Job: Assistant Director of Parks - Unclassified

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Job Title:Assistant Director of Parks - Unclassified
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 03/19/18 5:01 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$66.76 - $83.46 Hourly
$5,340.80 - $6,676.80 Biweekly
$11,571.73 - $14,466.40 Monthly
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
The San Mateo County Parks Department is accepting applications for Assistant Director of Parks.  The Assistant Director will assist the Director in planning, organizing, directing and reviewing programs and activities involving the operations, maintenance, protection and improvement of County parks, recreational areas, resources and facilities.

The Assistant Director will assume a leadership role in a high-performing and innovative organization that is comprised of highly motivated and engaged staff. Some of the challenges and opportunities for the Assistant Director include the following:
  • Lead management of the capital improvement program for construction projects in the parks.
  • Lead the ranger staff to a high level of performance and service to the community of visitors and advocates for San Mateo County Parks.
  • Maintain strong relationships with the Board of Supervisors, Partners, Friends of the Park groups, and other stakeholders.

Other key duties and responsibilities include:
  • Lead, direct, supervise, and guide assigned departmental staff by establishing departmental goals, policies and performance standards, conducting periodic evaluations and ongoing coaching.
  • Consult and cooperate with other department managers on all aspects of department services; discuss organization and operations problems, develop alternatives and strategies and assist in implementation of solutions, as necessary.
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of the department budget and provide direction and guidance to staff in resource allocation and budgeting.
  • Assist in coordinating department activities with other County departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Research, prepare and present technical, fiscal and administrative reports, studies and correspondence.
  • Ensure provision of staff training and direct personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, discharges and disciplinary measures.
  • Assist the Director in negotiating solutions to major issues involving policy, service delivery and other organizational changes.
  • Act as the Director in his/her absence.
  • Represent department to Board of Supervisors, County Manager, and outside agencies, groups and organizations; participate in community and professional groups and committees; and provide technical assistance as necessary.


We are seeking a leader with over four years of increasingly responsible professional park management experience, at least one year of which was in a senior-level administrative or management position. The selected candidate will have knowledge of the principles and practices of park management and administration; land use planning and development; landscape architecture in park and open space situations; building construction; engineering; and natural resource protection. Knowledge of and experience in budget preparation, administration and control; and state and federal grant programs for park programs and projects is required, as well as knowledge of pertinent rules and regulations.

Additionally, the new Assistant Director will be:
  • An experienced manager with a sound understanding of parks business management, parks regulations, programs, operations, planning, and funding as well as public administration, human resources, budget and finance.
  • A passionate, approachable and politically astute leader with a management style that quickly fosters trust, loyalty, respect, commitment and partnership from staff, the community, and other county managers and departments; and has a clear vision for the future of the organization that is balanced with realism.
  • strategic thinker and planner with innovative yet practical solutions to problems that contributes towards the department and the County's vision.
  • An innovative thinker willing to take risks and pursue new creative ideas, who is not threatened by change.
  • A collaborator, consensus and team builder who can foster and build coalitions and work effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • A confident and excellent problem solver with superior communication skills.
  • coach and mentor who champions employee development and employee engagement.

Anyone may apply. To apply for this exciting career opportunity you must submit a County application form and responses to the supplemental questions by the deadline date. If you are viewing this job announcement from the County's job board, click on the "Apply Online" button above or below to be directed to the County's online application system. If you are not on the County's website, please visit and search the listings for the link. Emailed resumes and incomplete applications will not be accepted!

Note: The Assistant Director position is Unclassified and not covered by County Civil Service Rules. Current County employees interested in the position are encouraged to apply even though the position is Unclassified. In the event that a classified employee is selected, arrangements can be made to retain employee's classified status.

Application submissions will be evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts who will select the most qualified candidates to invite to a panel interview. Because of this review process, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All interviews will be conducted in San Mateo County, California and applicants must pay for their own expense to participate.  Please refer to the recruitment schedule for important dates.

Recruitment Open Date:
 February 26, 2018
Deadline for Applications: March 19, 2018
Application Screening: March 21, 2018
Panel Interviews: Week of April 9, 2018
Finalist Interviews/Selection: TBD
Tentative Start Date:  TBD
At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For questions regarding this posting, please contact Arlene Cahill at 650-363-4740.


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