THE CITY OF CLEARWATER, FLORIDA
INVITES YOUR INTEREST FOR THE POSITION OF:
PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR
Salary: $94,391 - $122,000 DOQ
Position Open Until Filled – First review of applications will be week of February 10, 2020
Located between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, the city of Clearwater combines the natural beauty of a tropical environment with safe, affordable, active living and opportunities for personal and professional prosperity. From relaxing on our world-acclaimed, white sandy beaches to boating, dolphin watching to fishing, cheering the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training to attending theater and concert events at Ruth Eckerd Hall and Coachman Park, Clearwater offers a lifestyle for everyone. No better location can be found which places more of an emphasis on integrating career, community, and lifestyle than the city of Clearwater.
The city of Clearwater operates under a Council/ Manager form of government. The Parks & Recreation Director reports directly to the Assistant City Manager and is assisted in the administration of the department by two Assistant Directors and support staff. The Parks & Recreation Director oversees a budget of over $32 million and a workforce of 232 personnel.
The Parks & Recreation Director will serve as the leader of the Parks & Recreation Department and will be responsible for ensuring the department meets the operational standards and strategic direction of the city of Clearwater.
The department has been focused on several initiatives over the last few years that the Parks & Recreation director would also be responsible for managing and making recommendations on:
• Parks and Recreation Master Plan – The master plan is about ten years old and it is expected that an update will occur soon after the new City Council sets their strategic direction in May of 2020.
• Sports Tourism – Over the last ten years, the city has developed the relationships and infrastructure necessary for Clearwater to host sports activities at national and international levels. As we transition our focus towards managing this program, the new director will be expected to evaluate the program and set measurable short- and long-term goals for Sports Tourism.
• Imagine Clearwater – Construction on Imagine Clearwater is scheduled to begin later in 2020, and when it is complete the Parks and Recreation Department will be tasked with either direct management of the park or liaising with a not-for-profit conservancy to do so. The director will be responsible for developing sustainable programming in the park, which is scheduled to include an amphitheater structure with back of house amenities, removable covered seating for around 4,000 people and additional event space which would support another 6,000 uncovered patrons. The department will also be responsible for maintenance of the other areas of the park, which include green spaces, playgrounds, water features and pathways that interact with adjacent retail uses.
• Philadelphia Phillies – The city has a long-term relationship with Philadelphia Phillies as the home of their spring training activities and their single A minor league affiliate. This relationship includes Spectrum Field, which the city constructed and leased to the Phillies in 2003. That lease expires in 2023 and the Parks and Recreation director is expected to play a key role in the negotiation of a new deal and being the key liaison with the team moving forward.
• Major League Soccer (MLS) – Over the last few years the city has played host to multiple MLS teams (D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union). The new director would be expected to continue to nurture the relationship with MLS and identify opportunities that are mutually beneficial to the MLS and the city of Clearwater.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field (i.e., Recreation, Public Policy, and Organizational Leadership), Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: A minimum of eight (8) years progressively responsible administrative experience leading a Municipal Recreation and/or Parks Administration department, within a similarly-sized organization; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
The Parks & Recreation Director will adhere to the highest degree of ethics, diplomacy and tactfulness, which includes solid negotiation, conflict resolution and people management skills.
The Parks & Recreation Director will also have experience and skill in planning, organizing and refining operating procedures and reviewing work of city staff and contractors; effectively presenting programs and ideas; and exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, to include internal team communications.