Director of Parks and Recreation Hiring salary: Negotiable DOQ The City offers a comprehensive benefits package. Application deadline: Open until filled.
The City of Tucson invites you to join an organization focused on providing excellent service to citizens in a safe and sustainable community. If you are a professional who embraces an organizational culture of innovation and continuous process improvement, we hope you will consider this outstanding career opportunity to join the executive team of our progressive southwestern city. Tucson (pop. 528,000) is Arizona’s second largest city located approximately 100 miles south of Phoenix and 60 miles from the Mexico border and surrounded by four majestic mountain ranges and nestled in the heart of the lush Sonoran Desert valley.
The Parks and Recreation Department, one of 155 accredited parks and recreation agencies in the United States, operates and maintains 127 parks, 19 recreation centers, 19 swimming pools, 123 tennis courts, five municipal golf courses, the nationally accredited Reid Park Zoo, three urban fishing lakes, nature trails, sports fields, splash pads, skate parks, dog parks, 2,500 acres of “park land” open space, special places, and hundreds of programs including large special events offered throughout the year. Department resources include 433.75 FTEs and an authorized FY 2018 budget of $34.97 million.
Appointed by the City Manager and reporting to an Assistant City Manager, the Director plans, organizes, and coordinates all programs, functions and activities of the Parks and Recreation Department to fulfill parks, zoo, and recreation facilities and program requirements for the community. The ideal candidate is a creative, sophisticated, and service-oriented professional who has outstanding leadership and the skills to drive innovation and continuous process improvement.
A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and at least seven years of experience in parks and recreation administration, at least five of which have been in a supervisory capacity in a related functional area are required; Master’s degree and certification as a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional are highly desirable.
The City of Tucson is located in Pima County approximately 100 miles southeast of Phoenix and 63 miles from the border of Mexico. Tucson has been recognized as one of the MegaTrend cities of the 21st Century with its emerging presence as a center for optics, astronomy, and health services. The metropolitan Tucson area population has over one million residents with a civilian labor force of roughly... 520,000. Approximately 50,000 people move to the region each year with relocation attributed to the high quality of life, cultural diversity, affordable housing, favorable business climate, and the nationally renowned University of Arizona.