Chief of Interpretive and Recreation Services

Chief of Interpretive and Recreation Services
Organization East Bay Regional Park District
Location Oakland, California
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline May 12, 2023

FILING DEADLINE:  May 12, 2023

SALARY RANGE: $143,374 – $182,935 Annually

The Position

Under general direction, this position provides direction and overall management to the community outreach program and the Regional Managers that oversee the Park District’s naturalists, outdoor recreation, volunteer and community services programs and other services available to Park District parks users. The Chief of Interpretive and Recreation represents the Park District with external agencies, elected officials, and various public and private groups. This position performs highly complex professional assistance in support of the Park’s District Executive Team and Board of Directors in the delivery of interpretive and recreational services.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Directs subordinate staff in the prioritization and assignment of work for functional areas of the Park District’s nationally recognized environmental education programs and outdoor recreational skills programs in a timely fashion and within budget in support of the Park District’s mission and vision.
  • Serves as a senior manager, directly supervising subordinate managers and supervisors in the related areas of environmental education/interpretation, water skills and outdoor recreation.
  • Establishes goals and objectives, and assesses the variety and quality of available services and programs, making adjustments as needed.
  • Key program objectives include addressing the multi-cultural and socio-economic diversity of the serviced population and expanding services.
  • Exercises first level supervisory responsibilities over a staff of professional and support employees.
  • Exercises second through fourth level supervisory responsibilities over a large workforce of permanent, seasonal and temporary professional, technical, and administrative staff and indirectly over a large number of volunteers.
  • Within the Department, establishes, promotes and monitors professional education and recreation service standards.
  • Manages assigned programs through coordinated leadership ensuring the Department meets specifically assigned ongoing and annual operational and financial objectives.
  • Assumes overall responsibility for a large Operating Budget and develops, justifies and defends proposed budget submissions.
  • Resolves intra-departmental problems and issues and coordinates with other District managers on broader problems and issues.
  • Serves on many internal and external committees, working groups and/or ad hoc task forces, providing program expertise and contributing to the attainment of successful results.
  • Individually, serves as a District representative to various educational and/or recreational related external organizations.
  • Maintains relationships with professional organizations to stay abreast of innovations and trends in the delivery of effective interpretive/environmental education and recreation programs and services.
  • On call to respond to a wide range of potential operational needs and will be available as needed on weekends to support program staff.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an innovative, strategic leader with demonstrated and verifiable experience in understanding the complexities of a large organization’s naturalists’ interpretation, community engagement, volunteer and outdoor recreation needs. A strong leader who understands managing personnel, supervisors and managers. In addition, this candidate must be a results-oriented manager, a problem solver, and must have the ability to lead a team spread over a dispersed area and have the skills to support them. The incumbent must have environmental interpretation, outdoor recreation, and community outreach and coordination experience.

About the District

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) contains 73 parks, 55 miles of San Francisco and Delta shorelines, 1,330 miles of park trails, and a regional green trail transportation network of 250 miles of paved trails all within its 125,000 acres, making it the largest regional Park District in the United States. The EBRPD has a diverse portfolio of parks, from shorelines, lakes, mountains, forests, wilderness areas, swim facilities, golf courses, and cultural sites. These parks reach across two counties, which include 33 urban cities.

Located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay, the East Bay quality of life offers open spaces, waterways, world-class educational and cultural institutions, urban centers, and a culturally diverse community. The East Bay has drawn many of the region’s most innovative companies, workers, and students from around the world, thus creating many economic opportunities. The Park District works to ensure a healthy and thriving ecosystem that protects wildlife and habitat by adapting to the changing climate, restoring wetlands, repairing levees, thinning trees, monitoring algae blooms, and building park facilities.

For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:

To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five work related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) to: Resumes should reflect years and months of position held, as well as size of past organization(s).

For additional information, please contact:

Carlo Zabala at: (510) 342-3233

Email: [email protected]


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