The Board of Commissioners at the Calumet Memorial Park District is seeking to employ an Executive Director with the following qualifications, characteristics and traits:
A bachelor’s degree in park and recreation administration or related field. A master’s degree is preferred.
At least five to seven years of administrative experience in the park and recreation field. Experience as a director preferred.
Demonstrated success in administration and budget management. Must have experience in the creation of a sound fiscal program including: capital projects, budgeting, forecasting, development of projects through the referendum process, and other alternative funding sources; e.g. foundations/federal/state grants and enterprise operations.
Strong personnel management skills, including the ability to assign personnel and delegate responsibilities with assurance and accountability.
Comprehensive planning skills and experience. Ability to assess community needs, research trends and innovative concepts as they apply to improvement of the agency operations and long-range planning.
Must possess the ability to carry out organizational restructuring, yet stay true to the mission and maintain the strength, identity, and traditions of the organization.
Administrative skills based on positive human relations, interactive communication skills, and high public visibility.
Preferred management style that is collaborative and emphasizes team management.
Experience in facility management from planning stages through day-to-day operations.
Knowledge of the importance of involving communities in collaborative processes for park planning and the belief in the strength of community involvement and participation, including volunteerism.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent time-management and priority-setting skills.
A person of great integrity, honesty, self-confidence and charisma.
Be sure to view the vacancy brochure for application procedures. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
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