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Sand Harbor State Park, NV

Job Opportunity - ND - State Parks Deputy Director

Mar 16, 2021

This position will serve as the Deputy Director of North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. This is a full-time senior level position that reports to the Director of the Department. This position is responsibile for the oversight of operations and project management including capital development, extraordinary repairs, and land holdings. In addition, the deputy director will work on the department’s strategic plans. The position also serves as a member of the Department Leadership Team and will have a supervisory role.


North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department's mission is to offer a diversity of recreation opportunities and sustainable manage resources. The department manages 15 parks and recreation areas that have statewide or regional significance. The department also has responsibility for the off-highway vehicle planning and safety program, snowmobile safety programs and trails, Nature Preserves Act, outdoor recreation grants and statewide recreation planning. The department contributes to the state´s economic vitality and ensures citizens and visitors of all generations have a memorable experience in North Dakota’s parks and recreation areas. The department has 61.5 full time employees and hires approximately 180 seasonal employees.

Deputy Director Duties and Tasks

Oversight of Operations and Project Management for the Department (55%)

  • Develop and supervise all capital development, project management and agency planning initiatives related to state parks and other lands under agency management
  • Develop and prioritizing capital and extraordinary repair projects and sign off on contract billing for construction management projects
  • Coordinate with state park regional managers and division leads regarding planning, development, natural resource management, recreation, grants, communication, and facility maintenance
  • Evaluate and enhance department programs and services

Strategic Development and Planning (30%)

  • Creation and oversight of the 5 Year Strategic Plan and State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
  • Assist with establishing division strategies, goals, and performance measures
  • Participate in the development, prioritization and tracking of the department budget as well as developing funding strategies for the department
  • Work to implement best management practices, such as quality improvement strategies, process improvement, and change management and human resource management relating to state parks
  • Work with local, state, and national organizations on creating and maintaining partnerships and ensuring positive visitor experiences for all customers
  • Act on behalf of the director and attend meetings to represent North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department as assigned

Policy, Compliance and Procedure Development (15%)

  • Ensure compliance with state and federal laws, rules, regulations and department policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Manage the development, interpretation, implementation and evaluation of policies and procedures for all divisions
  • Writing of contracts terms and doing negotiations relating to construction management
  • Active involvement with state legislative process and provide testimony at committee hearings

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