This position is the only designated planning position in the Parks Division, coordinating long and intermediate range strategic and operational planning within the Division. The position also serves as the principal liaison to the Parks Division Administrator in coordinating Parks Division planning, policy analysis and comprehensive management system development with overall agency direction. Additional duties include assisting with administrative and Board policy development; research and data collection and analysis; environmental compliance; GIS-related efforts including planning coordination within and outside the agency; assisting with brochure and publication development; and miscellaneous responsibilities. The position is supervised by the Parks Division Administrator and is located in the Helena Parks Division Office.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):
This position requires knowledge and skills in the following disciplines: Facilitation and public process management; parks and outdoor recreation management principles and best practices; planning theories, methods and terminology; comprehensive management systems; program evaluation; survey design and analysis; social science research techniques; a working knowledge of public administration principles; knowledge of public involvement techniques and how and when to apply them appropriately; conflict management; consensus building; budgets; Montana Environmental Policy Act; Montana Administrative Procedures Act; Montana State Parks Public Use ARM rules; FWP and Parks Division policies; and the interrelationship between planning, management, policy development and field operations.
The position requires excellent writing and organizational skills; public speaking and interpersonal communication skills; meeting and conference planning, facilitation and mediation skills; the capacity to effectively develop and use visual aids; employee supervision skills; contract management skills; personal computer software utilization skills (e.g., word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, databases); and the capacity to prioritize, manage and complete a variety of competing tasks, often under pressure.
One of the most significant abilities required to be successful at the job is the capacity to sift through and analyze a variety of complex and often contradictory viewpoints to help the Division arrive at a particular policy, position or perspective. The position requires the ability to quickly develop creative solutions to problems in a changing, inter-disciplinary environment. The ability to learn new material, explain it to others and effectively integrate it with existing information affecting Parks Division programs is also essential. The position requires the capacity to work with a diversity of personalities at various levels inside and outside the agency, in order to complete planning processes for complex projects, including work plans and timelines. The incumbent must possess the ability to effectively delegate and make assignments for different components of a large project. The ability to see a large and time-consuming project through from beginning to end is essential. The ability to solicit and incorporate a wide diversity of comments and suggestions into a planning process is also necessary.
• Ability to manage and administer assigned fiscal budgets.
• Ability to effectively work with an interact with the following contacts:
Chief of Operations, Parks Division Administrator, Division Program Managers and Regional Parks field staff
Representatives from the GIS Unit and FWP Legal Unit
Parks and Recreation Board Members
Staff professionals and managers from federal land and recreation management agencies to health professionals
Consultants and contractors
Public constituents and citizen advisory groups
News media reporters
Professional staff and faculty from academic institutions
• Ability to speak in public.
• Ability to make presentations on complex issues.
Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
The knowledge, skills and abilities needed for this position are typically acquired through a Masters degree in parks & recreation management; public administration; outdoor recreation planning; policy development; social science; cultural or natural resource management, or related fields. Additionally, 3-4 years of Job-related work experience is required.
Additional training in facilitating dialogue and leading public processes is desired but not required.
Please remember to attach the required documents (Cover Letter and Resume) listed in this announcement. Please address the Supplemental Questions in your Cover Letter. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on November 16, 2018. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.
1. Please describe your experience in community-based planning. Include any experience that relates to parks and outdoor recreation planning efforts.
2. Outreach and communication is a vital component of this position. As a part of the planning program, we provide training opportunities throughout the state at the time of new planning efforts that are initiated with public meeting opportunities. Tell us about your presentation experience to groups, how you approach presenting the same material to experienced professionals and also to the general public of varying backgrounds and experiences. Provide concrete examples of various types of communication and their effectiveness.