Restoration Program Manager
Company/Organization: Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Posted: Friday, July 16, 2021
- Position Description
This position is in the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department. OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Salary Grade: 56
Pima County is seeking a self-motivated and experienced professional to lead the Restoration section within the Natural Resources Division of the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department. The successful candidate will provide oversight for the County's native plant nursery and manage key focal areas including: restoration projects, invasive plant species inventory and treatment efforts, management and monitoring of constructed water features, and abandoned mine safety and remediation. Development and implementation of standard operating procedures and adherence to project planning and implementation standards will be critical. Office work will include data management and use of geospatial tools, report writing, coordination with colleagues across Pima County departments and with external partners, and other duties as assigned. This position will supervise 5-6 full-time staff.
The successful candidate will have a key leadership position within the Natural Resources Division, which manages over 200,000 acres of open-space land, including iconic locations such as Tucson Mountain Park, Colossal Cave Mountain Park, and Agua Caliente Park in addition to 13 active cattle ranches. The division’s resource management responsibilities provide critical leadership and solutions towards implementation of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan (SDCP), one of the most ambitious conservation programs by a local government. The Program Manager will play a critical role in the implementation of the SDCP and related conservation initiatives undertaken by Pima County.
Please provide a cover letter and resume when submitting application.
(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)
Develops program goals, objectives, policies and procedures and establishes short- and long-range program performance plans subject to management review;
Manages and administers program activities and evaluates program effectiveness and success;
Develops, negotiates, monitors, and administers contracts, intergovernmental agreements, and/or financial and service agreements for the program managed;
Monitors program contract compliance and takes corrective action as required;
Performs as a program representative within the community, delivers informational news releases, serves as a program contact person and participates in community awareness activities;
Develops and maintains effective working relationships and coordinates program activities with other county departments, public and private agencies, organizations and groups to promote the program and its goals;
Analyzes federal, state and local legislation and ensures program compliance with applicable regulations and policies;
Directs organizational and management studies for the purpose of identifying problems and alternative solutions to the problems;
Develops, writes and administers the program's annual budget, prepares program-related financial forecasts and identifies funding sources to support program activities;
Reviews and analyzes routine and special reports detailing the status and/or success of the program, prepares recommendations and/or initiates corrective action;
Evaluates management problems and makes decisions regarding the proper course of action;
May supervise the activities of county staff and evaluate performance;
May make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding program objectives;
May direct the preparation and submittal of proposals and grant applications;
May access or maintain specialized databases containing program-specific information to review information or generate reports.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
- principles and procedures of public administration, management, and program planning, development, and evaluation;
- federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations;
- principles and practices of budgeting, accounting, purchasing, contracting and financial management;
- contract and grant application preparation, negotiation and administration;
- community agencies, organizations and resources;
- data and statistical analysis techniques and application to planning studies and projects;
- principles and techniques of effective communication to include written composition and public speaking;
applications of automated information systems.
Some positions within this classification require knowledge of program-specific terminology, principles, practices and procedures.
- planning, developing, evaluating and managing programs and projects;
- preparing and administering budgets, grants and contracts;
- researching, analyzing and reporting data;
- presenting, explaining and interpreting program goals, objectives, policies and procedures to the public;
- directing staff and planning, organizing and coordinating program activities;
- communicating effectively;
- establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with service groups and organizations;
- establishing, reviewing and modifying procedural and technical guidelines to enhance program effectiveness;
- use of automated information systems to maintain or produce data.
- Minimum Qualifications
(1) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a natural resource management, restoration ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, wildlife biology, botany, science, arts, public or business administration or closely related field, as defined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment and four years of professional level experience in coordinating, monitoring, administering or managing program or specialized work unit activities. (Relevant professional level experience and/or education from an accredited college or university may be substituted.)
(2) One year of experience with Pima County as a Program Coordinator.
Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.
Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):
- Graduate degree (MA, MS, or Ph.D) in natural resource management, restoration ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, wildlife biology, botany, or closely related field.
- At least one (1) year of work experience in the desert Southwest (US/Mexico) conducting fieldwork in remote areas and/or in harsh conditions.
- Experience applying a variety of field methods for natural resource enumeration and/or monitoring.
- At least two (2) years of experience managing projects involving vegetation treatments, abandoned mine remediation, water management, invasive species control, erosion control, and/or wildlife habitat improvements.
- Familiarity with data management principles, practices, and programs including geographic information systems data as well as experience in storing, manipulating, and analyzing data.
- Demonstrated communication skills including development of strategies, plans, reports, and/or publications and experience with communicating project planning, results, and applications within an organization and to the general public.
- Proven experience supervising and empowering staff while managing conflict and shifting priorities.
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.
- Supplemental Information
Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services' review and approval of the candidate's driving record.
Special Notice: The County requires pre-employment background checks. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include verification of work history, education and criminal conviction history. A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment with the County. Some positions within this classification may require irregular work schedules and/or travel and may carry a low risk of exposure to infectious diseases. Therefore, special medical screening prior to or during employment may be necessary to ensure employee health and safety.
Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.Restoration Program Manager