Licking Park District Accepting Applications for Park Director Vacancy - Licking Park District

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GRANVILLE, OHIO (September 19, 2019) The Licking Park District is accepting applications for Park Director. The Director is the head administrator of the Park District who oversees the implementation of the long-term strategic plan, as provided by the Park Board of Commissioners, and overall operations of the Park District. Applicants are asked to submit a completed application, resume, and cover letter to the Licking County Human Resources Department, 20 South Second Street, 3rd Floor, Newark, Ohio 43055. Applications can be obtained in person from the Human Resources Department between 8 AM – 4:30 PM daily or printed from the web site at

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university in Natural Resources, Park/Recreation Administration or a closely related field; and a minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years related experience with a minimum of three (3) years supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Qualifications (Agency/Dept. Qualifications): Preference is given to the director or deputy director experience of large parks, outdoor programs or natural resource management. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Hours: 8 AM – 5 PM, full time, evenings & weekends as necessary

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Duties: Core Functions

  • In coordination with the Park Board, plans develop and implements the District’s 5-year plan
  • Develops annual operating and capital budgets
  • Serves as Park District’s Financial Officer
  • Serves, or designates an agent to serve, as secretary to the Board
  • Develops, manages, and evaluates staffing needs •Meets regularly with staff to share information and expectations
  • Manages, through staff, park operations, park conditions, and programs
  • Develops, recommends, and implements new and revised policies, procedures, and job descriptions
  • Promotes Park facilities, programs and activities
  • Reaches out and develops relationships with the public to foster and encourage Park District support
  • Oversees the development and implementation of Park District programs and activities
  • Oversees the county-wide multi-use trails in conjunction with local partners
  • Ensures Park District is compliant with provisions of the Ohio Revised Code 
Details of Function
  • Meets annual goals for projects set forth in the strategic plan in a timely manner
  • Attends and/or conducts meetings with public officials, private industry, and the general public
  • Makes presentations on programs and Park District status
  • Oversees the development and coordinates appropriate marketing strategies through in-house and 
outside sources
  • Prepares reports and presentations to the Park Board
  • Prepares Licking Park District’s Annual Report
  • Oversees and maintains any and all records necessary to the operation of the District in accordance with the record retentions policy
  • Evaluate existing programming efforts for impact and efficiency
  • Engages community leaders to determine programming needs
  • Collaborate with community partners for program delivery
  • Oversees financial reports and documents as may be necessary for the orderly and effective 
implementation of District operations
  • Prepares and distributes accurate and timely financial reports to the Board
  • Prepares and distributes accurate meeting minutes and meeting agendas prior to Board meetings
  • Oversees and ensures work assignments are completed
  • Provides training and evaluates employee performance
  • Receives and resolves employee issues and takes corrective action, as necessary, according to 
established guidelines
  • Approves timesheets, leaves of absence, and expense reports
  • In coordination with the Park Board interviews and hires candidates for employment
  • Evaluates volunteer opportunities and needs with volunteer coordinator and staff
  • Develops recognition program for volunteers
  • Conducts an annual inspection of all properties and facilities
  • Ensures compliance with established safety standards for parks, public open spaces, facilities, workplaces, vehicles, and equipment
  • Conducts regular inspections of multi-use trails and bridges
  • Schedules needed maintenance and coordinates repairs
  • Evaluate and propose natural resource best management practices for sustainable use of the park’s natural areas, woodlands, and open space
  • Other duties as directed by the Licking Park District Board of Commissioners