Harris County, Texas-Commissioner’s Precinct One is committed to becoming a national model for delivering responsive public service utilizing inclusive, innovative and collaborative approaches to improve the quality of life, advance equality of opportunity and promote the fair treatment of all people in Harris County. The Precinct has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Parks Superintendent to join our team and pursue that mission.
About Precinct One
There are four precincts in Harris County. The four elected commissioners, along with an elected county judge, serve as members of Harris County Commissioners Court, the administrative head of the county's government. With approximately 1.1 million residents, Harris County Precinct One is a diverse, urban precinct that covers 363 square miles; if it were an independent municipality, Precinct One would be one of the fifteen largest cities in the United States. The Precinct's multi-racial, multi-ethnic population is roughly 39 percent African American, 37 percent Latino, 18 percent Anglo, 5 percent Asian and 1 percent other.
Precinct One, which includes 876 miles of road, stretches south to Brazoria County and reaches into eastern and northern sections of Harris County. The Precinct includes a large section of Downtown Houston, including the Downtown Harris County Courthouse Complex, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park and the BBVA Compass Stadium. Other notable landmarks include the 263-acre NRG Park Complex, the renowned Texas Medical Center, Rice University, Texas Southern University, the University of Houston's main and downtown campuses, and the University of St. Thomas.
About the Parks Division
The Parks and Maintenance Department mission is to enrich the lives of the residents of Harris County by inspiring visitors to learn, play and connect by creating diverse programs and experiences in public places that are, safe, welcoming and natural. Precinct One is home to more than 20 county parks, 11 community centers, numerous hike-and-bike trails, three maintenance service centers, and several area offices, all of which provide an array of services to Precinct One residents.
About the General Superintendent-Parks
The General Superintendent-Parks will lead a team responsible for coordination of all Precinct One parks day-to-day activities. This includes items such as ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations, codes and/or standards, operations administration, facilities, grounds, trails and equipment maintenance and improvements, upgrades and installations of recreational equipment, and supply/inventory.
In conjunction with others, the Parks Superintendent will be responsible for establishing long-term and short-term goals and objectives for the parks, as well as developing and managing an annual budget. Prior success in a role that requires development and implementation of plans based on needs assessments as well as staff leadership is paramount for this position. Successful candidates must view constituents and staff as partners in building best-in-class parks for the Precinct.
Prerequisites for the position of General Superintendent-Parks include:
- Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Park Administration, Park/Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Forestry, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management or a related field of study;
- A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in successful park management and people leadership;
- Experience in collaborating with various stakeholders to achieve goals and objectives; and
- Proficiency in Microsoft software applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Experience may substitute for education.
In addition to these prerequisites, the successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Knowledge of park operations and maintenance practices;
- Preparation of annual department budget and monitoring budget expenditures;
- A management style that is collaborative;
- Readiness and capacity to partner with staff Precinct-wide; and
- Ability to maintain a safe work/recreational environment for employees and constituents.
Harris County employees receive a competitive salary plus medical, dental and vision insurance at no cost to the employee after the first two months of full-time continued employment. Vacation, sick time, and floating holidays allow employees to recharge and balance work and personal time. Mandatory participation in the County’s retirement program helps employees to save for retirement. Various other benefits and discounts have also been established to promote satisfaction and engagement of our employees.
Perhaps most important of all, however, the successful candidate will be surrounded and supported by coworkers who bring their best to work each day -- passionate people that want to make a difference in the communities Precinct One serves, along with Harris County as a whole.
How to Apply
If this job sounds interesting, you meet the required qualifications, and you can see yourself working for Precinct One in our Parks area, please send an email plus resume to the individual indicated on the Zip Recruiter website.
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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