Director of Outdoor Experiences & Education, Cleveland Metroparks

Director of Outdoor Experiences & Education, Full Time
Cleveland Metroparks

Posted on December 19, 2018

The Director of Outdoor Experiences plans, develops, communicates, coordinates, educates, advises, and implements a comprehensive program of outdoor education and outdoor recreation in alignment with the organization’s strategic vision, development goals, and financial goals. This position manages diverse facilities and staff to provide natural history, cultural history, historical interpretation and related outdoor education programs and services to the public and maximize the public’s understanding of Cleveland Metroparks as a natural resource based system, and its conservation mission.

Essential Functions

  1. Effectively supervises assigned employees, including the following:
    1. Interviews, selects and trains employees;
    2. Coaches employees in proper job performance techniques and procedures;
    3. Directs work of employees and sets/adjusts hours of work;
    4. Maintains records on employee productivity and appraises employees’ productivity and efficiency to recommend promotions or other changes in status;
    5. Handles employee complaints and disciplines employees when necessary;
    6. Apportions work among different employees;
    7. Monitors or implements legal compliance measures;
    8. Determines the type of materials, supplies, or tools to be used by employees and controls the flow and distribution of materials and supplies; and
    9. Provides for the safety of employees and the property of Cleveland Metroparks.

 

  1. Regular and predictable attendance is expected and required. All Cleveland Metroparks employees must be prepared to work flexible schedules, including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as required.

 

  1. Plans, develops, communicates, coordinates, educates, advises, recommends and implements an extensive diversified and comprehensive outdoor education and recreation programs emphasizing natural features, environmental issues, biological research, health and wellness, sustainability, recreation, and land management-conservation practices. Evaluates facility and programming efforts and seeks and develops program funding, i.e., grants for specific projects.

 

  1. Leads Outdoor Experiences in the District’s overall strategic planning process by identifying issues, potential solutions and initiatives pertinent to the future provision of quality Outdoor Experiences and recreation services. Initiates long term and short term planning within the department, and as required, District wide. Leads the division in implementing all CAPRA standards as they apply to outdoor education and recreation, and facilitates interpretive planning for all Outdoor Experiences units.

 

  1. Guides the direction of Division: Communicates with Managers; communicates with all staff; prepares reports and publications, writes articles for newsletters, press releases, etc.; provides Marketing department with needed information about Outdoor Experiences; guides the VisCom requests from Outdoor Experiences staff; writes grant submissions and reports to funders.

 

  1. Represents Division to the Administration: Prepares reports; participates in administrative meetings; provides qualitative data for informed decisions; participates in Media Promotions with local media outlets; creates a comprehensive annual report for the division.

 

  1. Creates Division policy: Provides input with Legal and Risk departments on Park District Policies that effect Outdoor Experiences; writes Division policy on uniforms, live animals, program presentation expectations, customer service expectations, social media expectations, work place culture expectations, etc.; assures that contracts are approved by the Legal department.

 

  1. Guides the direction of programming: Provides the editorial direction of Emerald Necklace; guides mission based experiences for each location; guides staff in the use of mission based programs, exhibits, and initiatives; updates interpretive plans for each center and reservation; ensures that interpretive signage throughout the Park District is accurate and relevant.

 

  1. Interprets the park district outdoor education philosophy to staff, user groups and the public orally and in writing. Develops effective working relationships with regional and international outdoor education professionals and partners. Occasionally delivers outdoor education programs.

 

  1. Oversees coordination of Outdoor Experiences activities with other divisions and departments, including Natural Resources, for developing and implementing natural resource plans and programs. Coordinates Division with Park Operations Maintenance.

 

  1. Establishes and maintains liaison with governmental agencies and jurisdictions, special user groups, community groups, affiliated non profit organizations and the public.

 

  1. Plans, develops, supervises and manages operating and capital budgets, including purchasing services and materials, preparation of capital equipment specifications, and coordinates budget expenditures. Develops, supervises and coordinates requisition of services, materials and supplies for the Division.  Coordinates budget with Outdoor Experiences managers. Regularly reviews budget and makes adjustments accordingly. Looks for opportunities to increase revenue.

 

  1. Leads Outdoor Experiences in the District’s overall strategic planning process by identifying issues, potential solutions and initiatives pertinent to the future provision of quality Outdoor Experiences and recreation services. Initiates long term and short term planning within the department, and as required, District wide. Leads the division in implementing all CAPRA standards as they apply to outdoor education and recreation, and facilitates interpretive planning for all Outdoor Experiences units.

 

  1. Keeps direct supervisor promptly informed of key/significant issues or concerns.

 

  1. Carries out duties and responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner to maintain a safe work environment and surrounding area for oneself, co-workers and public. Responds to hazardous situations and/or potentially unsafe conditions by taking corrective action as capable and promptly notifying supervisory personnel.

 

  1. Updates and enhances own knowledge by involvement in continuing education for professional growth (i.e., attends relevant conferences, seminars, in-service trainings, and certification programs).

 

  1. Performs related duties as assigned or apparent.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology, natural resources, education, or a related field required; supplemented by a minimum of five years of experience, which includes supervisory responsibilities, in outdoor education, outdoor recreation, historical interpretation, or managing public parks; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license under the laws of the State of Ohio. CIG and CIP certification preferred
  • Ability to organize and effectively manage a diversity of program services
  • Demonstrated management skills, including communication (verbal and written), visioning, problem solving, strategic planning, prioritizing, delegating and the ability to analyze diverse facts, and develop clear concise reports/recommendations
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.
  • Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
  • Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
  • Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs.
  • Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.
  • Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.
  • Must pass a background, credit and fingerprint check.
  • Must be a non-smoker/tobacco user.

Salary Range:  $84,477 – $105,596 per year

Filing Deadline:
 Open until filled

To Apply:  Please visit Cleveland Metroparks career site at www.clevelandmetroparks.com or copy and paste the following link into your web browser:

https://recruiting.adp.com/srccar/public/RTI.home?c=1151751&d=ExternalCareerSite&r=5000437161406&_fromPublish=true#/

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