Parks and Recreation Director

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Position DEscription

DEPARTMENT: Recreation

REPORTS TO: City Manager


SALARY:  $73,000 to $81,000



Responsible for administrating work in managing the Parks and Recreation Department, directing and coordinating all activities associated with the department to include one hundred sixty-four (164) acres of recreational and open space offering a diverse range of amenities, facilities and activities.


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.

  • Develops and administers the activities of the City’s recreational programs and parks facilities.
  • Prepares and administers the departmental budget, controls expenditures in accordance with budget appropriations, evaluates needs and pursues funding opportunities.
  • Develop cooperative working relationship with other Department Heads, city officials, local and state community leaders.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; evaluate employee performance; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement disciplinary procedures.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development and administration of the Parks and Recreation Department’s work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Research, develop and implement a marketing plan for the department to increase community awareness of the facilities and programming available.
  • Surveys all program development through community and staff input.
  • Oversee and review safety matters related to the operations of the department, facilities and vehicles.
  • Direct the evaluation, selection and administration of outside contracts for Recreation.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Establishes and maintains cultural programming through regular performances and special events.
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Parks and Recreation Department budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement midyear adjustments, revenue enhancements and cost containment measures as needed.
  • Direct the preparation of agenda items for the City Council, and various committees and boards involved in recreation activities; present agenda items to the City Council as needed.
  • Develop and review staff reports related to recreation and aquatic matters; present reports to a variety of committees, boards, commissions and the City Council.
  • Coordinate Parks and Recreation Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide highly responsible staff assistance to the City Manager’s office; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Oversee various construction projects in the capital improvement plan.
  • Direct and oversee the management and operation of diverse and specialized recreation and aquatic facilities.  Develop related policies and procedures and make recommendations to the City Manager.
  • Represents the department at various boards and committee meetings and acts as liaison with other departments on related activities.
  • Recognize emergency situations and administer actions as required.
  • All other duties as required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of modern principles, procedures and practices of recreation and aquatics administration.
  • Knowledge of organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Knowledge of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Knowledge of current local, social, political and economic trends and operating challenges regarding recreation programs.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of project and construction management.
  • Knowledge of department organization, standard operating guidelines and policies, rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of equal employment opportunity and worker’s compensation standards.
  • Skill in researching, analyzing and evaluating new service delivery methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Skill in analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in support of goals.
  • Skill in effectively administering a variety of parks and recreation activities.
  • Skill in utilizing computer technology in modernizing office procedures and record keeping.
  • Ability to direct the operations of a modern recreation and aquatics department.
  • Ability to manage, direct and coordinate the work of professional, technical and clerical personnel.
  • Ability to select, supervise, train and evaluate a diverse and multi-skilled staff.
  • Ability to provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the Recreation and Aquatics Department while exercising initiative and good judgment.
  • Ability to recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing effective and efficient recreation and aquatics operations and service delivery.
  • Ability to prepare and administer large and complex revenues and expenditures budgets.
  • Ability to coordinate public and private groups to develop partnerships.
  • Ability to work effectively with Architects, Engineers and Contractors on construction projects.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing with internal staff, citizens and other departmental staff in order to give and receive information in a courteous manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain courteous and effective working relationships with fellow employees, city officials, other government agencies and the general public.


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Recreation Administration, Business Administration, or Public Administration is required. A Master’s Degree is preferred.  Six years of experience of being a Certified Parks and Recreation professional responsible for the administration and management of a municipal Parks and Recreation Department.


Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license and have the ability to operate a motor vehicle. 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 position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception and depth perception.  Ability to stand or sit for periods longer than 30 minutes but not to exceed six hours consecutively. Ability to regularly travel to the various parks locations.  Ability to enter and retrieve information from computer.  Ability to walk over uneven terrain in order to inspect trails and parks.  Squatting, stooping, and kneeling to inspect construction work and other park components.  Extensive walking to inspect parks.  Ability to access the various locations of the parks.  Ability to climb stairs, ladders and scaffolding.  Ability to climb into trucks and onto other equipment.

Sensory Requirements: 

Ability to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in various tones of voice, as well as accents or rapidly spoken words.  Ability to see, read and comprehend letters, numbers, words characters or symbols which are both large and small.  Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters and symbols which are legible and understood by others.  Ability to learn tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.


Work often transfers from indoors to outdoors. Works in office conditions and various parks locations.  Works outside in varying weather conditions.  Exposure to occasionally irate people.  Exposure to people from all social, economic and cultural backgrounds.  Exposure to environmental allergens such as grass, weeds and pollens.  Exposure to solvents, pesticides and herbicides.  Exposure to gases and fumes.  Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.

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

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.