RHODE ISLAND GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION

Assistant Superintendent - Shelter Harbor Golf Club

April 26, 2021 1:33 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

Position Title:   Assistant Superintendent (s)
Reporting To:   Superintendent, Greens & Grounds
Position: Exempt, Full Time
Starting Rate:  Depending on Experience

Position Concepts:               
The Assistant Superintendent (s) is responsible to assist the Superintendent of the Greens & Grounds Operation in all areas of operation. He / She has the responsibility to act for the Superintendent on numerous occasions. This position manages key Greenspersons, the Student Trainees, Irrigation Technicians and the Foreman. The incumbent provides overall assistance in the daily scheduling of activities under his/her purview.  This position must also perform accurate record keeping, manage the pesticide and fertilizer application operation assigned to his/her area of responsibility, make certain all staff members adhere to SHGC’s Human Resource standards and state and national labor laws. We expect the Assistant (s) to take a lead position regarding the interaction with vendors as it concerns requests for material and competitive bidding.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • The Assistant Superintendent (s) is often required to act for the Superintendent of the Greens & Grounds Operation, when that position is away from the job.
  • Daily management of the assigned staff reporting to this position including scheduling and completion of tasks in a productive, efficient and high quality manner.
  • Has the responsibility for training all Greenspersons in the organization regarding equipment operations and utilization, performance of tasks and on-course deportment.
  • Responsible for orientation on club rules, policies and safety issues of new incoming and seasonal returning staff members.
  • Responsible for developing curriculum for recruiting and training Assistant Superintendent Trainees, Student Trainees and Trainees.
  • Maintain and manage all aspects of the Greens & Grounds record keeping operation.
  • Supervise and assist with the pesticide and fertilizer operations in his/her area of responsibility and maintain required application records and inventory MSDS sheets.
  • Tour the total golf course on a regular basis so as to obtain and maintain a first hand understanding of the quality expected by the membership and that which has been produced by the staff.
  • Attend local Superintendent Association meeting and seminars, when schedule allows, to keep abreast of improvements, trends in the industry and state and national regulatory changes.
  • This position is expected to play the entire golf course at least once per week.
  • Attend all Greens & Grounds Committee meetings and, under the direction of the Superintendent, take an active role in those meetings.

DECISION MAKING:

  • In the absence of the Superintendent, must be able to plan and implement all aspects of the G&G operation and communicate with General Manager and Golf Professional Staff.
  • Must have the capabilities to determine the most effective and efficient deployment and utilization of assigned personnel, equipment and materials.
  • In the absence of the Superintendent, must be able to determine the playability of the golf course when adverse weather conditions exist, and to close the course for play when necessary. Such actions to be communicated to: The General Manager, Golf Professional and his/her staff, and as appropriate, the Golf and, or, Green Committee Chairs.
  • Some staff members may be Hispanic speaking. As such, must be able to properly communicate, comprehend and determine valid suggestions and recommendations made by such staff, regarding course procedures and operations.

CREATIVITY & ANALYTICAL ABILITY:

  • Has the lead responsibility in organizing and analyzing competitive bids for all materials ordered and applied to the golf course.
  • High degree of creativity required concerning guidance, motivation and retention of the staff.
  • Must be able to correctly analyze current procedures and operations and make recommendations for changes when required.
  • Operate to the approved budget and examine/discuss potential cost saving ideas.

INSIDE RELATIONSHIPS:

  • In the absence of the Superintendent, must be able to represent that position at internal functions and meetings.
  • Must be able to interact with, and properly relate to, all levels of personnel in the club house, golf shop and related staffs.
  • Must possess appropriate communications skills and sensitivity to enable proper communications with, and response to, member’s questions, suggestions, etc. regarding golf course conditions and operations.

OUTSIDE RELATIONSHIPS:

  • This position must act in a professional and ethical manner regarding all vendor contacts and relationships.
  • Interaction with Superintendent and staffs of other golf facilities regarding policies, practices and procedures is encouraged.
  • As required, meet with consultants and university agronomy personal utilized by SHGC.
  • Is required to act for the Superintendent, when that position is away from the job, concerning interaction with neighboring residents and local and state officials regarding all aspects of the G&G operation.

MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Recruits, trains, evaluates, promotes and releases a group of five to thirty five Greenspersons concerning assigned golf course tasks.
  • Supervises and trains Assistant Trainees, Student Trainees, Trainees, Irrigation Technicians and Foreman.
  • Manages and controls record keeping requirements for the total G&G operation.

 
FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Directly responsible for the administrating and managing payroll for all Greenspersons.
  • Ensue all hires have properly maintained personnel records.
  • The performance of this position requires the utilization of equipment valued at $2,500,000.
  • Responsible for control and procurement of budgetary items totaling over $200,000 annually.
  • Provide input and updates to the Superintendent concerning Operating and Capital budgets.

 
POSITION CONDITIONS:

  • Much control and flexibility required concerning planning, procedures, anticipation and the ability to react quickly to changing conditions.
  • Normal workweek, in season, well in excess of 40 hours, with start time one half hour before regular staff and frequent work on weekends.
  • Must have complete knowledge of the Rules of Golf as they apply to the set-up and maintenance of a golf course.
  • An understanding of the game of golf and its history is essential.
  • Awareness of our professional environmental responsibility critical.
  • Some short distance travel will be required.
  • Must be able to lift 100 lbs. frequently and consistently.

 
EDUCATION:

  • B.S. degree in Agronomy, Ornamental Horticulture, Plant and Soil Science or related field essential: Associates degree in Turf Management a minimal requirement.
  • Possess, or have the ability to obtain, a R.I. Certified Pesticide Applicators License for turf, ornamentals and aquatic vegetation a necessity.
  • Attendance and certification from various GCSAA or local Superintendent associations seminars useful.

EXPERIENCE:

  • A minimum of three years experience in all facets of golf course maintenance, ideally at a highly ranked golf facility.
  • Effective oral and written skills required.
  • Knowledge of personal and /or desktop computer and Microsoft Word and Excel a must. Some knowledge of Spanish helpful in the performance of this position.

The specifications which appear above are intended to be sufficient merely to identify and illustrate the kinds of duties that may be assigned to this position. They should not be interpreted to describe all the duties which may be required of this position.

Salaried position DOE very competitive with Housing, Health, Dental, Vision, 401 K, Life Insurance, Uniforms, Meals,Continuing Education, Golf Privileges, Paid Tournament Volunteering

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

Michael Dachowski, Golf Course Superintendent,  mdachowski@shgcri.com


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