As the 4th largest city and the nation's most diverse city, Houston has something for everyone! Home to a respected and energetic cultural arts scene, celebrated restaurants featuring flavors from 35 countries, world-renowned theater groups and the brains behind U.S. space exploration, Houston is a diverse metropolis brimming with personality.
HOUSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT:
In the last several years HPARD has been engaged in several projects of local and national significance. In 2012, voters approved a $100 million bond authorization for the Bayou Greenways 2020 project which, in conjunction with the Houston Parks Board, is leveraging other resources for a $220 million effort to transform 3,000 acres of greenspace and add 80 miles of hike and bike trails along the City’s bayous. Other significant partnerships and efforts include the transformation of Buffalo Bayou Park, the creation of Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park, Emancipation Park redevelopment, the Memorial Park Master Plan, and the renovation of Gus Wortham Golf Course.
An incredible array of amenities and activities make up HPARD's portfolio of parks and greenspaces, including, basketball pavilions, baseball & softball fields, community centers and gyms, dog parks, golf courses, nature centers, swimming pools, spraygrounds, playgrounds, skateparks, tennis courts, and urban gardens.
Responsible for overseeing the stewardship of the City’s parkland, urban forests and greenspace, park facilities and buildings; recreational programming and activities; parks budget management and facilities management practices.
Manage and motivate direct and indirect staff of approximately 700 full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees.
Driven to achieve exceptional customer service throughout the department.
Plan and manage a citywide recreation program including athletic leagues, instructional programs, adaptive sports and recreation, day camps, special events and more.
Passionate about preservation of parkland and greenspace for today’s park visitors and for future generations.
Oversight of Recreation and Wellness, Facilities Management and Development, Communications, Management and Finance, Urban Park Rangers and Greenspace Management Divisions.
Build strong relationships with community groups, non-profit boards, neighborhood associations, etc. Political and public policy astuteness to manage public-private partnerships and usher agenda items through City Council.
Familiarity with legal contracts and language related to real estate transactions, interlocal agreements, and development and operational agreements.
Works with division personnel in developing, negotiating and presenting budgets to the Mayor and City Council.
Organize, evaluate, and present information effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to prepare reports and recommendations.
ADDITIONAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Governmental budget and reporting process.
The methods, techniques and requirements for the maintenance and upkeep of buildings, facilities, grounds, and equipment.
The rules, regulations, and enforcement methods for controlling public use of facilities.
The principles and practices of personnel and office management.
Current recreational needs, interests, trends, and facilities.
Employee policies and procedures, including equal employment opportunity practices.
The methods and techniques used in building construction activities, including construction methods, equipment, specifications, and contracts.
Requires a Bachelor's degree in Park Administration, City Planning, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Urban Studies or a related field.
Ten years of professional experience in municipal government, parks management or a closely related field are required with at least four years in a managerial capacity. A Master's degree may be substituted for two years of experience.
Must have a valid Driver's License and be in compliance with the City of Houston policy on driving (AP 2-2).
As the fourth-largest city in the United States, Houston is home to a respected and energetic arts community, celebrated restaurants, world-renowned theater groups and the brains behind U.S. space exploration. Home to the third-largest consular corps in the nation, Houston is a mecca of diversity, giving breath to one of the most vivid cultural scenes in the country.