Grounds Manager (Admin II)

California State University, Fresno in California

Deadline May 16, 2014
Date Posted April 29, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

California State University, Fresno
Grounds Maintenance Services

Grounds Manager (Admin II)

Vacancy # 12238

General Information:
California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to offer high quality educational opportunities to qualified students at the bachelor's and master's levels, and in certain applied disciplines at the doctoral level. The current enrollment is approximately 20,000 students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and world. California State University, Fresno promotes student learning and community engagement through faculty scholarship and service learning opportunities in collaboration with community organizations, education, industry, business and government. The university was one of the first US Colleges and Universities to be selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its new Community Engagement Classification.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 600,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campus is within easy driving distance of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, the Monterey Peninsula, Lake Tahoe, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.

To commensurate with qualifications and experience.

• Reporting to the Assistant Director of Plant Operations, the incumbent will support the mission of the department and the university as a working manager overseeing and coordinating the work of a grounds staff of 20+ individuals who maintain and upkeep of the main campus grounds, the Campus Arboretum and athletic fields - including Division 1-A facilities.
• Work is performed under minimal direction. The incumbent determines, develops, recommends and implements sound solutions to complex problems that may impact several functional areas. Work is reviewed upon completion for effectiveness in achieving desired results.
• In the execution of assigned projects, the incumbent may be delegated the authority to make decisions and communicate with other key campus and community constituents on behalf of Facilities Management.

Position Summary:
• Plans, develops, prioritizes, and directs the work of grounds personnel engaged in the work necessary to maintain the campus grounds and athletic fields.
• Ensures that the work and staff of the Grounds Department supports the mission of Facilities Management and the University.
• Guides, trains, gives technical assistance to, and evaluates the work of staff engaged in daily grounds maintenance tasks; including, athletic fields, special plantings and the Campus Arboretum.
• Works closely with the Arboretum Curator to develop potential philanthropic and grant opportunities, exploring new strategies and tactics that improve collection management and care, and ensure collection meets academic needs,
• Oversees the Arboretum Tree Care Plan.
• Maintain the health and beauty of the trees, shrubs and be able to evaluate the process from a horticultural and arborist's perspective.
• Chairs the Arboretum Committee and is a member of various grounds-related campus committees.
• Oversees Tree & Bench Donor Programs.
• Represents the University to various community groups regarding developing, maintaining and use of campus grounds and athletic fields (e.g., Athletics, Tree Fresno, various memorial garden and flower groups.)
• With an eye towards the Arboretum and special plantings, assists in the preparation of specifications for, and design of landscape projects including the Campus Landscape Master Plan and the Arboretum Master Plan.
• Ensures Athletic Fields are maintained to a high standard.


Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in horticulture, park management, or a related field.
• Five-years of experience managing a department that maintains the grounds for a large institutional facility, golf course or municipal park.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Proven ability to manage multiple complex projects and assignments in a consultative, efficient and effective manner.
• Demonstrated ability to exercise leadership and work as a team member.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate others with and without line authority.
• Skill in planning, organizing, scheduling and monitoring the work capabilities of assigned staff.
• Ability to work effectively at a highly consultative and diverse environment.
• Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills.
• Skills in conflict resolution.
• Knowledge of horticulture, landscape maintenance and development, tree care, plant identification, plant diseases, pest and weed control.
• Knowledge of Turf Management.
• Knowledge of the theory, principles, practices and methods used in parks and grounds maintenance.
• Knowledge of State and Federal laws pertinent to the use of restricted pesticides.
• Knowledge of State and Federal laws pertinent to water use, water discharge, storm water and related storage systems.
• Ability to track and coordinate highly detailed projects in a well-organized and efficient manner.
• Knowledge of principles of institutional planning and budget processes.
• Ability to learn and understand comprehensively the principles, practices and procedures of a large statewide university system.
• Skill in establishing and maintaining files and preparing activity reports.
• Skill in monitoring contracts.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office programs.
• Ability to obtain a valid California driver's license is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Currently an ISA certified Arborist.
• Advanced degree in a related field.
• Knowledge of Athletic Field Management.

Filing Deadline:
Applications received by May 16, 2014 will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and given full consideration by the hiring manager and/or search committee. Qualified applicants received after that date will be forwarded upon request to the hiring manager and/or search committee.

Application Procedures:
Individuals interested in being considered for this position should submit an on-line application and attach the following supporting documents: 1) resume, 2) letter of interest which includes a narrative detailing how the candidate fulfills each of the required and preferred items listed under Qualifications, and 3) names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references who can provide current assessments of the candidate's qualifications for the position.

Pursuant to Executive Order 883, reasonable accommodation is to be provided upon request from an employee or applicant with disabilities, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the campus. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation is to be determined by the campus on a case-by-case basis after it has received the individual's request for accommodation and engaged in an interactive process. Employees or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources directly at (559) 278-2032.

How To Apply:
To apply for this or any open position at Fresno State visit our online employment site at:

Other Requirements:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility to be employed in the United States.

Necessary background investigations will be conducted, as required, depending upon the job requirements of position. These could include, but are not limited to, processing of fingerprints through the Department of Justice and FBI and degree and license verification upon employment. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of these verifications. Full disclosure of all misdemeanors and felonies should be made in connection with this application.

California State University, Fresno annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Fresno State, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to or accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Campus Police Department or by accessing the following web site:

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Other Applicant Information:
Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application materials via automatic email reply. In addition, qualified applicants will receive email notification at the conclusion of the recruitment process. This is a full-time management position covered by the California State University Management Personnel Plan. Under this plan, employees are subject to management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President of that campus.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment on the basis of protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity, per HR 2004-12), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Retaliation against individuals for complaining about proscribed conduct, opposing such conduct, or participating in an investigation or proceeding involving such conduct is prohibited by both executive orders.

Further, California State University, Fresno's statement of commitment to equal employment opportunity principles is also found in the various collective bargaining agreements.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the University to inform you that we can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and authorization to accept employment.

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