Arlington County's Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking a dynamic Park Manager to direct the operation and development of the parks and park facilities within one of the four areas of Arlington County. The employee will be responsible for managing park use and development, maintenance and operation, trades workers, and managing several County-wide programs, including multi-use trails, community canine areas, and refuse.
Arlington County's park system, which has been developed as part of a Public Spaces Master Plan, is an integral part of the County's "Urban Village" Planning initiative. There are approximately 350 County-owned parks in Arlington, including small street landscapes, small neighborhood parks, stream valley parks, and large multi- facility parks with historic landmarks, recreation centers, trails, shelters, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, etc.
Specific duties include:
- Determining goals and objectives for park operations programs and facilities in response to the needs of the community;
- Developing and managing a wide variety of park operations programs that include interpretive programming, enterprise programming, park and facilities development, and construction and maintenance;
- Providing extensive liaison with several departments, governmental agencies and community groups to facilitate the community process used for resolving park issues and for developing and implementing new park programs and facilities.
- Monitoring park land for environmental integrity, including working with internal and external experts to develop and implement action plans and programs to protect the environment and park land;
- Managing permanent and temporary trades workers;
- Conducting needs assessment research to identify new products and remain abreast of state of the art park programs;
- Managing and coordinating the operating budget for the area and/or for special program assignments;
- Developing policies and procedures for specific programs and for area staff use;
- Ensuring staff effectively use administrative systems and procedures, such as the automated work order system;
- Communicating effectively with customers to resolve issues, provide direction, give feedback, and build professional relationships;
- Responding to emergencies including those that are weather related (snow, hurricanes, ice storms); and
- Ensuring the safe use of the County parks.
Substitution: Additional qualifying experience in park management may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's Degree in related field and/or experience in one or more of the following:
- Managing park operations in an urban environment;
- Facilitating public meetings regarding forest or park planning and usage;
- Managing public works projects;
- Using automated work order systems;
- Collaborating with Community planning groups such as civic associations, Boards, and school systems, with emphasis on outreach to minority communities; and
- Working with environmental groups, including Master Gardeners, Tree Stewards, and Commissions.