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Parks & Recreation Director - City of Parkland

City of Parkland
Parks & Recreation Director
Salary Range: $89,580.82 - $145,568.80 Annually
Closing: Open Until Filled

Position Reports to:      City Manager
Positions Supervised:    Parks and Recreation functions and staff personnel

The primary function of an employee in this classification is to plan, manage and direct administrative, managerial, and supervisory work of the Parks and Recreation Department. As such, the Director plans and directs the short-and long-term programs for conservation lands, park development and operations, recreations, programs, and the community center.

         As Parks and Recreations Director: 
  • Plans, organizes and directs through subordinate supervisors the operations of the Parks and Recreation Department;
  • Meets and confers with departmental management staff to coordinate projects, programs, resolve issues, and plan department operations;
  • Develops, administers and monitors the department’s operating budget and capital improvement projects;
  • Serves as a technical advisor to the City Manager, City Commission , and Department Heads regarding  Parks and Recreation Department issues;
  • Reviews growth patterns, community needs and other factors in originating recommendations for future City events and programs;
  • Formulates rules and  regulations governing the use of park  facilities and programs;
  • Develops and monitors partnerships with outside agencies to construct and operate community facilities; 
  • Provides visionary, innovative leadership, which encourages and recognizes creativity, innovation, and flexibility at all levels of the department; 
  • Staff liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board;
  • Advises the City Manager and City Commission on special projects  and programs;
  • Plans, assigns, directs, and evaluates department employees assuring an orderly and equitable work load;
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures for the effective functioning of the department in accordance with professional standards;
  • Builds effective working relationships with elected officials, city leaders, department heads, and other city staff;
  • Meets with citizens or constituent groups on behalf of the elected official of City Manager;
  • Establishes effective working relationships with community representatives; Assist with planning, coordinating and monitoring special programs or projects initiated by city leaders;
  • Maintains regular contact with the City Manager to keep him/ her appraised of situations and issues;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs all work duties and activates in accordance with City policies and procedures; safety policy and practices and adheres to responsibilities concerning safety prevention, reporting and monitoring as outlined in the City’s Safety Handbook;
  • Selects, supervises, reviews and evaluates department personnel, provides for their training and development.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration, Public Administration, or related field.
  • Master’s degree in related field is desirable but not required.
  • Thorough knowledge of the theories of adult and youth recreation activities and their application to community needs.
  • Considerable knowledge of the development of municipal parks and recreation activities and the ability to present and explain same to the public through the news media and through personal presentations.
  • Considerable ability to express oneself orally and writing. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, board members, officials, sports leagues, civic organizations and the public.
  • Ability to interpret the needs of the community relating to leisure, parks, and facilities usage.
  • Ability to direct and supervise a variety of activities and projects. 
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in Parks and Recreation Department or equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Possess a valid state of Florida driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of subordinate supervisors and employees; 
  • Develop and implement long and short-term plans and goals for Parks and Recreation Department;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other departments heads, the City Commission, City Manager, Mayor and the general public;
  • Provide quality services in a cost-effective manner and to recommend improved methods of performing of the work;
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of the time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
  • Operate a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and writing, with the public and other employees;
  • Operate a motor vehicle.

  • The work environment is generally inside an air conditioned office but the position requires the conducting of field visits on a regular basis; exposure to the hot sun and outdoor elements will occur. Employee must be able to tolerate an outdoor and indoor environment.
  • Much of the work involves being indoors. The noise level in the office is usually quiet but be moderate to high out in the field.
  • The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, lift, bend, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee is required to walk, use hands to operate, finger, handle or feel objects, or controls, and reach with hands and arms, and push and pull heavy objects. 
  • There is occasional climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling or lifting.
  • Close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus are required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be to enable individual to perform the essential functions on the job. 
To apply, please go to www.cityofparkland.org/jobs  
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All descriptions have been reviewed in an attempt to illustrate essential functions and basic duties, in addition to “peripheral tasks” or that could generally be considered “other duties as assigned”. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. Requirements, skills and abilities included have been determined to illustrate the minimal standards required to successfully perform in the position. 
In accordance with Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions & duties as described.