The advertised position is in the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, a nationally recognized leader among park and recreation agencies with an unprecedented SIX national Gold Medals for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management. Its headquarters are located in Riverdale, Maryland, with facilities throughout the Prince George's County. The Deputy Director is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the five-member County Planning Board.
The Department's mission is to provide comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities, and services, which respond to the changing needs of the community. The Department strives to preserve, enhance, and protect open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations. This mission is fulfilled through a diverse and talented staff who operate more than 400 hundred parks, playgrounds, courts, and fields; 46 community centers, 24 historic sites, 11 aquatic facilities; 4 performing arts and cultural venues; 4 regional athletic complexes; 3 golf courses; 3 nature centers; an airport; and a marina. The Department stewards and maintains more than 27,000 acres of parkland and more than 100 miles of trails, which are patrolled by a Park Police Division. All of the above seeks to enhance the quality of life in Prince George's County by offering recreational opportunities for every age and ability in a safe and fun environment. We are team defined by our energy and commitment to serve the public. We value social equity, conservation, connectivity, health and wellness, youth development, economic development, and safe, well-maintained parks and facilities.
If this sounds like a team you would like to join, The M-NCPPC seeks a Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, Facility Operations. This is an executive-level position reporting to the Director with responsibility for leading and managing six dynamic divisions: Arts Cultural and Heritage Division; Aquatic and Athletic Facilities Division; Youth and Countywide Sports Division; Public Affairs and Marketing Division; Natural and Historical Resources Division; and Maintenance and Development Division. Day-to-day, the Deputy Director works collaboratively with the Director and with two other Deputy Directors to provide the coordinated leadership and strategic management necessary for each division to play its part in fulfilling the Department's mission.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT DUTIES:
Key characteristics and qualities required for this opportunity include:
Being a highly qualified, energetic leader, strategic-thinker, a parks and recreation innovator with exceptional interpersonal, communication, analytic, and problem solving skills to help lead and direct a Department that employees more 1,200 full-time employees and up to 5,000 seasonal employees.
Possessing a strong desire for professional challenges and a customer service orientation to be a member of an organization that prides itself on continuously cultivating new ways to better serve the community and new ways to support and develop our professional staff.
Demonstrating a proven track record of exercising sound judgment and political awareness in dealing with sensitive and political matters.
Exercising outstanding management abilities, negotiating skills, writing skills, presentation skills, and public speaking skills along with a successful performance record in a parks and recreation or equivalent organization.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, recreation management/administration, business administration or a related field of study; plus 10 years' experience with at least 5 years at the executive/senior level managing a large private or public sector program.
Executive management experience in a large, complex governmental agency is desirable.
A Master's degree is highly preferred.
Salary is negotiable, supported by a highly competitive benefit and retirement package and agency vehicle privileges.
Classification Specification: Parks and Recreation Deputy Director (3451)
Additional Salary Information: Salary is negotiable, supported by a highly competitive benefit and retirement package and agency vehicle privileges.
Internal Number: 3451-19
About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Founded in 1927, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a nationally recognized leader in land use planning, parks and recreation achieving countless awards for innovation, stewardship and exemplary vision for enhancing the lives of current and future generations. The agency, which is chartered by the State of Maryland, has geographic authority in the Montgomery County and Prince George's County region, which are the two Maryland counties surrounding Washington, DC.