Scissortail Park Foundation is seeking a creative, experienced and energetic person to join our leadership team to work closely with the CEO/President to manage the daily operations of Scissortail Park, a major new park currently under construction in downtown Oklahoma City.
About Scissortail Park
The 70 acre Scissortail Park, designed by internationally-acclaimed landscape architecture firm, Hargreaves and Associates, links the heart of the city to the Oklahoma River, long aspired to and now part of the city’s “Core to Shore” master downtown development plan. This $135 million project is funded by a city-wide civic improvement tax. The new park, located just a block south of Myriad Botanical Gardens, will feature extensive gardens, a Great Lawn and outdoor performance venue, a lake and boathouse, a café, recreational facilities, children’s play areas, dog park, a civic scaled interactive fountain and multiple walking/jogging paths, all set within regionally-specific native woodland and prairie landscapes. Over 1,000 trees will be planted in the 36-acre Upper Park with hundreds more in the 34 acre Lower Park.
The 36-acre Upper Park is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019 with the 34-acre Lower Park due to open in 2021. The Lower Park will feature naturalized planting areas, walking and biking trails, a community garden and youth farm, outdoor amphitheater and soccer fields. This park will further define Oklahoma City as a destination while greatly enhancing the downtown experience and lifestyle for residents and visitors.
In addition to the park’s infrastructure features, a varied mix of year-round programming will further make the park a major destination site for a diverse audience of residents and visitors including convention audiences attending programs at the new convention center currently being built across the street on the east side of the park. For more information and images of the new park, please visit: http://www.hargreaves.com/work/scissortail-park/
Scissortail Park’s operations will be managed by Scissortail Park Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, overseen by Parks Management Company that also manages Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. In 2015, Myriad Botanical Gardens was the recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s International Open Space Award for best new urban green space in the United States and the Charles Schusterman Award for Nonprofit Management Excellence.
Chief Operating Officer Position
The Chief Operating Officer will play a critical role in helping launch and oversee daily management of Scissortail Park operations. The position will provide leadership to achieve overall organization’s goals and coordinate activities within all departments, projects and initiatives. The department areas include: Events, Business Development, Marketing and Communications, Development, Facilities, Horticulture and Grounds, Education and Community Engagement.
Supervision of Direct Reports:
Director of Business Development
Director of Development
Director of Education and Public Programs
Director of Lower Park Public Programs
Director of Facilities
Director of Horticulture and Grounds
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
Job Type: Full-time