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Director of Parks, Recreation and Library Services

City of Englewood Colorado

Englewood Civic Center

Application Deadline

Apply By Nov 1st, 2019


$105,300.00 to $163,300.00 per Year   Calculate


Englewood, CO




Not Required

Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


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Job Description

The City of Englewood is looking for a personable, ambitious and experienced candidate with distinctive leadership qualities to oversee the Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department.  Our ideal candidate will have innovative ideas and with strong support of the community, will help us carry out our mission to enhance the quality of life for the citizens and visitors to the City of Englewood.

The Director of Parks, Recreation and Library services serves as a department head and a member of the City’s executive management team.  Manages the resources of the Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department which includes; Englewood Recreation Center, Malley Senior Recreation Center, Pirates Cove Family Aquatic Center, Englewood Parks and Open Space, Englewood Public Library and Broken Tee Golf Course.  Plans, administers and directs all activities relating to the operations and maintenance of the recreation facilities, parks, open space, public library and golf course.  Develops department mission statement and supports its goals and objectives.



The listed examples of work are not intended to be all-inclusive.  They may be modified with additions, deletions, or changes as necessary.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Participates as an active member of the Executive Management Team.  Contributes to the development and implementation of City goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and service standards.

Engages the public in active participation in Parks, Recreation and Library Services programs and builds community support and partnerships with schools, civic associations, sports associations, nonprofits and other stakeholders.  Establishes and maintains effective working relationships.

Provide staff support for all Parks, Recreation and Library Boards and Commissions which include the following: Parks and Recreation Commission, Cultural Arts Commission, Library Advisory Board, Malley Center Trust Fund and Malley Center Advisory Committee.

Recommends, develops and implements short and long range strategic goals, objectives and programs for the department.  Prepares and administers the departmental budget with an emphasis on service delivery to the citizens.  Creates overall organizational design and optimizes resource allocations based on the long term vision of the department and available financial resources.

Effectively plans, organizes, evaluates and manages the activities and operations of all department divisions.  Provides leadership and directions to managers and staff members to ensure the continued development and management of an efficient organization.  Establishes effective decision making processes that achieve goals and objectives.

Selects, trains, develops motivates and evaluates personnel; establish and monitor employee performance objectives; prepare and present employee performance reviews; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.

Provides a high level of service delivery to all citizens and participant.  Provides training to all staff emphasizing the importance of customer service.

Research all funding opportunities and oversees departments grant writing and application process.

Oversees management and maintenance of all Parks, Recreation and Library facilities and assures excellent communication with other City departments regarding work orders and projects.  Oversees the planning, development and construction of capital projects such as major construction and city facility renovations, as needed.

Conducts special studies and assignments; research complex problems and prepare a variety of comprehensive reports.


Other Duties & Responsibilities

May participate as a member of the management team during the collective bargaining process.

Performs other duties as assigned and required.





Education:    Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Recreation and Leisure Services or related field; Master’s degree preferred.


Work Experience:    8 years progressively responsible experience in related field; Minimum 5 years management, administration, and project managements experience


Certifications and/or Licensures:  None


Required Driver’s License:     Valid Colorado driver’s license and a clear or acceptable MVR


An equivalent combination of education, training and relevant job experience may be substituted.






Advanced knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and techniques of parks and recreation
  • Management principles and practices
  • Business management and analysis
  • Budgeting and budget analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Public Administration
  • Personnel Management


Working knowledge of:

Principles and practical aspects of marketing and public relations

Principles and practical aspects of library automation

Principles and practical aspects of grant writing and administration

Applications software for the Microsoft Windows environment




Skills and Abilities


Computer Skills – Strong skills needed for budget preparation and statistical reporting.  Also needed for public relations, i.e. preparation of press releases, publicity handouts, desktop publishing.


Communication – Advanced interpersonal skills required to establish and maintain positive working relationships with departmental employees, other department heads, City Manager, City Council, board members, vendors and public.  Strong leadership skills needed to provide direction and feedback to staff.  Advanced communication skills needed to prepare and deliver presentations, and to plan and conduct meetings.  Advanced conflict resolution skills needed to diffuse situations and resolve issues. Strong ability in verbal and written communications as well as public speaking and presentation.


Analytical – Advanced skills required to interpret department and community needs.  Also needed to analyze data, recognize trends and resolve complex issues.


Project Management – Advanced skills needed to plan, organize and coordinate the activities of a diverse department.  Also needed to manage multiple projects concurrently while preparing for future events


General Management – Advanced skills needed for budget management and to develop and administer policies and procedures.  Also required to effectively supervise department employees.


Mathematical – Strong skills required for financial and budgetary processes.  Also needed to prepare, request and administer funding via grants and other outside sources.


Ability to speak one or more foreign languages, particularly in Spanish is helpful, but not required.




Work is performed in a standard office environment, requiring sitting for extended periods of time, and occasional light lifting (up to 15 lbs.).  Job requires visual and physical capabilities to perform data entry, filing, and to work on computers and associated equipment for prolonged periods of time (4-6 hours daily).

Additional Info & Requirements


The Community


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Posted Oct 9, 2019