Job Details

Director- Quality of Life
City of Panama City, FL
Job Description

Job Title: Director - Quality of Life
Department/Division: Quality of Life.
Annual Pay: $82,907.41
Plus competitive benefit package.

Type of position:
Hours: 40 /week

This is responsible management work in directing operations of the Quality of Life Department which includes the City’s parks, marinas, arts, and education. This position oversees the operations of the maintenance and activities of all City parks, facilities, marinas, and recreation areas. The City’s vision is that quality of life for all citizens will be enhanced through the efforts of this department to make the City of Panama City the premier City in the Panhandle of Florida. Work is performed under the administrative direction of the City Manager.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Plans, directs, coordinates, controls, and staffs the various activities of the Quality of Life departments.
• Prepares departmental budget.
• Establishes training programs.
• Schedules routine activities and special projects of the departments.
• Attends and participates in City meetings of the Commission, various boards and departments as may be required.
• Serves as safety officer for implementation and institution of the City’s safety program as related to all aspect of Quality of Life.
• Coordinates the activities of the City’s consulting engineers on Quality of Life. matters.
• Promotes good public relations in making presentations, appearances, news releases, etc. representing the city in Quality of Life. matters
• Oversees the maintenance of all parks and recreation facilities.
• Interprets job assignment to workers and assigns duties to crews of varying sizes and skills. Establishes or adjusts work procedures to meet schedules.
• Prepares annual performance evaluations.
• Determines equipment and material needs, requisitions materials and supplies for projects, and coordinates the use of workers and equipment.
• Helps analyze and resolve work problems and assists workers in solving problems.
• Coordinates and schedules work in conjunction with other departments, i.e. street, electrical etc.
• Makes jobsite inspections in order to assure safe working conditions and procedures and instructs workers in safe work habits.
• Help coordinate emergency procedures in the event of an emergency.
• Provides oversight and direction to Outside Marina Supervisor/Dock Master.
• Provides policy recommendations to Assistant City Manager on operations of all Quality of Life facilities, programs, and activities.
• Performs related work as required.


• Knowledge of the theory and philosophy of recreation and ability to interpret this philosophy to others.
• Knowledge of the principles and techniques of management as applied to recreation, building, and grounds.
• Knowledge of the problems of a community in relation to recreation and ability to formulate and administer recreation programs to meet specific community needs.
• Knowledge of the planning, function, design and maintenance of parks and recreation areas and facilities.
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of building and grounds maintenance.
• Ability to direct a program to meet the needs of people of all ages and interests.
• Ability to interpret recreation to and cooperating with public, voluntary and private agencies and organizations, and with the general public.
• Knowledgeable of all phases of marina operations with experience in boating.
• A thorough knowledge of emergency spills and cleanup procedures.
• Ability to supervise a program of acquisition, construction, and maintenance of recreation, park areas and other facilities and grounds.
• Ability to establish and maintain good and effective working relationships with officials, employees and the general public.
• Skill in communication through speech and writing.
• Skill in the organization, development, and maintenance of a comprehensive program.

Four (4) year degree from an accredited college or university in Recreation, Physical Education, Public or Business Administration or related field. Master’s degree preferred. A minimum of five (5) years or experience working in the field of recreation in an administrative and/or supervisory capacity. Possession of a current Florida Driver’s License.

A comparable amount of training or experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Occasionally- Lift / Carry 21-50 Lbs., Push /Pull 26-40 Lbs., Bend, Squat /Kneel, Twist / Turn, Climb, Reach Above Shoulder, Reach Outward, Handling /Fingering;
Frequently- Stand, Walk, Sit, Drive Automatic, Type/keyboard;
Constantly- Lift/Carry 10-20 Lbs., Push/Pull 12-25 Lbs.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is outside and indoors year round and is constantly exposed to all weather conditions.

These are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Job Details
Job Function:
Parks and Recreation Director
City of Panama City
PO Box 1880
Panama City, FL 32402-1880
United States
Population: 36,686
Form of Government: Council-Manager

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