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The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT) Parks Operations Manager is responsible for directing the day to day operations of Arkansas State Parks.

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Directs the activities of a large professional, technical, administrative, and service staff through subordinate managers. Assists in review and approval of park system-wide fiscal year and projection budgets. Approves and/or establishes operational plans for parks and monitors their implementation and effectiveness, through on-site visits, review of reports submitted by subordinates, or investigations of visitor complaints, ensures parks are managed effectively and are in compliance with applicable regulations and policies. Prioritizes, approves, and oversees major maintenance projects by determining immediacy of need and priorities, and scheduling equipment, personnel, and supplies. Approves and evaluates requests for capital and low value equipment, paints, linens, herbicides, and other supplies. Recommends products and monitors purchases for quality control. Identifies training and staffing needs, recommends classification changes or new positions, and evaluates the effectiveness of staff training. Oversees law enforcement activities in state parks by establishing law enforcement policies, revising procedures, advising commissioned employees on law enforcement matters, investigating problems, maintaining incident report files, maintaining inventory records, and recommending and/or approving the purchase of specialized equipment and uniforms. Prepares and makes presentations and coordinates operations section with other department section managers, community groups, other state and federal agencies, and elected officials, in order to publicize park programs, exchange information, and resolve problems. Makes policy recommendations and prepares updates of manuals containing rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of park administration. Knowledge of natural resources management. Knowledge of state budgetary, fiscal, and purchasing policies and procedures. Knowledge of state and federal laws applicable to profit-making facilities. Knowledge of the principles and practices of human resource and organizationalmanagement. Ability to establish comprehensive organizational systems and programs and to directoperations through subordinate managers. Ability to organize, coordinate, and direct the activities of a geographically dispersed anddiverse staff. Ability to develop and implement plans. Ability to estimate and budget for future needs. Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and activities. Ability to communicate information orally and in writing and coordinate activities with diversegroups.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelors degree in parks and recreation management, general business or a related field; plus five years of experience in operations and management of parks, including law enforcement functions and maintenance operations, including three years in a supervisory capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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