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Assistant Director Parks and Open Space

Marin County Parks

Recruitment #0257-16-11

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The Marin County Human Resources Department and Marin County Parks are accepting applications for the positions of Assistant Director.

ABOUT MARIN: Located in the North Bay Area across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Marin
County is a dynamic community of 259,000 engaged and culturally diverse residents. From its tidelands to the top of Mt. Tamalpais, Marin enjoys a high quality of life marked by beautiful beaches, groves of redwoods and oaks, rolling foothills, and scenic valleys. The mild, year-round Mediterranean climate is highlighted by cool, coastal fog tempering the warm inland temperatures of summer. Incorporated communities include Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael (the County seat), Sausalito, and Tiburon. The County’s active economy includes finance, movie and video production, agriculture, aquaculture, computer software, communications equipment, printing, and tourism.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: Marin County Parks offers an extensive system of regional and community parks, open space preserves, and trails for public use and enjoyment. The Department consists of two divisions: the Parks and Landscape Division and the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD). The Department is responsible for planning, acquiring, and managing the County’s open space system, which includes more than 16,000 acres of open space and more than 250 miles of public trails, as well as the County’s park system with five regional parks, eight neighborhood parks, and six paved multiuse paths. In addition, the Department works closely and collaboratively with private organizations and public agencies within the county that manage and preserve open space lands, parks, and protected environmental sanctuaries including Marin Municipal Water District, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California State Parks, and National Marine Sanctuaries. The County’s park and open space systems are enjoyed by millions of visitors annually.

Position Information

The Assistant Director of Marin County Parks is an at-will executive level position and assists the Director of Marin County Parks by providing day-to-day operational administrative oversight and policy direction to, and integration and coordination among, the various divisions and organizational units of the department. He/she will introduce creative strategies and innovative approaches to challenges faced by the department and its stakeholders. A decisive yet collaborative and inclusive management style will be critical towards facilitating initiatives and projects, and in developing and maintaining productive working relationships with the wide range of county stakeholders.

Current Issues & Priorities:

  • Managing road and trail management planning and projects under the district’s Road and Trail Management Plan.
  • Developing a participatory annual work planning process for vegetation management that provides transparency and community engagement around the use of Integrated Pest Management in Open Space Preserves. 
  • Planning, funding and implementing major park infrastructure improvements from newly completed regional park master plans. 
  • Developing and implementing equity initiatives to increase employee and visitor diversity.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:  The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader in the arena of parks and open space management with a sound understanding of the full range of services provided. A resourceful problem solver with a strong focus on customer service combined with a high level of personal and professional integrity will be essential in this role.

The ideal candidate will also exhibit the following qualities:

  • A strong visionary leader who is active, aware and informed of programs and practices related to parks and open space and has the experience and ability to effectively implement them.
  • A strategic decision-maker with the ability to maintain an organization-wide perspective on programs and practices that improve and enhance service delivery to visitors and the community.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate within the organization and with external stakeholders, partners and residents (e.g., advisory boards and community representatives).
  • Ability to exercise leadership responsibility, initiative, ingenuity, independent analysis and judgment in solving highly complex technical and administrative issues in the execution and delivery of programs and services to Marin County residents.
  • Quick and clear-thinking, calm under pressure, tactful, patient and demonstrates a sympathetic and objective understanding of department issues as they affect a diverse community.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the stated knowledge and abilities listed in the class specification. Typically, a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, business or public administration, environmental studies, natural resource management, landscape architecture or a field related to the work, and six years of experience in land use or environmental planning, natural resource management or public land management, including at least two years in a management capacity.

For more detailed information about this position, click here:  class specification

Testing Schedule

Depending on the number of qualified applications received, the examination may consist of a highly qualified review, application screening and/or rating, online assessment, written exam, oral exam, practical performance, or any combination of these exams to determine which candidate’s will be invited to continue in the recruitment process or placed on the eligible list.

NOTE: The successful candidate will be subject to a background investigation prior to appointment.