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Posted: 12/21/2015

Employer
Park County, Colorado
Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development

The Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development works to preserve, protect, and promote the natural and cultural heritage of Park County, Colorado in a sustainable manner that improves the quality of life for its citizens. Our department combines the efforts of many varied disciplines to make Park County a better place for citizens and visitors alike. We work to protect the natural, historic, and prehistoric resources of Park County and responsibly share them with visitors through our Historic Preservation, Tourism, and Community Development programs. Our efforts are guided by the Park County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission (PCHPAC) and the South Park National Heritage Area Board. We also work closely with the Office of Recreation Development to achieve our mutual goals.


Position
Director
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Fairplay, CO
Details
$58,000 - $65,000 plus benefits
 

General Purpose:  The Director is responsible for the Departments consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives, including the management of the South Park National Heritage Area as directed by the US Congress in SEC 8300 of Public Law 111-11 in 2009.  The Director reports to the Park County Board of County Commissioners through the Park County Chief Administration Officer (CAO). The Director is advised on matters pertaining to the South Park National Heritage Area by the South Park National Heritage Area Board, whose members are appointed by the Park County Board of County Commissioners and represent diverse areas of Park County and a wide range of partners and interests including history, natural and cultural resources within the county. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directs and oversees the Departments mission to protect, promote and preserve the nationally important historic, natural and cultural heritage of Park County, to encourage the enjoyment and education of the public in the value of these resources and to promote and protect the high quality of life of the residents of the County
  • Leads the Department in execution of the Management Plan for the South Park National Heritage Area, insures compliance with the provisions of Park Countys designation as a Certified Local Government and oversees management of National Heritage Area funding through the National Park Service.
  • Builds and maintains partnerships, working relationships and collaborative agreements with relevant public and private local, state and national agencies and organizations.
  • Maintains communication with state and federal legislators in relation to the South Park National Heritage Area and other Park County and Departmental interests.
  • Prepares and administers Departmental budget.
  • Oversees the development and execution of task agreements with the National Park Service of use of federal funding for the National Heritage Area.
  • Develops and oversees Tourism strategy and programs to attract visitors who can enjoy, appreciate and respect the historical, natural and cultural resources of Park County.
  • Develops and oversees activities and programs that enhance the quality of life for residents and encourage economic development appropriate to the communities of Park County, including planning and directing programs and activities relating to Enterprise Zone.
  • Works closely with towns, communities, local organizations and individuals to promote a healthy economic climate for local businesses. 
  • Directs application for and management of appropriate grants, including state, federal and other grants, including those for historic preservation, tourism and community development.
  • Works with educational institutions to encourage use of Park Countys natural and historic resources for research and academic study. 
  • Works closely with Chief Administrative Officer in sharing both short and long term plans and in informing of the activities of the Department. Works in conjunction with the South Park National Heritage Area Board for advisement on activities related to the South Park NHA.
  • Is responsible for the recruitment, development, and oversight of all Department personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  • Ensures that job descriptions and work plans are developed for all personnel, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are maintained.
  • Periodically presents updates on activities of Department and especially activities related to the South Park National Heritage Area to the Board of County Commissioners.  

 

Jobs Supervised: Program Assistant, Preservationist, Film and Tourism Consultants

Responsibility level: This position is expected to maintain the highest levels of fiduciary responsibility, confidentiality of information, and stewardship of equipment, records and county resources

Location:  Fairplay, Colorado

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements: Excellent verbal communication skills Excellent negotiation ability Excellent written proficiency Ability to lead and inspire staff, volunteers and community groups Two years experience in grant writing and management Two years experience in local, state or national government or organization management Bachelors degree or equivalent of three years work experience in history, preservation, natural resources, recreation, tourism, marketing, community development, archeology, or resource management Ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally

Special Requirements

Preferred Qualifications: Masters degree or equivalent experience in history, preservation, natural resources, recreation, tourism, marketing, community development, archeology, or resource management Working in small, rural communities Familiarity with Park County, and the South Park National Heritage Area and its history, natural resources and geography Three years or more of experience in two or more of the following: Working within a management entity for a National Heritage Area Working with federal government agencies Working with non-profit organizations Working in small, rural communities

Miscellaneous Information

A full job description is available upon request to pchr@parkco.us. Any offers of employment are conditional upon a background check. Park County is an EEO employer.

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Until Filled

How to apply
Applications will only be accepted via the URL listed below.
Cindy Gharst
Phone: 719-836-4217
Fax: 719-836-3273
ADDRESS

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