The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the commonwealth’s largest outdoor recreation provider and land manager, is looking for a dynamic individual who will advance outdoor recreation interests and programs for the commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation economy ranks fifth in the nation, supported by one of the largest state and local park systems and network of trails in the country. Already historically popular, interest in Pennsylvania’s outdoor spaces has grown exponentially since the pandemic. The Commonwealth is looking for ways to capitalize on this growing interest while balancing the protection of these special places and ensuring equal access for all.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The director will be charged with developing a strategy to position Pennsylvania as a national leader in outdoor recreation access, resource protection, business development, and inclusionary policy.
Additional details regarding the duties of this position may be found in the position description.
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday
This position will be eligible for part-time telework. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection. If you are unable to telework, you will report to the headquarters office in Harrisburg.
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Description of Work Continued (also see website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/3194334/director-of-outdoor-recreation):
The position will serve as an executive-level liaison with agencies, businesses, and organizations to help elevate and support outdoor recreation efforts across Pennsylvania.
Description of Duties: Describe in detail the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Descriptions should include the major end result of the task. Example: Types correspondence, reports, and other various documents from handwritten drafts for review and signature of the supervisor.
•Convene a one-year recreation task force to examine how to organize and implement collaborative work to support outdoor recreation growth, while ensuring sustained stewardship.
•Using the task force, identify strategies to unify outdoor recreation interests and create shared goals across all sectors to improve collaboration, partnerships, and communications.
•Engage outdoor recreation stakeholder group to gain input and insight into resource protection needs and recreation support needed from the Commonwealth.
•Coordinate among state agencies and partners to ensure proper stewardship of natural resources through policy development and appropriate levels of funding and staffing.
•Serve as a liaison with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Game Commission on access and land management issues affecting recreation.
•Coordinate with the Department of Community and Economic Development on the needs of the outdoor recreation business community.
•Coordinate with PENNDOT to ensure recreation considerations in transportation projects.
•Advise DCED’s Tourism Office on current outdoor trends and opportunities for their marketing programs and platforms.
•Coordinate workforce development issues for the outdoor recreation industry with the Department of Labor and Industry.
•Work with the Department of Health on efforts to weave outdoor recreation into healthy lifestyles and preventative medicine.
•Work with the Governor’s Office to elevate and support outdoor recreation interests.
•Serve as an ombudsman to businesses in the recreation sector.
•Forge and maintain relationships with national recreation businesses, outfitters, and organizations.
•Serve as the liaison on the national Outdoor Recreation Learning Network.
•Track and engage with national legislation and activities affecting recreation interests.
•Help to coordinate SCORP goals and strategies across DCNR’s bureaus and partners.
•Perform all other duties as assigned.
1. Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
2. Develop and maintain effective working relationships
3. Travel as needed - including overnight
4. Utilize various office equipment/technology as needed (laptop, MS Office, etc.)
5. Understand written and verbal instructions
6. Understand and follow commonwealth and agency policies
7. Organize meetings and workshops
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY
One year as an Administrative Officer 4 with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; OR
Eight years of experience in progressively responsible and varied management or staff work in a large public or private organization, including personnel and fiscal management, budgeting and procurement; and such training as may have been gained through graduation from a four-year college or university; OR
Any equivalent combination of experience and training.
A bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in a recreation, conservation, environmental or policy-related field.
Experience in program and project management and collaboration, working with partner organizations, elected officials, stakeholders, government officials, and business leaders.
Experience with policy and legislation development and decision-making.
The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.