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Director Of The Massachusetts Office Of Outdoor Recreation
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring and promoting a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Who We Serve:

Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to combine energy and environmental agencies under one Cabinet secretary. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) serves Commonwealth residents interested in outdoor recreational activities, clean energy solutions and those who work with animals and livestock. Equally, EOEEA works with energy consumers, power companies, clean energy providers and farmers to delicately balance the interaction with environmental protection laws and regulations while being a cornerstone for our economic prosperity.

Secretariat Overview:

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretariat (EOEEA) provides oversight of the Commonwealth’s energy and environmental agencies, namely, the Division of Energy Resources (DOER), Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR). EOEEA also has divisions within the Secretariat, including the Office of Law Enforcement (OLE or Massachusetts Environmental Police), Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) office, and Division of Conservation Services (DCS). All agencies and divisions promote the environmental or energy related goals and initiatives of the Administration and the Secretary of EOEEA.

The Executive Office of Energy and Environment Affairs is accepting resumes and applications for the position of Director of Outdoor Recreation.

The Director of the Massachusetts Office of Outdoor Recreation, reporting to the Undersecretary for the Environment within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees and manages critical work in advancing outdoor recreation in the Commonwealth. The Director will create and implement a strategy to achieve 5 key objectives: 1) promote the Massachusetts outdoor recreation economy through partnerships with businesses, non-profit organizations, and local communities to advance outdoor recreation as an economic driver; 2) advance equity and access to outdoor recreation opportunities; 3) coordinate policy and recruit funding across federal, state, regional, and local governments; 4) work with land owners and managers throughout the Commonwealth to promote public access and recreation infrastructure; and 5) promote Massachusetts as a great place to work, live, and recreate,  and improve quality of life for residents and visitors.

In addition to establishing a strategic plan, the Director will need to establish metrics and baselines to evaluate the impacts of programs and initiatives of the office. The Director will also be responsible for identifying and recruiting funding for outdoor recreation projects via federal grants and partnerships with non-profit organizations and businesses.

The Director will serve as the central point of contact for the outdoor recreation industry, and work with industry partners to address potential challenges and opportunities.

The Director will work closely with key state agencies and secretariats including the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Department of Fish and Game, Housing and Economic Development, and the Department of Public Health to implement cross-agency initiatives and priorities.

The Director will be responsible for hiring and managing any additional staff, contractors, and interns that may be hired by the office. The Director will represent the Commonwealth in regional and national learning networks and utilize best-practices to inform initiatives and priorities.


Work with peer agencies, local governments, the federal government, businesses, and non-profit organizations to establish a strategic plan and associated initiatives, projects, and policies to advance the economic, quality of life, natural resource, and health benefits of outdoor recreation, and to ensure they are accessible to all.

Identify, recruit, and secure funding for outdoor recreation infrastructure and programs from federal, non-profit, and private grant programs, and distribute to projects and programs throughout the Commonwealth.

Develop and build the structure for the Office of Outdoor Recreation, including operational procedures and the hiring/management of contractors and additional staff.

Represent the Commonwealth at events, conferences, and speaking engagements related to outdoor recreation and the outdoor recreation economy.

Create and promote marketing materials in coordination with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism to attract and retain visitors and investment in Massachusetts communities.

Develop and maintain a network of businesses, non-profits, and government partners who work in the outdoor recreation or outdoor recreation-adjacent fields.

Develop and maintain metrics to track the Office’s impact.

Other duties, as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidate must possess significant knowledge of key issues pertaining to outdoor recreation and the outdoor recreation economy, with Massachusetts-specific knowledge a plus. Candidate should have knowledge and experience with most of the following: business development, branding and marketing for tourism, policy development, promoting equity and access to outdoor recreation, developing marketing and communications materials, implementing grant programs, and collaborating across levels of government.

Please submit a cover letter and resume as part of the application process and attach “as relevant” to the requisition. 



Applicants must have at least (A) six (6) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least two (2) years must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.


I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience.

II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.

III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience.

IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements.  We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.


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