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The Manager – Outside Parks is responsible for the leadership, program management and administration of work performed outside of Central Park and is part of a team that manages Park Operations as a whole. Working under the general direction of the Director of Landscape Management, the Manager is primarily responsible for the overall management of the landscape grounds in parks residing outside of Central Park. Work is mainly the five parks that make up the Historic Harlem Parks as well as others throughout the five boroughs of New York City. It is expected that the Manger will work across departments and with other Managers in Park Operations to perform their primary tasks.
Reports to: Director – Landscape Management
Department: Outside Parks
Status: Full-time, Exempt
About the Park and Central Park Conservancy
Built between the years 1858 and 1873, Central Park is almost entirely man-made and considered to be a single work of art. Composed of natural elements – turf, natural areas, and water bodies, along with architectural elements, this 843-acre National Historic Landmark requires a unique set of skills to maintain these features to the highest standards. Founded in 1980, the mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the City of New York and the public.
The Manager – Outside Parks is responsible for the leadership, program management and administration of work performed outside of Central Park and is part of a team that manages Park Operations as a whole.
Working under the general direction of the Director of Landscape Management, the Manager is primarily responsible for the overall management of the landscape grounds in parks residing outside of Central Park. Work is mainly the five parks that make up the Historic Harlem Parks as well as others throughout the five boroughs of New York City. It is expected that the Manager will work across departments and with other Managers in Park Operations to perform their primary tasks.
Summary of Essential Job Functions:
· Hire, supervise and perform annual performance reviews of all employees and ensure supervision and performance measurements are aligned with CPC standards.
· Lead and coach employees using established performance management and staff development effort providing consistent feedback.
· Delegate and ensure that reports are responsible for satisfactory performance of assignments.
· Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level managers, department’s work plan. Meets with management and staff to identify and resolve problems.
· Working with the Director of Landscape Management, implement training programs for safety and work techniques that are current with professional standards and administered at appropriate intervals; keeps current on safety rules and procedures; review on an annual basis.
· Coordinates with NYC Parks and other city agencies as necessary.
· Collaborate with other Managers in Landscape Management, Volunteer Management and other departments within Park Operations to achieve set work plan goals.
· Coordinate and communicate with other departments at CPC and disseminate pertinent information to employees.
· Keeps Director of Landscape Management informed of all matters as they relate to the section and to the Park as a whole.
· Create an annual work plan within established framework for assigned section and develop measurements against and regularly report on progress of set annual work plan.
· Establish predictive/preventive maintenance program indicators and work processes and procedures for the section into a formalized inspection program. Continually inspect, monitor and manage the performance of the section.
· Create schedules and coordinate maintenance priorities and work schedules with other department Managers to ensure all work is performed consistently throughout the Park.
· Establish written work procedures.
· Working with Director of Landscape Management and other Managers, develop an annual section budget and monitor expenses throughout the fiscal year; also develop future fiscal year planning for large expenditure purchases of equipment, vehicles, supplies or contracted services; follow all proper procurement procedures set by CPC.
· Make all purchase requests and provide supporting documentation justifying requests as necessary; solicit and obtain all necessary bids and quotations for pricing.
· Use computer-based management systems for budget control, scheduling, timekeeping and inspections.
· Maintain inventory control and proper care of all tools, equipment, supplies and staff uniforms.
· Ensure the removal of all trash from landscape, gardens, grounds, hardscapes and facilities within Central Park or Outside Parks; collaborate with Park Maintenance on inspections and notifications of unsatisfactory conditions.
· Responds effectively and in a timely manner to administrative requests
· Respond to and manage emergency situations including but not limited to storms and snow events.
· Other duties as assigned.
1. Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college in a related field; 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in maintenance work in the field of Landscape management including a minimum of 8 years in the management and supervision of others; or
2. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above. However, all candidates must possess the 8 years of management and supervision of others
3. Valid Drivers’ License that must be maintained for duration of employment
4. NYS Commercial Pesticide Applicators License category 3A obtained within 6 months of hired and maintained for duration of employment
5. Possess a fundamental understanding and knowledge of Landscape management using modern practices; experience in urban parks is desirable.
1. Ability to provide both oral and written communication that is easily understood and direct in its content
2. Ability to engage in critical thinking skills that allow for prioritizing issues, coordinating multiple projects and problem solve
3. Knowledge of computer equipment and Microsoft Office applications and management systems
4. Ability to work overtime, weekends and holidays as needed
5. Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform heavy physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions
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CPC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations. Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities. Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways). If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed