• Kitsap County
  • Bremerton, Washington
  • Sep 16, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $110,947.20 - $156,811.20 Annually USD

Job Description


Kitsap County is seeking a strong, enthusiastic, relatable leader that is
service oriented and inspires excellence at all levels of the organization.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience as an
executive leader for parks and a passion to serve the community!

Position Overview
Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs all operations of the Parks Department for the County, which includes operating and maintaining more than 70 parks (roughly 11,000 acres) and rental facilities throughout unincorporated Kitsap County, managing the Kitsap County Fairgrounds/Event Center , securing grants and acquiring property for parks, open space and natural resource preservation, and coordinating the use of volunteers for special projects. The Director serves as chief staff advisor to the Board of County Commissioners, County Administrator and various other departments and agencies on all parks matters in the County.

The Director is an "at will" position appointed by and accountable to and supervised by the Board of County Commissioners. The incumbent works closely with the Board of County Commissioners to identify policy alternatives. Work is performed under broad directives with considerable latitude for independent judgment to effectively implement the goals and decisions of the Board of County Commissioners. The incumbent provides ongoing status reports of significant activities and programs and/or advises the Board of County Commissioners and County Administrator of actions to be taken, consistent with statutory guidelines or regulations.


Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelors Degree inParks, Recreation, Resource Management or related field; and
  • Five years or more years ofseniormanagement orexecutive director levelexperience in public parks and recreation (overseeingplanning, design, operation ofparks, contracts, volunteers, facilities management and facilities rental, forestryand open space parks/natural resourcesprojects); and three years of supervisory experience supervising professional level staff; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.
Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Administrator (CPRA), National Recreation and Parks Association
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE), National Recreation and Parks Association.
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Pass a criminal history background check through law enforcement agencies.
  • Submit a copy of their State employment driving record abstract to verify their eligibility to drive for Kitsap County.
Required Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities
  • Management and supervisory principles and practices including program planning, direction, coordination and evaluation.
  • Application and interpretation of federal, state and local rules, regulations, codes and ordinances as they relate to area of assignment.
  • Principles and practices of public park administration, land use and acquisition, management of open space, municipal facilities, operations and maintenance. Principles and practices of government fiscal management, including budget preparation, expenditure control, grant writing, and record keeping.
  • Community resources and demographics.
  • Function as an innovative manager by seeking new ways to operate, articulate a vision and stay on course, while emphasizing tact and diplomacy.
  • Develop departmental goals, budget, and objectives and to conduct and implement planning activities.
  • Plan, organize and oversee assigned work programs, including monitoring work schedules and evaluating work of subordinates.
  • Analyze and evaluate department operation, applying judgment and discretion in resolving problems and interpreting policies and regulations.
  • Keep the Board of County Commissioners and County Administrator informed on key administrative and operational developments affecting assigned responsibilities.
  • Establish and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations. Plan, organize and oversee assigned work programs, including monitoring work schedules and evaluating work of subordinates.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals and groups regarding complex or sensitive issues or regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public officials, County Administrator, the Board of County Commissioners, other officials, representatives of other agencies, and the general public.
  • Effectively respond to and reconcile competing interests of departments, staff, community organizations, and the public as they affect the planning and operation of assigned operations.
  • Manage people in a positive way and resolve issues in a constructive manner.
  • Appear for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance. Establish and maintain cooperative, effective, and productive working relationships using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Effectively plan and organize work and complete tasks within prescribed timeframes.
  • May be required to work over 40 hours in a workweek.
  • Physically perform assigned duties and essential functions ofthe position.

Working Conditions/Physical Activities
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Positions in this class typically require:
  • Work is performed primarily in anoffice and occassionallyin the field environment.
  • Position requires walking and balancing (short or long distances), climbing, bending, stooping, twisting, reaching above and/or below shoulder, Handling/grasping documents; Sitting and/or standing for short or extended periods of time; Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately in-person and/or on the telephone; Sufficient hearing; Vision sufficient to read source materials, computer screen data, documents and drawings.
  • Requires exertion of force of25 pounds occasionally, and/or25 pounds continuously to lift/carry/move objects, files/documents, and other materials.


  • Direct department operations to achieve goals within budgeted funds and available personnel.
  • Develop short and long-range plans, goals, and objectives for department operations. Plan and organize workloads and staff assignments, review progress, direct changes in priorities and schedule as needed to ensure work is performed in a timely and efficient manner according to appropriate guidelines, procedures, and legal regulations. Delegate responsibilities to appropriate staff.
  • Advise and consult with the Board of County Commissioners and County Administrator at regularly scheduled work-study sessions and other meetings as necessary.
  • Direct the development, marketing and administration of programs to maximize the year-round use of the Fairgrounds/Event Center facilities and athletic complex.
  • Provide leadership direction to the development of strategic marketing plans, including use of electronic social media.
  • In collaboration with other County departments and community stakeholders, review and update the County's Capital Facility plans and Comprehensive Plan updates.
  • Coordinate and provide oversight of periodic review and updating of the Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, and Open Space plan.
  • Provide leadership direction and management oversight of community stewardship/volunteer involvement programs for the county parks.
  • Coordinate departmental activities with other County departments and outside governmental agencies.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with the County's four cities, five school districts, the Public Facilities District, as well as numerous community groups, military and neighborhood organizations.
  • Prepare the departmental budget and ensure department operation is within that budget. Monitor all fiscal operations of the department; approve expenditures and supervise the purchase and acquisition of supplies and equipment.
  • Guide and oversee the design, budget and construction of all major parks projects.
  • Serve as liaison to the Parks Advisory Board in their support of the County strategic directions and Parks Department goals and objectives.
  • Provide managerial leadership and direct the selection, supervision, and evaluation of staff. Establish work rules and performance standards. Conduct or oversee performance evaluations and initiate and implement disciplinary actions as warranted. Plan and organize workloads for senior staff. Implement policies. Resolve grievances and other sensitive matters. Provide for the training and motivation of subordinates in order to make full use of individual capabilities and to meet changing system demands.
  • Promote good public relations and program participation. Serve on various committees and attend various public meetings to make presentations regarding departmental facilities and services.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Who May Apply:
  • This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Non-represented; "at will" position appointed by and accountable to and supervised by the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
This position is open until filled.
The first review of candidates will be the week of October 12, 2020. If candidates are not selected out of the first review, candidates received after that date may be considered.
Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

Bremerton, Washington United States View Map