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Job listing closed on 7 Oct 2023
13 Sept 2023

Director, Groundskeeping Operation

🇺🇸 Seattle, WA, USA
Full Time
5+ years exp.
US$110,000 – US$125,000 per year

Job Title: Director, Groundskeeping Operation

Business Title: Head Groundskeeper

Department: Ballpark Operations

Reports To: SVP, Ballpark Operations

Status: Exempt

Directly Supervises: Assistant Groundskeeper

Primary Objective: Responsible for ensuring that the playing field at the ballpark is consistently maintained in a safe manner for players, and well-kept, in accordance with MLB standards and attractive to fans. Supervises and participates in the preparation and year-round maintenance of the playing field for all baseball games and field events.

Essential Functions:

Strategic Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a strategic leader, seeking new, improved, and innovative ways to maintain the playing field for the players and enhance the experience of the fans and community. Ensure Groundskeeping department alignment with Company Mission, Purpose, and Core Values. Identify and implement strategies to support business objectives.

Functional Responsibilities:

  • Provide strong people leadership; implement strategies to effectively manage Team Members and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of department’s people resources.
  • Train, evaluate performance, and foster growth and development of Team Members, encouraging personal and professional development.
  • Assessing the condition of the playing field, directing and participating in needed year-round maintenance, seeding, cutting, trimming, irrigation and in-field preparation according MLB standards.
  • Directing the selection, mixing, application, and proper disposal of herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers and like materials for the playing field.
  • Monitoring weather forecasts for all baseball games and other events, while working with SVP and team to determine proper roof moves.
  • Coordinate with the SVP, Ballpark Operations for major modifications, construction and other similar activities in accordance with MLB standards.
  • Coordinating and directing staff in grounds preparation, clean up and repair.
  • Responsible for scheduling and supervising Event Staff.
  • Conferring with the home and visiting team managers and directing requested playing field modifications within the limits of appropriate MLB standards and regulations.
  • Managing the procurement, operation, maintenance and training of operators of field maintenance equipment.
  • Developing and administering operations and maintenance budgets, including preparation of budget estimates as well as monitoring and controlling expenditures for the playing field.
  • Conducting or coordinating provision of employee training in required areas including safety, application and disposal of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and related materials. The training will include emphasis on the importance of proper field maintenance on the quality of the Ballpark experience for both players and fans.
  • Will perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Turf Management (or related field) required. Directly related experience may be considered in lieu of formal education if approved by management.
  • Minimum 5 years in Management and/or high-level technical capacity.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

  • Working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel in addition to work order database programs.
  • Shares and expresses thoughts in a clear and effective manner through verbal and written communication skills. Exhibits effective listening skills and builds positive relationships with all team members, vendors, and guests. Is diplomatic, tactful and professional in all forms of communication.
  • Understands and supports the team and is quick to volunteer to assist others. Others view most interactions as being positive with a willingness to achieve common goals. Effective in working with others to cooperatively solve problems. Workplace behavior is consistently respectful of others.
  • Takes personal responsibility for getting things done in a way that positively and professionally represents the organization.
  • Demonstrates through their actions and interactions with others a commitment to Mariner Purpose, Mission and Values.
  • Competent in required job skills and knowledge. Completes work assignments thoroughly and completely in an accurate, and prompt. Identifies and corrects errors. Is careful, alert and accurate, paying attention to details of the job.
  • Makes decisions and takes actions that contribute to exceptional experiences for guests.
  • Initiate and maintain actions to attain goals, regularly monitoring progress.
  • Appropriately manages risk and capitalizes on opportunities that lead to positive outcomes for the business.
  • Approaches change positively and leads others through the change process with a focus on the positive outcomes for the business.
  • Handles sensitive and/or confidential information professionally, involving only those who need to be involved or informed.
  • Know when to make a unilateral decision and when to consult with the team or superiors, and how to involve them in the process.
  • Navigate a variety of social, emotional, and interpersonal situations to leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals.
  • Independently takes actions that create a positive outcome for the organization and/or an exceptional experience for guests.
  • Recognize the complexity of business needs in today’s environment, evolve as needed, and utilize talent to lead this transformation.
  • Effective negotiation skills that include analyzing a problem to determine the interests of each party in the negotiation and effectively communicating that between the parties involved.
  • Strong attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Identify, collect, and analyze relevant information to a problem and create multiple solutions
  • Thinks globally and analytically in order to reach appropriate solutions and create positive results for the organization.

Physical Activities and Working Conditions:

  • Indoor and outdoor work environment, subject to fluctuation in temperatures, exposure to the sun and elements.
  • Must be able to work a variable schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Frequent standing and walking on concrete surfaces.
  • Must be able to safely climb ladders and stairs, maintaining balance while completing tasks.
  • Frequent stooping or bending and occasional kneeling and/or crouching.
  • Must be able to move between 50-100 pounds occasionally, which may include lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling.

The Mariners are committed to providing a competitive total rewards package for our valued Team Members.

The anticipated range of base compensation for this role is $110,000 to $125,000 annually. In addition, we offer eligible Team Members a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and a competitive 401(k) company match. We also provide complimentary parking, paid public transportation, paid parental leave, 80 hours of paid time off annually, and 9 days of paid holidays per year. Our total rewards offerings are best-in-class!

All benefits are subject to eligibility requirements and the terms of official plan documents which may be modified or amended from time to time.

This information is being provided in accordance with the Washington State Equal Pay and Opportunity Act.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.