Assistant Superintendent for Environmental Stewardship (Operations)
Responsibilities and Requirements
The Environmental Stewardship Division provides expertise for the care and maintenance of the Minneapolis Park system, overseeing maintenance of the park system’s physical infrastructure, equipment and fleet, natural areas and water resources, and forestry. Activities include planning for Environmental Stewardship service delivery; park, roadway and building landscaping and maintenance; forestry services for city and park trees; environmental compliance, environmental education, volunteer coordination; fleet services and specialized trades. The Assistant Superintendent for Environmental Stewardship performs a variety of routine and complex work in managing all phases of the Park Board’s environmental stewardship activities to effectively fulfill the organization’s mission in serving the community.
Essential Job Duties
· Responsible for the overall management of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Environmental Stewardship Division.
· Provide strategic leadership and management for Environmental Stewardship Division to include highly responsible planning and administrative work for all activities of the Division.
· Demonstrate and maintain effective and consistent labor relations.
· Demonstrate effective leadership that builds a collaborative work environment which includes working across division lines and forming partnerships that foster better citizen services, eliminating barriers to achieving results, building alliances with key decision makers, and taking full advantage of available resources.
· Effectively direct and manage the activities of the Division to assure that services performed by the Environmental Stewardship staff are compatible with the Park Board’s mission and in compliance with all regulatory bodies. These activities include, but are not limited to, current and long-range planning for Environmental Stewardship service delivery; park, roadway and building landscaping and maintenance; delivery of forestry services for city and park trees; environmental compliance, environmental education, volunteer coordination, service delivery; and fleet services and specialized trades.
· Active engagement in development and update of the Park Board’s Comprehensive Master Plan, ensuring that current and future Environmental Stewardship activities are appropriately incorporated in the Park Board’s Master Plan.
· Develop and implement new systems to improve and streamline division work processes that are based on performance measures and standards and integrated and coordinated within the Environmental Stewardship Division and across the organization when appropriate.
· Demonstrate a high level of political acumen.
· Effectively hire, supervise, train, evaluate, develop and discipline subordinate employees for development of a professional and support staff with a high degree of competence and sound judgment.
· Serve as staff representative to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Committees and other citizen and governmental boards and committees to further the objectives of the Park Board.
· Prepare and effectively administer the Environmental Stewardship Division budget and corresponding revenue; analyze and recommend appropriate fees for programs and services.
· Implement Park Board and City policies and guidelines.
· Determine and implement Division policies and processes and make difficult and appropriate technical and administrative decisions.
· Oversee the documentation of all Division related processes and projects using best practices, assuring regulatory compliance and compliance with the Park Board retention plan.
· Develop and maintain effective communications and relationships with other Park Board staff and Commissioners, public agencies, and the general public to assure understanding and coordination of Division activities.
· Confer with and advise staff on issues relating to parks and center maintenance and landscaping, forestry, building and environmental codes, environmental program services, snow and ice removal, fleet services, trades services, and administrative matters.
· Respond to administrative and Board requests.
· Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare technical reports.
· Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.
· Oversee incorporation of technological improvements in Division to improve service delivery, workplace safety and operational efficiencies and effectiveness.
· Effectively work to proactively resolve problems and conflicts that surface.
· Keep the Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent promptly informed of matters as they relate to the Division and Park Board.
· Perform other related duties as apparent or assigned.
Position Responsibilities and Requirements
Knowledge (position requirements at entry)
The Assistant Superintendent for Environmental Stewardship will have the knowledge of:
· Modern principles and state-of-the art practices of park, building, and roadway maintenance and landscaping.
· Modern principles and best practices of forestry and specialized trades work.
· Modern principles and best practices of fleet management practices.
· Modern principles and best practices of environmental compliance.
· Multi-disciplinary construction and site plan requirements.
· Contemporary principles and best practices of public administration.
· Contemporary principles and best practices of personnel management and supervision.
· Contemporary principles and best practices of labor relations.
· Contemporary principles and best practices of accounting, budget preparation, organization management and analysis of data.
· Computers and software applications used in business settings and environmental stewardship work (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, asset management systems and personnel management software).
· Outstanding customer service principles and practices.
· Basic contract laws and regulations.
· Pertinent federal, state, county and city laws, codes, ordinances and regulations.