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The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT) Parks Planning and Development Manager is responsible for directing the planning, acquisition, design, engineering, construction, and

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Directs the activities of a large multi-disciplinary professional and technical staff through subordinate supervisors. Directs research, surveys, and feasibility studies analyzing state park system needs, and reviews, revises, and/or prepares state park plans, resource management plans, and long range and master plans for state parks. Holds public hearings to discuss proposed park plans and solicits input from communities. Presents and disseminates information on section activities to the Legislative Council, Commissioners, and other state and federal agencies. Coordinates with other agencies or groups on joint projects or situations where parks’ development impacts on other plans to discuss the degree of impact and develop plans that are mutually advantageous. Develops, procures, and utilizes all possible fund sources for capital improvement projects including state appropriations, state, federal, and private grants, gifts, and foundations. Oversees the section’s fiscal activities by developing budget requests, preparing capital improvement budgets, and quarterly expenditure reports for funded projects. Reviews appropriations regularly to ensure the availability of funds, and approves expenditures. Suggests or drafts proposed legislation in support of section goals and evaluates impact on section plans and operations. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of parks administration. Knowledge of parks planning and development techniques. Knowledge of natural resources management. Knowledge of state budgetary and fiscal policies and procedures. Knowledge of state and federal laws applicable to park operations. Knowledge of the principles and practices of human resource and organizational management. Ability to plan work unit objectives and operational activities and to assign and direct the work of subordinate supervisors. Ability to direct parks planning and development activities. Ability to develop, implement, and evaluate plans. Ability to estimate and budget for future needs. Ability to communicate information orally and in writing and coordinate activities with diverse groups.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management, or a related field; plus five years of experience in planning and development of parks, including three years in a supervisory or leadership 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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