City of Ventura
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Job Description

Are you a visionary leader with a passion for enhancing public spaces and connecting communities? The Parks and Recreation Department of Ventura is on the lookout for an inspiring individual to fill the role of Parks Manager.

The Parks Division provides park maintenance services for 46 parks covering over 800 acres including the City's open spaces, community and neighborhood parks, sports fields, beaches, community gardens, and the Ventura Aquatic Center. The Division also oversees golf services, the City’s new BAM! (Beautify and Maintain) team, and maintains over 32,000 street trees consisting of 323 tree varieties.

What You'll Do

As our Parks Manager, you will spearhead the planning, development, and maintenance of parks and public landscape areas throughout Ventura. You'll bring innovation and empowerment to the role, leading collaboratively with clear direction and best practice in parks and open spaces. This position offers the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on Ventura's community by ensuring the city's parks division thrives under your guidance.

Who You Are

The ideal candidate for this role will:

Be a Visionary: Provide long-term planning and direction in parks, citywide landscaping, beautification, medians, and the urban forest, ensuring the enhancement and sustainability of our public spaces.

Community Connector: Actively seek ways to engage and involve the community, fostering participation and collaboration in areas of shared interest and concern.

Dynamic Leader: Possess strong leadership qualities, motivating and inspiring team members to maintain safe and attractive public spaces.

Effective Communicator: Demonstrate excellent communication skills, with experience presenting before boards, commissions, or city councils, effectively advocating for park-related initiatives and garnering support from stakeholders.

Customer Service Oriented: Be dedicated to providing exceptional internal and external customer service, prioritizing the satisfaction of residents and visitors through responsive and proactive engagement.

Additionally, candidates should:

Be Organized: Demonstrate strong organizational skills and effective time management to handle various tasks and responsibilities efficiently.

Have Procurement Knowledge: Be familiar with purchasing and procurement processes, including managing contracts, creating and evaluating requests for proposals/bids, and overseeing contracted work, ensuring efficient resource management and project delivery.

Possess Strong Public Speaking Skills: Exhibit confidence and proficiency in public speaking, contributing to effective communication and engagement with diverse audiences.

Embrace Collaboration: Work collaboratively with colleagues, stakeholders, and community members, leveraging collective expertise and resources to achieve common goals and objectives.

Why Join Us?

Join a dynamic team dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Ventura. This position offers the opportunity to shape the future of our parks and public spaces while fostering community engagement and collaboration. with the flexibility to innovate and drive positive change.

If you're ready to take on the challenge of leading our Parks Division and making a lasting impact on Ventura's community, we encourage you to apply today!

Note: This position is designated as "at will," serving at the pleasure of the appointing authority, and subject to discharge without cause and right of appeal.

Position Qualifications

A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in public administration, park management, landscape architecture or related field 

and four years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the planning, development and maintenance of parks, golf courses, aquatic facilities or other landscaped areas, 

including two years of supervisory or management experience. 

A Master's Degree in Parks and Recreation or Public Administration is highly desirable. 

Certification by the California Board of Parks and Recreation and Recreation personnel is also desirable.

License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California driver license may be required.

Salary and Benefits

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits!

  • SALARY: $108,131.09 - $144,896.54 Annually  DOQ
  • BENEFITS: Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for specific information on City benefits.

How to Apply

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline, Monday, March 18, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.

Go to www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs and Apply!  EEO/ADA 

salary plus 6 Medical options, CalPers Retirement, Dental, Vision, FSA, 457