The City of Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners is in search of an experienced leader to fulfill the role as Deputy Director. Acting as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), this executive leadership position will report to the Park Board Director and be responsible for the oversight and execution of the day to day operations and procedures of the Park Board. The Deputy Director serves as the number two executive within the highly revered, nationally recognized Park system, with a diverse $24 Million budget portfolio. The key operational divisions include Operations, Planning and Design, Riverfront Parks & Events, Budget & Finance and Business Services.
Named one of the top seven park systems in the country by the Trust for Public Land, Cincinnati Parks is a leader in public/private partnerships resulting in the renovation and construction of highly impressive public spaces contributing significantly to the City’s economic development. The Cincinnati Parks system consists of more than 5,000 acres and includes the recently completed $100 million Smale Riverfront Park along the downtown riverfront, the Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park which is home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1,500-acre Mt. Airy Forest, 68 neighborhood parks, 33 nature preserves, and numerous other innovative and interactive amenities enjoyed by millions of visitors each year.
• Each applicant must have five years of Parks and Recreation administrative experience in accounting, budget preparation, technical report writing, process improvement, research and development and complex problem solving/decision making.
• A proven record of supervisory experience, achievement, and strong demonstrations of teamwork that motivates and builds high morale within a work program is required.
• Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills are essential.
• A Bachelor’s Degree is required from an accredited university in public administration, management or a related field. A Master’s Degree and Certified Park and Recreational Professional certification is preferred.
• Demonstrate strong leadership skills with a proven record of innovative thinking.
• Provide prompt, thorough, and fully responsive implementation and follow through on policy decisions and direction.
• Candidates must possess strong communication and presentation skills.
• Have experience in evaluating departmental and operations, with a desire to maintain and enhance a highly responsive, productive, high-morale staff and workforce.
• Experience with implementing internal controls and generally accepted park natural resources operations methods. • Must have experience in or the willingness to develop an understanding of city laws, ordinances and processes and how to effectively navigate and comply with them.
• Highly adaptable administrators, who can openly accept and work effectively in a climate of interaction, calling for timely and impartial administrative responsiveness in a demanding environment and experience working effectively in large municipal organizations is highly valued.
• Completely comfortable interacting with the media, with the ability to convey the Cincinnati Parks system’s message in an understandable and coherent manner.
About Cincinnati Parks
Cincinnati Parks include hill-top parks with spectacular views, a 1,459-acre forest to explore, Krohn Conservatory’s year-round greenery, nature centers that host family programs, architectural gems to host your special event, picnic areas galore, enclosed dog parks: these are some of the great features of Cincinnati Parks. But the best feature of our parks…You!
The City of Cincinnati Park’s system has been rated ‘excellent’ by the Trust for Public Land for leveraging and finding funding sources that allows us to conserve and maintain our beautiful parks. Cincinnati Parks ensures that everyone enjoys close-to-home access to a park, playground, or natural area.
Cincinnati Parks maintains parkways and neighborhood gateways in addition to managing Cincinnati’s Street Tree program on 1,000 miles of city streets.
The Cincinnati Park Board operates five nature centers, an arboretum and one of the largest public plant conservatories in the country. Our public art collection is the Midwest’s largest.
Add it up, and Cincinnati Parks manages more than 10 percent of city land.
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