Application Deadline: December 27, 2019 at 5pm EST.
The City of Charlottesville is seeking qualified candidates to be considered for the position of Director of Parks and Recreation who are highly motivated and who strive for success by demonstrating Charlottesville's Core Values of Leadership, Trust, Creativity, Respect, and Excellence. The Director of Parks and Recreation is appointed by the City Manager and serves as a senior member of the City Manager's leadership team. Under the direction of the City Manager, the Director of Parks and Recreation directs all activities, operations of the Department and is specifically responsible for developing programs, practices and facilities that are responsive to the needs of all segments of the community. The Director of Parks and Recreation will serve as a highly visible leader for the Department and is fully accountable to the City Manager, Mayor and City Council for the legal, efficient and effective management of day-to-day operations including all departmental functions, programs, budget, and activities.
Located approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia, the City of Charlottesville serves as economic, cultural, and educational center of a multi-county region in Central Virginia. The City is 10.4 square miles and has an estimated population of over 49,000 people. Charlottesville's scenic beauty, brick-lined Downtown Mall, and wine choices from 30+ local orchards and vineyards in the region are bonuses to a charming yet innovative community. Popular annual events include the Dogwood Festival, First Night Virginia, the Virginia Film Festival, the Virginia Festival of the Book, the Tom Tom Founders Festival, the Festival of Cultures, the African-American Cultural Arts Festival, among many others that occur throughout the year. The City has received many notable awards and recognitions and is consistently at the top of everyone's "best lists" including the "Best Place to Live in America" and "Best Small Cities in the U.S."
The starting salary will be between $89,247.86 and $178,495.71 annually, dependent on education and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits program, including the option for participation in a Defined Benefits or Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. Reasonable relocation assistance will be available. To be considered, an application must be filled out online prior to the closing date and time. Please include with your online application a cover letter, resume, salary history, and at least 5 professional references.
Education and Experience:
-Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Parks/Recreation, Public Administration, Program Management or related fields, a Master's Degree is preferred;
-Minimum of eight to ten years of senior executive management experience in either an urbanized setting or large suburban environment where high-quality parks and recreation services to diverse populations are common factors;
-Strong experience in developing social, recreational and special population program delivery systems is needed;
-Prior experience in managed competition, continuous quality improvement methods, enterprise fund development, and managing in constrained/restrictive budgetary settings;
-Service in communities comparable in size, budget and staff responsibilities or larger than the City of Charlottesville's department operations is desirable;
-A CPRM certification would be highly desired.
To view the complete job information, including a downloadable brochure about our Community, City Government, and the position, please visit www.charlottesville.org/jobs. To be considered, an application must be filled out online prior to the closing date of December 27, 2019 at 5pm EST. Please include with your online application a cover letter, resume, salary history, and at least 5 professional references. The City of Charlottesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Values Diversity at All Levels of its Workforce.