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Cincinnati, OH - Director of Parks

The City of Cincinnati, Ohio (pop. 298,500), a beautiful city with a world class Parks system is seeking an entrepreneurial, visionary executive to serve as its next Director of Parks.  Named one of the top ten park systems in the country by the Trust for Public Land, Cincinnati Parks is a leader in public/private partnerships that have resulted in the renovation and construction of highly impressive public spaces that have contributed significantly to the economic development of the City.  The current Director is retiring after 15 years of service as Parks Director.  The Director is appointed by a five member Board of Park Commissioners which are, in turn, appointed by the Mayor and City Council.  The Cincinnati Parks system consists of more than 5,000 acres and includes the recently completed $100 million renovation of Smale Park along the riverfront, the Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park which is home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Mt. Airy Forest, 68 neighborhood parks, 33 nature preserves and numerous other innovative and interactive amenities enjoyed by millions of visitors each year.  The Parks Director oversees 115 full time and 135 part time employees and a $17 million annual budget.  Recreation programs are handled by a separate City department. The Director must be a strong, collaborative leader, able to combine vision, creativity, and innovation in the oversight of the Parks system. In addition, the Director must be an experienced executive with a passion for parks, as well as a commitment to the preservation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the parks system. The Director must possess well developed oral and written communication and negotiation skills with a record of success in developing collaborative relationships with board members, city leaders, community organizations, advisory boards, and city staff. Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in public policy, business, parks administration, urban planning, landscape architecture or related field plus at least seven years of executive leadership experience in leading an organization of similar size and complexity to the Cincinnati Parks system. Master’s degree strongly desired. Starting Salary:  $155,000 +/- with excellent benefits package. Apply by March 10, 2017 to Heidi Voorhees, President and Charles Balling, Vice President, to 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130 Northbrook, IL  60062 E-mail: Tel: 847-380-3243.


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