Job Opportunity: Director of Parks, Resorts and Golf; State of Oklahoma

Sep 14, 2022

Vacancy Announced:  Director of Parks, Resorts and Golf; Oklahome Tourism and Recreation Department

Director of Oklahoma State Parks Dir Parks, Resorts and Golf (


Job Posting Title

Director Parks, Resorts and Golf



Supervisory Organization

Department of Tourism and Recreation

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Full time

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OTRD is seeking a full-time Director of State Parks to oversee all operations and activities of the State Parks Division headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK. 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

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.

Typical Functions

  • Establishes, with the Executive Director and nine-member advisory commission, the priorities, and direction of the state park system.

  • Oversees the management of all elements of the State Parks Division, applying the most efficient and effective uses of staff and financial resources to create an inclusive and engaging parks system for everyone.

  • Leads the division with vision and integrity. Works closely with the agency and division senior leadership to support their efforts and build trust with all division staff and park system users.

  • Ensures the overall financial health and security of the park system. Oversees funding strategies for the division, including a necessary focus on methods for increasing earned revenue. The current operating budget is $50.6 million; the Capital budget is $10 million.

  • Effectively leads the division workforce of approximately 700 full-time and seasonal employees:

    • The Field Operations team is responsible for 38 parks, recreation areas, and natural heritage sites that are divided into three regions

    • The Oklahoma City central office:

      • The Construction and Properties team consists of Capital Projects, Planning, and Regional Maintenance groups.

      • The Business Services team consists of Customer Service, Federal Grants, Interpretive/Recreational Programs, Exhibit Shop, and Concessionaire Management groups.

      • The Law Enforcement team of systemwide park rangers

  • Identifies, develops, implements, and is accountable for innovative strategies that substantially improve the division’s ability to achieve its goals, including, but not limited to, workforce professional development, performance standards, organizational change, asset preservation, and customer service excellence.

  • Plans and supervises the preparation of the Parks Division budget and maintains oversight, monitoring, and control of park expenditures.

  • Directs the preparation of reports, contracts, leases, and permits connected with or affecting the operation of state parks and recreation areas.

  • Approves personnel actions; supervises the training and performance evaluation of personnel.

  • Directs and supervises park regional managers and park managers concerning problems encountered in the operation of state parks and recreation areas.

  • Other duties which will ensure an efficient and economical operation of the Division and the Department, as well as its resources.

Level Descriptor

Education and Experience

  • Required Education and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university or college.

    • Five (5) years of senior management work experience is strongly preferred.

  • Preferred 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.

    • Two (2) years of experience providing information and consultation to executive management.

    • Management and leadership experience in natural resources, hospitality, and/or historic preservation organizations (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation, public lands, hotels, resorts, land conservation, museums).

    • Management experience in the organization(s) with employees working from widely dispersed locations.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Authoritative knowledge of the organization, administrative policies, and procedures of a typical state park system; thorough knowledge of Oklahoma’s 12 eco-regions and their associated flora and fauna; of conservation principles and practices; of purchasing practices; of different types of construction and materials; of the principles and practices of park management, civil engineering and landscape architecture with special reference to park maintenance and operations; considerable knowledge of modern office procedures and practices.

  • Ability to plan, initiate, and direct administrative policies and procedures; to lay out, assign, and direct the work of a large staff involved in park planning and operation; to express ideas fluently, effectively, both orally and in writing; to maintain effective work relationships with administrators, employees, and successfully communicate with the general public; to understand and follow complex written and oral instructions; to utilize good judgment, initiative, resourcefulness, courtesy, and tact; all as evidenced by an investigation and/or an oral interview.

  • Ability to travel, including overnight stays, as needed.

  • A valid Oklahoma driver’s license is required.

Special Requirements

Additional Job Description

This position is located in Oklahoma City, OK

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.