Director, Division of Outdoor Recreation

State of Utah

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Job Description

This is an executive level job which exercises considerable discretion and judgment in providing direction and leadership to the Division of Outdoor Recreation statewide programs including acquisition, planning, protection, development, operation, use and maintenance of state recreation programs and facilities. The incumbent in this job reports to the Executive Director and Deputy Director of the Department of Natural Resources. The incumbent directs the planning and administration of state recreation programs; works with legislature and other elected officials to define and implement state policies, statutes and rules; exerts a direct and substantial effect on the public relations of state administration generally including public advocacy and defense of administrative policy. The incumbent directs preparation of division multi-million dollar budget ensuring responsible methods of fiscal accountability and assures consistency with Executive Director’s budget guidelines; evaluates division effectiveness and maximizes efficient use of division funds and personnel; coordinates the actions of special committees, boards, and councils which are external to the agency, but which advise or otherwise influence agency policy; coordinates and communicates division goals and direction with other state, federal and local agencies and organizations to maximize resource benefits; oversees all division personnel matters; drafts pertinent proposed legislation as necessary. The incumbent in this job is appointed by the Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources and is exempt from state career service.

Job DutiesDevelops and coordinates plans and policies, resources, and mission as well as goals, vision, and expectations of agency and/or program; prepares and updates plans and priorities.
Develops, directs, and/or evaluates programs. Including but not limited to OHV program, Boating Program, Grant program, Every Kid Outdoors program, Equipment maintenance.
Evaluates, plans and directs activities of the organization. Including personnel management, finance, communications and policy
Follow and update division mission, priorities and values. And use it as the guiding document for moving programs forward.
Listens and responds effectively to elected and appointed officials and promotes understanding and partnership among them. Serves as the authority on Outdoor Recreation in the state of Utah.
Manages one or more statewide or agency wide program(s). Determines program goals and objectives and/or chairs committees established to support the program.
Represent the agency/division at community meetings or with other agencies.
Represents the agency with federal, state, and local government units, in the media, or with private organizations.
Sets goals, establishes priorities, manages resources, develops concepts and approaches, reviews projects progress and results; makes management level decisions.
Supervises subordinate personnel including hiring, determining workload and delegating assignments, training, monitoring and evaluating performance, and initiating corrective or disciplinary action.
Coordinate and cultivate legislature relationships and initiatives. Report and update legislative committees and individuals as requested.
Oversee the operation of Outdoor Recreation Law enforcement program and strategy
Plan, collaborate and implement maintenance and expansion of recreation assets around the state.
Community outreach including public events and business outreach regarding safety, stewardship, health and wellness.
Coordinate efforts with the Outdoor industry and workforce and assist economic development for outdoor industry businesses.
Serves on various boards, councils, committees, and task forces to coordinate agency activities and facilitate goals and initiatives. Committees, commissions and boards with current seats for the Director.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess:Experience in managing strategic planning and fostering diplomatic relationships with multiple stakeholders.
Have a strong understanding of the Utah Legislative process, government affairs and processes.
Unique combination of experience working in the outdoor industry, public lands and natural resource management particularly in Utah.
The ability to direct an active team around the state and maintain efficiency and teamwork to accomplish division goals and programs.

Utah Code 79-2-204. DNR Division Directors- Director of Outdoor Recreation
79-7-202 Director –
Qualifications – Duties.(1) The director is the executive and administrative head of the division.
(2) The director shall demonstrate:
(a) executive ability; and
(b) actual experience and training in the conduct of recreational systems involving both physical development and program.
(3) The director shall:
(a) enforce the policies and rules of the division; and
(b) perform the duties necessary to:
(i) properly care for and maintain any property under the jurisdiction of the division; and
(ii) carry out this chapter.

Why you Should Join Our Team
Enjoy an opportunity to create great outdoor recreation opportunities for the State of Utah and the visitors to our ‘Great State’. From the work you do, to the people you meet, the Division of Outdoor Recreation will allow you to take pride in the positive impact you make on the Utah outdoors for many years to come. Additionally, the State of Utah offers great benefits and generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work-life balance. To learn more about the generous benefit package the State of Utah offers, click here.

Supplemental Information
Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Majority of work is done in an office setting. May travel to parks within the state and do some walking on uneven surfaces.

Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.

Most of the work is done in an office setting. May travel to parks within the state and do some walking on uneven terrain.

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