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Parks and Recreation Director - City of Greensboro, NC

Title Parks and Recreation Director
Type Parks/Recreation
Date Posted 2022-07-08
City / Organization City of Greensboro, NC
Website Click here for more information or to apply
Email Contact apply@raftelis.com

The Position

The City of Greensboro is seeking a visionary leader to serve as the next Parks and Recreation Director. The director must be a passionate, strategic, innovative, and high performing leader who can continue carrying out the “Enhance. Expand. Connect” framework and vision for the Department by building on the substantial strengths of staff and community support. The Parks and Recreation Director will report to the Assistant City Manager for Community Services, works with a Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, the Greensboro Parks Foundation, and numerous other non-profit and community partners, as well as other City Council appointed boards and commissions.

The responsibilities included for this position are full management responsibilities for all Parks and Recreation Department functions, activities, and services including park maintenance and beautification; park planning and project development; community recreation services and programming; athletic facilities and specialized programing; cemeteries; risk management; budgetary and human resources; and developing and administering policies and procedures. Additional responsibilities include assessing and monitoring workload of a five full-time senior leadership team; overseeing administrative and support systems; managing internal reporting relationships; identifying opportunities for improvement; and directing and implementing organizational changes. The position will also establish, within city policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; and monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures, along with allocating resources accordingly.

The Director must have the ability to plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, and technical personnel, as well as, the ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and determine a proper course of action. The Director must be able to deal effectively with resident and customer complaints and feedback regarding department activities and procedures. The Director will also attend and speak during public meetings, interviews, and speaking engagements to promote Parks and Recreation programs, facilities, and services, as well as, write policies, grants, and reports supporting the programs and activities of the Department.


Minimum requirements include a bachelor's degree and at least ten years of progressive levels of responsibility across various parks and recreation–related fields, with a role equivalent to Director, Assistant Director, or Division Director. Additionally, within those ten years, experience working with boards/commissions, community and neighborhood associations, and partner agencies is required. Supervisory experience in a department of diverse facilities, functions, and programming, serving populations of 200,000 or more and previous experience managing large operating budgets ($10 million or more) is also required.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in Parks and Recreation, Public Administration, or related field. Local government experience and a certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE), and/or American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) also preferred.

Residency Requirement: The Parks and Recreation Director must live within a 30-mile radius of the Greensboro city limits within 12 months of appointment.

Compensation and Benefits

The full salary range is: $112,365-$187,274. The expected hiring range is $112,365-$149,819 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.  You can learn more about the benefits that the City of Greensboro offers by visiting www.greensboro-nc.gov/benefits.

How to Apply

All applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.hire.trakstar.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. This position is open until filled with the first review of applicants on August 8, 2022.

Job Post Expiration Date   2022-09-06

  All jobs are considered open until filled, unless otherwise posted.