Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks) is the voice of Michigan’s parks and recreation community. The mission of the organization is to advocate, teach and inspire on behalf of its 2,400 members representing parks and recreation agencies, students, volunteers and industry suppliers from across the state. The organization is seeking a visionary leader to guide its future.
Working in collaboration with the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will have overall responsibility for mParks membership retention and growth, operational efficiency, financial stability, partnerships, professional development opportunities for membership; and staff development/performance.
The collaborative team-builder selected will genuinely respect diverse points-of-view and strive for an environment in which inclusiveness drives productivity and results.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:
Completion of a Bachelor’s degree
8-10 years of increasingly responsible management experience in the parks and recreation industry or the not-for-profit sector that includes strategy development, positive membership results, and creative problem-solving
Visionary thinker with the ability to lead the organization with innovation and strategy
Strong analytical skills with the ability to assess current operational effectiveness and needs
Engaging verbal/written communication skills and ability to comfortably interact with people from all kinds of backgrounds including elected officials
Understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities that face the parks, recreation and natural resources profession at the local, county, regional, state and national level
Powerful professional network with ability to establish/nurture connections with influencers representing diverse backgrounds and professions
Successful background in grant-writing and sponsorship development
Financial acumen to prepare/present budgets and reports and productively interact with external accounting professionals
Current branding/marketing skills including thorough knowledge of digital and social media
Proven ability to coach and motivate team members to reach new levels of accomplishment and professional fulfillment
Transparent and high integrity leadership
Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and facilitation skills
Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation for all events including the annual conference and trade show
Professional certification preferred
Availability for some travel
While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee will work in typical office conditions as well as in outdoor weather conditions
The position reports to the President of the Association on day to day issues and the Executive Committee for the long term sustainability of the organization
Employee must be able to constantly operate a computer and other standard office machines, and constantly communicate with internal staff as well as external partners
Employee must be able to frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about in the course of general duties
Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of valid auto insurance
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, current resume, and a detailed explanation of the total expected compensation package to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of interest will be accepted until August 11, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted in September and October. It is intended for the successful candidate to begin on/or around December 4, 2017.
Founded in 1935, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks) provides advocacy, resources and professional development opportunities to a devoted and diverse membership. A non-profit statewide association, mParks represents nearly 3,000 park and recreation professionals and industry suppliers. mParks is the voice of Michigan's parks and recreation community. Our mission is to advocate, teach and inspire.
Location:1213 Center Street; Suite B; Lansing, MI 48909
Primary Sources of Revenue:Membership Dues, Programs, Grand Experience Travel Program
About mParks- Michigan Recreation & Park Association
mParks is a 2,600+ member organization providing educational development, resources, research, and advocacy for Michigan’s parks and recreation professionals. Its office is located in Old Town of Lansing, Michigan. The organization is served by an elected Board of Directors, who hire and oversee the Executive Director. The Executive Director, in turn, supervises a staff of full-time, part-time and... contractual employees including but not limited to the Business Manager, Marketing and Communications Manager, Registrar, Office Assistant, and Health and Wellness Grant Coordinator.