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Director of Grounds and Environmental Management with Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds · MD

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INTRO TO MARYLAND SOCCERPLEX GROUNDS & ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Maryland SoccerPlex, in Boyds, MD, is 1 of the premier youth sports facilities in the United States. Located on the northwest side of Washington, DC, SoccerPlex hosts over 6,000 events per year for multiple sports - soccer, lacrosse, rugby, field hockey, ultimate, etc - for youth to Professional. SoccerPlex Grounds & Environmental Management (GEM) is tasked with maintaining 22 playing fields to the highest quality possible. Unique to SoccerPlex, each & every field user is provided with a Professional level field surface. That demand for high-quality on such high-use surfaces requires SoccerPlex GEM staff to think outside the box & push natural grass field maintenance to new limits. Concepts that have originated w SoccerPlex GEM include modern style fraze mowing, "Blue-muda", Seed-to-play in 35 days (100% Kentucky bluegrass), "rain-out proof" native soil fields, & grass can take more. The unique work experience at SoccerPlex has yielded career success for many GEM team members.  Alumni of SoccerPlex GEM from the past 10 years currently includes: 6 Head / Director of Grounds (4 - MLS / NFL, 1 - NCAA D1, 1 - Parks & Recreation) / 1 - Assistant / Manager of Grounds (NCAA D-1) / 1 - influential territory manager for a large pesticide company / and the MLS Field Surface Advisor & International Field Surface Consultant.

JOB SUMMARY
Maryland SoccerPlex is currently seeking an experienced, positive, and innovative self- starter to lead the Grounds and Environmental Management (GEM) team as Director of GEM.  This individual should be motivated, open minded and environmentally conscience. As Director, this person will be lead the entire GEM department & will be responsible for all planning, scheduling, and personnel management for the GEM team. The Director will be responsible for maintaining cohesive working relationships with not only SoccerPlex administrative staff, but - in the Public / Private Partnership that SoccerPlex is - also County maintenance and administrative staff as well. Long-term, the Director is expected to continue to carry out a field renovation program which is to lead the natural surfaces to consistently playable, even in extreme weather conditions.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Management:
  • Create separate, annual agronomic plans for the SoccerPlex’s 12 cool season fields, 7 warm season fields, 3 synthetic fields, as well as 80 acres of common areas surrounding playing surfaces. 
    • Agronomic plan must comply with all Maryland state fertilizer and pesticide laws, 
    • Integrate progressive/innovative strategies to maintain superior quality, high use natural grass surfaces, 
  • Manage and maintain annual operating budget including all purchasing,
    • Propose annual budget adjustments as needed,
  • Research and procure fixed assets on an annual basis, including but not limited to equipment, field construction/improvements, and landscaping construction/improvements,
  • Develop and maintaining with vendors and suppliers,
  • Development and execution of environmental safety plan,
  • Coordinate with SoccerPlex Director of Operations on field usage and scheduling throughout the year,
  • Coordinate/collaborate with Montgomery County maintenance staff weekly to ensure compliance with county regulations as well as maintain this unique private/public partnership,

Operations:
  • Act as general contractor on all field related construction projects,
  • Continue progressively improving SoccerPlex natural playing surfaces via drainage installation, improved grass varieties, innovative cultural practices, etc.,
  • Oversee daily operations and coordinate with Manager and Assistants to achieve agronomic goals,
  • turf maintenance equipment including various mowers, tractors, utility carts and other equipment essential to turf management operations,
  • Train grounds staff in all aforementioned Operations skills
  • Other duties as assigned.

Staff Management:
  • Responsible for all hiring and employee scheduling for Grounds Department,
  • Develop and execute training and professional development of all Grounds Department Personnel
  • Ensure compliance with all licensing and certifications required by Federal, State, and Local authorities related to grounds crew personnel,
  • Manage full-time, part-time and seasonal grounds staff on various projects and during events,
  • Coordinate with SoccerPlex Facilities and Operations staff during league, tournaments, and special events,
  • Ensure quality control and safety of subordinate work crews.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
  • 4-year degree in turf/landscape management or similar degree
  • 5+ years staff management experience
  • 5+ years of turf management experience
  • Working knowledge of various turf management equipment
  • Working knowledge of best practices for sports turf management
  • Has or can obtain within a reasonable timeframe a Maryland Pesticide and Fertilizer License

PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALITIES
  • Positive attitude and personality
  • Attention to detail,
  • Basic machinery maintenance
  • Prior experience operating vehicles with manual transmissions
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish preferred,
  • Prior experience with operation of skid steers, excavator, and other construction type equipment a plus
  • Construction Project Management Experience

Additional Requirements
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds,
  • Ability to work weekends, nights and irregular hours as needed,
  • Ability to work in varying climates including extreme cold/heat, wind, rain, and snow,
  • Ability to work in varying physical positions including standing, kneeling, seated, at height and the use of assistance equipment such ladders, lifts, and motor vehicles,
  • Valid Driver’s License and safe driving record,
  • Reliable transportation,
  • Employment contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
  •  Benefits including, health, dental, and vision coverage, 403b Retirement Plan, paid vacation available.

MORE ABOUT SOCCERPLEX
In South Germantown Park, SoccerPlex is a public-private partnership between the Maryland Soccer Foundation (501C3) & Montgomery County Parks. The park itself is much larger, with additional soccer fields, diamond fields, & a cricket oval as well. 
SoccerPlex Grounds & Environmental Management is responsible 162 acres in total, including 22 full size soccer fields. 
Those fields include: 
- 11- native soil Kentucky bluegrass / Perennial ryegrass fields: 8 have been recently renovated via fraze mowing + adding drainage / 3 are scheduled for renovation in the upcoming years 
- 5 - native soil Bermudagrass fields: 2 have been recently renovated via fraze mowing + adding drainage / 3 are scheduled for renovation in the upcoming years)
- 2 - sand-capped Bermudagrass fields: 6" sand-capped w internal drainage
- 1 - Kentucky bluegrass Professional stadium field w full sand profile, drainage, & stability fibers blended into the sand (2011 & 2014 STMA Professional Field of the Year)
- 3 - AstroTurf synthetic turf fields
High Profile Events at SoccerPlex include / have included:
- Home of NWSL Washington Spirit (ended in 2020)
- Home of US United US Open Cup
- ACC Soccer Tournaments
- ACC / Big East Challenge
- USYS National Championships

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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