Manager II - Parks (Beaches & Water Access): Under direction of the Division Manager, performs complex and responsible professional work and technical staff assistance in the management and operation of the Beach and Water Access Division as it pertains to North/Central and South beaches and Water access locations; plans, organizes, directs, coordinates and supervises the use and activities; operations and maintenance; ensures environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance; establishes procedures and guidelines and contributes to policy-making; strategic planning; oversees budgets; serves as a resource for and coordinates with other staff, the Division Manager, other governmental agencies and other units across the enterprise; performs related work as required.
Subject to Passing Substance Screening: This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening. An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five years.
Beaches, parks, trails, and natural areas: Manage and supervise staff to provide excellent customer service to park users in the delivery of services such as reservations, special events, and programs; partner with Parks staff to provide clean parks and venues by providing park maintenance, janitorial services, tree management, and seaweed, red tide and fish kill cleanups; work with regulatory agencies or programs (e.g., Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Conservation and Environmental Permitting, etc.) on beach and natural area activities and improvements to ensure compliance with environmental protection requirements and building codes; provide and ensure appropriately designed and managed public access to parks, preserves, and amenities, coordinate on CIP projects in the planning and development of park facilities; consult on concessions and business operations in parks, protection of amenities and natural resources, including listed species such as marine sea turtles and nesting shorebirds; coordinate with public safety officials (law enforcement, life guards, EOC) and Risk Management staff to ensure safe parks. Protection of natural areas, resources and wildlife, historic and cultural resources; provide for well-designed and managed trails and water access points and boat ramps; ensure environmental education programs and other education opportunities to park users and visitors.
Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for park staff, volunteers, contractors, and other partners that operate in or work to build or maintain county managed parks, beaches, and park amenities and lands. This includes a comprehensive and diverse program of park services, public information and engagement and marketing, ecotourism, recreation program activities, and technological advancements. Manages proactive assessments of fraud awareness, prevention, detection and risk mitigation activities in area of responsibility; oversees financial, compliance, operational and performance audits; reviews audit findings and ensures appropriate controls are established and implemented.
Respond to complaints, investigate problems, and provide resolution to a wide range of issues or problems. Respond to public inquiries and requests for information or services. Coordinate with public agencies regarding proposals for the use of public park lands and amenities for infrastructure improvements or maintenance, marketing and education, and other general government uses of park lands. Respond to the requests for press and public information needs. Attend and present at various public boards, committees and associations (e.g., County Commission, Parks Advisory and Recreation Council, various municipal park advisory boards, Siesta Key Association and other community groups, etc.).
Direct, plan, control, and supervise park operations and infrastructure development and reconstruction, assuring that projects align with the desires of the community, planning and regulatory requirements, permits, and conditions. Review and approve park development designs and proposals that function appropriately and are consistent with construction and maintenance standards. This is work involving participation in team design and permitting meetings, on-site coordination and supervision of contractors and staff, quality control inspections, public workshops and construction and landscape design input from a wide variety of stakeholders and the general public. Work with County, State and other agencies (e.g., Operations and Maintenance, History Center, FDEP, Office of Financial Planning) to plan for and implement non-capital park improvement projects and improvements.
Job Competencies:Ability to plan, direct, and supervise the operations and activities of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, plan, organize, train, evaluate and direct work of assigned staff; organize, prioritize and follow-up on work assignments; work independently and as part of a team; make sound decisions within established guidelines; maintain and exhibit discretion and integrity when handling sensitive information; identify and respond to County and community-related issues and concerns; follow written and oral directions; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing at a professional level; establish and maintain effective working relationships; and exercise sound, independent judgment. Considerable public contact is required which demands a high degree of tact.
Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.
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Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in recreation, leisure services, education, one of the biological or natural sciences, or related field, and four (4) years of professional experience related to the position. An Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university and six (6) years of job-related experience. A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate recreation, leisure services or environmental field can substitute for one year of professional experience. Year-for-year experience may substitute for the college degree.
Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience in the management of beaches and water access parks; Previous experience in management of major construction or park development projects; Previous experience in coastal regulations; Well versed in dealing with public and political issues; Previous experience with media relations; Exceptional writing skills; CPRP preferred. Advanced professional certifications highly preferred.
Internal Number: 4897
About Sarasota County Government
We believe in work life balance and have excellent benefits including a state pension, medical and dental insurance, generous leave plan, training programs, wellness programs including a fitness center. Our mission is to be the most livable and best managed community in the country, providing quality services, programs and facilities that reflect the goals of the community. Our employees are committed to demonstrating our values: Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Quality, Teamwork and Trust. Sarasota has world-famous beaches, over 80 parks and 100 golf courses, and is known as the cultural capital of Florida with museums of art, theaters, an aquarium, botanical gardens and the annual international film festival. Unsurpassed beauty, rich cultural offering, diverse educational opportunities, wide-ranging recreational possibilities make Sarasota a great place to live and work! Sarasota County - One Team!Tobacco/Drug Free Work EnvironmentEOE/AA/ADA