Montgomery County Government is in search of a highly qualified individual for a Division Chief position within its award-winning Department of Recreation. The Division Chief is an executive level Management Leadership Service (MLS) position responsible for improving the delivery of services to the community through dynamic, innovative and highly motivated leadership; and responsible for fostering an esprit de corps among Recreation's management team and key organizational leaders. Work in this position requires a mastery of managerial principles and skills combined with advanced knowledge in the recreation industry to include facility management and operations, program and services management, and administrative and operations.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the organizational leadership and management of broad, operational, mission-related programs, services and facilities having critical impact on the accomplishment of department objectives and outcomes. The incumbent will have a proven record of supervisory experience managing and controlling resources of multiple recreational units and/or facilities and will have considerable fiscal, human resource, and advisory impacts.
This position will have substantial input on policy and significant influence on special interest groups and key stakeholders. The incumbent will represent the Department at meetings with elected or appointed officials, boards, commissions, and community groups, will provide analytical guidance and advise executive officials on industry best practices.
Successful candidate should be highly adaptable; openly accept and work effectively in a demanding environment with competing and changing priorities; exhibit timely and impartial administrative responsiveness; have a strong customer focus; ability to balance budgeted resources amongst competing needs of diverse programs; and make operational decisions of County-wide significance in conjunction with the Department Director.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
It is expected the ideal candidate possess experience commensurate with the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Collaborate with the colleagues in the Office of the Director and the Department to develop and implement innovative strategies and appropriate media to reach and promote programming opportunities to target audience's county wide
Provide advice, support and planning to County departments on facility maintenance issues
Ability to design, implement, monitor and evaluate departmental operations for efficiency and effectiveness, make data driven decisions to implement or modify departmental controls and/or operational methods, recommend program or facility enhancements, and develop innovative solutions to difficult problems related to area of assignment
Oversee supervision of all facilities management functions including in-house staff, vendor management, project management, facility administration, building inspections, building/equipment repairs and emergency response to inclement weather events year-round
Direct a diverse workforce in a union/non-union environment. in which the staff consists of skilled and unskilled trades, professional and non-professional staff
Maintain awareness of new technologies, philosophies and trends in recreation; stays up-to-date on industry literature; maintains professional affiliations; and represents the Montgomery County as an industry leader
Manage assigned team members; develops goals and priorities, schedules and assigns tasks and projects, monitors work, and evaluates performance; develops staff skills and coordinates training; ensures the staff work meets County quality standards, and ensures required deadlines are met
Effectively recommend the hire, transfer, assignment, promotion, reward, discipline, suspension, or discharge of assigned personnel
Utilize technological support to ensure optimal customer service
Collaborate with multiple county agencies, community groups, community leaders, internal and external stakeholders to strategize on expanding and improving recreation programs that improve the wellbeing of residents
Ensure Departments Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) are developed and up to date and relevant
Develop, implement and lead organizational change while ensuring performance measures are attained and services are provided
Prepare or direct the preparation of complex reports and studies, analyze and interpret independent research and findings, review and analyze propose legislation
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with experience making presentations to elected officials and senior management, including but not limited to, defending budgets and controversial project assignments
Experience preparing, maintaining, and analyzing Operating and Capital Improvement budgets, and monitoring current year budgets
Ability to direct the operations, programs and personnel of complex recreation facilities; programs and services
Provide prompt, thorough, and fully responsive implementation and follow through on policy decisions and direction
The Division Chief is a key member of the Department's leadership team responsible for supervising and maintaining the stability of a significant portion of the Department's workforce by modeling desired behaviors through consistent and positive work ethic; by providing direction and guidance through clear articulation of priorities; and by advocating on behalf of the Director and leadership team.
As a manager/supervisor of unionized employees, this position has a responsibility for fostering a positive labor relations environment based on mutual trust, respect, and cooperation. This position requires the ability to attend meetings or perform work at locations outside the office.
This position frequently requires work beyond the typical 40 hours and during non-traditional hours to include early mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays, and in varying weather environments. The individual selected for this position will be considered an "Essential Employee." Essential employees must report to work during a period of general emergency or liberal leave.
Experience: Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in recreation policy and program management, three years of which were in a supervisory or executive capacity. Note: The term "executive" is further defined as a high echelon or high level position in an organization that is assigned technical research, management advisory services responsibilities, or policy-making duties and responsibilities that exerts considerable influence on organizational policy, plans, and operations through technical research, management advisory services, and/or policy-making duties and responsibilities (e.g., County positions at Grade 30 or above).
Preferred Criteria: The applications of those individuals meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed to determine the extent, relevancy of training, and experience in the following areas:
Experience applying the principles and practices of contract administration, and human resources management, including recruitment, salary decisions, personnel actions, management and supervision of a diverse workforce in a mixed union/nonunion environment.
Experience directing the work of various facilities' program staff and contractors monitoring and measuring performance and complying with program goals and objectives.
Experience preparing, maintaining, and analyzing Operating and Capital Improvement budgets, and monitoring current year budgets.
Experience in strategic planning.
Experience in emergency response management, planning and coordination.
Experience making presentations to elected officials and senior management, including but not limited to, defending budgets and controversial project assignments.
To ensure a positive workplace and to comply with federal, state and County laws, the incumbent is responsible for completing mandatory trainings within the first three to six months or within the specified timeframe. This recruitment will establish an eligible list to fill current and future vacancies.
Additional employment information:
OHR reviews the minimum qualifications of all applicants, irrespective of whether the candidate has previously been found to have met the minimum requirements for the job or been temporarily promoted to the same position. This evaluation is based solely on the information contained in the application/resume submitted for this specific position/IRC.
Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws. Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference.
All applicants will respond to a series of questions related to their education, relevant experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required to minimally perform the job. The applicant's responses in conjunction with his/her resume and all other information provided in the employment application process will be evaluated to determine the minimum qualification and preferred criteria status. Based on the results, the highest qualified applicants will be placed on an Eligible List and may be considered for an interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are the same grade will be placed on Eligible List as a "Lateral Transfer" candidate and may be considered for interview.
If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.
Internal Number: IRC 36403
About Montgomery County Department of Recreation
Montgomery County Recreation is an award winning agency servicing over 1,000,000 residents just outside of the Washington DC area. We provide recreational, social, cultural and pshysical programs to a diverse community of residents.