Job Opportunity: Parks Director, North Carolina

Feb 13, 2023

Vacancy Announcement:  Director, North Carolina Division of Parks and Recretion

State Parks Director


$80,011.00 - $156,021.00 Annually


Wake County, NC

Job Type

Permanent Full-Time


Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources

Job Number

23-02517 PARK60032778


Parks and Recreation


3/17/2023 5:00 PM Eastern


Parks & Recreation

Work Location

Raleigh, Wake County

Position Number


Salary Grade


Description of Work

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This position will be located at:

Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street, 3rd FL
Raleigh, NC 27601

**As per G.S. 126-5, this Position is designated as Exempt Policymaking and is not subject to the State Human Resources Act. This position is subject to the State Government Ethics Act. The leading applicant(s) must complete a statement of economic interest, which must be filed and evaluated by the State's Ethics Commission, prior to the applicant being employed in this position.**

The Director of NC State Parks provides strategic leadership and vision to the NC state parks. Responsibilities include statewide management of all lands and waters administered by the Division of Parks and Recreation to include parks, recreation areas, trails, rivers, lakes, and natural areas.
The ideal candidate will ensure success of the Division by overseeing the State Park’s plan for short and long-term objectives and goals, employee engagement and resource management, ensuring positive visitor experience, managing budgetary resources, and providing effective public relations with state and local officials, stakeholders, businesses, and local communities.

Incentives of NC State Employment:
We value our employees and offer a wide variety of competitive and family-friendly benefits. Benefits to include:

12 Annual paid Holidays
North Carolina State Health Plan administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
Supplemental Benefits including Flexible Spending Accounts, Accident Insurance, Cancer & Specified Disease, Critical Illness, Dental and Vision
NC State Retirement (TSERS)
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North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation goal is to inspire all its citizens and visitors through conservation, recreation and education.
Conservation: To conserve and protect representative examples of North Carolina's natural beauty, ecological features, recreational and cultural resources within the state parks system.
Recreation: To provide and promote safe, healthy and enjoyable outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the state.
Education: To provide educational opportunities that promote stewardship of the state's natural and cultural heritage.

Learn about our Parks:

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) takes care of the things that people love about North Carolina, literally from A to Z. The Arts to the Zoo, and so much else – parks, aquariums, historic sites, archaeology, African American Heritage Commission, science and history museums, the state Symphony, Library, and Archives, historic preservation, land, and water stewardship, and more. These places, and the ideas they represent, create a shared identity in North Carolina. They provide common ground. Everyone is welcome. The Department’s vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

  • Demonstrated experience with federal, state and/or local park programs methods and practices and their application to specific situations.
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic analysis, including planning and implementing short term and long-term goals for a complex program.
  • Demonstrated experience leading, supervising and/or managing a complex program/organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a comprehensive budget for a large program, division and/or facility/organization.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of policy making, policy implementation, policy analysis, and/or governing administrative rules process.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in business administration, Parks and Recreation, and/or Natural Science from an appropriately accredited institution and five years of administrative, consultative or program experience in area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), disability, National Guard or veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.

Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit. "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted.

Information should be provided in the appropriate areas, to include the following: Education, including high school and all degrees obtained, Work Experience, and Certificates & Licenses. It is critical to our screening and salary determination process that applications contain comprehensive candidate information.

Answers to Supplemental Questions are not a substitute for providing all relevant information within the body of your application. To receive credit for the supplemental questions, you must provide supporting information within the "Work Experience" section of the application, to support your answers.
Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.
To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.
Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax. Please call the human resources office for assistance.

If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment. We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Division of Human Resources
Division Address:
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone: 919-807-7373

Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.


State of North Carolina


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An Equal Opportunity Employer, North Carolina, State Government