The City of Austin is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as an Assistant Director for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. This Assistant Director will demonstrate effective leadership, strategic planning, and employee development, as well as be accountable for the functional areas of Human Resources, Budget and Finance, Marketing and Communications, Natural Resources, and Golf Services.
Creating community is central to all that the Parks and Recreation Department does in public service. This sentiment is reflected in the Department’s vision, which is to be an innovative leader in parks and recreation experiences, and mission, which is to inspire Austin to learn, play, protect and connect by creating diverse programs and experiences in sustainable natural spaces and public places.
The Department proudly operates an extensive park system that provides public access to leisure and recreational opportunities for thousands of community members and visitors daily. Our commitment to creating community is evidenced by our stewardship of over 20,000 acres of land, 227 miles of parks and trails, 51 aquatic facilities, 20 community recreation centers, 12 off leash dog areas, 10 extreme sports facilities, 6 public golf courses, 5 cemeteries, 4 museums cultural arts centers, 3 nature centers, and 3 senior activity centers.
Bachelor's degree in Recreation and Parks Administration, Recreation and Resources Development, Public Administration or related field, plus five (5) years of progressively responsible upper management level experience in public parks or recreation programs or a related field.
Masters degree may substitute for two (2) years of experience.
Located at the edge of the Texas Hill Country—rolling terrain of limestone bluffs, springs, rivers and lakes—Austin’s temperate climate is ideal for year-round jogging, cycling, hiking on the city’s many trails or swimming at Barton Springs or one of the area’s many other swimming holes. There are a number of excellent golf courses in the area, as well as recreational opportunities for rowing, kay...aking, canoeing, camping, rock climbing, disc golf, mountain biking, fishing and more. Austin truly has something to offer for everyone.This vibrant and dynamic city tops many lists for business, entertainment, and quality of life. One of the country’s most popular, high-profile “green” and culturally rich cities, Austin was recently selected the number one Best Place to Live in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report). In 2016, Forbes named Austin the city most likely to prosper over the next decade on their America’s Cities of the Future list, and the city of Austin ranked in the top ten on Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for 2017.Austin continues to lead with its vision of being the Most Livable City in the Country, emerging as a player on the international scene with such events as SXSW, Austin City Limits, Formula 1, and being home to companies such as Apple, Samsung, Dell, and Seton Healthcare. From the University of Texas to the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin has gained worldwide attention as a hub for education, business, and health.