NCPRD Planning & Development Division Director

$108,835 - $146,927 yearly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Aug 28, 2023
Full time Planning

Job Description

NCPRD Planning & Development Division Director

Job ID: 107125

Location: Milwaukie, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time



Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:

• Service
• Professionalism
• Integrity
• Respect
• Individual accountability
• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve. That's the Clackamas County 

Clackamas County is committed to building a community where people thrive, have a sense of safety, connection, and belonging, so that everyone is honored and celebrated for the richness in diversity they bring. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and lived experience to apply.


This position will remain open until filled. The first application review will be Monday, September 11, 2023. We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time on or after that date.


Annual Pay Range: $108,835.45 - $146,927.41

Hourly Pay Range: $52.324735 - $70.638176

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering, health and wellness classes and events, and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle. Employee benefits become effective the first of the month following an employee's date of hire.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.

Generous paid time off package, including:

• 16 hours of vacation accrual per month

• Eligible newly hired employees will have the one-time option to frontload their first year of vacation accruals in compliance with! This means you have access to vacation time at time of hire.

• 8 hours of sick accrual per month
• 10 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year

Other Benefits:

• Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP):
Employer-paid 6% PERS retirement contribution (The county currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.)

A Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision, and prescription drug coverage
A Choice of Dental Plans
• Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
• Longevity pay
• Other retirement Savings Options that allow for additional retirement funds savings, including an option to contribute a portion of employee earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457b Deferred Compensation Plan
• A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)

This is a full time non-represented group 2 County position


The North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) seeks an experienced parks and recreation planning leader to join our team as the Planning & Development Division Director.

The Division Director will lead and manage all Planning and Development Division activities for NCPRD. This position manages the planning of capital programs and plans, comprehensive project planning, updates to system development charges methodology, property acquisition, and project management. The NCPRD Planning & Development Director will prepare, analyze, and recommend complex planning and administrative projects by researching and reviewing laws, ordinances, land use applications, and other legislative issues to determine the impact on the district. The Director will develop, prepare and negotiate intergovernmental agreements and memorandums of understanding for land acquisitions, property/estate transfers, joint use agreements, grants, and other partnership opportunities. The Division Director will also serve as a district representative on local/regional committees for park planning-related activities and projects.

The Planning & Development Division Director supervises all project management functions, including planning, designing, constructing and restoring parks, facilities, and open spaces. The position is also responsible for long-range planning for developed parks, trails, open spaces, and natural areas and coordinating these activities with other NCPRD divisions, county departments, outside agencies, and the public. In these responsibilities, the selected candidate will work with other division directors to expand community engagement that centers on equity and inclusion. The incumbent will manage the division budget in coordination with the Finance Director, manage planning contracts, assist the NCPRD Director in division staffing plans and hiring, and have full supervisory responsibilities for assigned full-time staff and various seasonal/temporary employees of the Planning & Development Division.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• At least seven (7) years of experience holding a senior management position with a large city, Parks and Recreation District, public agencies, or other equivalent experience

• A minimum of two (2) years of the experience must have been in a leadership or program management role with supervisory responsibilities

• Experience coordinating the work of planning consultants, project teams, and staff
• Experience organizing and conducting comprehensive research studies utilizing various sources of information
• Experience engaging with diverse members of the community to create successful decision-making on District planning and capital improvement projects
• Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of land use, park, and facility planning
• Demonstrated knowledge of contract negotiation and administration principles and practices
• Demonstrated knowledge of public agency budget development, administration and evaluation
• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the community, other District/County personnel, special interest groups, elected officials, and other public and private agencies
• May require working evenings, weekends and holidays
• Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check
• Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Knowledge of the social, economic and environmental issues related to park and recreation planning
• Knowledge of public funding sources
• A bachelor's and/or master degree in architecture, landscape architecture and/or planning

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

• Serves as District representative on local/regional committees and teams for park planning related activities and projects; prepares and presents oral and written planning reports, actions, and recommendations to the public, NCPRD staff, Director and the Board of County Commissioners.
• Hires and directs professional, paraprofessional, administrative, and volunteer staff to provide quality service to citizens and District staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; assigns, monitors, and reviews work assignments; assists with staff development.
• Develops, prepares, and negotiates intergovernmental agreements and memorandums of understanding with other jurisdictions, departments, and agencies for land acquisitions, property/estate transfers, federal/state/local grants, planning projects, site operations, and other partnership opportunities.
• Manages community engagement for planning that centers on listening, building relationships, and equity and inclusion.
• Manages long range planning for developed parks, trails, open spaces, and natural areas, and coordinates these activities with other divisions, departments, agencies, and the public. Includes comprehensive project planning, access and ADA planning, and other District-wide planning.
• Manages and/or provides supervision for management and implementation of capital projects.
• Researches and monitors laws, codes, ordinances, and policies; review land use applications and other legislative issues to determine Department impact.
• Provides project management and supervision for planning for capital improvement plans and policies for the division.
• Prepares and analyzes reports, research studies, and recommendations on complex planning and administrative projects.
• Works with the Director to develop and monitor Planning and Capital Programs, work plans, budgets, and Department recommendations; develops, monitors and forecasts revenues and expenditures for the Capital Projects fund, System Development Charges fund and the Planning budget.


Thorough knowledge of: Management principles and practices, including supervisory and budgeting techniques; techniques of consensus building; funding sources and financing methods; participative management theories; basic marketing concepts and techniques; recordkeeping techniques.

Working knowledge of: Principles and practices of urban park, aquatic and recreation management, financial management, personnel management and supervision, community planning and organization; principles and practices of project/construction management and engineering/architectural terms applicable to capital improvement projects; Federal, State and local laws and regulations applicable to the operation and maintenance of urban parks, aquatic and recreation facilities; social, political and environmental issues influencing program/project development and implementation; statistical research and analysis techniques; basic math; English grammar and composition.

Skill to: Organize, direct, train, evaluate and discipline professional, paraprofessional, administrative and maintenance staff; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; develop and administer parks and recreation programs, services, goals and objectives to meet needs of community; interpret and apply laws, ordinances and regulations that pertain to urban parks, operation of aquatic and recreation facilities, real estate acquisition and capital improvement projects; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; develop, administer and evaluate processes and procedures; prepare and maintain reports and records; collect, compile and analyze information and data; operate computer software and other office equipment; interpret and apply Federal, State and local laws, regulations and statues; establish and maintain effective working relationships with local schools, community organizations and businesses, vendors, media, County employees and the public.


This position is included in the County's alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off). This position requires work to be performed occasionally on evenings, weekends, and holidays. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended. This position is eligible for hybrid on-site/telework subject to the and based on the Department's business needs. The exact amount of on-site/telework and schedule will be discussed with the hiring manager during time of offer. Telework locations cannot be located outside of Oregon or Washington. Washington residents must perform 50% of their time on-site at Clackamas County.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents..



The North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District is a service district of Clackamas County dedicated to providing exceptional parks and recreation programs, facilities, and services to District residents and employers. Voters approved the District's formation in 1990 to provide enhanced urban parks and recreation services in the northern urban portion of the county. Now the second-largest parks district in Oregon by population, the District serves more than 100,000 residents in a large area encompassing the city of Milwaukie and the unincorporated areas of Jennings Lodge, Oak Grove, Sunnyside, and more.

NCPRD protects, maintains, and promotes 42 parks, more than 125 acres of natural areas, and 9.5 miles of trails, including the 6-mile Trolley Trail, North Clackamas Aquatic Park, Hood View Park, and the Milwaukie Center.

NCPRD also offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for residents of all ages. Programs and activities range from swimming lessons to sports leagues, health and fitness, and educational and cultural offerings. The District serves all populations, including older adults and those with disabilities, offering vital social and health services, including nutrition support and transportation services to home-bound individuals.

The District sponsors several community events annually at no cost to participants, such as Movies in the Park, RecMobile, seasonal celebrations, and more. Also, NCPRD sponsors special events, including park grand openings and the annual Airing of the Quilts event, in partnership with the Milwaukie Center's Friends.

As a county service District, the Board of County Commissioners serves as the District's Board of Directors. A Board-appointed District Advisory Committee (DAC) comprised of District residents advises the NCPRD Board of Directors on the District's issues and provides input and recommendations on Board action items. NCPRD currently employs 35 Regular full-time equivalents (FTE) positions and hundreds of seasonal jobs.

To ensure that we optimize the use of taxpayer dollars and continue to provide a high level of service to the citizens of the District, NCPRD management uses a continuous process improvement model in analyzing operations, staffing levels, and capital assets.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.


James Callahan, Recruiter

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