The City of Greensboro is seeking a visionary leader for their next Department Director for the nationally accredited and three-time Gold Medal Award Winning Parks and Recreation Department. The director must be a passionate, constructive and high performing leader who can develop a vision for the Department by building on the substantial strengths of staff and community support. The department is currently in the contracting stage to complete the development of the Comprehensive Master Plan. The selected candidate should be ready to hit the ground running during the kickoff of the plan’s development. About the Department: The City of Greensboro operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City has approximately 3000 employees working across 20 departments. The Director of Parks and Recreation will report to the Assistant City Manager for Community Services and works with a Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission as well as other service specific boards. The Department is nationally-accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award for excellence in park and recreation administration. Guided by a 20-Year Comprehensive Master Plan, the individual selected for this key role will lead a Department of approximately 146 full and part-time and approximately 450 hourly/seasonal personnel with an annual budget of $18 million. The Parks & Recreation Department manages 170 facilities, including 129 neighborhood parks and open spaces, four regional parks, four botanical gardens, four swimming pools, two spray grounds, 11 recreation centers, two municipal golf courses, 92 athletic fields, 66 tennis courts, four municipal cemeteries, three watershed parks, and over 90 miles of hiking and biking trails. Special facilities include the Greensboro Sportsplex, Simkins Indoor Sports Pavilion, Carolyn S. Allen Community Park & Athletic Complex, Smith Senior Center, Cultural Arts Center, City Arts Drama and Music Centers, Caldcleugh Multicultural Center, and contract management of Greensboro Downtown Parks including Center City Park and LeBauer Park. The department manages over 400 different types of programs with over 5,000 program opportunities annually. The City of Greensboro is host to multiple special events with community, regional, and national status. The Greensboro Parks and Recreation department has strong community support which aided in the approval of a $34.5 million Bond in November of 2016, to accomplish seven projects. Among a few of the highlighted projects are: Land Acquisition, Community Recreation Centers and Neighborhood Park Improvements ($6.0 Million), Battleground Parks District initial development ($5.0 Million), and Downtown Greenway, Phase 4 Construction (including Ole Asheboro connector) ($7.0 Million). The individual selected for the role of Director would need to establish vision and scope for these major projects. Additional information about the City is available at www.greensboro-nc.gov. Information about benefits can be found at http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=750. There is a residency requirement for this position. To apply and view the full ad, click on the Parks and Recreation Directorlink via the Developmental Associates application portal (Or cut and paste https://www.developmentalassociates.com/client- openings/client-positions/ into your browser). All applications must be fully completed and submitted via the online portal. All inquiries should be emailed to email@example.com. Candidates are encouraged to apply by October 15, 2017. An assessment center will be held November 30 – December 01, 2017, in Greensboro for selected finalists. The City of GreensboroIs an Equal Opportunity Employer and Values Diversity at All Levels of Its Workforce. Recruitment and Selection handled by Developmental Associates, LLC
Candidate Profile: The ideal candidate will lead a dynamic and talented team, embrace change and innovation, be dedicated to building a better community, and will strive to have a park system that is recognized as a leader across the State.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree and 10 or more years of successful and progressive levels of responsibility across various parks and recreation divisions, culminating in a role equivalent to Director, Assistant Director or Division Director; 10 or more years of experience working with boards/commissions, community associations, and partner agencies; Management experience in a department with similarly diverse facilities, functions and programming, serving populations of 200,000 or more; and Experience managing large operating budgets ($10M+).
Preferred Qualifications: CPRP certification; Master's degree in Parks & Recreation, Public Administration or related field, "OR" equivalent combination of graduate level coursework and experience; and Experience with Grant applications, securing sponsorships, and knowledge of alternative funding resources.
Additional Salary Information: plus Executive Compensation Supplement (beginning salary will be commensurate with experience)