The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an award winning, nationally recognized six-time recipient of the coveted National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management, serving the Maryland region adjacent to the Nation's Capital.
The Department of Parks and Recreation is the largest department within M-NCPPC and its mission is to provide high-quality park and recreation programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities we serve. The Department is also charged with managing a comprehensive park system that presently includes more than 28,000 acres and responsible for acquiring land, developing and managing park and recreation facilities, maintaining open space and park property, and conducting a wide array of leisure activities and services. The residents of Prince George's County, presently more than 900,000 in number, are our primary customers.
The agency is seeking a talented and progressive Chief of Staff to report to the Director of Parks and Recreation. This position will serve in an executive capacity to effectively organize and manage the operations and workflow relative to the Office of the Director.
Work involves highly sensitive issues requiring tact, discretion, and responsiveness to the vision and mission of the Director of Parks and Recreation in dealing with executive level public officials, elected officials, representatives of the business community, the press/media, constituents and other stakeholders. Additionally, the Chief of Staff will oversee three major functional areas: Financial Management/Budget, Cost Recovery, and the Resource Development work programs.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT DUTIES:
Supports the Director in driving business strategy development by assessing risks, noting opportunities for expansion, setting overall goals and metrics, and proposing projects or systems to optimize performance and revenue to move the organization forward.
Consults with the Director on current issues and operational objectives.
Recommends policy changes responsive to the public issues or to enhance operational efficiency.
Acts as the representative of the Director when engaging with public/elected officials, business community, the press, and constituents in resolving community or planning issues.
Advocates the policy or position of the Director and attends both internal and external meetings on behalf of the Director as assigned.
Collaborates with the Department leadership to ensure strategic alignment with the mission, goals, and objectives of the Office of the Director.
Supervises internal staff operations in the areas of resource planning and financial management to ensure the implementation of policy directives and operational objectives.
Oversees and coordinates responses, work activities, assignments, follow-up, and projects internal to the organization ensuring the effective completion of initiatives and requirements pertaining to the Office of the Director.
Facilitates internal and external messaging and communications from the Office of the Director to inform the Department of organizational programs, initiatives, and other emerging developments and/or respond to public and legislative inquiries.
Liaises and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders to include the Department leadership, as well as elected officials at the local, county, state-level and community or business leaders.
Position offers a highly competitive benefit and retirement package and vehicle privileges.
More information about the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation is available here.
Classification Specification: Special Program Coordinator (4335)
Master’s degree in planning, parks, architecture, engineering, environmental science, business administration or related subjects; and
Eight years of professional analytical and planning experience, and two years of experience in coordination or supervising a planning function; or
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Master’s degree in communications, business administration, or related subjects.
Extensive knowledge of state, county, and local government structures; demonstrated skills in project management, fiscal management, strategic leadership, and political dexterity; ability to effectively negotiate; exceptional public speaking, written, and oral communication skills.
Internal Number: 12517
About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
About Us The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a bi-county agency 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. In addition, the agency gained responsibility for the public recreation program in Prince George's County in 1970.Governing BodyThe governing body of M-NCPPC consists of 10 members, 5 appointed by Montgomery County and 5 by Prince George's County. The Commission coordinates and acts on matters of interest to both counties, and meets at least once a month. The members of the Commission from each county serve as separate Planning Boards to facilitate, review and administer the matters affecting their respective counties.Range of DutiesM-NCPPC administers a park system of more than 52,000 acres. It is composed of stream valley parks, large regional parks, neighborhood parks and park-school recreation areas. Its staff of career employees includes planners, park and recreation administrators, park police and administration staff. In addition, seasonal workers staff numerous park and recreation programs.