Parks Capital Projects Supervisor

City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department is seeking an energetic, seasoned, customer-focused planning/engineering professional with strong writing, administrative and organization skills, and a keen interest in advancing innovative parks and recreation facility improvement projects along with open space planning and management. The ideal candidate will be experienced in coastal development and multi-agency permitting; comfortable and experienced working with community groups, and preparing reports and presentations to governmental boards and commissions.
The Capital Projects Supervisor develops, organizes, and implements a wide variety of parks and recreation capital improvement and planning projects in the City of Santa Barbara. As part of the Project Management Team, the Position supervises and participates in the work of staff responsible for performing park and recreation facility capital projects and open space planning, coordinates and implements design, permitting, budgeting, construction, and outreach initiatives, and negotiates and supervises contracts/consultants for projects and studies. The Supervisor also solicits and administers grants, manages capital project budgets, provides quarterly program reporting and manages annual performance measures. Some key current projects include implementation of the Ortega Park and Dwight Murphy Field Master Plans and renovation of the historic Thousand Steps beach access and Louise Lowry Davis Center. Additional initiatives include completing a recreational needs assessment and long-range park planning, open space management plans for the Douglas Family Preserve and Hale Park, redevelopment plans for Franceschi House/Park, the historic Carrillo Gym, Plaza Vera Cruz and Spencer Adams Park.  The Supervisor works collaboratively with staff in the Parks and Recreation Divisions, as well as Public Works Facilities and Engineering, and participates in various inter-departmental projects and programs.

Knowledge of: Federal, State, and local laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations as they relate to land development, wetlands, permitting, and wildlife; California Environmental Quality Act; City development review and permitting process; City contracting process and contract management; City council, commission, committee review process; Construction methods/ process/equipment; Construction inspection/oversight; Landscape construction/maintenance techniques; Integrated Pest Management; Construction plans; Grant writing and reporting requirements; Technical report writing; Project planning and budgeting; Public outreach; Public speaking; Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation. Techniques used to motivate staff, maintain high employee morale and promote teamwork; Recent developments, current literature and sources of information related to park planning and recreation facility development and renovation; Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
Ability to: Work under minimum supervision; provide direction, coordination, and supervision to staff; coordinate, direct and implement parks and recreation capital projects; interpret and explain City parks and recreation policies and procedures to the general public; independently perform complex research, analysis and report writing; recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing an effective and efficient park planning program; interpret and apply local, State, and Federal laws; research, analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports; participate in the competitive bid process; effectively select, supervise, evaluate, and motivate private consultants/contractors establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, co-workers, representatives of other government agencies, private industry, community groups, members of the public and other persons contacted in the course of work; effectively work with small and large projects to City Council, as well as commission, committees, and boards. Respond to questions from governmental bodies and concerned citizens and advisory groups; solve problems and facilitate discussion among diverse interests; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; interpret federal, state and local planning guidelines and read and understand site plans, blueprints, and project proposals; read and comprehend technical information and legislative reports, and communicate technical information orally and in written form; anticipate change and remain flexible and open to new ideas; effectively select, supervise, evaluate, and motivate professional and technical staff; use a personal computer and job-related software/programs.
Training and Education: Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in environmental studies, environmental resource management, ecology, biology or similar field is desirable. Five years of experience in the coordination, management, and implementation of local government planning programs and/or parks and recreation capital projects including, design, planning, permitting, construction, maintenance, education, and enforcement.
License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid driver's license at time of appointment.

Applications must be submitted online at Completed city application, including a resume and letter of interest, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be received online by 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

It is important that your application and supplemental questionnaire show all the relevant education, training, experience, knowledge, abilities, and skills you possess that qualify you for this position. Applications and supplemental questionnaires may be rejected if incomplete. All applicants are encouraged to attach a resume and letter of interest to their application.
All applications and supplemental questionnaires, resumes, and letters of interest will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. The selection process may consist of a written exam, an oral exam, and/or application rating. Those candidates receiving a passing score will have their names placed on the eligibility list.

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