Reporting to: Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail Executive Director
Mission of Position: Working with the Executive Director, The Director of Park and Facilities Management will lead the maintenance and management of the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail park with immediate priority to: reviewing draft designs with an eye to maintenance and management efficiency, managing the Dutchess Manor facility as it heads into a reuse study and construction, advancing implementation of a comprehensive parking and trolley system, coordinating with construction managers on park construction, leading the staffing and equipment decisions as phases of the park shift from construction to operations, and developing and implementing an operations and maintenance plan for the park. The Director will be expected to work closely with agency partners in the planning, including Operations and Maintenance (O&M) schedule development as we formalize responsibilities into an agreement. Establishing close working relationships with relevant personnel at state Parks, Beacon, Philipstown, Cold Spring, and Fishkill, including emergency responders and traffic enforcement.
Background: Scenic Hudson is dedicated to protecting and restoring the Hudson River, its riverfront and the majestic vistas and working landscapes beyond as an irreplaceable national treasure for America and a vital resource for residents and visitors. Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail, Inc., a subsidiary non-profit of Scenic Hudson, advances that vision in designing, building and ultimately operating a 7.5-mile world-class linear park in the Hudson Highlands region of the Hudson Valley. The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail, which began as a grassroots effort to improve safety for hikers heading to Breakneck Ridge, has expanded into a more comprehensive visitor management and place-making project that celebrates and protects this important landscape. The project owes its success to the strong collaboration of a 20-member coalition of state, regional and local partners. Collaboration and regional connections will remain hallmarks of the project as we shift from construction to programming and operations.
Supervises: As the organization grows, this position will be responsible for managing three staff: two field staff working on landscape and building maintenance and management of the park and its facilities and a steward, volunteer and events coordinator, as well as some seasonal staff and volunteers.
Qualifications: A minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the area of park management that includes responsibility for facilities, equipment, and staff management, Undergraduate degree preferred. Experience in construction and contract management, cost estimating, data analysis, proficient in a wide variety of construction systems and techniques, field surveying, trail building, erosion control devices; comfortable with safe operations of stationary power equipment and hand tools; knowledge of green and sustainable construction and maintenance practices mandatory. Familiarity with a wide spectrum of material specifications and reactivity. Highly organized and able to respond quickly to unexpected work and emergencies. Manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously. Self-directed, energetic team player who enjoys working collaboratively and with diverse groups of individuals with varying concerns. Experience in developing partnerships with stakeholders and building consensus. Ability to forge productive relationships with contractors, partners, and regulatory officials. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to engage in significant amount of strenuous outdoor activity during all weather conditions; ability to lift 50+ pounds; must have full range of motion for activities such as hiking, sawing, use of power and manual tools, hauling and towing. First aid and CPR certification preferred.
Knowledge of Hudson Valley flora and fauna and familiarity with government regulations and permitting helpful. Ability to read architectural and landscape plans. Experience in strategic planning and budgeting processes. Familiar with OSHA safety practices. Computer skills including Windows Office; project management software (i.e. Asana); Geographic Information Systems strongly preferred. Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record. Willing to work occasional weekends and evenings.
- Direct and oversee all aspects of the maintenance and management of the physical park space – its landscape, amenities, and facilities, including the Dutchess Manor complex.
- Review and inform design development of different phases of park construction with an eye on ease of maintenance and management (e.g., standardization versus specialization where possible) as well as understanding of maintenance needs to achieve full life cycle for elements.
- Structure and implement a park management plan that incorporates agency requirements as well as the phased nature of the park’s construction where different areas and amenities gradually come on line. This will be in two forms – an internal facing document that can be used for management purposes and an external facing legal document (supplemental agreement) tied to our Cooperative Agreement with OPRHP.
- Develop and maintain an emergency management and response plan for the park in coordination with OPRHP, MNR, DEP and local responders.
- Develop and coordinate an annual budget and staffing plan for permanent and seasonal staff.
- Procure and oversee contractors as part of an annual O&M strategy. This could include shuttle bus operators, garbage collection, property management, arborist services, and others to be determined.
- Approach public-facing aspect of the job with an understanding and enthusiasm for the importance of staff interactions with the public as a means of communicating a welcoming and inviting environment. .
- Coordinate with other staff for special events or programming as may be planned within the park space.
Compensation: Full Time, with competitive salary and benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.
Contact: Send cover letter, resume and two brief writing samples to: jobs@scenichudsonorg. Further information can be found on our website: www.scenichudson.org.
No phone calls please.
Scenic Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting cultural diversity and excellence. We are committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and strive to serve all of the people of the Hudson Valley by evaluating our projects, strategic initiatives and outcomes through that lens.