City of Haines City
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Haines City, FL, USA
  • 61,306 to 86,342
  • Salary
  • Full Time

***Position open until filled***


Manages the general operations of the Parks and Recreation Department consisting of the Parks, Facilities Maintenance, Recreation, Aquatic Center, Special Events and Library services of the City. Manages Department activities through the development and oversight of program design and implementation, contract management, polices and directives, budgets, and goals and objectives to ensure the integrity of the parks and green space infrastructure, community events and programs, sports and recreational programs and facilities, rentals, and library services.


  1. Manages the Recreation Division through the development and implementation of adult and youth programs, local and regional events, and individual or small group events, to include rental of City facilities. Responsible for contract management, to include regulatory compliance for youth sports programs and activities.
  2. Manages the Parks Division through planning, design and maintenance of the City's park infrastructure. Responsible to ensure the proper maintenance and usage of all green spaces that are designated for public and/or recreational use.
  3. Manages the Facility Maintenance Division to ensure the proper maintenance of City buildings, facilities and general grounds and common areas for City owned property.
  4. Manages the Library Services Division to ensure reliable and modern design and application of adult and youth reading and learning programs.
  5. Manages the preparation and administration of the Parks and Recreation Department's annual budget. Responsible for forecasting expenditures necessary and required to complete Departmental projects; the procurement of goods and services; and Personnel related costs. Implements the selection and retention of Department Personnel, to include training and development initiatives.
  6. Provides staff assistance to the Parks and Recreation Director by preparing and presenting department and project related reports during Staff, City Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Finance Advisory Board and other City related meetings. Fills in for the Parks and Recreation Director when he/she is absent.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Required knowledge and experience is normally obtained through the completion of an advanced education from an accredited educational institution of higher learning resulting in a Bachelor's Degree in Parks and/or Recreation Administration, Sports Management, Public Administration, or related field, and at least seven (7) to ten (10) years of management and project work related experience in Parks, Recreation, Sports Management or related field are required. Five (5) years supervisory experience is required.
  • Government work related experience and professional certification (e.g. CPRP, CPRE, CPSI and/or AFO) are required to be obtained within one year of employment.
  • A Master's Degree in Parks and/or Recreation Administration, Sports Management, Public Administration, or related field is preferred.
  • Work requires the ability to read letters, memos, contracts, professional and industry literature, and spreadsheets and other job related analysis.
  • Work requires the ability to write letters, memos, and contracts.
  • Work requires the ability to understand and develop computer models for cost analysis and compose financial and budgetary reports.
  • Work requires substantial independent judgment and decision-making. Must be able to monitor and assess operations, workload, projects, and staff performance.
  • Work is widely varied, involving analyzing and evaluating many complex and significant variables.
  • Organization-wide policies, procedures, or precedents may be developed and/or recommended.
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Should be competent in the use of Microsoft Excel Word and Power Point software.
  • Must be able to research, compile and analyze data, and then present findings to the City Commission and City Manager in an acceptable format.
  • Ability to learn and remain up-to-date on applicable Federal, State and City regulations, best practices and policies affecting department activities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, other Federal, State and local governmental representatives, contractors, consultants, vendors, media and the general public is essential.


  • Must possess a Valid Florida Class E driver license.
  • Must pass applicable pre-employment testing and background and credit checks.


This position may be required to report for work when a declaration of emergency has been declared in Polk County.

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