Assistant Manager - Grounds Management

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About the Park :
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, woodlands, 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.

Job Summary:
The Assistant Manager - Grounds Management Assistant Manager is responsible for the supervision of the day to day operation of an assigned section, for implementation of all programs of work set by the Manager and to work as part of a team that manages Park Operations as a whole.

Working under the general supervision of the Manager the Assistant Manager is primarily responsible for the supervision of the staff and grounds of an assigned section within Central Park. It is expected that the Assistant Manager will work across departments and with other staff on Park Operations to perform their primary tasks.

Summary of Essential Job Functions: Supervisory Responsibilities

Responsible for supervising all staff and the organization of work schedules to meet daily and weekly workloads and projects for all landscapes, plant bed, hardscape, playground, and perimeter in the section.
Guides and gives technical assistance to Foreperson, Groundskeepers and Gardeners engaged in daily landscape maintenance tasks.
Delegate and hold subordinates responsible for satisfactory performance of assignments.
Lead and coach employees using established performance management and staff development effort providing consistent feedback.
Works in collaboration with Manager in the hiring, performance reviews and discipline staff. Makes recommendations for improvements
Monitors and ensures employee engagement, productivity, compliance, and status of work assignments.
Oversee safety and work training program of section employees and tracks individual progress and ensure requirements are met at regular intervals

Coordinates with other departments within CPC on all events, vendors, concessions, and general Park use
Collaborate with other Assistant Managers in Landscape Management, Volunteer Department, and other departments within Park Operations to achieve set work plan goals.
Daily reports of malfunctioning infrastructure, furnishings, safety hazards, quality of life issues
Interact with Park patrons in a professional manner
Program Management
Assists in the development of annual work plan and conducts inspections of all landscape management activities within a section and ensures all indicators are met.
Work with Manager to develop measurements against and will participate in reporting on annual progress of set work plan.
Assist Manager in the development of an annual section budget and collaborate to monitor expenses throughout the year.
Inspect and monitor work to ensure compliance of organizational standards of methods and practices, safety, and other established requirements
Maintains the inventory and proper care of all tools, equipment, materials, supplies, and staff uniforms appropriate to support the landscape management functions.
Use computer-based management systems for budget control, scheduling, timekeeping, and inspections.

Related Work
Maintains inventory of all signage in section and directs the repairs and installation. Makes requests for replacements as needed
Initiates the purchase of supplies, tools, and other related equipment to Manager
Ensure the removal of all trash from landscape, gardens, grounds, hardscape, and facilities in a section; collaborate with Park Maintenance on inspections notifications of unsatisfactory conditions.
Although not part of day to day tasks, the Assistant Manager may be called upon to mow, water, weed, rake, remove snow and perform other related landscape management tasks as needed and/or required
Respond to emergency situations including, but not limited to, storms and snow events
Perform related work as assigned


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college in a related field; 6 years of increasingly responsible experience in maintenance work in the field of Landscape management including a minimum of 6 years in the management and supervision of others; or
  • Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above. However, all candidates must possess the 6 years of management and supervision of others
  • Valid Drivers’ License that must be maintained for duration of employment
  • Possess a fundamental understanding and knowledge of Landscape management using modern practices; experience in urban parks is desirable.

Abilities Required

  • Ability to provide both oral and written communication that is easily understood and direct in its content
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking skills that allow for prioritizing issues, coordinating multiple projects and problem solve
  • Knowledge of computer equipment and Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends and holidays as needed
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform heavy physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions

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