Mark Hickok Named as New District Director

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The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has selected Mark Hickok as the new District Director.  Mark comes to us from Redmond WA, where he has served as the Recreation Division Manager for the last four years. Mark is replacing Lori Stirn as District Director. “I am honored to be awarded this opportunity. Hood River is an amazing community with unique Parks & Recreation opportunities. Lori Stirn has done an outstanding job leading this district for the last 15 years and her legacy will live on in this community for many years to come. I hope to continue to partner with other agencies to make Hood River Valley an great place to live.“ Hickok said.

Mark and his family will be relocating to Hood River later this month.

A native of Everett, Washington Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management from North Arizona University.

Mark brings a wide variety of talent to the District with exceptional budgeting skills, unique cost recovery models for recreation programs, partnerships, and community outreach.  His experiences as Recreation Division Manager for Redmond, Washington, Recreation Superintendent for the City of Moses Lake, Washington, and Recreation Coordinator for the City of Flagstaff, Arizona has enabled him to develop a well-rounded background and passion for the Parks and Recreation profession.

Mark was selected after a nationwide search.

Park District President, Greg Davis “I am pleased to share that Mark Hickok has accepted our offer for the District Director position!”

 

Hood River Parks and Recreation District is hiring!

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District

Job Announcement

District Director of Parks and Recreation

Closing date August 11, 2016, 5pm

 

 

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District is seeking a dynamic, seasoned professional to lead the Parks and Recreation District. This is an exciting executive leadership opportunity.

 

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District is located in Hood River County, 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon.  The District is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area and includes Mount Hood and its National Forest.  The area is world-renowned for its beauty and outdoor recreation.  It is among the top-ranked areas in the world for windsurfing, kiteboarding and sailing.  Mount Hood is one of the few mountains to offer year round opportunities for the snow enthusiast. Other outdoor recreationalists enjoy kayaking, cycling, mountain biking, hiking and much more.   The area is routinely recognized for its outstanding recreation, quality of life, fine restaurants, breweries and wineries as well as family friendly amenities. The Park District is within easy driving distance of major national parks, the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges, and the urban centers of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.

 

The Park District operates under a 5 member board of Directors elected for staggered 4 year terms.  The Parks and Recreation Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the direction, administration, and management of the District’s aquatic center, parks, recreation, and business operations.

 

Desirable Qualifications

The District is looking for an individual with strong leadership skills who has significant experience working in parks and recreation; preferably a special district. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree (preferably in parks, recreation, or administration), and at least 5 years progressively responsible management experience. A master’s degree and Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is an advantage as well as knowledge and experience with Oregon’s unique land use laws and Aquatic facility operations.

 

Priorities of the new Director

  • Update the Parks and Recreation Master plan and Capital Improvement Plan that includes an update of the System Development Charges methodology.
  • Develop Golden Eagle Park with School District and County MOU’s
  • Explore the feasibility of expanding the Aquatic Center
  • Maintain essential partnership with the Public Schools district, Port of Hood River, City of Hood River and the County.
  • Develop master plan for Barrett Park
  • Pursue stable source of funding for ongoing maintenance and cost tracking accounting

 

 

 

Opportunities

Constrained resources require new approaches and alternative funding models.  The time may be right to explore a Parks District operations and maintenance levy.

 

Challenges

The business of parks and recreation has become increasingly more complex with fluctuations in the economy, rising operating and maintenance costs, increases in the state minimum wage, aging infrastructure and shifts in societal demands.

As backyards shrink and people (and their pets) look for more places to gather, find solitude and recreate, our parks become even more essential to communities.

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District faces the challenge of balancing the public’s enjoyment of natural resources with the conservation of these assets, and finding the optimum mix of land acquisition, development, preventative and proactive maintenance.

 

The Ideal Candidate

For this important role the District seeks an experienced, unifying leader who is deeply committed to the success of the District and is a strategic big-picture thinker. The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and will lead by example to gain the confidence of the public and staff. Integrity that aligns with the District’s organizational values is essential and the desire and capability to lead a team in implementing innovative operations and programs.

 

The preferred candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas:

 

  • Visionary and strategic leadership.
  • Customer service and the ability to mentor, coach and direct the work of staff.
  • Thorough knowledge of the objectives and ideals of public recreation, including a comprehensive understanding of the diverse activities of a successful community recreation program.
  • Knowledge of available outdoor recreation and related grants and other funding approaches to stretch District resources.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of park management associated with a special district in Oregon.
  • Ability to develop a creative strategy for maintaining high quality programs and services.
  • Cultural competency that enables effective working relationships in cross-cultural situations.
  • Successful planning, implementation and oversight of new park
  • Forming and maintaining public-private partnerships and knowledge of innovative funding approaches.
  • Integrity, honesty, compassion, courage, optimism, and good judgment – particularly in situations characterized by disagreement, conflict, tension, and uncertainty.
  • Creative problem solver, bringing fresh ideas and a progressive approach.

 

Total Compensation

Full-time position with an annual salary range as $75,000-$95,000; depending on qualifications and experience. The District offers a competitive benefit package including a stipend for family health and vision insurance, as well as vacation and sick leave. The district participates in an independent retirement system.

 

 

Application Process

Persons Interested in this position should submit the following information:

  • Cover letter
  • Salary history
  • Current resume
  • 3-5 references

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call or e-mail Lori Stirn at 541-386-5720 or parksandrec@gorge.net.

 

This position will remain open until filled. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application by the August 11th deadline.  E-mails are acceptable.  Send to parksandrec@gorge.net.

 

Selection timeline

  • July 21st, 2016: Job announcement posted
  • August 11th: closing date for applications
  • August 5-8: review of applications
  • August 18th -19th: interviews * tentative meet and greet.
  • August 29th -30: interviews if needed + final selection
    • Reference checks
  • September 26th: desired start date

Pool Closed All Day

The pool will be closed all day Friday, July 22nd. We are sorry for any inconvenience this closure may cause. The pool will reopen on Saturday, July 23rd at 10am.

Notice of Budget Hearing

A public meeting of the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District will be held on June 15, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Aquatic Center at 1601 May Ave.  The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 as approved by the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District budget committee.  A summary of the budget is presented below.  A copy of the budget may be inspected or obtained at 1601 May Ave between 9am and 4pm or online HERE.  This budget is for an annual period.  This budget was preparend on a basis of accounting that is the same as the preceding year

Request for Proposals

HOOD RIVER VALLEY PARKS AND RECREATION DISTRICT NEW SWIMMING POOL ENCLOSURE OPTION STUDIES AND CONCEPTUAL DESIGN.

Bids due July 13, 2016. Notice is hereby given the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District

(“HRVPRD” or “District”) is requesting sealed proposals from qualified contractors for this project.

Proposals must be received by 2:00 PM July 13th at the Hood River Aquatic Center 1601 May Ave.

Hood River Oregon 97031. Proposals received after the designated time and date will be returned

unopened. All proposals received prior to the due date and time will be publicly opened and read on

the due date and time in the Hood River Aquatic Center’s conference room. Proposals may not be

submitted electronically. HRVPRD reserves the right to reject any bid not in compliance with this

Request for Proposal or in compliance with all prescribed public contracting procedures and

requirements, and may reject for good cause any or all bids upon a finding that it is in the public

interest to do so, and to waive any and all information in the best interest of the District. HRVPRD is

not liable for any costs incurred by the proposer for the proposal preparation or presentation.

Copies of the RFP documents may be obtained HERE.

or by contacting Scott Baker, Assistant Director
at parkprograms@gorge.net or by phone at (541) 386-1303.

Published May 31, 2016.

Community Meeting for Golden Eagle Park Improvements

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District will be having a public meeting to discuss

proposed park improvements at Golden Eagle Park and the High School Baseball fields. We

have scheduled two community meetings. The meetings will be on Thursday, June 2nd at

6pm as well as Tuesday, June 7 th at 6pm. They will both be held at the Ty Taylor Fire Station

Community Room at 1785 Meyer Parkway.

The District is hoping to get input and ideas for developing the existing Golden Eagle Park. This

could include parking areas, new recreation opportunities, sports courts, bike skills area, fitness

elements and other amenities.

If you are unable to attend or for more information call Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation

District, District Director, Lori Stirn at 541-386- 5720; parksandrec@gorge.net .

Attached is a preliminary plan.

Golden Eagle Site Plan Klein

Trail Tour!

There will be an Indian Creek trail tour led by board members at 4:30pm.  If you are interested in taking the tour, please meet at Dutch Bros. Coffee at 4:30pm!

City Council Dog Park Presentation

The Park District will be asking the HR City Council for permission to construct a Dog Park on City and Port property adjacent to the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday March 28th at 6pm.  Please attend if you support or have concerns with this proposal!
You may also contact Scott Baker with questions at (541) 386-1303.