City of Fayetteville - The Director of Parks, Natural Resources, and Cultural Affairs

Essential Job Duties

The Director of Parks, Natural Resources, and Cultural Affairs will be responsible for oversight of the Parks, Natural Resources, and Cultural Affairs Department, to include the following functions:

Parks Planning

Parks Recreational Services

Natural Resource and Open Space Stewardship

Cultural Arts Planning and Implementation

Special Events and Tourism Attractions

Safety/Security Sensitive Designation:

This is a safety/security sensitive position for purposes of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment.

  1. Provide good customer service to both internal and external customers, maintain positive and effective working relationships with other City employees (especially members of their own team), and have regular and reliable attendance that is non-disruptive.
  2. Perform supervisory responsibilities which may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the City’s policies and applicable laws.
  3. Develop, study, and recommend actions to fulfill the Parks, Natural Resources, and Cultural Affairs Department’s mission to enhance the quality of life in Fayetteville by providing high quality parks, recreation programs, natural resource and open space stewardship, cultural arts planning and implementation, and special events and tourism attraction.
  4. Provide comprehensive oversight and direction for the Parks, Natural Resources, and Cultural Affairs Department including parks planning and programming, recreational programs, swimming pool staffing and programming, Yvonne Richardson Community Center (YRCC) programs, volunteers, urban forestry, natural resource and open space stewardship, cultural arts planning, special events and tourism, and related contracts/agreements. 
  5. In collaboration with the Development Services Department, ensure the goals of the city’s comprehensive plan, City Plan 2040, are being met, specifically as they relate to the enduring green network, future land use, and growth concepts.
  6. In collaboration with the Development Services Department, meet with developers to review the Park Land Dedication Ordinance requirements and make recommendations concerning the acceptance of new park/trail land and/or money in lieu of projects. 
  7. In collaboration with the Public Works Department, prioritize funding and capital projects for parks, lake marinas, horticulture, trails, facilities, and athletic fields. Work to maximize crews’ skills and competencies. Evaluate outsourcing opportunities.
  8. In collaboration with the Public Works Department, develop strategies, standards and policies related to the planning, construction and renovation of park facilities, natural resource and open space stewardship, trail systems and urban forestry.
  9. Formulate and monitor the annual budget, five-year capital improvement plan and long-range strategic plan for the Parks, Natural Resources, and Cultural Affairs Department.
  10. Lead in the effort to seek alternative funding sources through local and national grants, gifts, and philanthropic giving to support the Department’s mission. 
  11. Oversee and evaluate recreation programs, including sports, special events, and aquatics, as well as related facility reservations processes, to adapt services to the changing needs of the community. 
  12. Oversee the Director of Cultural Planning and the development of a Cultural Arts Master Plan in collaboration with Fayetteville’s Directors of Long-Range Planning and Economic Vitality. Participate in comprehensive planning for future development and natural resource preservation. Collaborate with Long Range Planning and Preservation in the management and preservation of cultural and historic resources. Assist in future cultural resource planning through the incorporation of best practices as identified in the Cultural and Historic Resources Master Plan.
  13. Establish partnerships with the Advertising and Promotion Commission/Experience Fayetteville, anchor institutions, and city attractions involved in the activation of events and programming in support of local, regional, national, and international tourism. 
  14. In collaboration with the Fayetteville Communications and Marketing Team and Experience Fayetteville, raise the visibility of Parks, Natural Resources, and Cultural Affairs through the development and implementation of a sustainable marketing program geared to serve the needs of diverse residents and community groups of all ages and all abilities.
  15. Provide and/or assign staff support for various city and community committees to represent the Parks, Natural Resources, and Cultural Affairs Department at city and public meetings including the Planning Commission, City Council, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Arts Council, Intergovernmental Regional Arts Planning Group, Active Transportation Advisory Committee, Urban Forestry Advisory Board, Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, Community Garden Coalition, Environmental Action Committee, as well as other meetings relating to parks, recreation, tourism, the arts, and natural resource and open space stewardship.
  16. Engage directly with community members and community leaders to present a positive image of the Department and to communicate the values of natural and cultural resources, parks, recreation, cultural arts, historic preservation, and tourism.
  17. Oversee, develop and implement administrative ordinances, policies, procedures, and fees associated with parks and recreation programs. 
  18. Review and analyze the effectiveness of departmental services and make necessary improvements.
  19. Prepare, monitor and negotiate various contracts, leases and agreements with groups such as the Boys and Girls Club, Senior Activity and Wellness Center, Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, and other special interest groups.
  20. Ensure the Department maintains compliance with city ordinances, state and federal laws and regulations. 
  21. Work with all departments, staff, and key stakeholders across the city to promote and provide a progressive plan for natural and cultural resource stewardship, parks, and recreation. Facilitate well organized and effective staff and public meetings.
  22. Establish risk management practices to ensure all safety rules, regulations and procedures are followed. 
  23. Ensure proper training and development of staff to foster an environment that supports a high-performance organization and encourages employee retention. 
  24. Ensure stewardship of the natural, human and financial resources associated with Parks, Natural Resources, and Cultural Affairs.
  25. Coordinate city efforts with the County Emergency Management Department and the Red Cross to establish emergency shelters as needed.
  26. Perform other duties as assigned.

Secondary Job Duties

  1.  Secondary duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation, Cultural and Environmental Resource Management, or related field from a college or university with ten years of relevant experience with a minimum of seven years of management experience. Master’s degree preferred. Experience with CAPRA (Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Areas) Certification process preferred.
  2. Possess a valid Driver’s License. 
  3. Must successfully pass criminal background check, including but not limited to convictions, guilty pleas, or no contest pleas to violent offenses, theft offenses, offenses against children, and any offense that would qualify to prevent a person from obtaining an Arkansas teaching certificate (A.C.A. 6-17-410).
  4. Must possess or be able to attain within 12 months of hire the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional certification as designated by National Recreation and Parks Association.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to communicate effectively with employees, the general public, public officials and professional and community organizations.
  6. Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  7. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. 
  8. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  9. Must be proficient in the use of a computer and related software programs. Must be able to effectively operate standard office equipment.
  10. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee regularly is required to move from location to location; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. The employee is frequently required to traverse uneven terrain such as park land, trails and undeveloped land. 
  11. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.