Under the direction of the Bi-State Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) board, the executive director is chief executive officer and has overall supervision of the New York and New Jersey Sections of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission property and operations. PIPC is responsible for the preserving the natural, historic, and cultural resources, and providing for their safe use by the public for recreational and educational purposes. PIPC operates thirty parks, historic Sites and the Palisades Interstate Parkway which comprise of 126,000 acres in the NYC metropolitan area and receive 5 million visitors annually.
Responsible for the planning, development, management and evaluation of all operations, facilities and programming. Provides the cohesive direction necessary for the coordination, implementation and integration of many diverse programs and services such as: park operations, maintenance and rehabilitation, engineering, land acquisition, planning and development, law enforcement, human resource management, fiscal administration, environmental management, historic preservation, programs and community services, grants administration and public relations.
Defines and implements Commission goals and objectives, and sets priorities. Ensures priorities, programs and activities are integrated and conform with Commission goals and objectives .
Serves as liaison between the Commission / Regional office and New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Albany office staff, including executive staff and bureau directors, to advocate for the region, expedite services, allocate resources, and coordinate operations and management
Serves as liaison between the Commission and New Jersey Governor Authorities Unit Office, the Office of Management and Budget and Department of Environmental Protection on budget matters, Civil Service on personnel matters and the Attorney General’s Office on legal issues in New Jersey
Supervises all maintenance and operations through various department heads including police personnel in New Jersey and coordinates with New York State Park Police through Hudson Valley District supervisor.
Supervises work operations and is responsible for a staff of more than 400 employees consistent with Civil Service regulations and union contract agreements of both New York and New Jersey. Participates in personnel administration, including labor negotiation, and conducts hearings concerning employee grievances and disciplinary actions. Chairs regular staff meetings to review current operation and plan future activities.
Represents the Commission in dealings with constituency groups, government officials, professional societies, public interest groups, friends groups and other organizations and individuals to develop and expedite the resolution of issues of mutual concern. Advocates and promotes support and for use of Commission facilities, programs and services. Provides overall direction for the planning, development, marketing and funding strategies for recreation programs and services with local arts councils, environmental organizations, chambers of commerce, and businesses to develop co-sponsorships and support.
Prepares budget requests, anticipating expenditures, fiscal planning, and management requirements. Develops the Commission's budget. Also sets standards and guidelines to ensure compliance with state and federal mandates which significantly affect all facets of operations, maintenance, programs and services.
Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's degree with specialization in engineering, landscape architecture, architecture, forestry, recreation or park management, business administration or public administration or four years of exemplary work experience in these fields.
At least six years of responsible experience in a managerial level position with a large and well-organized park and recreation system or other related field, or; six years of responsible administrative or management experience including responsibility for organizing and directing a major program or group of programs. A Master's degree in Parks and Recreation Management or other related field may substitute for one year of non-supervisory experience.
About Palisades Interstate Park Commission
The Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC), formed in 1900 and ratified under a Bi-State compact by Congress in 1937, operates the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey and the State Parks and Historic Sites in New York’s Palisades Region. PIPC is responsible for the preserving the natural, historic, and cultural resources of our parks and historic sites and providing for their use by the public for recreational and educational purposes. PIPC operates 19 Parks, 8 Historic Sites and the Palisades Interstate Parkway which are comprised of 125,000 acres in the NYC metropolitan area and receive 5 million visitors annually.