Human Resources Department at (510) 544-2154.
Date of Oral Examination:During the month of July/August 2022
Equal Opportunity Employer: The East Bay Regional Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects a diverse workforce and community. It is committed to promoting an equitable and inclusive workspace that is welcoming to all. Applicants from all backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.