What We Do The Parks and Recreation Department believes in offering programs that create opportunities for citizens to lead active lifestyles, participate in social opportunities, and build a healthy community. Our Parks and Recreation team fosters a fun, active environment through their professional and exceptional public service. The City's parks are a jewel of the community, and comprise approximately 250 acres - and counting - of the Wilsonville area. Families, sports groups, and individuals throughout the region visit Wilsonville to enjoy the various amenities in our parks.
The dedicated Parks and Recreation team supports this mission through strategic planning, CIP enhancements, and the provision of a variety of passive and active recreational opportunities, programs, and special events. The Parks and Recreation department fulfills the recreational needs of the broad demographic segment of the City and the region by the effective utilization of the community center, parks, athletic facilities, and fields and trails. The Parks and Recreation team is comprised of 19.5 FTEs, inclusive of seasonal employees. The department works collaboratively with a seven-member Parks & Recreation Board. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council to recommend improvements to park and recreation programs, as well as to make recommendations regarding the appearance, beautification, and environment of the City.
Who We Are The department is the ideal blend of new and established in all aspects. It was elevated to department status just long enough ago to form roots, but not so long ago that the path forwards seems fixed. Our team respects time honored processes and values new ideas. Our parks are cherished regardless of whether they joined the Wilsonville parks system years ago or yesterday. The community loves our programs with a fresh twist and those we have offered since they participated in Mini Hoopers.
Throughout the challenges of the last year, the team has adapted, overcome, and thrived. We all support each other – because of and despite of whatever level we belong to in the organization. Each member of the team is appreciated and acknowledged for the unique perspectives and skills they bring to the group. We do not always agree, but we always find a way. The Wilsonville Way is not just an expression, and it is not just a state of mind. It is a state of being.
Who We Are Looking For We are seeking a candidate who will provide strong visionary and collaborative leadership to the Parks & Recreation department. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional managerial, communication, and critical thinking skills. Candidates who embrace a long-term view and possess the ability to quickly and effectively understand new information, while readily adjusting priorities to changing demands, will be valued. Resilience, flexibility, creativity, and innovation are crucial to the success of the Parks & Recreation Director.
Leading with humility, the ideal candidate will view the organization’s successes and challenges as shared opportunities for growth among the staff. This person will approach direction-setting and strategy development collaboratively, seeking to elevate and leverage the talent around them. The Director will nurture an environment that reaches for the highest performance standards and facilitates a supportive approach to achieving those goals. This person will foster an organizational culture that values the whole person and embraces opportunities to respectfully challenge one another in pursuit of the strongest outcomes.
The selected individual must be an advocate of quality service and accountability, not be risk averse, provide good follow-through, build strong working relationships, and be able to approach challenges and situations with professionalism, confidence, energy, and a positive outlook. They must delicately balance the need to listen and learn from the organization’s immensely diverse group of stakeholders, while also displaying the comfort and conviction to lead, innovate, and push towards shared outcomes and goals. Critical to success in this work is the ability to tailor one’s communication style appropriately to different audiences.
Finally, regardless of whether the person selected comes from a background in Parks & Recreation or an entirely different field, they should be comfortable with the complexities of local government and a diverse, engaged citizenry and community, and their strong management and personal skills should be transferable thereby ensuring excellent leadership.
Join Our Team We are excited you are interested in joining the team! You will find more information about the position, including minimum and preferred qualifications, in the recruitment brochure or in the job description below.
We encourage all qualified persons including women, veterans, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, persons with disabilities, different generational groups, persons who speak multiple languages, and those who are of diverse national origins to apply.
It is widely stated—and supported by studies—that candidates, especially women, are less likely to apply for a job unless they believe they meet 100% of the hiring criteria. The City’s talent acquisition goals include hiring the candidate who is best able to meet the performance objectives of the role. We, therefore, encourage persons with non-traditional skill sets and experiences to apply, even if you believe you do not meet 100% of the qualifications and hiring criteria described.
This may be the perfect opportunity for you and for Wilsonville! To become our newest team member, please complete and submit an application, ensuring you provide a current resume and a letter of interest. We look forward to speaking with you!
Your Education & Experience Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: Five (5) years of progressively responsible recreation and/or parks management and supervisory experience, including a minimum of three (3) years at a senior management level.
Education: Equivalent to Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Parks & Recreation, Public Administration, Urban Studies, or a related field. Master’s degree is highly desirable.
Experience in Oregon with public agencies is strongly preferred.
Additional Salary Information: The annual salary range for the Parks & Recreation Director is $101,199 ? $136,602. Starting wage is generally between $101,199 and $118,900, depending on qualifications. The City offers an attractive benefit package including:
Participation in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System
with a defined benefit and a defined contribution, both currently
fully paid by the City.
The City contributes an additional 3% of base salary to a 401a account for management employees. Employees may also elect to participate in the City’s voluntary deferred compensation plan.
Medical insurance for employees and dependents including dental and vision with the City contributing 90% of monthly premium costs. The City also provides life insurance and long term disability coverage.
Generous vacation and sick leave accruals, in addition to 10 paid holidays per year.
About City of Wilsonville
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We have always been a home for those who think differently, expect more but don’t want to settle for the status quo. It is a place that people can call home, where the sky opens up a bit, and the air is a little cleaner. Here we measure quality of life by meaningful relationships instead of the number of cars you can fit in your garage.
Within its limits are bold thinkers who work hard for what they want. It’s not a city of entitlement, but rather born from the river with a rich heritage of commerce. Steeped in history, it began with the founding of Boone’s Landing, home to one of the first ferries over the Willamette River. Over time, it became the Gateway to the Willamette Valley—the “Eden” at the end of the Oregon Trail where American settlers and the valley’s original people, Kalapuya, found common purpose in agriculture. Today, it still exists and stands as the destination for some of Oregon’s most innovative and coveted companies.
With the feeling of a small and tight-knit community, yet with all the amenities and access to its urban neighbors, the City of Wilsonville is nested on the edge of Oregon’s finest agricultural country. Poised at equidistan...t locations between Portland and Salem, the City of Wilsonville connects the I-5 corridor of activity and provides easy access to the highway with its innovative commercial and residential planning.
Wilsonville has a small town feel with the accessibility of big town benefits and the richness of all the wonders that nature has to offer. It’s a place where people know your name and you’re just as likely to see your next door neighbor half way across town. It’s the perfect marriage of modern and traditional–balancing values with a purpose-led lifestyle. Home to a new generation of enterprising families, citizens, growing companies and forward-thinking personalities, The City of Wilsonville is rooted in the past, with an enlightened vision for the future.