The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking an exceptional leader for one of the largest and most diverse state park systems in the country. The ideal candidate will be an experienced, inspiring and effective leader - one who can demonstrate their ability to guide a team of committed professionals towards a clear vision, and creating an environment that fosters inclusivity, respect, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.
Outdoor Recreation is a priority in Washington state. State Parks are visited more than 38 million times annually, generating $1.4 billion to the state economy. People are drawn to our parks because of the wide range of activities available. Whether it is camping, hiking, boating, horseback riding, skiing, or snowshoeing, Washington State Parks offers something for everyone. Our system covers more than 120,000 acres and includes 125 developed parks, including 19 marine parks, 11 historical parks, 35 heritage sites, 13 interpretive centers, and approximately 500 miles of long-distance trails. Visitors find our parks a healthy and affordable way to explore and enjoy nature, create memories, and connect with the state’s rich historical and cultural heritage through interpretive centers, events, and exhibits.
The Director reports to a seven-member Commission appointed by the Governor and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Together, the Commission and Director create the vision, mission, and strategic plans for the agency. The Director is responsible for executing those plans by managing the political and external relations, and leading a team of up to 1,000 employees. Responsibilities of the position include:
Establishes, with the Commission, the priorities and direction of the agency.
Oversees the management of all elements of the state park system, applying the most efficient and effective uses of staff and financial resources to create an inclusive and engaging parks system for everyone.
Ensures the overall financial health and security of the system. Oversees funding strategies for the agency, including a necessary focus on methods for increasing earned revenue. Current operating budget is $190 million; Capital budget is $90 million. The Agency is responsible for generating at least 80% of it's operating budet from earned revenue.
Manages the citizen-based governance system, facilitating the Commission meeting process, ensuring thorough evaluation of the issues before the Commission and public access and participation.
Commissions all Law Enforcement Officers (approximately 170) and provides training and equipment needed to perform their jobs.
Strengthens and maintains relationships with the Governor’s Office, state legislators and legislative committees, congressional members, tribes, county and city officials, community organizations, special interest groups, advisory groups, and constituents.
Negotiates complex agreements and partnerships with tribes, local municipalities, state and federal agencies and others.
The position is exempt from Civil Service rules and is located in Olympia.
If you meet the qualifications listed below and want to lead an outstanding organization, we hope you will apply.
The annual range of compensation is between $146,000 - $161,000 depending upon qualifications. Information about Washington State employee benefits can be found here.
This posting will remain open until filled. It is in the candidate's best interest to apply before December 17, 2020 when a first review of applicants will be completed. The hiring authority reserves the right to fill this position at any time after that date without notice.
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REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Five (5) years of experience leading and directing senior level managers.
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in natural resource management, park management, outdoor recreation, public administration, or business administration.
Management experience in natural resources or historic preservation organization(s) (i.e. parks, outdoor recreation, public lands, land conservation, museum).
Leadership experience in an organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Management and leadership experience in state, local or regional government, including budgeting, human resources (including unionized employees), public engagement and working with elected officials.
Management experience in organization(s) with employees working from widely dispersed locations.
Experience working with Native American tribal governments and their representatives.
CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSPECTIVES:
Strong visionary. Ability to direct and lead a complex agency through evaluation and planning. Ability to work with others in establishing a shared vision and use effective strategies to translate that vision into action.
Ability to create strategic and sustainable partnerships with outside organizations.
Ability to identify influencers, networks, and dynamics within an organization and related groups.
Understanding of revenue generation and entrepreneurial approaches in public sector settings.
Desire and ability to create a work environment that fosters collaboration, respect, creativity, and efficiency.
Understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion concepts and issues with a commitment to application of an equity lens to evaluate organizational goals and success.
Established record of integrity - delivering on representations to government officials, stakeholder groups, employees, and the general public.
Familiarity with best management practices, including human resources management, and quality improvement strategies.
Commitment to stewardship of natural, cultural, and historic resources and sustainable practices.
Excellent communication skills, including public speaking. Ability to effectively communicate the vision strategies, and policy positions to stakeholders, public policy makers, agency staff, and the general public.
Strong political acumen, sound judgement and understanding of public sector structure and legislative processes.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with a diverse range of parties, stake holders, and legislators.
Ability to influence others and negotiate effectively.
Ability to effectively lead people through difficult or challenging circumstances.
Knowledge of the legislative structure and processes; public lands laws and issues; law enforcement management issues; tribal governance and issues; recreation management issues; and management of a unionized workforce.
HOW TO APPLY: To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Use reference number 07354 when searching for the job announcement. For questions about the application process please contact Amy Zurfluh at Amy.Zurfluh@parks.wa.gov.
You must attach in your application package the following:
Letter of Interest explaining what makes you a competitive candidate for this opportunity.
Current resume detailing your education and experience.
Five (5) professional references.
Screening & Interview Process: Only those candidates who have submitted a complete application package and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of applications, the most desirable candidates will be contacted to participate in an in-person interview. We plan to start a first review of applications on Thursday, December 17th with in-person interviews tentatively scheduled for the first part of February 2021.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members' contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:
Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability.
Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences.
Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society.
Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future.
Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
Additional Salary Information: The annual range of compensation is between $146,000 - $161,000 depending upon qualifications.
Internal Number: 07354
About Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Our Mission The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives. Our VisionWashington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support. Washington State Parks employs more than 500 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.