Small Parks Specialist
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-301-11

Agency: Department of Parks and Recreation

Area of Consideration: Open to the public

Opening Date: January 9, 2013

Closing Date: January 21, 2013

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Duration of Appointment: Career Service Appointment (Perm)

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Promotion Potential: None

Salary Range: $50,510.00 to $65,126.00

Tour of Duty: Various

(May be required to work nights and weekends)

Duties

Brief Description of Duties: This position is located in the Park Policy and Programs Division. The incumbent requires the performance of a combination of specialized work assignments that involve implementation, management, administration, and process development to carry out the goals and objectives as per the obligations of the Park Policy and Programs Division. The incumbent provides expertise on the topic of transforming public spaces into vibrant, highly-trafficked areas of use. Provides innovative direction in the development of repurposing of small parks, throughways, common areas, plazas, courtyards and vacant and abandoned spaces for both permanent and temporary use.

Incumbent reviews, analyzes, stays abreast of industry trends and best practices of other municipalities to inform decisions. Directs as appropriate, the use of place-making concepts and implementation of strategies. Works collaboratively with planning and capital projects divisions on construction, modernization and rehabilitation projects. Provides ongoing coordination with permits, community engagement, program development, cultural arts, business operations and marketing divisions to program spaces.

Qualifications

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Substitution of Education: A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM's Qualification Standards. However, in order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

Time-in-Grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Proficient in areas of planning, facility maintenance, marketing and environmental stewardship principles.

Ranking Factor #2: Knowledge of property development, construction, and landscape architecture in an operational capacity

Ranking Factor #3: Familiarity and/or experience with Friends Of groups, programmatic partners, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and other community-based organizations.

Ranking Factor #4: Understands urban planning, experiential design, organizational, operational, financial and project management principles.

Conditions of Employment

Other Significant Factors: Please be advised that all Department of Parks and Recreation employees, contractors, and volunteers are mandated under Title II of the Child and Youth Health and Safety Omnibus Act of 2004 to successfully pass both a Drug and Alcohol test and a Criminal Background analysis.

Physical Effort: Work requires frequent walking, climbing, stooping, and kneeling. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.

Working Conditions: The work is performed in an office and outdoor setting. The work area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Eligibles for the District of Columbia's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

How to Apply

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.

Posting Cancellation: A non-competitive selection of an eligible candidate from the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) or the District's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) will result in the cancellation of this announcement.

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.

Closing Statement

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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