General Manager

Oakland, California
$262,891 - $335,670 (commensurate with experience and qualifications)
Filing Deadline:
December 18, 2020

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is the jewel of the East Bay and is looking for their next General Manager!  With 73 parks, 125,000 acres, 55 miles of San Francisco Bay and Delta shorelines, 1,330 miles of park trails and a regional green trail transportation network of 120 miles of paved trails, EBRPD is the largest regional Park District in the United States and is a pioneering and progressive national leader in the parks and conservation field. From shorelines, lakes, wilderness areas, forests, visitor centers, swim facilities, golf courses and cultural sites, EBRPD has a diverse portfolio of parks across two counties which include 33 urban cities.

The quality of life available in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the East Bay in particular, is well documented as fundamental to its vital, innovative, and diverse economy. Located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay, the East Bay quality of life is enhanced by a Mediterranean climate, easily accessible high-quality parklands, open spaces, waterways, world-class educational and cultural/arts institutions, a culturally diverse and well-educated work force, vital urban centers, and transportation connectivity. As a result, the East Bay has attracted many of the region’s most innovative employment sectors, corporate and small employers’ workers, and students from around the world, while also creating economic opportunities. The East Bay has shaped the national discussion around issues of environmental protection, social justice, and parkland preservation.

Under the policy direction of an elected Board of Directors, the General Manager serves as the District's chief executive officer with overall responsibility for the implementation, direction and leadership of the operations and maintenance of an extensive and expanding system of parks, trails, natural resources, facilities and recreation and educational programs.  The General Manager shall be an inclusive, strategic thinker focused on the best interest of the organization, its employees, and East Bay communities.  Experience in park operations, park planning, natural resources, design and construction, land acquisition, public outreach programs, public labor relations and legislative advocacy is key in this role!

The General Manager will oversee a $276.9 million balanced budget, including a $1 million contribution to the District’s pension trust to stabilize and minimize future pension costs, and an appropriation of over $40 million for dozens of capital projects throughout the Park District.  Headquartered in Oakland, a staff of 874 (FTEs) permanent and seasonal employees oversee all facets of the Park District’s responsibilities including Acquisition, Development and Stewardship; Finance and Management Services; Human Resources; Legal and Risk Management; Park Operations; Public and Government Affairs; and a Public Safety Division with a full-time police and fire department.  EBRPD unapologetically believes that this is one of the best public sector jobs in the nation!

A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in management, business or public administration or a closely related field.  Ten (10) years of professional experience in public sector management is required.  At least five (5) years should be at the senior management level of a very large, multi-functioning, and multi-funded organization.  A Master’s Degree in Public Administration or Business Administration or a closely related field is highly desirable and be accepted as a substitution for two of the required ten years of experience.

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Kylie Wilson
Senior Executive Recruiter
CPS HR Consulting
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