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Director, Parks and Recreation


Listing Summary

General Description

This position requires complex supervisory, administrative, and professional work in overseeing, planning, organizing, directing, and supervising functions within the Parks and Recreation Department. This position reports directly to the Assistant City Manager/COO. The position is a member of the City’s leadership team.  

Duties and Responsibilities

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.


  • Manages assigned staff, including establishing workloads; prioritizing work assignments; evaluating employee performance; developing, interpreting, and enforcing policies and procedures; resolving staff issues, making hiring or termination decisions/recommendations; and administering disciplinary action as required.


  • Directs departmental budget preparation, including monitoring expenditures, preparing budgetary forecasts, and administering approved budget.


  • Monitor’s revenue collections and research activities, initiates new revenue sources, and approves and ensures fund accountability.


  • Plans, organizes, and administers the acquisition, disposition, maintenance, development, demolition, and management of park properties and facilities.


  • Organizes, plans, and directs the departmental annual work and capital improvement plan.


  • Oversees departmental communications, including preparing various reports and information for staff, affiliate organizations, volunteers, citizens, the City Manager, and the Mayor and City of Council.


  • Responds to and resolves citizens' complaints concerning park conditions and/or recreational programs and services.


  • Attends various meetings, makes presentations on park programs/services, and represents the City at national, state, and local seminars and conferences.


  • Oversees the development of the master events calendar.


Additional Functions


  • Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires completion of course work equivalent to the academic requirements of a Bachelor's degree in parks and recreation administration, business or public administration, or a related field; supplemented by seven (7) years of experience in local government parks and recreation management, including four (4) years of progressively responsible supervisory experience as a parks and recreation director or as an assistant parks and recreation director; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above may be considered.


Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) Certification is preferred. National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Accreditation and/or the completion of the NRPA Directors School is a plus.


Requires a valid state driver’s license with an acceptable driving history.


ADA Compliance

Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, smoke, temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials, unsafe structures, heights, confined spaces, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim lights, toxic agents, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, or rude/irate customers.

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