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The Racing Commission Director is responsible for providing advisory and consultative assistance to the Racing Commission, coordinating Commission meetings, ensuring the state receives the

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Special Job Requirements:

Occasional in-state, overnight travel to both tracks, frequent weekend travel during live horse racing season, and occasional out-of-state travel is required.

Typical Functions:

Develops and recommends new and revised rules and regulations to regulate pari-mutuel thoroughbred and greyhound racing and gaming to the Commission for approval, oversees and ensures the appropriate review processes, and implements approved rules and regulations. Develops and recommends policies and procedures regarding enforcement of regulations and submits to the Commission for approval. Directs and coordinates the overall operation of state racing activities to ensure compliance with the requirements of laws, rules, and regulations and recommends to the Commission appropriate action in specific cases pertaining to racing and gaming. Directs the activities of supervisory, professional, and administrative staff by interviewing applicants, hiring, training, assigning and reviewing work, and conducting performance evaluations. Acts as liaison between the Commission and track management, the public, other racing jurisdictions, legislative members, and executive staff by providing information and advisory and consultative assistance. Ensures that racing and gaming license fees are collected and deposited, oversees the applicant background investigation process and licensure, maintains violation records of racing and gaming licensees and franchises, maintains records, applies distribution formula, and directs the disbursement of purse and awards money. Prepares Commission and division budget requests, administers and monitors approved budget, and approves expenditures. Reviews financial records to monitor income of race tracks and to ensure the state obtains proper portion of proceeds. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational management. Knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting and fiscal management. Knowledge of pari-mutuel thoroughbred and greyhound racing and gaming operations. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of lower-level supervisors and/or subordinates. Ability to analyze data, project outcomes, and resolve problems. Ability to prepare budget requests and monitor expenditures. Ability to monitor racing activities to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and rules. Ability to interpret, apply, and develop laws, rules, and regulations. Ability to provide information to the legislative and executive branches concerning racing activities and proposed legislation. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, general business or a related field; plus six years of progressively more responsible experience in racing or gaming operations, other regulatory operations or a related field, including three years in a professional managerial or supervisory capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.


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