The Assistant Director will be expected to perform highly responsible professional work involved with the operation and management of this progressive recreation and cultural organization. The selected candidate will be directly responsible for the oversight of recreation facilities, programs, staff, budget and fiscal management. It is envisioned the Assistant Director will develop, manage, and advance the City’s commitment to recreation and cultural activities. This position will report directly to the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department Director, and will be expected to serve in an acting capacity any time the Director is unavailable. Under the guidance of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Director, the Assistant Director will work in concert with City employees, leadership, and community stakeholders to engage the community to determine desired service provisions, engage and motivate employees, and provide strong leadership within the community. The City seeks to establish equity as a shared value and operating principle; promote diversity; foster an inclusive environment where employees and citizens feel a sense of belonging; cultivate a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness; and proactively seek to connect diverse ideas in different ways to achieve common goals.
The ideal candidate will have at least five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in the administration of recreation and culture organizations, preferably within a similar or larger size organization. Minimum education and training requirements are possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation & Leisure Administration, Leisure Sciences, Business Administration, Public Administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Certified Park and Recreation Professional or Certified Park and Recreation Executive designation is desired.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: The starting salary is negotiable, depending on
qualifications. Also offered is a comprehensive package of a full range of leave benefits, health and life
insurance, and a defined contribution plan, with the City contributing 7.5% of salary and an employee
contribution of 3% of salary.
About City of Winter Haven
The City of Winter Haven operates under a Council-Manager form of Government. Five elected City
Commissioners are responsible for City policy. The City Manager, who reports to the Commission, is
responsible for day-to-day operations. The City has a 500+ workforce.
The Parks, Recreation & Culture Department is responsible for a variety of services and facilities
including nature-parks, roadway beautification, athletic venues, swimming pools, trails, recreation
centers, rental facilities, the public library, Willowbrook Golf Course, cemeteries, city-wide facility
maintenance, cultural arts, and countless programs and special events. Recent investments include the
Winter Haven Clay Court Tennis Center, Lake Maude Park, renovation of South Central Park, and the
iconic 86,000 sf AdventHealth Fieldhouse & Conference Center which opened in January 2020.