Director - Park Maintenance

Central Park Conservancy

Director - Park Maintenance
Job Description

Reports to: Director - Vice President of Park Operations
Department: Park Maintenance
Full-time, Exempt
Position number: 3691

About the Park and the 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, 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 public.

Job Summary:
Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, the Director of Park Maintenance is a member of the senior management team at the Central Park Conservancy with full responsibility for the senior level leadership, staff management, planning and program management for the custodial care and maintenance of the park and all facilities.

Summary of Essential Job Functions:
• Plan, organize, lead and direct a staff of managers, assistant managers and front-line staff in the custodial and maintenance operations of Central Park.
• Lead and coach employees using established performance management and staff development efforts.
• Delegate responsibility for work and ensure accountability for results are achieved.
• Provide effective and consistent performance feedback.
• Responsible for personnel management and resource allocation

• Establish and maintain close working relationship with city agencies, park user groups and organizational partners. Representing CPC at external meetings as necessary.
• Collaborate with other Directors in Park Operations in developing short- and long-range plans
• Responsible for analyzing and resolving complex and/or highly sensitive issues related to facility and park maintenance.

Program Management
• Set multi-year goals, work plans and budget for all custodial maintenance in Central Park.
• Establish goals and objectives for staff; establishing a routine maintenance plan for the cleaning of park.
• Develop inspection program and performance measures and standards by which to evaluate the effectiveness of all areas of supervision
• Develop training programs for safety and work techniques. Ensures that work methods comply with established health and safety regulations.
• Collaborate with other CPC departments on operational needs and staffing for projects, special events and other Park related activities
• Directs the development and administration of the department budget. Monitors overall budget. Directs the monitoring and approval of expenditures
• Use of computer-based management systems for budget control, scheduling, timekeeping and inspections.

Related Work
• Review event permits and work closely with NYC Parks and other city agencies
• Respond to and manage emergency situations including but not limited to storms and snow events.
• Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.

Minimum Requirements:
1. Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college in Facility Management, Business Administration, Parks Management or related field; 15 years of increasingly responsible experience in facilities, building or custodial management, landscape or grounds maintenance of a similar nature including a minimum of 10 years in the management and supervision of others
2. Valid New York State drivers’ license

Abilities Required:
1. Knowledge of effective facilities management principles and practices
2. Strong analytical, organizational, critical thinking and interpersonal skills
3. Ability to identify, analyze and solve problems using a high degree of independent judgement and personal initiative.
4. Strong computer literacy. An understanding of technology and its application, including spreadsheet and other software applications related to facilities, security, space scheduling and work order control.
5. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
6. Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed

Safety Requirements
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, etc.). 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. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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