Job Opportunity: Assistant Director of Operations, Oklahoma

Sep 14, 2022

Vacancy:  Assistant Director of Operations (Regional Manager - Parks), Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department

Assistant Director of Operations-Regional Manager Assistant Director of Operations (Regional Manager – Parks) (

Job Posting Title

Assistant Director of Operations (Regional Manager – Parks)



Supervisory Organization

Parks Division Administration

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Full time

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The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s (OTRD) mission is to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural amenities.

OTRD is seeking a full-time Assistant Director of Operations to serve as a regional manager for the Oklahoma State Parks system. OTRD offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. The annual salary for this position will be commensurate with experience.

Job Description

Basic Purpose

Employee(s) in this position are assigned duties and responsibilities associated with the management and operation of multiple state parks. Responsibilities may include the management of a park, lodge, or other facilities along with directing, coordinating, and monitoring the operations of other parks, lodges, golf courses, and other facilities within the Division of State Parks.

Typical Functions

  • Coordinates all operation efforts within several state park properties. Coordinates the preparation of budgets and the execution of the budgets including, hiring of personnel, allocation of funds to expenses, and other related activities. Makes recommendations and coordinates periodic revisions as needed.

  • Instructs park, lodge, and golf managers to obtain compliance with Department Policies, Procedures, directives, and state laws and ensures compliance. Demonstrates principles of effective park management including the operation of all facilities, contracts, purchases of equipment, supplies, and property management.

  • Inspects park properties and assets for safety, appropriateness, aesthetics, and other reasonable purposes. Prepare documentation of such inspections and works with managers to assure positive progress in property operations. Ensure the protection of all structures and the conservation of natural and historic resources.

  • Analyzes park operations for quality, efficiency, and desirability and makes recommendations for adjustments, additions, deletions, or other modifications for the benefit of the state park system or a portion thereof.

  • Takes direction and instruction from the Director of State Parks regarding operational goals and needs for the Division of State Parks and assists in preparing reports, rules, and other documents as needed to meet the needs and goals of the Division.

  • Performs Performance Management Process evaluations on all staff supervised and assure subordinates are also preparing performance management documents as appropriate.

  • Coordinates establish and supervise community relations programs for each park, lodge, and golf course in the area to include involvement with the Chambers of Commerce, businesses, and non-profit associations and organizations. Assists with volunteer organizations and organized groups as appropriate.

  • Communicates with staff, guests, and the community and handles complaints respectfully and professionally. Fosters teamwork and support within the area of operation and throughout the Division of State Parks. This position is part of the Division of State Park leadership and aids in the Division’s overall problem-solving efforts.

  • Other duties, as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university or college in park management, natural resource management, outdoor recreation, public administration, business administration, or closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of experience in park management or operations, or natural resource management or operations for a maximum of ninety semester hours of the required education.
  • Six (6) years of management experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Knowledge of the principles of park management and business administration, marketing and advertising methods and principles; general construction methods and maintenance procedures; personnel and financial management; public relations; of laws, rules, and regulations concerning the operation of state parks, contracts, purchases of state equipment and property management; and supervisory principles and practices.

  • Supervises the work of others, to maintain effective working relationships and public relations; Formulates goals and objectives; applies rules and regulations; maintains records and prepares reports, and communicates effectively both orally and in writing.

Special Requirements

  • The position will require the incumbent to coordinate the enforcement of state laws or park rules and regulations to ensure the safety and welfare of visitors, properties, and facilities.

  • Applicants for this position must possess and retain a valid Oklahoma driver’s license to operate a vehicle; must be willing to work irregular hours.

Additional Job Description

This position is field based.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The State of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.