Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is seeking a proactive, team-oriented, and strategic Division Chief to lead, manage and provide oversight of DPR's Park Development Division. The work involves overseeing strategic planning efforts to create a public space system that is responsive to the many needs of our urban growing community with limited land resources while mentoring and motivating a dedicated and talented staff.
With an organizational culture of collaboration, Arlington is committed to public engagement and the Park Development Division plays a critical role in working with a diverse and participatory community to create a balanced and efficient public space system that is inclusive, sustainable, and supports recreation and leisure activities, environmental infrastructure, economic development and social health.
This Division Chief is a member of a DPR's dynamic and dedicated Executive Leadership Team (ELM) and works collaboratively with other senior leaders in the department to set policy and manage the overall strategic direction of the Park Development Division. This Division Chief will direct long-range strategic planning of policies, programs, procedures and initiatives, will operate with substantial independence, and will report to the Department Director. This leader will support two lines of business within the Park Development Division to provide strategic direction to a group of talented professionals who plan, design and build parks and facilities across Arlington County. These two lines of business are:
The Planning and Comprehensive Projects Studio - develops major County-wide planning efforts including leading one of the elements of the County's Comprehensive Plan: the Public Spaces Master Plan, that was adopted in 2019 and includes 200+ action steps for implementation over the next decade.
The Neighborhood Conservation and Facilities Renovation Studio - oversees the design and construction process for new and renovated parks, manages the Synthetic Turf and Trails Modernization Programs, and supports the Neighborhood Conservation Program through scoping, designing and building projects related to parks and beautification improvements.
Major duties of this position include:
Supervising 3 direct and 18 indirect reports and tracking deliverable to ensure on time completion;
Providing financial oversight and managing the Division's operating budget;
Providing oversight for development of park designs using internal and external resources and for DPR's $223 million Capital Improvement Program which is comprised of the Parks Maintenance Capital Park Master Plans, Synthetic Turf, Trail Modernization and Parks Land Acquisition and Open Space Programs and approximately one-third of the $12 million biennial Neighborhood Conservation Program;
Providing guidance and support during the Invitation to Bid and Request for Proposals processes; supporting construction projects by addressing issues that arise in the field and by resolving contract disputes;
Developing and maintaining appropriate records systems, writing accurate reports from assembled data and presenting and supporting staff in preparing materials for briefings, meetings and work sessions for County Executive leadership and County Board members;
Partnering with the community to shape the future of Arlington's public spaces through the County's six-step public engagement process;
Collaborating with DPR leadership, other departments, County Board-appointed commissions and advisory groups, officials, the public, and Arlington Public Schools and serving as liaison to the Park and Recreation Commission;
Serving as a steward of DPR's parks inventory including updating and maintaining GIS layers and proactively seeking acquisition of properties identified in the Public Spaces Master Plan, with a goal of acquiring 30 acres over the next ten years;
Overseeing the development and implementation of the Public Spaces Master Plan and the priorities and efforts for the development of park master plans by: working with developers to plan and design privately-owned public spaces; collaborating with County departments, agencies and the community on comprehensive plan elements; and preparing zoning and General Land Use Plan changes.
A strong background in strategic planning, project management, public engagement, internal work group dynamics and supervision are necessary. The ability to meet multiple priorities and deadlines is essential as well as effective skills in communication, political astuteness, and managing and working in an innovative, progressive, dynamic and diverse environment.
A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master's degree in Park and Recreation, Urban Planning or closely related field that includes progressively responsible experience in a strategic leadership and managerial role with a government park and recreation organization or similar agency serving an urban, multi-cultural population.
Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Desirable: Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE), Certified Planner (American Institute of Certified Planners), and/or Certified Landscape Architect (American Society of Landscape Architects) is preferred.
Preference may also be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:
Innovative, and visionary leadership and management providing strategic and financial planning and direction for a local government Park and Recreation agency;
Navigating organizational and political awareness of multiple stakeholder and community needs;
Public engagement that reflects an ability to network across disciplines and influence decision-makers.
Additional Salary Information: The salary is negotiable up to $197,163.20. Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications, education, and experience of the candidate selected.
This position is in the Arlington County Government's Senior Program Management Accountability Program (SMAP), in which Senior Program Managers are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated based on a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, and results achieved. SMAP is a flexible total rewards/compensation system directly linked to performance and the market.
Internal Number: 0724-20A-DPR-LM
About Arlington County
Arlington is a world-class community and tourist destination located just five miles from the heart of the nation's capital. Geographically, Arlington is the smallest self-governing county in the U.S., occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for Smart Growth in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world -- including the Pentagon -- Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.