Position: Executive Director and CEO - River Parks Authority

Incumbent:  Matt Meyer

Reports To: River Parks Authority Board of Trustees, led by the Chair

Position Summary
The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the River Parks Authority is an agile leader responsible for the development, operation and management of public and quasi-public parks and recreation facilities, land and water programs and events along the Arkansas River in Tulsa County, and oversees external interactions with public and private partners/stakeholders, along with certain business ventures, on behalf of the organization and within the framework established by the Board of Trustees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following represents the majority of the duties performed by the position but is not meant to be all-inclusive nor prevent other duties from being assigned when necessary.
1. Participates with Board of Trustees in the development of vision, strategic plans, programs and policies for River Parks; recommends adoption or modification as needed and provides information to the Board of Trustees concerning operational performance.
2. Develops long-range strategic plans and seeks necessary resources to facilitate achievement of goals and objectives; interprets, communicates, and implements vision, plans, programs and policies, and provides management direction, guidance and leadership to River Parks staff.
3. Directs the development and steadfast administration of River Parks’ annual operating, capital expenditures and supplemental budgets; networks with local elected officials to support such budgets; evaluates budget performance and informs the Board of budget status and financial analysis to ensure sound fiscal management.
4. Directs the development of fund-raising plans, preparation of grant proposals and solicitation of private monies to secure funding for River Parks’ operations and capital projects.
5. Fosters collaboration with Federal, State and local government officials and private agencies to properly communicate, coordinate and execute River Park’s plans and activities.
6. Forges favorable relationships and effectively communicates, with community and stakeholder groups, businesses, and media representatives and provides oversight for all public relations and special event activities to promote the River Parks.
7. Serves as chief spokesperson for River Parks and represents the agency at City Council/County Commission meetings, serves on committees and task forces, professional affiliations, and participates in other community groups and activities.
8. Develops plans for new River Parks facilities and expansion of activities and offerings; initiates necessary feasibility studies, bid documents, contract agreements, land acquisitions, and oversees and directs the design and construction of approved projects to preserve design integrity, ensure cost containment and expedite project completion.
9. Reviews and evaluates the management of River Parks properties, the effectiveness of current departmental programs, policies and procedures, and develops and implements changes when necessary.
10. Ensures compliance with safety practices and procedures that focus on the protection of both employees and park users.


Four-year degree in Parks and Recreation Administration, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, or related field. May have additional course work and/or acquired knowledge of engineering, construction, land-use planning, ecology, and horticulture.

Seven to 10 years of experience in progressively responsible positions related to management and maintenance of park facilities with budget, financial and fund-raising competencies, and personnel and public relations responsibilities. Experience in nonprofit and government relations is highly desirable.             

Budget & Financial
Financial competency including budget management and ability to lead and oversee fund-raising.

Excellent collaboration, interpersonal, communication, and management/supervisory skills. Ability to utilize the Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.                                        

Professional certification with the National Recreation and Parks               Association (NRPA) or related professional organization.

Working Relationships/Contacts
Ability to build and maintain good relationships across the city, county, private and public sectors including local government, consultants, business and external partners.

The Chief Executive Officer has direct and indirect contact with all River Parks personnel in communicating the agency’s mission and in establishing, interpreting and enforcing the agency’s policies.

This position is the principal liaison with the Board of Trustees, “face” of the agency and lead fundraiser, and maintains regular contact with elected and appointed City and County government officials (Mayor, City Councilors, County Commissioners and department staff, and INCOG) and Federal, State and local regulatory agencies, in soliciting funding, coordinating projects, presenting program briefings, securing grants and permits, and other operational matters.

The CEO is also the primary media and community spokesperson and builds relationships with leaders of the community, and civic and business organizations in soliciting support and funding for the agency and its projects. This position also frequently represents the agency in civic, service, and professional organizations, and throughout the community at large.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions
No unusual physical effort or working conditions are associated with this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Supervisory Responsibility/Accountability
Direct Supervision
Three exempt supervisory employees and several contract services providers.
Indirect Supervision
Nine full-time employees, six to eight seasonal employees, and functional supervision of volunteers and contract labor.
Budget & Financial
The position serves as head fundraiser and is directly accountable for the control of annual operating and events budgets totaling over $2.2 million, and for donated funds.

The position is directly accountable for the control of the agency’s capital assets, including land, valued at over $50 million.

Base salary plus bonus potential caps at $175,000 depending on candidate experience. 

This is a management position
This is a full time position

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