The Director, Landscape Management is responsible along with the Vice President for Capital and Landscape Management for planning and setting the strategic direction for all aspects of the landscape of Prospect Park including turf, trees, horticulture, ballfields and natural areas. The Director will oversee a field-based team in support of this vision as well coordinate the day-to-day operations of the Landscape Management Office ("LMO"). The Director will work collaboratively with NYC Parks staff and the Alliance's Maintenance & Operations and Design & Construction teams.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS / KEY JOB OUTCOMES
Leadership & Strategy
- Work closely with the Vice President of Capital and Landscape Management to develop a strategic plan and vision for the Prospect Park landscape
- Forecast the budget and staffing needs to effectively and efficiently coordinate and manage all landscape projects and initiatives for the Park
- Work collaboratively with NYC City Parks and the Alliance leadership responsible for various field operations and back-office support to ensure that the work of Landscape Management is coordinated with other key areas of the organization
- Develop and oversee a Master Plan of projects and initiatives that support the strategic plan for LMO and coordinate the logistics and resources required to implement this plan
- Supervise Deputy Directors, Foresters, Office Manager, and Turf Crew Supervisor
- Provide overall direction, inspired and decisive leadership, and training and support of the LMO Management Team and staff across the areas of natural resources, horticulture, arboriculture, and turf/ballfield crews
- Build a cohesive team that leverages collaboration and is optimistic about their work and the future of LMO
- Set forth a clear action plan for LMO including performance deliverables and metrics for the LMO Managers and monitors progress towards these goals on an on-going basis
- Collaborate with other Alliance departments, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and other City agencies to resolve conflicts and effectively address issues in the park when necessary.
- Advocate for, plan, and implement policies affecting the landscape of the park and its use
- Develop safety and other written policies and procedures to guide the work activities of LMO
- Plan, oversee and administer the overall budget of LMO expenses as well as the procurement process and manage all related engagements with outside contractors and consultants
- Coordinate all logistical planning across teams related to priority LMO projects
- Assist the Development and Government Affairs departments in conceptualizing and obtaining grants for work done in the landscape. Keep records of and reports on progress related to all grants
- Prepare management reports for consideration by Senior Leadership team and document the performance and impact of LMO on the Park
- Ensure that all work records, safety reports and policies related to LMO activities are kept up to date to inform future planning and decision making
Performs other job-related duties and functions as assigned
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences or other relevant discipline.
- A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in landscape management operations in an urban park setting or public green space of which at least five (5) years were in a managerial or leadership role managing a team of groundskeepers, forest ecologists and other landscape management professionals.
- A valid NYS Driver's License.
COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skills & Personal Attributes)
- Passion for the Alliance Mission & Core Values: A passion for public parks and environmental conservation combined with a commitment to treating others with respect, appreciating individual differences and embracing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Ethics & Integrity: Earns the trust and respect of others through a consistent commitment to integrity, honesty and professionalism in all interactions.
- Urban Arboriculture: Advanced knowledge on proper tree planting, pruning, fertilizing, water and other maintenance issues, with a focus on overall individual tree health. Knowledge of urban forestry, arboriculture; to include landscape level management, urban forest inventory, valuation, planning, policy and practice.
- Landscape Management Knowledge: Proficient in plant identification for northeast US region, use of landscape tools, experience with ecological restoration and/or sustainable ecological horticulture. Proper planting and pruning techniques.
- Landscape Quality: Recognize landscapes and/or places as assets with the potential to improve health and wellbeing. Adopts the principles of healthy places that improve the physical aspects of the landscape (air, water, woodlands and soil quality). Promote quality interventions that integrate both the function and identity of a landscape and/or place, putting land, water, drainage, energy, community, economy, infrastructure and other such resources to the best possible use.
- Health and Safety Comply with relevant health and safety legislation and regulation and organizational policies. Manages risk including the identification of hazards, assessment of risks and implementation of control measures. Manages own safety and that of others.
- Relationship Building: A natural relationship builder with excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to think strategically and build constructive and positive working relationships with internal stakeholders characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual respect.
- Communication Skills: Superior written and oral communication skills, including the ability to convey technical information in a clear, culturally competent and understandable manner. Demonstrates effective listening skills and openness to other people’s ideas and suggestions.
- Leadership: Promotes organizational mission and goals and demonstrates ways to achieve them. A natural leader with the ability to inspire and meaningfully engage colleagues in support of the work of the Landscape Management department. Ability to gain other’s support for ideas, proposals and solutions. Ensures policies, procedures and measures are in place to support achievement of department goals.
- Staff Management & Coaching: Inspires and motivates team members. Enables staff to grow and be successful in achieving goals through meaningful feedback, instruction, encouragement, support and professional development.
- Decision-Making & Judgment: Integrates broad knowledge of information sources, garners insight from abstract data that can be used to assess problems and exercises sound judgement to make decisions. Thoroughly analyzes impact of possible solutions and decisions and shares probable impacts based on experience. Is proactive in deciding best course of action, anticipating likely outcomes or implications.
- Planning, Organizing & Problem-Solving: Able to manage multiple projects effectively. Defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives and ensures the optimal use of resources to effectively solve problems and accomplish work objectives. Alerts others to possible problems in a timely fashion and knows when to seek support and direction from others to solve problems, while offering possible solutions. Acts on solutions selected and decisions made.
- Organization & Accountability: Meticulously well-organized with diligent attention to detail, ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and takes pride in consistently producing accurate, timely and quality work products with minimal supervision.
- Collaboration & Teamwork: Committed to working in collaboration with others, promoting cooperation and commitment to others and being a positive team contributor.
- Budgeting: Makes effective decisions about department priorities. Proposes defensible budgets and works to control expenditures. Ensures appropriate resources are available to meet capability and capacity required by objectives. Ensures policies, procedures and measures are in place to support achievement of objectives.
- Technology: Proficient with automated technologies that support area of responsibility including G-Suite and Microsoft Office Suite.
WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS
- Work is performed both in an interior office setting which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unusual elements and the field, which involves some exposure to moderate risk of accident/injury and requires following basic safety precautions. Additionally, involves frequent exposure to challenging elements such as extreme dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, loud noises, chemicals, etc. and exposure to potentially hazardous substances, or other significant job environmental risks
- Requires operating a motor vehicle; operating equipment where carelessness could result in injury; standing for extended periods of time; stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, lifting, pushing, pulling and/or crawling; use of manual dexterity and fine motor skills; use of a desktop, laptop or video display terminal and identifying and distinguishing colors and shades of color
- Requires moderate physical exertion - lifting, pushing, and carrying, etc. up to 25 lbs.
- Requires communicating information with co-workers, stakeholders and/or the public; reading correspondence, instructions and/or technical documents; writing correspondence and/or reports and filling in forms
Diversity Makes Us Stronger Together: Prospect Park Alliance serves park users of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and strives to reflect this diversity throughout our operations and in our leadership, staff, stakeholders and supporters. We know that by creating an equitable and inclusive workplace built on mutual respect and the appreciation of difference, our employees will feel safe to express themselves, voice their opinions and work together to find common ground and solutions. Integral to this vision is our longstanding commitment to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.