Assistant Parks and Recreation Director

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Position Description

DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation

REPORTS TO: Parks and Recreation Director


SALARY: $28.21 – $35.97



Provides department leadership, including supervision of employees and day-to-day activities and programs o various recreation and aquatics programs, and fiscal accountability and operational management over assigned areas. Develops and maintains collegial community outreach efforts. Responsible for all phases of operation and coordination of maintenance for the Parks, Recreation and Aquatics facilities.


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the major tasks performed within this classification.   It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class.  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.  Specific tasks on a day-to-day basis will reflect the overall areas of expertise for this position.

  • Compliance with all Health Department regulations associated with all facilities operations.
  • Responsible for the selection, supervision, training and evaluation of mid-level supervisory staff.
  • Responsible for department personnel, purchasing and response to the City Manager in the absence of the director.
  • Provides primary leadership for a comprehensive system of research and trend analysis for department decision making and presentations.
  • Monitors the department budget and all associated revenue projections for recreation and aquatics.
  • Responsible for the annual development and review of department’s goals and objectives, fees and charges, and estimated revenues and expenditures from operating budgets.
  • Establishes and maintains records and cost analysis reports to ensure fiscal responsibility with programs and facilities and makes recommendations for changes to fee structure.
  • Reviews annual work plans and business plans prepared by supervisory staff.
  • Evaluates, recommends and coordinates new revenue sources and is actively involved in identifying new trends in parks & recreation.
  • Assists the director in short-term and long-term planning and strategically executing the master plan and programs goals and objectives.
  • Involved in planning facility improvement – meets with Facilities Management on all department maintenance projects.
  • Assist with the development of the five-year capital improvement program for major projects in parks, recreation and aquatics.
  • Reviews department contracts, rental contracts, instructor contracts, rental agreements and professional service agreements for user compliance and associated insurance requirements.
  • Reviews and make recommended changes to department rules/regulations and develops standard operating procedures and manuals for operation and program specific areas.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of department policies and procedures for programs and facility operations.
  • Oversight for program standards and best practices with revenue and cost-recovery goals.
  • Guides the marketing plan – review and approves submissions.
  • Manages web site content and development.
  • Reviews all participant injury reports and incident reports.
  • Conducts annual safety audits of recreation and aquatic center.
  • Responsible for user group and patron satisfaction surveys and collecting information for data driven projects that support departmental goals and positioning.
  • Responsible for development strategies for membership, partnerships, sponsorships, and grants.
  • Assists director as required on special projects, reports and presentations.
  • Serves as Director of Parks & Recreation in the absence of the Director as assigned.
  • Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Skilled in supervisory and leadership best practices.
  • Ability to provide excellent team leadership and customer services to both internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and handle multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of parks, recreation and aquatics.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures, management and marketing of a wide variety of leisure programs.
  • Knowledge of computerized registration systems and the ability to educate and train others in work procedures, as required.
  • Ability to plan, develop and administer a comprehensive recreation and aquatics program, including analysis of trends.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with participants, community groups, advisory boards, employees and the public.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports and to maintain records.
  • Ability to design and implement a system of research and analysis to support department operations.
  • Ability to inspire creativity, develop and execute community-based programs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of managerial principles and practices
  • Understanding of concepts, national trends, and current issues related to recreational best practices.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in organized community recreation and aquatics programs.
  • At least five years experience in a responsible supervisory and/or administrative capacity.
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional preferred.
  • The ideal candidate will have at least five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in the administration of recreation and culture organizations, preferably within a similar or larger size organization.


A Florida driver’s license is required. Every New Port Richey employee is required to fill out a Disaster Response Survey and is subject to being required to report to work during a declared disaster.


Physical Ability:

This job requires work that may involve walking, standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time. Ability to climb stairs and ladders. Ability to lift a minimum of fifty pounds.

Sensory Requirements:

Ability to hear, speak and understand conversations in English. Ability to see, read, and comprehend letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols, which are both large and small. Ability to recognize smells that may indicate a dangerous condition. Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.


Ability to deal with stress related to emergency situations which demand immediate attention as well as staying calm in said emergencies.

Applications can be emailed to, faxed to 727-853-1043 or sent/dropped off to 5919 Main Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652.  EOE/DFWP

The City of New Port Richey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of New Port Richey provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.