Sought: Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities

The City of Richmond is seeking an experienced, results oriented, customer-focused professional to plan and direct the activities of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. The Department has a budget of over $25 million and approximately 251 full-time employees:

Job Title: Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities (Executive), 30M-013 
Closing Date/Time: Continuous 
Salary: $90,786.00 – $143,263.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Regular
Location: City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 
Department:  Parks & Recreation 

Example of Duties: Richmond, the Capitol City of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is seeking an experienced, results oriented, customer-focused professional to plan and direct the activities of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. The Department has a budget of over twenty-five (25) million and approximately two hundred and fifty-one (251) FTE’s. The Department is responsible for more than 57 parks and open spaces, 138 tennis courts, 60 playgrounds, 56 baseball diamonds, 10 pools, numerous tot lots, picnic areas and exercise trails. The department is also the operator of the James River Parks system, the largest and most unique park in Richmond. Additionally, the department takes care of more than 22 statues and monuments, 7 cemeteries, the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater and operates 24 city owned community centers while providing a full spectrum of recreational services for the youth, adults and special need populations.

Candidates must be exceptional leaders with broad senior management and technical experience. The Director will oversee three (3) divisions to include Parks and Cemeteries, Recreation and Wellness, and Cultural Arts and Affairs. The duties include but are not limited to: overseeing all aspects of the City parks system, recreational facilities and programs, cemeteries, and City cultural facilities; developing and maintaining organizational structure and accountability systems to enhance efficient and effective operations; facilitating long range planning to ensure adequate maintenance of parks and community facilities consistent with national standards and available resources; overseeing fiscal and general management of the department; and advising the Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and City departments regarding matters of policy and procedure.

Qualifications, Special Certifications and Licenses:  The individual should have a record of demonstrated experience and proven accomplishments in parks and recreation or a related field including at least ten (10) years at an executive level in an urban environment with five (5) years in an administrative capacity. Minimum requirements for the position are a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Landscape Architecture, Business, Public Administration, or related field or an equivalent combination of experience.

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