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Assistant Parks Division Chief (14595, Grade 30)


Pay: $71266 to $124203/year
$71266 - $124203
Posted: 2/4/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2707638

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is an award winning organization with over 5,000 employees that administers over 52,000 acres of stream valley parks, large regional parks, neighborhood parks and park-school recreation areas throughout Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.The Department of Parks and Recreation has the overall responsibility for planning, supervising and coordinating all park/recreation facilities and services throughout Prince George's County.  

The Maintenance & Development Division (M&D) is the largest division within Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation and is composed of six major work areas: Fleet Management, Buildings & Structures (Trade Shops), Horticulture & Forestry, Major Maintenance & Inspection, Critical Projects (FMT, Heavy Equipment and ADA) and the Administrative Section.  The mission of M&D is to provide professional, high quality maintenance and maintenance support services for all parks and recreation facilities and to support the diverse work programs of the Parks & Recreation Department in Prince George's County and its customers. 

Examples of Important Duties

The Assistant Division Chief is responsible for the following sections: Trade Shop to include Electric, Plumbing, HVACR, Carpentry, Welding & Masonry, in addition to Heavy Equipment/ Roads & Grounds sections. As Assistant Division Chief you will manage approximately 64 staff members with five (5) supervisory direct reports and will have budget oversight of (7) seven million dollars. The major budget responsibility will be to forecast upcoming projects with staff/equipment requirements and cost assessments.  

The Building & Structures (B&S) Section provides management and direction to the Skilled Trades shops and preventative maintenance, routine/emergency repair, renovations and alteration to over 430 park buildings and structures. Assistant Chief, you would oversee the Electrical unit's mission, which is to be responsible for maintaining electrical systems and equipment in all facilities (i.e. buildings, stadiums, ice rinks, farms, etc.) and large units throughout the Prince George's County parks system. In addition, the Assistant Chief would oversee the Plumbing unit's mission which is to maintain, repair, remodel and conduct new installations of sanitary plumbing systems for a variety of complex facilities within the Prince George's County parks system, as well as, managing the repair of the pool and hydronic systems for county pool programs, communicating effectively with external stakeholders, as needed, to implement program activities. The incumbent would oversee the HVAC/R unit, which participates in construction projects, purchasing the equipment, as well as, setting up installation timetables, perform preventative maintenance on heating, air conditioning and ventilation/refrigeration systems and equipment for buildings, structures; implements an effective energy management (thermostat control systems) program which sets the parameters for temperature control for all buildings and conducts on-going repairs on all equipment based on incoming service calls and implementing a major maintenance replacement program. In addition, the Assistant Chief will oversee the carpentry, locksmith, welding, and masonry units which complete major renovations on all community centers and various historical and other park properties.

An Assistant Chief's overall duties and responsibilities include: working with the section coordinators to ensure that they have the equipment/materials/fleet requirements and staff needed to complete their projects, coordinating staff hiring throughout the areas of responsibility; effectively handling employee relations issues and learning the appropriate commission personnel guidelines to effectively administer human resources policy, as needed , as well as, the ability to support your coordinators by asking them in troubleshooting staffing issues. The incumbent will set overall performance standards for your team an establish excellent working relationships with union employees/representatives.

The incumbent will also: set up training for in-house employees, functions as a quality control inspector to ensure that all jobs are completed properly and in a timely manner and providing valuable input to the budget, based on cost projections, and projected material labor needs. Additionally, they will compile data for weekly and monthly reports, as needed, and become knowledgeable regarding all commission purchasing guidelines to ensure that purchases within your area are accomplished in an appropriate and effective manner.

The ability to communicate effectively with senior managers, citizens, external agency representatives, vendors and staff is a must, along with the ability to train and instruct team members, as needed. Excellent supervisory skills are also required and experience within a union environment strongly preferred. A high level of flexibility and a willingness to change gears is also needed. The Assistant Division Chief should be a "big picture strategist" and an individual who keeps up with industry changes, especially building codes and techniques, ADA codes and compliance, working knowledge of aquatics and life cycle repairs and maintenance. Additionally, one should be knowledgeable regarding the laws and regulations pertaining to these sections.

Work hours are 6:30 am- 3:15 pm
Salary commensurate with experience

Minimum Qualifications

1. Bachelor's degree or four years experience in park or public administration, landscape architecture, or natural sciences; and

2. Four years varied park administration/management experience that included two years of supervisory park administration experience that relates to functional area of assignment (e.g., park enterprise, interpretation and conservation, horticulture and forestry, maintenance and development, or engineering/architecture/landscape architecture); or

3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

4. Valid driver's license or the ability to acquire one.