Parks, Recreation, & Culture Director

International City Management Winter Haven , FL 33888

Posted 2 months ago

The Director will be expected to perform highly responsible professional work involved with the operation and management of this progressive recreation and cultural organization. The selected candidate will be directly responsible for the oversight of parks, recreation, athletics, library, golf course, cemeteries, and city building maintenance. It is envisioned the Director will develop, manage, and advance the City's commitment to recreation and cultural activities. This position will report directly to the City Manager and/or Assistant City Manager.

The Director will work in concert with City employees, leadership, and community stakeholders to determine desired service provisions, engage and motivate employees, and provide strong leadership within the community. The City seeks to establish equity as a shared value and operating principle; promote diversity; foster an inclusive environment where employees and citizens feel a sense of belonging; cultivate a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness; and proactively seek to connect diverse ideas in different ways to achieve common goals.


Minimum education and training requirements are possession of a Bachelor's degree in Recreation & Leisure Administration, Leisure Sciences, Business Administration, Public Administration or closely related field, from an accredited college or university; a Master's degree is preferred. Certified Park and Recreation Professional or Certified Park and Recreation Executive designation is desired.

Work Experience

The ideal candidate will have at least five (5) and preferably ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in an Assistant Director and/or Director Level position within a similar or larger size organization.

Desired Attributes:

  • Wants to make a difference

  • Politically sensitive and results oriented

  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills

  • Ability to organize multiple tasks concurrently

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge of managerial principles and practices

  • Flexibility to work a varied schedule as required by the uniqueness of the position

  • Fosters a team atmosphere with city leadership, employees, elected officials, and citizens

  • Familiarity with concepts, national trends, and current issues related to the provision of recreation

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others (internal and external persons) to solve problems and accomplish agreed upon objectives.

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Parks, Recreation, & Culture Director

International City Management