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Director of Parks & Public Works

City of New Haven
New Haven, Connecticut
$100,000- $169,600 annualized
Closing date
Aug 7, 2023

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This is a senior management level position requiring management, administrative and technical skills necessary to direct the daily execution of a variety of activities involving Parks and Public Works personnel for the City of New Haven. New Haven is a city in southern Connecticut, population 135,081; 20.13 square miles, with over 230 miles of roadway.

Work involves the planning and directing work tasks associated with day to day maintenance of parks, parkways, public rights of way, bridges (including mechanical moving bridges), citywide refuse collection and disposal, recycling, snow removal, fleet management, forestry, park and recreational facilities and drainage. The position is responsible for coordinating emergency responses to flooding, snow or other weather-related emergencies and works closely with other public safety officials in responding to both natural and man-made disasters.

  • Implements improvements for roads, sidewalks, bridges, parks facilities, horticulture, tree and other infrastructure needs consistent with the responsibilities of the Department of Parks and Public Works to insure safe use by the public.
  • Directs staff and other resources in implementing maintenance procedures for the care and safe use of parks, fields, playgrounds, roads, sidewalks, trees, bridges, public spaces, solid waste facilities and fleet equipment.
  • Directs, implements, and manages all snow removal operations.
  • Directs and implements the Citywide refuse and recycling collection program and coordinates with the Solid Waste Authority on the operation of the City’s transfer station.
  • Directs and implements all policies involving public works activities in accordance with City, State and Federal laws and regulations and permit requirements.

Requirements include:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with emphasis on civil engineering, urban planning, transportation, environmental studies, parks and recreation administration, public administration or related field. A master’s degree in public or business administration is preferred. Five to seven years of progressively responsible related financial and operational management experience preferably in public sector/government; including 3 to 5 years supervisory experience. In lieu of college degree, an additional four years of experience in civil engineering, urban planning, transportation, environmental studies, parks and recreation administration, public administration or a related field may be substituted.

  • Ability to supervise and manage a diverse workforce numbering 170 or more full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees.
  • Considerable knowledge of public works operations including refuse and recycling collection, waste disposal, street cleaning, snow removal, emergency response, and equipment use and maintenance.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principals and practices of parks administration.
  • Considerable knowledge of personnel management issues in a union environment.
  • Ability to plan and direct others in implementing programs and projects.
  • Considerable knowledge of financial management principles including budgeting and accountability.
  • Considerable knowledge of the sources and requirements of inter-governmental funding and other forms of technical assistance.

In order to be considered for this title, you must apply during the posting period via the online application portal.

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New Haven is a coastal city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. With a population of 129,779 as determined by the 2010 United States Census, it is the second-largest city in Connecticut after Bridgeport. New Haven is the principal municipality of Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477 in 2010. New Haven was the first planned city in America. A year after its founding by English Puritans in 1638, eight streets were laid out in a four-by-four grid, creating what is commonly known as the "Nine Square Plan". The central common block is the New Haven Green, a 16-acre (6 ha) square at the center of Downtown New Haven. The Green is now a National Historic Landmark, and the "Nine Square Plan" is recognized by the American Planning Association as a National Planning Landmark. New Haven is the home of Yale University. As New Haven's biggest taxpayer and employer, Yale serves as an integral part of the city's economy. Health care (hospitals and biotechnology), professional services (legal, architectural, marketing, and engineering), financial services, and retail trade also contribute to the city's economic activity.

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