City of Bellevue, WA Bellevue, WA, USA
Nov 12, 2019Full Time
DEPARTMENT The Parks and Community Services Department is comprised of a unique set of municipal services: 1) Parks and recreation programs, services and facilities, 2) a comprehensive set of human services that includes social services planning, administration of the Federal Community Development Block Grant programs and funding process, and 3) adult misdemeanor probation services in collaboration with the King County District Court. The Department is CAPRA accredited ( Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies ) and is a National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal Award winner. The Department has over 2,800 acres of parks and open space, 180 full time employees with an annual operating budget of $50 million, over $11 million in earned income and a capital improvement budget of $70 Million. The park system contains the full array of neighborhood and community parks, community centers, sports fields, remarkable waterfront parks including a municipal marina, historical and cultural experiences including Kelsey Creek Farm and the world class Bellevue Botanical Garden. The Human Services Division conducts research and collaborates with the nonprofit social service network serving Bellevue and the region. It manages over three million dollars of grants annually with over forty community organizations that provide front line social services. Its work provides a strategic approach to the distribution of public funds and serves to facilitate collaboration among providers to achieve the best outcomes for those most in need. The Department’s recreation and cultural arts programs include a broad spectrum of interests and activities for all ages and abilities with an emphasis on removing barriers to participation. The Enterprise Division manages the Bellevue Municipal Golf Course, indoor tennis center and adult sports based on a full cost recovery model. The Department actively seeks partnerships with a multitude of community organizations to provide front-line recreation and social services. POSITION The Director of Parks and Community Services is a member of the city’s executive team that advises the City Council in coordination with and under the leadership of the City Manager’s Office, provides competent and inspirational leadership citywide and for the Department, and oversees the programs and services of the Department. This position will report directly to a Deputy City Manager. The Parks and Community Services Director is expected to work collaboratively on an interdepartmental basis in partnership with peer department directors and within the department. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with ten or more years of progressively responsible, related leadership experience in visioning, systems planning and program development for parks and recreation is important. A working knowledge in providing social services to the community, developing successful partnerships, understanding and embracing the issues of equity and inclusion, and basic knowledge of community development and neighborhood planning principles and strategies will be an advantage. The selected candidate will possess excellent marketing and communication skills, both written and verbal, and possess the ability to effectively represent the Department and City in a variety of public speaking engagements. To be considered, candidates must have experience overseeing and managing a complex budget, including a record of developing creative and sustainable revenue enhancements. Applications will be evaluated on the combined merits of education, experience, and demonstrated accomplishment. The selected candidate must obtain a valid Driver’s License in the State of Washington within six months of appointment. The salary range for the position is competitive within the market and is negotiable based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The City of Bellevue also offers an excellent benefits package, including health care, retirement, leave, professional training, and relocation expenses.