NRPA believes in the power of parks and recreation to increase the health, wellness, vitality and resilience of communities everywhere. Rooted in social equity, NRPA advocates on behalf of all people, delivering funding, resources and innovative solutions to the issues impacting our communities.
The Senior Program Manager will work to advance NRPA’s mission and vision by expanding the organization’s expertise and growing technical assistance and advisory services on equitable park access and quality including system-wide park planning and policy, design, funding, community engagement and advocacy strategies for park and recreation professionals. Responsibilities include providing technical assistance through grants, developing practical evidence-based content for written publications and training curriculums, and establishing a mission-based consulting services business strategy. NRPA’s park initiatives strive to improve health and social well-being and protect and help communities better recover from environmental, social, and economic challenges. To achieve this goal, this position will support park and recreation agencies in building resilient communities that have just and fair quantity, proximity and connections to quality parks and greenspace, recreation facilities and programs that are safe, inclusive, culturally relevant and welcoming for everyone.
This new Senior Program Manager will be a key member of our Programs & Partnerships team and will report to the Director of Park Access. The Programs & Partnerships team at NRPA works to improve quality of life through local parks and recreation across three pillars: health and wellness, conservation and equity.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
· Serve as a subject matter expert and leader at NRPA on equitable park access and quality including system-wide park planning and policy, design, funding and community engagement and advocacy strategies for park and recreation professionals.
· Develop resources including toolkits, best practice guides and training curriculum on park access for grant and consulting-based projects.
· Provide technical assistance and coaching to local park and recreation professionals on grant and consultant-based projects.
· Establish a consulting and advisory services business strategy that reinforces NRPA’s position as a leader in equity-based park and system planning, development and design. Work closely with the Directors of Park Access, Conservation and Development to develop all aspects of this strategy.
· Provide content oversight and management for consultant and funder relationships.
· Regularly inform the budget and budget planning process, forecasting to revenue goals and tracking expense budgets.
· Build and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with peer organizations.
· Represent NRPA and disseminate park resources through presentations at conferences, partner/donor meetings and coalitions.
· Work closely with the Directors of Park Access and Conservation to develop additional strategies, funding opportunities and plans that advance NRPA’s organizational and strategic goals
· Provide and review technical content for reports, proposals and concept papers.
· Serve as a mentor and advisor to team members in park access.
· Identify relevant best practices, trends and opportunities to elevate the role of parks.
· Undertake special projects and assignments as directed.
Required Materials and Application Process: Applicants are required to submit the following documents to be considered for this position:
· Cover Letter detailing your interest and ability to meet the qualifications. Include in the letter your experience or commitment to addressing equity.
Applicants will first be evaluated on the completeness and qualifications of application materials. Qualified applicants will then be invited for a phone screen and selected applicants will be invited to a video interview. Finalists will be required to complete a writing sample and submit references.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
NRPA values diversity, equity and inclusion and we are committed to integrating these core values more deeply into all elements of our daily work. NRPA is an equal opportunity employer and highly encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, ethnic minorities, new Americans (immigrants and refugees), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, native people, and veterans.
· Bachelor's degree required, Master’s and/or industry certification, or combination of education/experience equivalent, a plus.
· Minimum of 5- 7 years of experience in a related field (planning and design, local government public policy, conservation finance, sustainability, private consulting). Specific experience with park and recreation planning, policy, and/or finance preferred.
· Superior presentation, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
· Knowledge of and experience with budgeting and consulting services.
· Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.
· Passionate and highly motivated to impact equitable park access and quality, climate change, environmental justice and/or social justice.
· Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision to initiate project ideas as well as manage them through to completion.
· Excellent strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities.
· Self-directed and detail-oriented with a collaborative and professional team spirit to contribute to a collegial, team-oriented environment.
· Willing to travel up to 30 days per year outside of the Washington Metropolitan Area or your remote work location. Remote workers must visit NRPA Headquarters periodically, including attendance at the NRPA Annual Conference.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park AssociationNRPA is a national, non-profit service organization devoted to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all Americans. The Association works to extend the social, health, cultural, and economic benefits of parks and recreation. Through its network of over 50,000 recreation and park professionals, NRPA encourages recreation initiatives for youths in high-risk environments, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources. NRPA works closely with national, state and local recreation and park agencies, corporations and citizen groups in carrying out its vision.NRPA is committed to improving public understanding of leisure's significance in a full and meaningful life. Its long-range plan embraces the following goals.To promote public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services, the constructive use of leisure, and the physical and mental health of the individual. NRPA also strives to promote public awareness of the environmental and natural resource management aspects of recreation and leisure services.To facilitate adoption of socia...lly progressive and environmentally appropriate public policy for recreation and leisure services.To strengthen professional and citizen skills and effectiveness, thus enhancing services to the public.For more information, contact NRPA headquarters at phone: 703-858-0784, fax: 703-858-0794 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.