The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community. Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.
The City of Austin Aquatic Division operates a $12.5M annual budget, 45 public aquatic facilities, which includes 7 Regional pools, 3 Community pools, 22 Neighborhood pools, 1 Wading pool, Barton Springs Pool and 11 splash pads. In addition to coordinating open water events and swim team competitions, we also offer instructional programs such as masters swim, lifeguard and water safety training and youth and adult swim lessons. The position will work under the direction and administrative guidance of the Parks & Recreation Department Assistant Director, who reports to the Parks & Recreation Director.
The purpose of this position involves planning, organizing, providing direction, reviews development and coordination of the Aquatics division within the Parks and Recreation Department.
Provide guidance, support, and management to twenty-four (24) full-time equivalent (FTE) and approximately eight hundred (800) part-time equivalent (PTE) staff.
Develops annual and short- and long- term range goals and strategic objectives for the division.
Collaborates with other City departments and agencies such as schools and businesses.
Provide direction and guidance on recreational programs and services.
Oversees the Aquatics safety and certification programs.
Experience maintaining and establishing working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other City personnel and the public.
Work with the public and advisory boards through community engagement and to resolve issues and conflicts.
Experience working with diverse populations and communities, including interacting with individuals of diverse social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
Experience communicating information clearly and concisely in person, by phone, email, via media (TV, Radio, Podcast, etc.) and via social media.
Possess excellent writing/composition skills, organizational skills, problem solving skills, and the ability to multitask, are preferred.
Liaison on Aquatic Capital improvement Projects.
Provide estimates, prepares, and proposes the division’s annual budget. Monitors and authorizes expenses and expenditures.
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with major coursework in a field related to Business Administration, Public Administration, or related/relevant field, plus eight (8) years of planning, directing, and organizing experience, two (2) of which were in a supervisory or management capacity.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department has been the steward of the City of Austin’s public lands since 1928. As such, we protect and maintain parkland and our urban forest. We preserve trails, and offer a variety of sports, recreation, educational enrichment, arts programs, cultural opportunities, nature and aquatic activities.
Our Department is as diverse as the community we serve. As in so many aspects of life, the key to running a successful organization is having the ability to strike a balance between young and old, tradition and innovation, and the needs of one versus the needs of many. Keeping this in mind, our employees continually strive to honor the past while embracing the challenges of the future, and to serve an entire community while maintaining meaningful connections with individual participants.