Recreation Manager

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Position Description

DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation

REPORTS TO: Parks and Recreation Director


SALARY: $20.88



Provides department leadership, including supervision of employees and day-to-day activities over varied recreation programs, events, and fiscal accountability and operational management over assigned areas. Develops and maintains collegial community outreach efforts.  Directly responsible for all phases of operation and maintenance of the Recreation Center.


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.

  • Provides management, supervision, and leadership to Recreation Staff who coordinate all recreation programs, and center-based special events.
  • Studies community needs; Develops long range and immediate recreation goals, monitors and evaluates achievement, and assists with developing and monitoring a city wide Recreation Program Plan
  • Responsible for the selection, supervision, training and evaluation of Recreation supervisory staff.
  • Responsible for Recreation 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.
  • Works closely with the Director and Administrative Office Manager in monitoring the department budget and all associated revenue projections for recreation.
  • Coordinates all daily, seasonal, and yearly calendars of Parks and Recreation reservations, rentals, programming activities, and events including camps, classes, clinics, lessons, trainings, trips, special interest groups, private parties, special events.
  • 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. Makes recommendations for changes to the City Fee Ordinance.
  • Reviews annual work plans and business plans prepared by all department supervisory staff.
  • Evaluates, recommends and coordinates new revenue sources and is actively involved in identifying new trends in parks & recreation.
  • Assists Director in planning new program developments and is familiar with the master plan and strategic plan documents.
  • Involved in planning and status meetings with Facilities Management on department maintenance projects.
  • Recommends initiatives for development of five year capital improvement program for major projects in parks, and recreation.
  • Compliance with all Health Department regulations associated with the Recreation facility.
  • Reviews department contracts, rental contracts, instructor contracts, rental agreements and professional service agreements and all associated insurance requirements.
  • Updates and suggests changes to department rules and regulations and operating manuals including the instructor manual, camp manual and volunteer manual.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of department policies and procedures for programs and facility operations.
  • Conducts programming meetings, staff meetings, and reviews media submissions.
  • Explains and interprets rules and regulations, fees and charges, and recreational operations to patrons and participants.
  • Reviews work of Department’s Marketing and Outreach Coordinator on program marketing requests and reviews recreation division web site development and updates.
  • Reviews and signs all participant injury reports and incident reports. Conducts annual safety audits of recreation center and Peace Hall with Recreation Supervisor II.
  • Responsible for developing, supervising and creating various data projects to support departmental goals and positioning.
  • Responsible for membership and partnership development strategies for the Recreation and Aquatic Center
  • Assists director with special projects, reports and presentations.
  • Serves as the City’s Special Events Coordinator in the absence of the coordinator as assigned.
  • Serves as Department Director overseeing Recreation facilities 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 service 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 and special events.
  • Knowledge of computerized registration systems and the ability to educate and train others in work procedures, when required.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments in the absence of the Parks and Recreation Director.
  • Ability to delegate responsibility
  • Ability to plan, develop and administer a comprehensive recreation program, including analysis of trends in parks and recreation.
  • 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 administer and follow the disciplinary procedures set forth by the City and the department.
  • Ability to multi-task successfully.
  • Ability to inspire creativity, develop and execute community based programs.
  • Ability to understand and monitor the department’s account within the City’s budgeting system to track funds, develop reports, and make recommendations


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in parks and recreation or a closely related field.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in organized community recreation and aquatics programs.
  • At least three years of experience in a responsible supervisory and/or administrative capacity.
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional preferred.
  • A comparable amount of directly related experience or training/certification may be substituted for the minimum educational requirements.


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 long periods of time. Ability to climb stairs and ladders.  Ability to lift a minimum of 50 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.  Work often transfers from indoors to outdoors.  Ability to accept and support the decisions made by others that may be in opposition of own views.

Applications can be emailed to, faxed to 727-853-1043 or sent/dropped off to 5919 Main St., 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.