City of Thornton, Colorado Thornton, CO, USA
Sep 28, 2021Full Time
PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR City of Thornton, Colorado Salary: $160,000 - $189,500 Located in the northeast quadrant of the Denver metropolitan area, the city of Thornton is Colorado’s sixth largest city and home to a diverse and growing population of 146,000 residents. The City is only 10 minutes from downtown Denver, 35 minutes from Denver International Airport and less than 2 hours from the Breckenridge and Vail ski areas. The community’s location provides an ideal environment for a wide range of businesses to thrive, and the community’s natural setting of ridgelines, wildlife, waterways, rolling hills, and undeveloped land provide Thornton residents with amenities and an abundance of recreational opportunities that contribute to a unique and excellent quality of life. The City of Thornton’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Programs (PRCP) Department provides a wide array of activities and programs to meet the parks and recreation demand in the community. The Parks & Recreation Director is a direct report to the City Manager and oversees a department of anywhere between 100 - 300 FTEs and 400 - 500 part-time/seasonal employees, who are responsible for maintaining a parks and open space system of nearly 2,500 acres, including more than 1,500 acres of open space, roughly 90 separate parks, a city golf course (Thorncreek), and more than 130 miles of trails. The Director manages an annual operating budget of nearly $24M, as well as a capital budget of $25M. Within the Director’s authority include the following operations: Parks, Recreation, Active Adult Center, Projects & Planning, Golf Course Maintenance and Operations, Arts and Culture, Community Connections, and Community Engagement. Under direction of the City Manager, the Parks & Recreation Director leads, directs and manages all activities of the department including park maintenance, open space and construction, recreation, senior services, golf course maintenance and operations, community connections and engagement, and arts and culture. The Director also contributes to the development and support of the approved workplan to address the city and community priorities. A bachelor's degree in Parks & Recreation or a related field from an accredited college or university is preferred, along with 8 years of management experience in parks, recreation or related field, and 5 years of supervisory experience. Any equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. The ideal candidate will be an experienced manager in parks and recreation who can keep the department focused on its core mission, complete projects on time and in budget, demonstrate program and capital project management with service delivery to Thornton’s residents and stakeholders, and bring people together to concentrate on achieving Thornton City Council objectives for its Park and Recreation system. For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/ , click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Thornton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: September 6, 2021 (open until filled).