Director of State Parks

Recruitment #210928-UNCP-18




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Director of State Parks

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s (OTRD) mission is to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural amenities. OTRD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

OTRD is seeking a full-time unclassified Director of State Parks for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department in Oklahoma City, OK to oversee all operations and activities of the State Parks Division headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK. OTRD offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. The annual salary range for this position is $88,000-110,000.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of State Parks coordinates activities involved in the programming, administration, and operation of a statewide system of state parks and recreation areas and performs related work as required.

The primary focus of this position is on achieving results that are aligned with the strategic direction of the agency and the mission of Oklahoma State Parks. Initiative, coupled with a sense of competitive drive, and the ability to stay focused on results despite changing conditions, is key to achieving the performance objectives of this position.

• Be accountable for the implementation of the Capital Assets Management Program for the agency and its component divisions, including:
• Effectively manages all elements of the Oklahoma State Parks system and its 502 full-time and 203 seasonal employees:
• The Field Operations team, responsible for 38 parks, recreation areas and natural heritage sites, and two regional offices
• The Oklahoma City central office:
o The Grants team, which administers approximately $8.5 million in federal grants annually
o The Capital Projects team, which executes approximately $10 million in capital projects annually and is currently implementing a $48 million bond program
o The Business Services team, which oversees concessions, interpretive programs, recreational programs, and social media
o The Branding and Standards team, which oversees gift shops, supply logistics, the exhibit/sign shop and standards implementation
o The Law Enforcement team of systemwide park rangers
o The CAD/GIS and Customer Service teams
• Develops and recommends policies and procedures to the Executive Staff of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department for formal approval.
• Implements directives set forth by the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and rules and regulations prescribed by statute and agency policy.
• Identifies, develops, implements and is accountable for innovative strategies that substantially improve the division’s ability to achieve its goals, including, but not limited to, workforce professional development, performance standards, organizational change, asset preservation and customer service excellence.
• Plans and supervises the preparation of the Parks Division budget and maintains surveillance and control of park expenditures.
• Directs the preparation of reports, contracts, leases, and permits connected with or affecting the operation of state parks and recreation areas.
• Approves personnel action; supervises the training and evaluation of the performance of all personnel.
• Directs and supervises park regional managers and park managers concerning problems encountered in the operation of state parks and recreation areas.
• Other duties which will insure an efficient and economical operation of the Division and of the Department, as well as its resources.

• Required Education and Experience:
o Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university or college.
o Five years of experience leading and directing senior-level managers.

• Preferred Education and Experience:
o Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university or college, preferably in park management, natural resource management, outdoor recreation, public administration, or business administration.
o Two years of experience providing information and consultation to executive management.
o Management and leadership experience in natural resources, hospitality, and/or historic preservation organizations (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation, public lands, hotels, resorts, land conservation, museums).
o Management experience in organization(s) with employees working from widely dispersed locations.

• Knowledge of:
o Authoritative knowledge of organization, administrative policies, and procedures of a typical state park system; thorough knowledge of Oklahoma’s 12 eco-regions and their associated flora and fauna; of conservation principles and practices; of purchasing practices; of different types of construction and materials; of the principles and practices of park management, civil engineering and landscape architecture with special reference to park maintenance and operations; considerable knowledge of modern office procedures and practices.
• Ability to plan, initiate, and direct administrative policies and procedures; to lay out, assign, and direct the work of a large staff involved in park planning and operation; to express ideas fluently, effectively, both orally and in writing; to maintain effective work relationships with administrators, employees, and successfully meet the general public; to understand and follow complex written and oral instructions; to utilize good judgment, initiative, resourcefulness, courtesy, and tact; all as evidenced by an investigation and/or an oral interview.

The duty station for this position is Oklahoma City, OK.


Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.