Reports To: Board of Park Commissioners Status: Full Time; Exempt Location: 2228 US Hwy 50; Batavia, OH 45103
About Clermont County Park District Clermont County Park District marked its 50th anniversary in 2020. During that time, the Park District has grown to include 6 parks, 7 nature preserves, 4 greenspaces, and 8 miles of a planned 15 mile bike trail and encompasses nearly 1000 acres. The $2.5 million budget is supported by a 10 year .5 mil levy first passed in 2016. A staff of 12 full time and 13 part-time/seasonals work to maintain picnic shelters, playgrounds, Ohio river museum, boat ramp, reception hall and wedding setting, trails, and provide naturalist programs throughout Clermont County. Recent renovations have been completed at three sites with plans being developed for four additional locations.
Clermont County is located in Southwest Ohio, It is a suburban and rural county of 460 square miles located east of Cincinnati along the Ohio River. The county has an estimated population is 208,232 with a growth rate of 0.44% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Clermont County is the 15th largest county in Ohio. The 2010 Population was 197,604 and has seen a growth of 5.38% since this time.
General Description and Summary The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the Clermont County Park District. The Director administers and documents the operations of the Park District in accordance with the policies, bylaws, rules and regulations established by the Board of Park Commissioners and the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1545. The Director assists the Board of Park Commissioners in the development and promotion of the Clermont County Park District strategic plan and works to accomplish its goals and objectives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Oversees and directs all aspects of the Park District. Makes recommendations to the Board on personnel and operational needs, land acquisition and park development projects.
Assists and coordinates short and long range planning activities undertaken by the Park District.
Oversees the development of Park Properties in conjunction with a plan developed by the Board and monitors ongoing maintenance of Park properties as approved by the Board.
Identifies all funding sources public and private and prepares funding requests, proposals and budgets as required. Serves as the primary grant writer for the District.
Makes necessary preparations for all regular and special meetings of the Board of Park Commissioners and keeps accurate and permanent record of all proceedings.
Between regularly scheduled and special Board meetings, informally discusses or communicates pertinent Park District matters to the Board.
Serves as primary spokesman for the Board and Park District to the public, elected officials, governmental representatives, consultants and other professionals including the media regarding the daily operation of the Park District.
Prepares budgetary and financial reports as required by the Board.
Participates in negotiations for land acquisition, gifts, endowments and easements as required by the Board.
Assists and coordinates the development of promotional materials and correspondence for the district.
Develops a public and media strategy to improve the visibility of the District’s recreational opportunities and the importance of the District to the economic growth of the county.
Receives all incoming correspondence, reports and materials and summarizes for the Board.
Overall responsibility for facility management of 34 structures including rental facilities which host more than 400 annual events.
Maintains records and files of the Park District.
Monitors all legislation affecting the Park District and prepares recommendations on appropriate action to be taken.
Represents the Park District at meetings, conferences and seminars before citizen and professional groups to promote the district, explain programs and interpret policy.
Must become proficient with Clermont County’s cultural and natural history and communicate this heritage to the public along with service, social and religious organizations.
Promote volunteer membership and work with active volunteers.
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of best management practices, procedures and techniques and in park and recreation operations, natural resource management, public finance and public relations.
Ability to understand and interpret statistical data and develop and implement both short term and long term strategic plans.
Broad knowledge of natural resource management, ecological restoration and land acquisition.
Knowledge of processes required prior to the acquisition of property, as well as the variety of methods available for the acquisition of parkland.
Demonstrated understanding of all aspects of levies and levy campaign including the ability to organize, strategize, articulate ideas and goals, and make recommendations for levy campaigns.
Outstanding ability in budgeting and public sector fiscal policy.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills including public speaking and presentation skills.
Ability to bring about and manage institutional change and effectively engage employees through performance management, shared leadership, recognition and employee development.
Familiarity with Federal and State employment and labor law and Chapter 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code.
In-depth interpersonal competency; ability to establish and sustain critical relationships.
Ability to inspire and be persuasive in the promotion of new ideas, concepts and action plans to influence positive outcomes with both internal and external audiences. Proven problem solver.
Excels at all aspects of customer service.
Ability to exemplify the highest ethical standards in professional and personal conduct.
Exhibits a high level of integrity, honesty, responsibility, transparency and trustworthiness that establishes credibility and generates respect and support from District stakeholders and staff.
Applying for the Position Further information about Clermont County Park District is available at clermontparks.org.
Interested individuals should send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm April 23, 2021.
Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or a related discipline such as Public Administration, Planning or Landscape Architecture with at five years of demonstrated experience in parks leadership. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate to creative thinking skills and who can plan within budget constraints.
Additional Salary Information: The position offers a competitive starting salary which is negotiable and commensurate with experience. The position also offers an attractive benefits package including health insurance, vacation, holidays, sick leave, employer contribution to Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, and career development opportunities.