About Park District of Ottawa County The Park District of Ottawa County recognizes that Ottawa County is blessed with many beautiful natural resources- from beautiful farmland, riverways and Lake Erie, to much wildlife. These natural resources are augmented by many wonderful and established state and local parks spanning the entire county. Currently these parks and places are accessible through motorized vehicles and roadways.
It is the vision of the Park District to increase accessibility to these resources by connecting people to the many parks and places via trails to create safe access through walking, hiking and bicycling while promoting a healthier lifestyle.
The District passed its first property tax levy in 2020, providing the district with .6 mils for 10 years.
Ottawa County is located in Northwestern Ohio, with much of the northern border of the county provided by Lake Erie. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,428. The county seat is Port Clinton. During late spring, summer, and early fall, it is estimated that 200,000 people visit Ottawa County daily and about 500,000 people visit the County on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends.
General Description and Summary The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the Park District of Ottawa County. 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 Park District of Ottawa County and works to accomplish its goals and objectives. The Executive Director will be the first employee of the park district, and as such will be responsible for developing initial plans, policies and procedures for the district in all areas.
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 grant writer for the District and is aggressive in pursuit of all grant opportunities.
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 spokesperson 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.
Assists and coordinates the development of promotional materials and correspondence for the district.
Receives all incoming correspondence, reports and materials and summarizes for the Board.
Maintains records and files of the Park District.
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 Ottawa County’s cultural and natural history and communicate this heritage to the public along with service, social and religious organizations.
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 land for trails.
Proven success as a grant writer.
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.
Ability to implement and adjust the existing trail master plan by working with community members and leaders to identify and gain agreement for optimal trail routes. When complications arise, able to work with the community to identify and gain agreement for acceptable alternatives.
In-depth interpersonal competency; ability to establish and sustain critical relationships.
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 Chapter 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code.
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 Position Further information about the Park District of Ottawa County is available at ottawacountyparksoh.org.
Interested individuals should send resume and cover letter to email@example.com no later than 5pm August 20, 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 least five years of demonstrated experience in parks leadership. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate 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 and employer contribution to Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.