Serve as Chief Executive leading and directing the Park District to assure achievement of its mission, financial viability, short and long-term growth and stability.
Lead the development and oversee the implementation of short and long-term strategic plans. (Land acquisition, resource management, and programming).
Lead and direct the management team to assure efficient and effective day-to-day operations. Identify and implement plans for continuous improvement.
Assure that the Park District conforms to all local, state and federal laws and regulations.
Serve as Secretary to the Board of Park Commissioners; prepare meeting agendas, maintain accurate and permanent records of all proceedings.
Develop policy recommendations for Board approval. Oversee implementation of all Board policies, resolutions.
Develop changes of governing regulations and procedures and submit to Board for approval.
Serve as Chief Financial Officer for Park District, overseeing all accounting and cash management activities. Prepare budget for Board review and approval. Control and account for all expenditures.
Oversee and assist with the securing of additional funding through gifts and grants from government agencies, foundations, trust funds, individuals.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Park District’s external constituencies: local, state, federal government agencies; recreation, conservation, volunteer and service organizations which serve the public within the Park District.
Promote the Park District through various public relations activities, speaking engagements and communications with the media. Develop promotional materials.
Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Public Administration, Parks & Recreation Administration, or related field; Master degree preferred
Ten plus years general management experience in park, natural resources or conservation fields.
Required Documents when applying:
Cover Letter, Resume and References
A brief explanation of your knowledge and experience related to the following topics:
Preservation Parks is committed to preserving Delaware County’s natural areas, which are home to thousands of native plant and animal species and are special places for people. The parks allow visitors to experience an intimacy with nature that is unique from other parks in the area, inserting quietude and harmony into a busy world, and providing unexpected moments of discovery and connection.
Park District conservation efforts focus on land acquisition, prairie and wetland restoration, reforestation and invasive species management in an effort to improve wildlife habitat. Walking trails, picnic areas, reservable shelters, natural play areas, nature displays, wildlife blinds, and other features provide a variety of ways for visitors to enjoy the parks. A wide range of programs strengthen people’s awareness and understanding of the landscape, wildlife, resources and history of their home county.
Preservation Parks is funded primarily by property tax dollars approved by voters of Delaware County. Tax revenue is augmented by federal and state grants, along with contributions of land, materials, equipment and time from donors and volunteers.