The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking an innovative, collaborative, highly talented, and experienced individual to lead the Park Authority's Business Administration Division. Fairfax County is a dynamic community with 1.15 million residents, a thriving economy, a top tier school system, safe neighborhoods, and bustling town centers. At the heart of the community is the nationally recognized leader the Fairfax County Park Authority, a large and complex park system encompassing over 24,000 acres of land, 427 parks, 500 full-time employees, 2,500 seasonal employees and over 2,000 volunteers.The ideal candidate will be one who is invested in the vision, mission, and future of the organization.
Helps advance initiatives that grow the Park Authority to new successes and into the next decade. Reporting to the Park Authority Executive Director, provides leadership, direction, and oversight to mission critical and cross agency business functions of the Park Authority. Annually the Park Authority’s $100 million operating budget includes fee-based revenue of $50M generated from golf courses, RECenters, waterparks, driving ranges, facility rentals, camps and classes. Additionally, manages and provides strategic direction over a $150 million six-year Capital Program Plan.
As an integral member of the Park Authority leadership team, this position has a wide range of responsibilities that support the Park Authority organization and help maintain a sustainable organization. As a collaborative and thoughtful leader, works with various levels of staff and will focus on enhancing the coordination and delivery of services in finance, purchasing, accounting, budget, human resources, information technology, revenue forecasting, and trends analysis. Works in collaboration with the leadership team on the development of financial and operational strategies, metrics tied to that strategy, future forecasting, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to drive the Park Authority’s business operation. Works as the key to coordination and interpretation of revenue trend forecasting and market data for the lines of business of the Park Authority’s business operations. Requires an engaging, organized. and focused leader who excels in an exciting, complex environment and who can manage multiple business areas and initiatives simultaneously. Works to improve partnerships and inspire and guide staff as they plan, execute, and complete projects. As a key player on the leadership team, executes the components of the Strategic Plan and identifying, assigning, and tracking workload assignments. Helps develop internal and external policy and ensures compliance with all policy and procedures that govern, regulate, or guide the Park Authority. Oversees areas that include the following branches: Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance and Budget.
The Park Authority fosters a supportive and inclusive work environment that celebrates diversity in backgrounds and beliefs, that strengthen innovative practices essential to achieving our vision of inspiring a passion for parks, healthy lifestyles, and stewardship by providing a sustainable, dynamic, and including park system to support the thriving Fairfax County Community. Participates on multiple teams and initiatives for the Park Authority and may represent the Park Authority on teams of the Fairfax County Government.
The ideal candidate will: Be a collaborative, thoughtful, innovative, and strategic leader, open to new ideas and processes. Be an inviting, inclusive, and inspiring leader whose style leads team members and inspires others to grow. Have strong integrity, be trustworthy, and be a decision maker. Have strong demonstrated leadership skills in supervision, business acumen, collaboration, communication, public presentations, emotional intelligence, finance, accounting and budget oversight experience, communication, political astuteness, team building, process evaluation, project management, and working in a diverse environment.
Note: The assigned functional areas of the position are business administration, financial management, and leadership.
Supervises a staff of professionals and has overall responsibility for all programs within their assigned functional area;
Supervises preparation of the division's budget, participates in presentation of the budget to the Park Authority Board, and monitors program expenditures;
Evaluates and reports on the effectiveness of division programs;
Conducts service needs assessments;
Prepares, presents, and is held accountable for implementation of the Park Authority's annual plan as it relates to the assigned functional area(s);
Ensures that division plans and programs complement agency goals and objectives;
Provides an independent liaison with, and support to the Park Advisory Board and other boards and commissions for issues with in the assigned functional area(s);
Provides staff support to the Park Authority Board;
Oversees special project work directed by the Board of Supervisors, Park Authority Board and/or agency director;
Represents the agency in meetings with public and private-sector officials and citizen groups.
As Director of the Administration Division Manages the Administration Division, overseeing the agency's centralized information technology, budget and finance, contract administration, grant coordination, procurement, personnel, training, safety and risk management functions; and Acts for the Director on administrative, fiscal, budget, personnel, risk management, information technology and purchasing matters.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Extensive knowledge of the principles, methods and challenges of organization and
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration;
Knowledge of the principles and practices of the assigned functional area;
Oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated skills in needs assessment and strategic planning;
Ability to plan and direct the activities of a large staff;
Ability to plan and conduct staff development programs;
Ability to evaluate programs against pertinent standards;
Ability to prepare and present clear, concise financial and administrative reports;
Ability to develop and evaluate budget requests and project future expenditures;
Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
Ability to keep abreast of developments in the field;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships peers, other County
employees, Board members, public and private sector officials and citizen groups.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”) Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree appropriate to the functional area (recreation, park management, business administration, etc.); Plus five years of administrative experience in the appropriate functional area.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a credit history check to the satisfaction of the employer.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA).
10+ years progressive leadership experience in a senior or executive leadership role for one or more of the following areas: business administration, budget management, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology,
10+ years' experience leading business analysis, market trends, revenue forecasting including long-range, and strategic business planning operations.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Job is generally sedentary. Ability to use keyboard-driven equipment. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
SELECTION PROCEDURE: Panel interview and may include exercise.
Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.
Internal Number: 20-01537
About Fairfax County Government
Fairfax County was home to many of America’s earliest statesmen, including George Washington of Mount Vernon and George Mason of Gunston Hall. It is one of the premier centers of technology in the United States. Located just west of the nation’s capital, Fairfax County is the most populous jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It has a large, diverse and dynamic economy, and is home for eight Fortune 500 companies, more than 400 international owned firms, and the largest concentration of technology jobs of any major U.S. market. Minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses make significant contributions to the economy and add diversity to the business community.
The County offers residents an excellent environment in which to raise and educate their children. The Fairfax County Public School System and area private schools offer parents numerous education options. Fairfax County is also a leader in higher education, where five major colleges and universities, including the main campus of George Mason University, are located. Northern Virginia Community College – the largest community college in the Commonwealth of Virginia – has two campuses in Fairfax County. T...he community has a wealth of cultural and recreational resources that provide abundant opportunities for children to learn and grow.