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Posted: 09/07/2011

Western National Parks Association

Founded in 1938 as the Southwest Monuments Association to support 18 national monuments throughout Arizona and New Mexico, WNPA is now one of more than 60 cooperating associations of the National Park Service. Today, we are one of the largest associations, supporting a network of 66 national parks in 12 western states.

Director of Interpretive and Creative Services
Professional Opportunity
Tucson, AZ

Western National Parks Association, a cooperating association to the National Parks Service, plays a critical, multifaceted role in enhancing the experience of visitors to 66 national parks in 12 western states. Our award-winning publications, products, and services help visitors connect to a remarkable place, time, or culture.

We seek a Director of Interpretative and Creative Services to maximize existing product lines and create our next generation of innovative, educational, and technologically relevant publications, products, and services. Reporting to the CEO and a key member of our leadership team, this individual will identify and implement projects that both generate revenue and support National Park Service interpretive program initiatives. A collaborative planner and deadline-oriented project manager, the successful candidate will also possess experience driving the development and launch of publications and digital media.

Essential Responsibilities

-Gauge and engage National Park Service (NPS) stakeholders to identify and gain understanding of NPS needs, communicate WNPA value, and leverage partnership and task agreement opportunities.

-Develop programs, products, and services that meet NPS interpretive and educational objectives and oversee projects from conceptualization to production.

-Establish mechanism to generate, compile, and assess new product, publication, and service ideas and build creative pipeline.

-Maintain necessary department skill sets and capabilities using paid staff, volunteers, and contract resources and vendors.

-Prepare and execute strategic publications, products, and services plan.

-Develop proposals and/or respond to RFPs.

-Interact with professional organizations, government entities, and the public in support of WNPA interpretive and educational projects.

-Oversee design and implementation of promotion and presentation materials.

-Provide leadership, expertise, and support to WNPA departments and park sites.

-Generate and manage department and project budgets.

-Evaluate results and recommend/implement process improvements.

Education and Experience

- Bachelorís degree in relevant field such as Archeology, Anthropology, Business, Communications, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Cultural/Historical/Interpretive Education, Media Studies, Natural History/Resources/Sciences, Publishing, or Resource Interpretation from accredited institution.

- Strong background in interpretive planning, development, delivery, and management.

- Experience working with or for the NPS or similar public historical, cultural, or land management entity.

- Experience developing, leading, and completing significant projects that translate interpretive or educational themes into profitable, workable, solutions such as exhibits, products, publications, or digital media.

- Experience overseeing the performance of contract personnel engaged in design or development of creative content, such as photographers, graphic designers, writers, artists, digital media developers, and others.

- Experience meeting profit & loss goals or managing a department budget.

- Experience supervising staff, managing performance, and achieving high standards of quality and productivity.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

- Knowledge of project development, management, and oversight standards

- Knowledge of interpretation/education methods and techniques

- Ability to forecast project costs, benefits, and revenue streams

- Skill in monitoring budgets and expenditures

- Skill in developing and maintaining positive professional partnerships

- Ability to oversee multiple projects and meet deadlines

- Ability to interpret complex ideas in accessible, compelling, and enjoyable ways and develop interpretive concepts and content

- Ability to present/convey information, orally and in writing, in a clear, concise, and accurate manner

- Ability to communicate respectfully and effectively

- Skill in public speaking

- Ability to think strategically, tactically, and systematically to assess and implement ideas

- Knowledge of digital, social media, and emerging technologies

- Skill in using desktop publishing, graphic design, spreadsheet, and word processing applications

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How to apply
Please email cover letter and résumé to nancyk@wnpa.org, fax ATTN: HR to 520-623-1953, or mail to WNPA, ATTN: HR, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr, Tucson, AZ 85755 no later than September 28, 2011. Questions? Call Nancy Kroell at 520-622-1999 ext. 219.
Nancy Kroell
Phone: (520) 622-1999
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755

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