The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner. The Montgomery County Department of Parks has a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, and we serve a diverse population of more than one million residents. We manage 424 parks on approximately 37,000 acres of parkland. The Park Planning & Stewardship Division works to support the Vision, Mission and Values of the Department of Parks to achieve the right balance of recreation and stewardship through a comprehensive park planning program that is closely aligned with trail program, management, and protection of our County’s best natural and cultural resources on parkland. The Park Planning team seeks to put the right parks in the right places. This team performs strategic planning for facilities and parkland, data and mapping analyses, and works closely alongside planners at the Planning Department on the park and open space recommendations in sector and master plans. Go to our website to learn more: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/
DIVERSITY STATEMENT: Montgomery County Department of Parks believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success. Montgomery County Parks does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, or ideology or status as a Veteran. The Montgomery County Department of Parks understands that we are a central part of communities where people live, work, and play and that we can play a pivotal role in advancing racial equity by bringing communities together and helping to break down social, racial, and cultural barriers. We can also reduce or eliminate social and economic fragmentation by revitalizing and connecting public spaces to bring together people from different backgrounds. To advance that goal, we are seeking an innovative, motivated, big picture thinking Outdoor Recreation Facility Planner (Planner Coordinator).
Examples of Important Duties:
Serves as the lead planner and subject matter expert in outdoor recreational facilities and functions for the Department
Analyzes recreation trends and developments and identify needs through research and experimentation.
Reviews or analyzes studies of national significance and innovative recreation facilities across the U.S.
Serves as the lead for the Park, Recreational and Open Spaces (PROS) Plan. Works throughout the Department and with consultants to compile research and planning data (e.g., recreation/athletic facility and user trends, demographics, user surveys, park facility needs, service gaps, etc.)
Assembles and maintains databases. Analyzes data typically through the use of GIS to prepare complex statistical analyses, conduct needs assessments, forecast trends, and identify CIP priorities, etc. Provides an expert review of data collected in formulating planning recommendations.
Develops effective implementation strategies for outdoor recreation based on various factors, such as operational/maintenance requirements, departmental needs, recreational trends, and master, sector or park plan recommendations.
Serves as working leader/coordinator for designated projects, special studies, or processes that are significant to the Department’s mission and work program (e.g., Area and Functional Master Plans, Sector Plans).
Reviews and analyzes development plans (Mandatory Referral, Preliminary Plan, Site Plan) applications to ensure that park needs are met while minimizing park impacts.
IMPORTANT SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS: • General knowledge of outdoor recreation use concepts and the planning process • Experienced GIS user comfortable working with large datasets, looking up information in GIS, creating basic, legible, illustrative maps for use in presentations and creating new spatial datasets for projects as needed. • Experience convening and leading focus groups and leading meetings with a diverse group of stakeholders. • Proficient in M.S. Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word), including TEAMS
COMMUNICATIONS: • Interpret and communicate the policy and procedures, including confidential and sensitive issues, in an effective manner. • Empathic listener with proven ability facilitating difficult conversations. • Collaborative decision-making style, with a proven track record of working effectively with diverse individuals to drive decision-making and results. • Ability to synthesize data and transform it into coherent, strategic workplans. • Demonstrate ability to manage complex problem-solving, emerging with strategic plans and equitable deliverables.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Background in one or more of the following: youth sports, physical education, therapeutic recreation, recreational management, sports facility management, fitness management, sports marketing, etc. • Strong project management experience • Experience working within large and complex government organizations, preferably in parks and recreation • Proficiency in public speaking • Superb written, verbal, organizational, and interpersonal skills • Working knowledge of how to interpret recreation use factors which may affect park planning • Ability to communicate in another language a plus
Master's degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, or equivalent disciplines related to job function and three years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience at the journey level; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Internal Number: 11314
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 more 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.