Arlington, Virginia
May 15, 2017
May 26, 2017
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Job Title: ATHLETIC AND FACILITY SERVICES DIVISION CHIEF Closing Date/Time: Thu. 05/25/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $98,155.20 - $184,246.40 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA, Virginia       Arlington County Government is seeking a strong senior manager to serve as the Division Chief of the Athletic and Facility Services Division within the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). The Chief is responsible for providing guidance, direction and coordination for the Athletic and Facility Services Division in carrying out the department's mission of promoting wellness and vitality through dynamic programs and attractive public spaces. The Chief ensures that the Athletic and Facility Services Division operates efficiently and effectively in its day-to-day business and collaborates across the department, County government and community.

The Chief will establish and cultivate effective relationships with other divisions within DPR and other County departments and will work closely with Arlington Public Schools, community and regional organizations, and interested stakeholders. The goal of these relationships is to ensure the community's ease of participation in DPR's programs and access to facilities and related departmental plans and policies. Reporting directly to the DPR Director, this member of the department's Executive Leadership Team sets policies and practices for the entire department. Additionally, the major focus of this position is overseeing athletic programs and facilities by introducing innovative management strategies to ensure assets are managed for optimum participation and accessibility in athletic programs and facilities for all ages, abilities and interests.

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is one of the largest departments in the County, providing expansive services to people who live, work and visit the County. The department has an annual operating budget of over $40 million, a ten-year capital budget of $257 million, more than 250 permanent employees, 500 temporary employees, 200 contractors and more than 10,000 community volunteers. The department is one of about 100 Parks and Recreation agencies nationwide that is nationally accredited since 2006 by the CAPRA (Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies) and continues to provide a full range of programs for our community offering dynamic active and passive public parks and community centers to meet the needs of all our constituents. Our facilities range from parks, sports fields, nature and community centers to spray grounds, playgrounds and a skate park. We are stewards of the County's natural resources and provide recreational programs and services for people of all ages, abilities and interests.

The County encourages a high level of citizen involvement in local government and this position will be at the forefront of the Department of Parks and Recreation regarding grassroots efforts, civic engagement and inter and intra departmental coordination. The Chief will carry out the County's vision and support the department's efforts for Arlington to be effective, efficient and a happy and healthy place to live, learn, work and play.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Direct, manage and provide leadership to a multi-disciplinary team of 60 full time and 330 + temporary sports and facility support services employees;
  • Provide direction and oversight of the scheduling and management of 13 community centers, 96 athletic fields and associated sports programs;
  • Provide oversight and management of DPR's registration and reservation business system;
  • Serve as an advocate for athletic program resources for youth and adult sports/fitness facilities, recreational facility development and support services to serve all ages, abilities and interests; and
  • Liaise with elected and appointed officials, other government agencies, public and private partners, community leaders and customers and the general public.

 Selection Criteria: Minimum: Bachelor's degree in a related area and substantial progressively responsible experience in a managerial capacity with a government park and recreation organization or similar agency serving an urban, multi-cultural population or comparable government organization. CPRP or CPRE certification, Master's degree, and/or local government experience desired.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative and strategic thinker who is capable of seeing the big picture, while simultaneously managing many issues and projects on a day-to-day basis using strong skills in program management and planning. The ideal candidate will possess a professional history that demonstrates the following necessary leadership knowledge:
  • High performing operation standards to ensure quality experiences through well-managed programs, spaces and places;
  • Customized operations management systems' approaches and solutions of community centers, fields, gyms, courts, and other recreational venues for community use and DPR recreational programs;
  • High performing operation standards and customized business solutions in the management of RecTrac or similar registration and reservation system for a robust park and recreation agency;
  • National/regional trends and best practices in athletic programs and facility services;
  • Laws, ordinances and regulations governing facility and park use;
  • Preventative maintenance plans for facilities in collaboration with Parks, Arlington Public Schools, and the Department of Environmental Services for inspection, assessment and repair or replacement based on applicable industry standards, local guidelines, county requirements and/or manufacturer's recommendations;
  • Personnel and non-personnel resource management of an annual operating; budget of $13 M and program revenue of $7 M;
  • Principles of supervision, training and evaluation;
  • Preparation, administration and management of annual budgets and long-range financial planning experience;
  • Development and maintenance of appropriate records systems and preparation of accurate reports from assembled data.

 Special Requirements: Please provide a cover letter addressing how your education, experience and training meets the qualification requirements under selection criteria, and highlight your accomplishments in these areas.  Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questions section of the online application for your cover letter or attach the cover letter to your online application.
 Additional Information: Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected and is negotiable up to $184,246.40. This position is in the Arlington County Government's Senior Management Accountability Program (SMAP), in which Senior Program Managers are evaluated and compensated based on a performance agreement linked to the County's Management plan, and results achieved, among other criteria.

For details about our benefits please follow the County Benefits link.

Arlington County is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. 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. The community values its parks and open space and regularly rates parks and recreation amenities as very good to excellent.

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