Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) is a CAPRA-accredited and AZA-accredited, independent park district that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community. Metro Parks Tacoma is located in Tacoma, Washington. The system is comprised of many different park facilities that offer residents a variety of recreational opportunities. From waterfront access to local neighborhood parks to large regional facilities and attractions, the MPT system is both a local community asset and regional destination.
OUR CORE VALUES These eight core values will guide future decisions, business and operations, and the manner in which MPT treats staff, customers and the community: •Innovation •Excellence •Equity •Inclusiveness •Sustainability •Accountability •Safety •Fun
POSITION INFORMATION Under the general direction of the Regional Parks and Attractions Deputy Director, manage regional parks programs and attractions, including open space permitting, event development and production district wide; serve on the department's management team and participate on district cross departmental committees and senior leadership team; may act as the Deputy Director in his/her absence.
Work involves the comprehensive knowledge and practice of the philosophy and principles of public park operations/maintenance and recreation service delivery; budget development and oversight within an entrepreneurial/enterprise framework serving a regional customer/user base; has extensive public contact and responsibility with members of the public, law and/or emergency service providers, Foundations, committees, for-profit businesses and partners; work is performed with considerable independent judgment within established policies and procedures.
In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following:
Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
Interact professionally with other employees, customers and suppliers.
Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
Observe applicable safety requirements, use safety equipment provided, implement appropriate safety practices at all times and report immediately any unsafe working conditions or hazards.
Foster an inspired, forward-thinking, entrepreneurial culture, which encourages employee development and practices effective leadership by empowering staff to make decisions; supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff (administrative and represented); interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions; plan, coordinate and arrange for appropriate employee training programs to provide for opportunity for development and advancement.
Continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs the implementation of change; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures.
Develop, manage and control annual budgets for regional parks, programs and attractions; control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations and policies; oversee inventory/resale systems; manage and deliver service agreements within budget; manage and develop advanced cost modeling, projections, resource management and cost recovery plan allocations, level of service delivery and analysis in regards to cost of maintenance related activities; track operational effectiveness, establish benchmarks, participant/attendance and program outcome data etc. Keep deputy director apprised of challenges, opportunities, and accomplishments.
Create, implement and manage business, operations/maintenance and program plans and other operational plans and departmental level procedural documents; establish goals and short and long range objectives for achievement.
Seeks out, develops, and fosters partnerships (both public, private, non-profit, etc.) to help further the mission of the division, department and district; meets with community and business groups to establish community partnerships and collaborative connections relating to civic, park or recreational interest; prepare and deliver oral presentations related to assigned programs, activities and operations to the general public and special interest groups.
Oversee maintenance, operations and management of regional parks which includes botanical gardens, public marina and boat launch, living history museum, visitor services and other facilities; inspects parks and park facilities to ensure proper care and maintenance of public property, and make recommendations regarding needed improvements or measures necessary to protect both the natural environment and built infrastructure; works directly with the police department and other security and emergency service providers to communicate and coordinate public safety and other law enforcement and emergency service needs.
Assess community needs, oversee development and delivery of a variety of public recreational, cultural, historical, and educational programs and events and ensure appropriate program interpretation for a diverse, regional customer base; maintain current knowledge of new techniques, equipment, theories and trends; advance the implementation of division program plans and the district's Mission Led Comprehensive and Strategic Master Plans.
Oversee the management of regional and other park services including visitors center and stewardship/docent programs; reservations of public rental facilities and picnic shelters; management and oversight of controlled permitting of park spaces for private, public and commercial use; oversight of permitted events such as runs, festivals, concerts, etc; responsible for the proper administration of long and short term lease and concession spaces in accordance with district policy and direction.
Direct the preparation and maintenance of a variety of narrative and statistical reports, records and files related to the division; provide functional expertise, information and assistance to the Regional Parks and Attractions Deputy Director; assist as needed in the formulation and development of policies, procedures and programs; advise the Director of unusual trends or problems and recommend appropriate corrective action.
Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree in Parks Administration, Public Administration, Business or related field highly desired with a minimum of 5 years' experience in senior management.
LICENSE & OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Valid Washington State driver's license.
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.