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Director of Parks, Recreation, and Culture

Website Beavercreek

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This position is responsible for the operation of the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Division, including the City’s cemeteries and Senior Center. This individual provides leadership and direction to the Division, and performs highly responsible administrative and supervisory work in planning, directing, and coordinating activities, personnel, and resources. This position develops Division strategy and policy and ensures that the City’s mission, core values, and goals are incorporated into activities and services. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Assistant City Manager.


  • Plans, schedules, directs, and performs programs and activities of the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Division in accordance with professional standards, departmental policies, and City policies.
  • Develops plans and policies for the Division, including staff manuals, annual reports, yearly goals and objectives, bid specifications, and action plans.
  • Prepares and updates the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, including long and short-range planning for the division.
  • Establishes program priorities for leisure classes, athletic programs, and special events.
  • Establishes maintenance priorities and standards.
  • Inspects park facilities and equipment for safety and maintenance.
  • Serves as project manager on park improvement and master plan projects; works with architects and contractors on design and construction plans.
  • Provides Division updates regarding activities and programs, including educational presentations, to Council, the Division’s advisory board, and other community groups as necessary.
  • Reviews all reports and records prepared by Division personnel, directs the preparation and maintenance of all Division records and files, and performs other administrative duties as required.
  • Prepares budget estimates and ensures the expenditure of Division funds according to budget and policy, calculates cost estimates and projected revenues, plans for capital projects, and presents budget to City Manager and City Council.
  • Recommends pricing structures for services, sales, special events, and other programs; provides staff with direction as to pricing structures, future programming, and pricing goals and standards.
  • Oversees the purchasing process for the Division, including the preparation of purchase orders and the processing of invoices.
  • Seeks out financial gifts, grants, and other revenue sources for Division projects and programs.
  • Develops Division staff, including hiring, directing, training, motivation and team building, evaluation and performance counseling, and discipline.
  • Formulates and enforces Division rules and regulations, work methods, and procedures.
  • Collaborates with other City Departments and Divisions to ensure efficient operations.
  • Represents the Division to external agencies, organizations, professional associations, community committees, and the media.
  • Works and collaborates with various formal and informal groups to develop programs and services, attends meetings, prepares agendas and meeting minutes, presents research and data, and provides recommendations and potential solutions to problems.
  • Meets with community groups to plan and/or assist with the construction of neighborhood playgrounds.


  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, fellow employees, other City employees, and the general public.
  • Ability to plan, schedule, direct, and coordinate the work and operations of the Division.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the objectives and principles of public recreation, including a thorough understanding of the activities that comprise a community recreation program.
  • Ability to balance numerous tasks at any given time.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the facilities and equipment needed in planning a broad recreation program.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the occupational hazards and corresponding safety precautions necessary for the safe performance of assigned duties.
  • Ability to deal firmly, tactfully, and courteously with the general public.
  • Ability to handle confidential information, including personnel information and litigation material.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in recreation administration or a related field, supplemented by some progressively responsible experience in the recreation field.
  • A combination of training and experience, which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities may be substituted for the required education and experience requirements.

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