The Parks Department are responsible for the delivery of high-quality Parks, Reserves and Gardens in the Queenstown-Lakes district.
The Parks Manager will lead the Parks Department, which consists of the Parks and Reserves Planning team, the Parks Service Delivery team and the oversight of contractor management (approximately 36 staff members).
A strong and effective leader in this fast-paced environment will provide guidance and advice to the Parks Team. The manager will also foster a positive culture of highly engaged staff as they develop standards of excellences across Parks, Reserves and Open Space.
The Parks Manager is responsible for taking the lead on significant projects. To achieve this you will require strong leadership skills with the ability to set new directions, to control complexity, and prioritise workload across your team.
This role will ensure the management and delivery of Parks services promote and protect quality open space and provide optimal, effective and efficient parks services across the community.
These services will meet the needs of the community, whilst maintaining the vision of the Parks Team, the General Manager and QLDC’s Vision 2050.
To ensure these needs are met, continuous improvement to the following is instrumental to this role : parks strategic direction, planning, service delivery, contracts, policies, processes and systems.
The Parks Manager will collaborate, build and maintain effective relationships across a wide span of influence within QLDC and externally with stakeholders, collaboration partners and the wider local government sector.
The successful candidate will hold;
Tertiary degree qualification in relevant discipline or experience to an equivalent level is required.
Substantial experience (10+ years) within a local government parks sector.
Understanding of strategic planning principles, policy preparation and public consultation.
Sound understanding of the Reserves Act 1977, related legislation and experience in negotiating and implementing the above mentioned within the Parks environment
Experience working within a high pressure environment
A proven track record of successfully engaging internal and external stakeholders in the planning and operation of facilities and activities.
Proven track record of developing and maintaining relationships across a broad range of sectors at a senior level.
Proven track record of managing business process and cultural change within an organisation.
A confident decision maker and relationship builder to lead, and manage a dynamic team
Demonstrated ability to create a continuous improvement culture and motivating environment for staff.
Highly motivated, achievement-oriented and innovative professional.
QLDC offer :
Competitive market remuneration
Career progression and training opportunities
Regular working hours
Subsidised Health Insurance
Discounted health and fitness club rates at our great facilities
Relocation allowance will be considered for the right candidates