The Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma, WA (pop. 230,000 and growing) is a nationally accredited and award-winning agency. Metro Parks is a leader in public and private partnerships with the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Schools and numerous community organizations, resulting in much needed expanded services, as well as the renovation and construction of highly impressive public spaces that contribute significantly to the quality of life and economic development of the City.
Metro Parks is seeking an experienced, innovative and highly collaborative leaders to fill the position of Deputy Director of Regional Parks & Attractions. This position is under the direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation.
-The Deputy Director of Regional Parks & Attractions will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 700-acre Point Defiance Park, exclusive of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Point Defiance Park hosts over three million visitors annually and includes Point Defiance Marina, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Dune Peninsula, visitor services and ranger program, natural areas, trails and botanical gardens. Responsibilities also include Ruston Way Waterfront Parks, district festivals and events, Meadow Park Golf Course and management of district-wide permits and rentals. This position oversees 45 full time and approximately 70 part time employees and a $10 million annual budget.
-Deputy Director Key Skills and Attributes…
Like many cities, Metro Parks system has a backlog of deferred maintenance. In addition, the Park District has undertaken numerous high profile projects in the last several years. It is critical the Deputy Directors work collaboratively to help develop a capital repair and replacement program, in addition to tactics for the sustainability of these investments. The Deputy Directors must also have the ability to connect with the community and stakeholders to understand needs and work innovatively to deliver the programs and services to the community that they desire.
The Deputy Directors will assist the Director of Parks and Recreation and other team members with the general leadership of the Parks and Recreation Department. While overseeing their areas the successful candidates will be expected to continuously demonstrate the character, experience, interpersonal skills and judgment to create trust, deliver results, and influence a positive culture.
Each Deputy Director must:
Possess a strong operations background in parks and recreation, environmental stewardship, or related work (i.e. hospitality, enterprise management) as well as finance/budget background with the ability to find creative approaches to challenging market conditions and developing sustainable revenue sources.
Have a collaborative leadership style that clearly communicates priorities, grows and develops all staff, which includes effective delegation of responsibility and authority while holding team members accountable for the achievement of goals and objectives as well as budgets.
Have the ability to handle a large volume of work while serving on a variety of cross-district teams, as well as prioritize, direct and complete multiple activities and assignments effectively.
Be an advocate on the Metro Parks Executive Committee and be able to instill a district-wide strategic vision, creativity, innovation and excellent customer service in their operations. Excellence, not average is your measure.
Be a transformative leader, a conductor/connector when problem-solving how to get things done and be a highly motivated self-starter.
Be a person who leads and motivates by personal example and experienced in collective bargaining; encouraging high standards of performance, productivity, accountability and ethical conduct from self and all staff.
Be flexible yet well organized and efficient while paying attention to detail.
Be an effective communicator in both oral and written communications. Demonstrate active listening skills and the ability to make effective presentations to the Park Board, community groups and stakeholders; prepare professional and concise staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Be sincerely appreciative and trusting of the contributions of employees to the efforts of the department while keeping a good sense of humor as well as humility and be generous with praise and searching for positive solutions in the challenges facing the district.
Be an achiever who makes a commitment to the preservation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the Metro Park system.
Represent the District in appropriate professional organizations and be an active learner by attending conferences and workshops as part of professional development.
Metro Parks offers a competitive salary and benefits package for this position including health insurance, paid leave and a retirement plan with the State of Washington. The salary range for the Deputy Director of Regional Parks & Attractions is $91,708 – $137,681.
Bachelor's degree in Recreation and Park Administration or related field is required; Master’s degree is preferred. At least ten years of increasingly responsible experience in the Parks and Recreation or related field is required. Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE) designation is preferred. Must have valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
About Metro Parks Tacoma
Metro Parks Tacoma was created in 1907 as a municipal corporation to manage park, recreation and zoological services and facilities for the citizens of Tacoma, Dash Point and Browns Point, Washington. Governed by an elected five-member board of park commissioners, Metro Parks Tacoma maintains and cares for more than 100 parks and open spaces in the Tacoma area including Point Defiance Park with its Zoo and Aquarium, Boathouse Marina, and Fort Nisqually; Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville, WA; W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory; Meadow Park Golf Course; and Ruston Way waterfront parks including Les Davis Pier.Metro Parks Tacoma includes approximately 247 full-time employees and 600-800 part-time/seasonal employees. Career full-time employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision, life and state retirement benefits and paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.