Deputy Director of Interpretive Services

Website Elkhart County Parks

Inspiring connections with culture and nature.

FLSA Status:             $65,100.67 and up based on experience; Exempt

Hours:                        Full-time; 40 hours/week; weekdays with occasional evenings and weekends

Reports to:                 Director of Parks

Deadline to Apply:    April 9, 2021

Incumbent serves as Deputy Director of Interpretive Services for the Elkhart County Parks & Recreation Department, responsible for overseeing the development, delivery, and promotion of cultural and historical resources, environmental education, and recreational experiences, and assisting the Director with administration of the park system, including the Elkhart County Historical Museum and Bonneyville Mill.


Directs and oversees the interpretive vision and strategic planning for the County Parks and facilities through a diverse array of programming, events, and exhibitions.

Supervises and directs assigned personnel, including analyzing workload and making hiring decisions, orienting new subordinates, providing training and corrective instruction, establishing goals and developing/motivating staff, evaluating performance, and keeping supervisor and assigned staff informed of organizational developments.

Oversees public engagement with Department’s cultural and natural resources and directs multi-channel marketing strategy for programs, events, parks, and amenities.

Assists with Department fiscal plan and management of budgets, including planning/tracking/ controlling/accounting for/submitting budget expenditures for Interpretive Services.

Establishes partnerships with other governmental agencies and non-profit organizations to develop recreation, natural and cultural resources, and volunteer programs.

Compiles complete and accurate records of Interpretive Services activities, programs, and personnel, and provides analysis and metrics for operations success, as necessary.

Manages Department volunteer program.

Assists Director with fundraising efforts to support Elkhart County Parks programs and facilities, including sponsorships, grant writing, and alternative fundraising.

Assists administrative team with development of Five Year Master Plan, Annual Reports, and development of future park amenities.

Develops outreach, engagement, and partnership strategies to reach County communities with innovative programming and special events that build connections to the outdoors and local history.

Supports the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and human resource management.

Prepares and presents reports to staff, Board, County officials, the media, and the public. Attends regular Park Board meetings and submits necessary reports.

Performs related duties, as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation administration, public administration, education, cultural or natural resource management, humanities, or closely related field, with five (5) years progressively responsible experience in the field, including two (2) years in a supervisory capacity; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Must be at least 21 years of age.

Ability to obtain and maintain all required training and certifications, including Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)  through the National Recreation and Park Association.

Ability to meet all employer and Department hiring requirements, including passage of a drug test and background check.

Thorough knowledge of and ability to make practical application of various Department program areas, including nature interpretation, history interpretation, museum management, and environmental education, with proven strategic planning, event planning, data analysis, and management skills.

Practical knowledge of and ability to  make practical application of Department policies and procedures, local, State, and Federal statutes, codes, ordinances, and laws of park management.

Working knowledge of fiscal administration and standard principles of bookkeeping, with ability to assist with administration of budgets, ensure cost-effective operations and maintenance of accurate records, and assist with grants.

Working knowledge of local flora and fauna.

Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and ability to prepare correspondence, documents, and detailed reports.

Working knowledge of technology utilized by the County/Department, including word processing, spreadsheet, email, presentation, publishing, databases, websites, and internet.

Ability to supervise and direct department personnel, including analyzing workload and human resource needs, reviewing position documentation, interviewing candidates and making hiring decisions, orienting new subordinates, providing training and corrective instruction, planning/ delegating/controlling work assignments, establishing goals and developing/motivating staff, determining changes in responsibilities, evaluating performance, determining personnel actions, maintaining discipline, communicating and administering personnel programs and procedures, and keeping supervisor and assigned staff informed of organizational developments.

Ability to properly operate standard office and Department equipment, including but not limited to computer, calculator, copier, and telephone.

Ability to work alone and with others in a team environment, and work on several tasks at the same time, often under time pressure.

Ability to provide public access to, or maintain confidentiality of Department information and records according to State requirements.

Ability to comply with all employer and Department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.

Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, other County employees, other municipal entities, private and public agencies/organizations, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities.

Ability to read, understand, memorize, retain, and carry out written and oral instructions and present findings in oral or written form.

Ability to apply knowledge of people and locations, and compare or observe similarities and differences between data, people, or things.

Ability to plan and layout assigned work projects, read/interpret detailed prints, sketches, layouts, specifications, and maps, and prepare detailed reports.

Ability to count, compute/calculate, compile and classify data, analyze and fabricate data, and take action based on data analysis.

Ability to prepare and present public speaking presentations.

Ability to regularly work extended hours and occasionally work weekend and evening hours, travel out of town for meetings/training/conferences/special projects, sometimes overnight, and respond to emergencies on 24-hour basis and/or from an off-duty status.

Possession of a valid driver’s license and demonstrated safe driving record.


Incumbent exercises independent judgment in interpreting general guidelines, instructions, and rules to adapt them to specific cases and circumstances that arise during the course of performing a broad range of duties, many of which are unrelated to one another and present new or unique problems.


Incumbent is responsible from proper completion of assigned tasks where desired results are clearly indicated. Incumbent exercises independent judgment in a variety of situations and circumstances, using departmental policies for guidance. Unusual problems or situations are discussed with supervisor and work product is periodically reviewed for appropriate supervision or direction of assigned operations, effect on Department goals/objectives, and soundness of judgment and conclusions.


Incumbent maintains frequent contact with co-workers, other County employees, other municipal entities, private and public agencies/organizations, and the public, for purposes of exchanging information, rendering service, instructing, negotiating, and mentoring.

Incumbent reports directly to Director.


Incumbent performs duties primarily in a standard office environment, including sitting/walking at will, sitting/standing/walking for long periods, bending, crouching, kneeling, lifting/carrying objects weighing more than 50 pounds, keyboarding, close/far vision, color and depth perception, handling/grasping/fingering objects, speaking clearly, and hearing sounds/communication. Incumbent occasionally works outdoors in extreme temperatures, wet/icy surroundings, walks on uneven terrain, and may be exposed to fumes, odors, dust, and dirt, and is required to drive.

Incumbent regularly works extended hours and occasionally works weekend and evening hours, travels out of town for meetings/training/conferences/special projects, sometimes overnight, and responds to emergencies on 24-hour basis and/or from an off-duty status.


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Elkhart County Human Resources

117 N. Second Street, Room 113, Goshen, IN 46526

Telephone: (574) 535-6725   FAX: (574) 535-6750

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