Parks and Recreation Director

$140,056 - $184,305 yearly
  • City of Hillsboro
  • 150 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • May 08, 2024
Full time Parks & Recreation

Job Description

The Position
The City of Hillsboro is seeking an experienced Parks & Recreation Director to provide forward-thinking leadership of the City’s Parks & Recreation staff, programs, and facilities. The Director exercises strategic and visionary thinking that has long-term organization and community-wide application and impact. This position leads the team in providing essential resources to all Hillsboro community members and visitors, facilitating play and recreation, cultural arts engagement, providing access to nature, hosting diverse programs, improving health and wellness, and creating welcoming public spaces for the diverse community. Aligning with the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the City, the Director applies advanced management principles with critical impact on community members and the organization.
The Parks & Recreation Director provides oversight and directs the implementation of internal operations and programs of the Parks & Recreation Department. The Director provides leadership to develop and achieve the strategic vision and collaborates with staff to prioritize projects and initiatives in alignment with organizational goals and objectives and staff resources. This position plans, coordinates, administers, and evaluates programs, projects, processes, procedures, systems, standards, and services and implements process improvements to optimize resources and ensure operational effectiveness, prioritizing staff wellbeing along the way.
The Parks & Recreation Director has a passion for people, parks, recreation, arts, and culture and is deeply committed to articulating and promoting the value of services offered through the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation system. A true steward of public trust, the Director values creative, practical, and sustainable solutions, and works in collaboration with staff and the community to make services more equitable, efficient, and effective. The Parks & Recreation Director brings a proven track record of implementing, building, and expanding facilities, services, and programs to meet the diverse needs of the community.
A natural convener, facilitator, and collaborator, the successful candidate recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels and navigates political and multi-sector relationships with thoughtfulness and ease. Through a balanced approach, the Parks & Recreation Director supports innovation while creating a safe, healthy, and supportive workplace culture. The Director sets the tone for the department and brings a sense of calm and stability while thoughtfully identifying opportunities and implementing changes that support a workplace culture built on trust and mutual respect.

The successful candidate has a combination of knowledge and skills that enable success as Hillsboro’s Parks & Recreation Director, including 10 years of experience in public administration with at least three years of experience in parks and recreation leadership. A proven track record and experience implementing best practices and innovation in parks and recreation, including direct experience successfully leading teams, is essential. Experience in a growing community with a municipal parks and recreation department is ideal. A sound financial background with an advanced understanding of budgets, financial management, and complex funding models is required. An exceptional ability to develop effective partnerships is essential. A bachelor’s degree in Parks & Recreation Administration, Public Administration, or a closely related field is required.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for the Parks & Recreation Director is $140,056 – $184,305 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. For a complete breakdown of the City’s extensive Benefits Package, please review Employee Benefits Guide.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with first review of applications on May 20, 2024.