Director of Parks & Recreation


Job Details

  • Job Function: Parks and Recreation Director
  • Salary: $101,231 - $147,797.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 50,045
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  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: May 13 2020

Deadline: Jun 5 2020

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The purpose of the position is to direct all activities and operations of the department. This is accomplished by directing employee functions and tasks; presenting and administering all budget activities; serving as the chief spokesperson and representative of the department; analyzing operations; providing consultation and recommendation to management, elected officials, boards and commissions; and furthering the objectives of management and elected officials. Other duties include establishing and enforcing internal controls and processes.

•Plans and directs department activities by establishing priorities and programs; coordinating project meetings; analyzing and recommending staff and resource levels; and monitoring department operations, staffing and productivity levels.
•Manages all staffing functions by developing and recommending staffing levels; directing and participating in recruiting activities; initiating, monitoring and evaluating performance; coaching and counseling; establishing and reviewing training activities; and initiating disciplinary proceedings.
•Directs departmental financial processes by developing and recommending budget and program costs; responding to financial inquiries; interpreting directives; and ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws.
•Ensures operation efficiency by configuring and managing resources; participating in strategic planning, technology planning, and results coordination; reviewing and managing responses; and researching and recommending new processes and technologies.
•Develops and maintains relationships with departments, customers, elected officials, and outside agencies by participating in meetings and on committees; preparing and presenting information in public settings; negotiating agreements; reviewing contracts; and responding to complaints and inquiries.

•Bachelor's Degree from accredited college or university in related field, with Master's Degree preferred
•Seven years of related experience at the director or assistant director level
•CPRP or CPRE preferred

Additional information:
•Knowledge of projects, programs and lifecycle management, including research techniques, methods, and procedures
•Knowledge of the principles and practices of budgeting and financial research, development and implementation
•Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with co-workers, the public, and elected and appointed officials
•Skill in the operation and use of standard office software which includes databases and presentation programs, along with standard Microsoft products
•Ability to manage people and build relationships with community stakeholders in the delivery of recreation services to a diverse population
•Ability to work independently and to supervise a large workforce, strong personnel management skills, including employee development and teambuilding capabilities
•Knowledge of the principles and practices of parks and recreation administration and relevant laws, safety standards, codes, policies and procedures

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