Parks & Recreation Department Director

  • City of Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • May 11, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $100,921.60 - $146,744.00 Annually USD

Job Description


***Please note - this recruitment may close earlier than advertised if a significant number of applications are received***

Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east. Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation's most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Check out more about Scottsdale.

About The Position
The Scottsdale Parks & Recreation (SP&R) Department in Scottsdale Arizona, is a 25-year CAPRA Accredited agency that is part of the Community Services division. The vision of SP&R is - Scottsdale Parks and Recreation, Where Everyone Wants to Play!

The Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Director (P&R Director) has oversight over parks, parks maintenance operations, community/aquatic centers sports complexes, a wide variety of recreational programming, Pinnacle Peak Park, and the Scottsdale Stadium/Event Center. This position also works closely with the Bureau of Reclamation and the two Recreation Land Use Agreements that the city has in place. This includes two golf courses at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Scottsdale and McDowell Mountain Golf Course. A parks Manager within SP&R serves as the liaison between the city, PGA Tour and Bureau of Reclamation to conduct the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

In addition to TPC Scottsdale and McDowell Mountain Ranch Golf Course the position has oversight of the contracts for Silverado Golf Course and Coronado Golf Course. The City of Scottsdale also owns and operated the Scottsdale Stadium and Event Center. The stadium hosts the San Francisco Giants each year for spring training. The rest of the year the Stadium and Event center host numerous private and community events.

Depending on the season SP&R has approximately 400 part time employees and 141 full time employees. There are six, full time Recreation Managers on the leadership team that report to the P&R Director. The P&R Director reports to the Community Services Administrator.

The P&R Director acts as staff liaison to facilitate Parks and Recreation Commission on a monthly meeting schedule and work study sessions; outlines the scheduled dates, agenda and staff reports.

Additionally, the P&R Director prepares and presents written and oral reports and recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Commission, Community Services Administrator, and City Council. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to, strategic planning, budget development/assessment, evaluating SP&R parks and programs, and maintaining CAPRA Accreditation status.

Scottsdale seeks a dynamic, high-energy, well-rounded, action-oriented Parks and Recreation Director who will focus succession planning and building an exciting work culture within the SP&R Department. Consider joining the Scottsdale Team!

Preference will be given to candidates who possess a valid Certified Park & Recreation Professional (CPRP) and/or Certified Park & Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification.

For a comprehensive info-graphic on the City's Community Services offering's, please click HERE.

Selection Process
Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of the position may be invited to participate in a selection process to include a panel interview and an assessment exercise. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include:
  • Fingerprinting
  • Criminal Background screening for the past 7 years

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Public/Business Administration, Park Maintenance, Natural Resource Management, or a closely related field from an accredited educational institution.
  • Minimum seven years' progressive supervisory, managerial and administrative experience in municipal recreation, parks maintenance, and business operations.
  • One year of supervisory and/or lead experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Licensing, Certifications, and Other Requirements
  • Every person employed by the City of Scottsdale shall reside in the State of Arizona during his or her active employment by the City, regardless of whether the employee is approved to remote work.
Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment.

Essential Functions

Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following:
  • Supervises employees and coordinates personnel-related activities to include, but not limited to: training, approving work schedules, recommending/approving personnel actions, coaching and counseling, establishing performance goals, and writing performance evaluations.
  • Plans, develops, implements and evaluates all Parks and Recreation programs and services, including Aquatics, Leisure education classes, Adult and Youth Sports, Community Centers, Neighborhood Parks, after school and summer recreation programming and long range planning.
  • Develops and executes department strategic plan.
  • Investigates and resolves complex or sensitive citizen issues or concerns.
  • Meets with Directors, Program Directors and appropriate City staff to plan future Capital Improvement Projects related to parks, medians, grounds and recreational facilities.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position or that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Most work is performed in an office environment, with the ability to work remotely as needed.
  • Will be required to conduct regular site visits to recreation facilities and parks and special events.
  • May be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Lift and carry materials weighing up to 30 pounds.

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The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

When advised reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.
Closing Date/Time: 5/14/2021 11:59 PM Arizona

Job Address

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