The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Co
March 14, 2018
Silver Spring, Maryland
69175.00 - 120559.00
Full-time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
This full time, career position in the Park Development Division of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Parks offers an excellent opportunity for an experienced and forward-thinking land management and acquisition professional to manage the Division’s Land Management Section, which is responsible for the Department’s Parkland Acquisition, Land Survey, and Enforcement of Parkland Encroachments work programs. The Department ‘s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) has a six-year capital budget of $195 million, of which $39.5 million is for land acquisition. We manage 421 parks on nearly 37,000 acres of parkland.
The Montgomery County Department of Parks is part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). M-NCPPC is a six-time award-winning, nationally recognized agency and recipient of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation management, serving the Maryland region adjacent to Washington, D. C. We have a career staff of nearly 800 employees, and we serve a diverse population of more than one million residents. We have an annual operating budget of over $100 million.
The incumbent plans and implements land acquisition programs through the master planning process, negotiation with property owners, and regulatory processes. S/he possesses a comprehensive knowledge of real estate and land management practices with highly proficient skills in project management, negotiation, communication, and enforcement. S/he must be detail-oriented and a problem-solver who is able to deal with complex situations. The incumbent must demonstrate abilities to manage multiple work programs and professional staff effectively, coordinate with internal and external stakeholders who have different priorities and deliver work products with limited resources and tight deadlines. This person must be able to work well with people inside and outside of the organization to share information, obtain agreement or compliance, present and defend the Department's positions, and lead the Section as an integral part of the Division's CIP team.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT DUTIES:
Manages work programs and supervises land acquisition specialists, land surveyors, and encroachment enforcement staff;
Performs full range of supervisory human resources management functions, such as recruitment, staff training and development, and performance evaluation;
Serves on the Division’s management team to collaborate on division-wide work and policy issues;
Coordinates the work of the Section with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies;
Establishes standards, develops policies and procedures, and defines goals and objectives for the Section;
Identifies and recommends long-term and short-term land management needs and initiatives;
Prepares the Department's six-year CIP for property acquisition on adopted master plans, and develops periodic reports of project status, expenditures, and parkland inventory.
Coordinates with Park Planning and Planning Department staff in prioritizing potential land acquisitions using the appropriate funding criteria, area master plan recommendations, and countywide park development needs.
Oversees the negotiation and execution of complex real estate contracts, easements, and
Presents land acquisition recommendations to the Montgomery County Planning Board for approval and to the Montgomery County Council if required.
Administers and coordinates property tax disputes and parcel splits through the State Department of Assessments and Taxation and the County’s Department of Finance.
Manages and improves the Department’s enforcement procedure for parkland encroachment cases.
Oversees the land survey program to provide survey services to the Commission staff in identifying park boundaries, underground utility lines, and existing park facilities.
Excellent human relations skills and ability to negotiate and facilitate the cooperative efforts of others.
Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
Exceptional organizational and analytical skills and understanding of complex appraisal reports and financial analyses.
Ability to make quick and sound decisions based heavily on facts, data and/or metrics.
Strong leadership skills in motivating staff members and promoting teamwork.
Computer literacy, especially regarding word processing, PowerPoint, spreadsheet analysis, project scheduling and data management software.
Several years of supervisory experience in land management or related fields;
Comprehensive knowledge of land acquisition techniques including appraisal procedures, negotiations, condemnation and related court procedures, property values, taxation, and tax benefits;
Considerable experience in negotiating land and property acquisition for a public agency;
Good working knowledge of technological advances, equipment, devices, and hardware related to land surveying.
Master’s degree in Real Estate, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field, plus three years of highly responsible and varied experience related to real estate management, land appraisal, and negotiating land and property acquisitions. Experience with a municipal jurisdiction is highly desirable; or
Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field, plus five years of highly responsible and varied experience related to real estate management, land appraisal, and negotiating land and property acquisitions. Experience with a municipal jurisdiction is highly desirable; or
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent benefits package includes generous leave, extensive health coverage, deferred compensation plan, employer’s retirement plan, and work-life programs. The office location is convenient to downtown Silver Spring and the Capital Beltway.
Additional Salary Information: Subject to a one-year probationary period. Eligible for anniversary increase at the end of successful completion of probationary period.
Internal Number: 11581
About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Co
The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission(The Commission) is a bi-county agency serving Montgomery County and Prince George's County, both surrounding Washington, D. C. It is empowered by the State of Maryland in 1927 to acquire, develop, maintain and administer a regional system of parks within Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, and to provide land use planning for the physical development of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
The Commission consists of ten members-five from each county. The Commission coordinates and acts collectively on regional and administrative issues, and divides into two respective Planning Boards to conduct all other matters.
Organizationally there are seven departments. In Montgomery County, these are the Department of Parks and the Department of Planning; in Prince George's County these are the Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Department of Planning. The Human Resources and Management, Finance, and Legal departments comprise the Central Administrative Services unit that supports operations in both counties along with the Office of Inspector General, the Office of Chief Information Officer, and Merit System Board.