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 nearly 37,000 acres of parkland. 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.
DESCRIPTION: 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 ensuring that in our system, race and other demographics are not predictors of the quantity and quality of parks in a specific area. We also have a commitment to help break down social, racial and cultural barriers by reducing or eliminating social and economic fragmentation. To advance that goal, we are seeking an innovative, motivated, big picture thinking Equity Program Coordinator.
The Equity Program Coordinator will be responsible for setting and implementing an overarching vision of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion—both at the programmatic and administrative levels —by:
Defining – rooted in data, research, best practice, and community voice – a racial equity identity and lens, and what our vision of success is for applying it to the Parks Department
Developing a strategy that advances racial equity in our Parks and works to mitigate the negative consequences of past practices by utilizing innovative, data-driven, and measurable approaches and strategies to design, plan, develop, and deliver services in our parks with an equity lens
Ensuring that our plans, programs, strategies, operations, and Capital Improvements Plans are created with an equity lens,
Developing and monitoring Key Performance Indicators for racial equity
Working with other project managers to ensure projects reflect an equity focus
Working with the department’s senior management team to ensure that we are focusing resources and responding effectively and appropriately to economic, social, racial, and demographic changes in our community
Actively reaching out to communities of color to ensure their needs, cultures, and voices are adequately represented in projects affecting their communities
IMPORTANT SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS:
Ability to engage with diverse staff and leadership to promote trust, collaboration, and partnership between departments and levels of leadership
Exceptional leadership skills
Proven track record with data collection, statistics, data analytics, and a record of applying quantitative methods to decision making.
Ability to synthesize data and transform it into coherent, strategic workplans
Demonstrated track record in challenging and influencing peers to approach all work with an equity lens
Deep content knowledge of the racial equity, diversity, and inclusion research base and best practices for organizations on this subject
Demonstrate ability to manage complex problems, emerging with strategic plans and equitable deliverables
Strong interpersonal skills; able to quickly establish credibility to develop and manage productive relationships with internal and external individuals and agencies
Strong project management expertise with an ability to manage multiple projects and to move quickly from one to another
Proven track record of success engaging with communities of color and LGBTQ+ communities
Proficient in MS Office, ArcGIS, enterprise software and specialized software for planning, scheduling, communicating (email), word processing, collecting and reporting data, preparing presentations, researching (Internet), and performing other computer functions
Prior experience focusing on areas of racial equity, diversity, inclusion and/or community outreach
Strong Project management skills
Advanced GIS skills
Experience working with Parks or other large and complex government organizations
Proficiency in public speaking
Superb written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills
Knowledge of local, State and Federal laws and policies related to equity, diversity and inclusion
Ability to communicate in another language a plus
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Statistics, Data Analytics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Finance, Human Resource, or any related field.
Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in Business, Statistics, Data Analytics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Finance, Human Resource, or any related field
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total eight (8) years.
Internal Number: 13945
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.