The Mt. Prospect Park District was incorporated in June 1955, and is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago. Encompassing more than 454 acres, the Mt. Prospect Park District provides recreation programs, facilities and services to portions of Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village with a total population of 215,000. Mt. Prospect Park District offers its residents a total of 32 parks and recreational facilities including, a 3-1/2 star golf course, neighborhood playgrounds, pools, fitness centers, ball diamonds, biking and walking paths.
Due to a recent promotion, the Mt. Prospect Park District is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Parks and Planning/RLA. The Director of Parks and Planning is responsible for the administration of the general maintenance, repair, development, land acquisition and capital improvement programs for all grounds, buildings, and park facilities. The Director of Parks and Planning reports to the Executive Director, and directly supervises the Parks and Planning Division which includes the Buildings Department, the Grounds Department, and the Fleet Service Department.
Interested candidates should submit an application via Frontline/AppliTrack applicant tracking at: https://www.applitrack.com/mppd/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Administration
Or, you can visit us at www.mppd.org – click on “Careers” at the top of the page and look under Vacancies for Administration/ Director of Parks & Recreation job posting.
Administration of all parks and planning operations, onsite implementation and effective completion of daily operating tasks as necessary.
Develop, implement and evaluate annual goals and objectives for the effective operation of the department.
Direct and assign work to the Parks and Planning departments and oversee internal work requests.
Supervise and evaluate, through subordinate department Managers, all Buildings, Grounds and Fleet Service personnel.
Communicate division specifics, policies, and all matters of importance to the Executive Director in a timely manner.
Prepare and Implement the RFP process when required in the selection of professional service providers.
Prepare design development plans, drawings, bid specifications and estimates for development and construction of park and recreation facilities projects and review and present same at meetings when requested.
Oversee all aspects of the public bidding process and award recommendations and contract administration in accordance with the State of Illinois purchasing requirements for local government organizations.
Prepare publication of bid notices, process bid bonds, performance bonds, waivers, certificates of insurance, in compliance with legal deadlines.
Perform on-site inspections of all park and recreational facility construction projects to determine conformance with approved plans, specifications and code compliance.
Prepare and maintain accurate records and reports on construction and other special projects. Prepare grant application and implementation and management of approved grants for park development projects.
Develop, maintain and implement a five year capital improvement plan for all capital improvement projects and playground replacements for our district.
Act as the Park District’s liaison to the Village of Mt. Prospect and City of Des Plaines Planning Departments and Plan Commissions for all matters relating to Land Dedication Ordinances and Recreation Development Plans.
Act as the general liaison with residents to obtain input on the development of new/upgraded facilities.
Coordinate community events and volunteer projects related to park and playground development.
Develop and maintain a tree inventory and removal and replacement schedule for the Park District.
Direct, plan and coordinate topographical surveys and site plans for landscape architectural programs.
Prepare and implement park feasibility studies and master plans and present these along with alternatives and recommendations to Executive Director and Board of Commissioners.
Review and approve purchase requisitions, repair estimates, contract administration, equipment transfers, and personnel administrative documents.
Effectively communicate with administrators from all Divisions to allow for optimal operation and efficiency of our District.
Speak before clubs and/or groups on parks and planning related matters and construction projects.
Prepare budgetary reports and administer the expenditures of operational funds and capital improvement funds as approved by the Board of Commissioners.
Prepare and/or direct the preparation of board summaries, monthly reports, and periodic special reports for the Parks and Planning Division.
Maintain required records of department activities. Prepare, maintain and submit correct payroll for Managers and oversee same for all Personnel within the Parks and Planning Division.
Assist with and participate in the Park District Safety Committee and enforcement of Safety policies.
May be required to work special events from time to time at nights and on weekends.
Attend monthly Park Board meetings and Parks and Planning meetings as required.
Be proficient in all existing Park District policies and procedures and development and present new policies as required.
Perform all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director. In an emergency perform all duties as required.
Minimum of a BLA/BSLA in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from an accredited college or university.
A Minimum of ten years of experience in the following: Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Public Bidding Process, project and personnel management at a supervisory level.
Applicant must possess a current license to practice as a Registered Landscape Architect in the state of Illinois.
Comprehensive knowledge of the preparation, review and coordination of park and facility design and master planning.
Must possess strong knowledge of project planning and preparation of related designs, estimates and specifications.
Strong knowledge of the principles and practices of landscape architecture as applied to the design and development of parks and recreation facilities.
Working knowledge of land surveying, architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and site engineering principles.
Strong skills in project management with an ability to manage design and construction contractors.
Proven ability to effectively manage large scale, complex projects.
Capacity to utilize effective time management skills and be able to work under the stress of multiple deadlines, requests from other departments and interruptions with accuracy.
Ability to maintain self-control and composure in difficult situations.
Capacity to proactively troubleshoot, problem solve and make sound judgments with respect to confidentiality.
Must possess strong budgetary management skills.
Basic knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of park and recreation administration.
Ability to communicate effectively with fellow staff and the public, both orally and in writing, to allow for coordination of work, safety and in emergency situations as needed.
Strong knowledge of construction site management and OSHA safety precautions.
Possess a strong working knowledge and ability to create documents using CAD software in relation to the application of landscape architecture, construction and facilities inventory.
Ability to work harmoniously with fellow employees, patrons, community groups and other units of local government.
Must possess and maintain a valid Illinois Class “D” Driver’s License and have the ability to commute between parks and facilities.
Proficiency in MS Office, MS Excel, Google Suite, database software, internet and website portals.
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Sitting for sustained periods of time while completing work.
Repetitive hand/arm movements such as when working on a computer keyboard, calculator, etc. Some bending, kneeling and reaching for items off the floor and high shelves.
Ability to lift 25+ pounds for supplies and other items.
The general work area is an indoor, smoke-free environment with controlled temperature and fluorescent lighting.
Occasional exposure to natural and potentially extreme weather conditions while supervising employees or attending job-related activities at locations away from the office.
The employee may be exposed to chemicals (i.e., fertilizer, pesticides, weed killers, fungicides). Exposure to noise distractions from employees or equipment operation in adjacent work areas. Infrequent exposure to cleaning materials and office supplies.
Capacity to work in a high-stress environment under multiple deadlines and with frequent interruptions.
Ability to work extra hours to accomplish and complete a high volume of work.
Due to the needs of the Park District, evening and weekend hours may be required. Hours may vary and the workweek may exceed 40 hours at times.
Nothing contained herein shall preclude or limit the Park District from changing this written job description through addition, deletion, or modification.
The targeted salary range for the Director of Parks and Planning/RLA, is $85,000 - $105,000, depending on qualifications. We offer a generous benefit package including Medical, Dental, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability (IMRF), Pension (IMRF), 457 Plan, Paid Time Off, Park District Facility Discounts and Usage Benefits, Life Insurance and a Vision Reimbursement Program.
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