The Park Planning and Stewardship Division of the M-NCPPC Department of Parks, Montgomery County in Silver Spring has an opening for a Park and Trail Planning Supervisor. This full-time career position will manage and supervise 7-8 staff for significant park planning programs requiring complex theories and concepts across several disciplines. The supervisor acts as the leader of a collaborative interdisciplinary team to formulate recommendations to locate the "right parks" and park facilities in the "right places" through park plans and studies.
The Park and Trail Planning Supervisor supervises, plans, develops, and implements work programs and projects that involve relationships among the planning and regulation of land use, development, functional planning, and the provision of parks and open space for one county. The supervisor determines methodologies, approaches, or alternatives used to achieve program objectives, troubleshoots and resolves complex and politically sensitive issues and problems, and performs related administrative and management work for the unit /program.
The Supervisor serves as the Department's principal liaison to the Commission's Planning Department and the Park and Trail Planners in the Prince Georges Department of Parks and Recreation, and frequently presents major planning efforts to the Montgomery County Planning Board and the Montgomery County Council.
Duties of the Park and Trail Planning Supervisor include, under very general direction, the preparation and management of the section's work program for park planning, trail planning, regulatory review, mandatory referrals and special exceptions for park interests and outreach materials. Specific duties include:
Work with other branches of County government, most importantly the Commission's Planning Department on all major plans (master plans, functional plans, sector plans, etc.) Supervise planning component of Department and Interagency studies and initiatives. Prepare the updates to the Park, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan every five years, as well as other large, complex strategic plans such as Vision 2030, the Countywide Park Trails Plan, and the Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan. Supervise preparation of Countywide park planning documents. Supervise preparation of park master plans and trail corridor plans. Supervise preparation of Concept Plans and Programs of Requirement. Supervise preparation of Site Selection Studies. Supervise Park and Trail Planning involvement and input into community based planning program, the regulatory review process and Legacy Open Space planning process. Provide planning context for policy discussions of park issues. Manage the Division's Graphic Design Services. Coordinate work program with Commission staff. Participate in formulating the Department of Parks operating and capital improvement budget, the Section's budget. Supervise six to eight planning staff consistent with Merit System Rules and Commission Practices. Supervise standardization of park planning processes and products. Supervise preparation of policy and planning materials for potential acquisitions and land swaps with other County agencies. Prepare Requests for Proposals and manage contracts with consultants for park planning efforts. Supervise preparation of reports and presentations by the Section. Help prioritize candidate projects for Urban Parks, Energize Public Spaces, and other planning-related Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Projects.
Experience with development and application of spatial databases to inform/enhance service analyses, site selection, and facility re-purposing or conversion studies.
Experience with concept site planning and regulatory review of development projects.
ASPECTS OF THE JOB: Excellent benefits package includes generous leave, extensive health coverage, deferred compensation plan, employer's retirement plan, and work-life programs. Requires frequent night meetings.
The office location is convenient to downtown Silver Spring and the Capital Beltway.
Master Planner: Master's degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, public administration, or related fields and six years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience that included at least three years of project leadership and coordination experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
About The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Created in 1927, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission embodies the vision of forward-looking community leaders who saw the need to plan for orderly development and protection of the natural resources in the two suburban counties bordering the District of Columbia. During the Commission's proud 80 plus years of existence, the population of the area it serves has increased to m...ore than 1.6 million residents who inhabit a bi-county area of great economic, racial, ethnic and geographic diversity.The Commission's facilities, programs and responsibilities have constantly evolved and expanded to keep pace with the needs of this vibrant community. From assuming responsibility for the entire public recreation program in Prince George's County in the '70s, to building and strengthening ongoing regional business partnerships, the Commission has continued to plan, fund and deliver quality, innovative programs, facilities and services for over three-quarters of a century. M-NCPPC benefits the citizens of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties by Turning Visions Into Reality.