Director of Parks and Recreation

$122,000 - $189,000 yearly
  • Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Tacoma, WA, USA
  • Apr 20, 2021
Full time Parks & Recreation

Job Description

Metro Parks Tacoma is a CAPRA-accredited and AZA-accredited independent park district in Tacoma, Washington that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community. Created by voters in 1907, this independent park district is the proud winner of the 2019 National Gold Medal Award for excellence in parks and recreation management.

The Director of Parks of Recreation reports to the Executive Director and oversees a staff of 134 career full-time employees plus numerous part-time and seasonal workers and tens of thousands of volunteer service hours. Nearly one-half of the full-time employees are represented by labor. The Director oversees a biennial budget of approximately $52 million.

The Director leads the administration, financial management, personnel and operations of the Parks and Recreation Department within Metro Parks. The Department is separated into three divisions: Business Operations, Community & Neighborhood Parks & Facilities, and Regional Parks and Attractions. Major assets include Point Defiance Park, Ruston Way waterfront parks, Point Defiance Boathouse & Marina, Meadow Park Golf Course, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, they historic Seymour Botanical Conservatory, urban forestry, 6 community centers, 3 indoor pools and 2 outdoor pools, 10 spraygrounds, 46 playgrounds, dozens of neighborhood parks, and 87 miles of trails.

This position collaborates with the District’s two other Department Directors, Executive Cabinet members, elected Park Board Commissioners, and community stakeholders to provide vision, leadership, and decision-making that serves the needs of the Department, the District and the community.

Applicants must meet these qualifications: a Bachelor's degree – preferably in public administration, business, recreation management, park administration or related field – and five years of senior management experience in a public sector setting. A Master's degree and completion of a National Recreation and Parks Association Certified Parks and Recreation Executive program (or similar industry-specific executive-level development program) is a plus. The preferred candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas:

  • Visionary and strategic leadership.
  • Customer service and the ability to mentor, coach and direct the work of staff.
  • Ability to anticipate trends in the parks, arts and recreation field and develop a creative strategy for maintaining high quality programs and services.
  • Cultural competency that enables effective working relationships in cross-cultural situations.
  • Successful planning and implementation of change management strategies.
  • Forming and maintaining public-private partnerships and knowledge of innovative funding approaches.
  • Experience managing in a unionized environment.
  • Champion of workforce equity and diversity.
  • Integrity, honesty, compassion, courage, optimism, and good judgment - particularly in situations characterized by disagreement, conflict, tension, and uncertainty.
  • Creative problem solver, bringing fresh ideas and a progressive approach.

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