Parks and Recreation Director

City of Lake Stevens, WA

Located in Snohomish County 34 miles northeast of Seattle and six miles east of Everett, both on Puget Sound, the City of Lake Stevens, Washington (pop. 38,000, 8.9 sq. mi.), surrounds and takes its name from Lake Stevens, the largest and deepest natural lake in the county. The city is also close to the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Rainier, and the incomparable Olympic Peninsula. This is the quintessential Pacific Northwest. The 2022 annual budget is approximately $48 million, supporting 119 FTE.

The city has invested heavily in recent years to rebuild and upgrade its parks. Its 2022 budget funded a new Parks and Recreation Department, and the city is now hiring its first Parks and Recreation Director. Reporting to the city administrator, the director will integrate employees from the public works and community development departments, who are currently managing parks and recreation functions, and build them into a cohesive team.

A bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, parks and recreation management, or a related field, and seven to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in parks and recreation management, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience are required. A master’s degree in recreation administration or a related area, NPRA certifications (CPRE, CPRP), experience in a local government setting (municipal, county, or recreation district), experience with lake/lakeside recreation, and knowledge of Washington’s Growth Management Act are all strongly preferred.

The annual salary range is $132,812.83 to $168,051.54 DOQE. Comprehensive benefits are offered, including medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, and short- and long-term disability insurances. City pays all employee premiums and contributes in varying degrees beyond employee-only coverage. (Monthly contribution to HRA/VEBA accounts if already covered in other qualifying plans.) EAP. Retirement through Washington’s Public Employees’ Retirement System (mandatory), plus 457 deferred compensation (optional), with up to 1% match from the city. This position enjoys paid time off (vacation, sick), ten holidays, and two floating holidays (12 total) annually. As a FLSA-exempt position, the parks and recreation director will receive 80 hours of management leave annually. Relocation assistance subject to negotiation.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Filing Deadline: May 25, 2022 Contact: Andrew (Drew) Gorgey at (970) 987-1238 (direct) Cover letter and resume only to:

Job Details

Job Function
Parks and Recreation Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of Lake Stevens


1812 Main St
Lake Stevens, WA 98258-7701
United States

Form of Government