Responsible for planning, implementing, and directing all activities of the Parks Operations, Recreation, Events and Cultural Arts Divisions to meet the needs of the City and its residents. Also responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of operational goals and objectives, programs, and procedures according to established City Directives and Departmental policies and ordinances.
Number of Direct Reports (include titles): Parks Director, Recreation Director, Cultural Arts Director, Event Administrator, and Sr. Parks Planner
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Establish departmental goals, long-range plans, objectives, policies, directives, regulations and standard operating procedures based upon the needs of the City and the Parks Operations, Recreation, Events and Cultural Arts Divisions.
Direct and develop long- and short-range plans for capital improvement projects. Plan and monitor projects through meetings with City staff, architects, engineers, contractors, citizens, and others.
Respond to all special research requests and coordinate responses with the City Manager and/or City Council to provide accurate and timely results.
Maintain effective public relations and handle community issues in a tactful and courteous manner.
Objectively review and handle citizen inquiries as needed.
Represent the City at local, state and national organizations and at professional activities to maintain the image of the City and to create public support for departmental programs.
Oversee and approve the annual budget for the Parks Operations, Recreation, Events and Cultural Arts Divisions.
Prepare cost estimates to plan and provide improvements to park, recreation and cultural arts facilities.
Direct the operations of each division to assure that the desired level of service is being provided.
Train and develop departmental personnel to ensure adequate knowledge of current planning procedures and methods.
Assess staffing needs through analysis of organizational structure, management and leadership development.
Remain abreast of new developments in Federal, State and local laws and regulations.
Bachelor’s Degree in Park Management/Administration, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field of study
10 or more years experience in Parks and Recreation administration
5 years experience in a management role
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
A Master’s Degree is preferred.
10+ years of experience in Parks, Recreation, Events, and/or Cultural Arts Departments
5 – 7 years experience in Government Management role
Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification
Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) Certification
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Extensive knowledge with federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations that are pertinent to the management and operation of parks, recreation programs and facilities
Skill in using principles and practices that are applicable to land use, contract development and administration
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City administration, officials or other agencies, and the general public
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to plan, develop, and implement varied policies and procedures
Licenses and Certifications
Valid Class C Texas driver's license
Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification, preferred
Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) Certification, preferred
Internal Number: 2019-5858
About City of Garland
The City of Garland has 2,000 employees and is comprised of more than 40 departments that provide various services to residents. The City places a high priority on public safety and maintains a force of 323 sworn Police Officers and 255 sworn Fire personnel. Garland has 11 fire stations and several public safety training facilities.Residents enjoy an abundance of recreation opportunities with 60 parks covering more than 2,500 acres as well as five recreation centers and two senior centers. Services are further enhanced with four libraries conveniently located throughout the city. Garland also is home to Firewheel Golf Park, the largest municipal golf course in Texas, with 63 holes of championship-style golf. While providing traditional municipal services, the City of Garland also operates its own electric utilities, water and wastewater treatment. The City maintains and operates a regional landfill facility and offers both residential and commercial solid waste collection services. and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail lines.
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