Parks and Recreation Director

Parks and Recreation Director

City of Parkville
Job Category
Job Type
Full Time
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Salary and Benefits
$68,882 - $84,675  
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Overview: The city of Parkville has multiple parks and site responsibilities within the city. Parks include:  

English Landing Park, Platte Landing Park, Parkville Nature Sanctuary, Sullivan Nature Sanctuary, Neighborhood Parks (Adams Park, Pocket Park, and Watkins Park), and associated dog parks and trails.

General statement of main duties: The Parks and Recreation Director will:

  • Manage, direct, coordinate, and have oversight of Parks, Recreation and Special Events.
    • Lead and mentor team of full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff.
    • Coordinate various recreation programs, passive and active, and special events, including outside organizations, such as:
      • Community Sports Organizations as well as the General Public.
      • Main Street Parkville Association,
      • Park Hill School District,
      • Park University
    • Facilitate use of all City athletic resources with community sports organizations.
    • Vision/action to create vibrant spaces out of underused areas with parks and open spaces, such as landscaping city facility(ies), and trail head/entry signage.
  • Serve as liaison to advisory board: Community Land and Recreation Board (CLARB).
  • Provide highly-responsible and complex administrative support to the City Administrator.
  • Manage the Department Budget.
  • Provide staff support to City Board of Aldermen, Commissions and Committees.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of modern principles of park planning and design, and modern principles and methods for developing and implementing recreation, social, and leisure activities for children and adults.

Familiarity with Federal, State, County, and City laws, codes, policies, regulations, and guidelines affecting recreation programs and activities, including Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Corps of Engineers, and Mid-America Regional Council.

Know and have applied the principles of human resource management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Promote the principles of facility supervision, facilitation, and maintenance.

Technology skillset related to Microsoft Office and familiarity with registration management software for sports leagues, recreational facilities, and volunteer-based organizations

Education and Experience:

The position requires an accredited Bachelor's degree in parks & recreation, public administration or a related field and 5 years of senior executive management experience in a similar size or larger setting. Related degrees in Forestry, Biology or equivalent will be considered. Preference given, but not required, for a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and/or an accredited Master’s degree. The Director must maintain a valid driver’s license.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities Attached

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