City Seeking New Director of Parks, Recreation & Open Space
Louisville’s next Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space has the opportunity to live and work in one of Colorado’s premier communities. Nestled near the gorgeous Rocky Mountain foothills, Louisville is perennially ranked as one of the best small towns in the United States for its outstanding quality of life. Money magazine and others have recognized Louisville’s highly-educated population, recreational opportunities, family-friendly ambiance, high-tech acumen, urban amenities, and low crime rate. Louisville is a small town with big ambition and a focus on economic and environmental sustainability. The City and citizens’ commitment to parks, recreation, and open space reflects their values on livability, health, and environmental sustainability.
Working under the supervision of the City Manager, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space manages the daily activities of the entire department, prepares and administers the department’s annual budget, and promotes interdepartmental cooperation on common projects and functions of the three department divisions. As the face of the department, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space will facilitate open lines of communication with elected officials, staff members, the media, and the general public. The Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space actively endorses department programs, encourages community participation, and serves as the department liaison to citizen advisory boards and other key community stakeholders.
The Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space has seven direct reports, which includes the head golf professional, open space manager, golf superintendent, senior administrative assistant, parks project manager, parks superintendent, and recreation superintendent.
Requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree in environmental conservation, ecology, community planning, resource management, parks management, recreation, public administration, or a closely related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in parks and recreation management, natural land/open space and parks planning, or land management, of which at least three (3) years were spent in a supervisory capacity.
Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in a relevant field; experience with budget development and personnel management; and in-depth knowledge of modern principles and practices of public administration, risk management and safety issues, and the methods and principles used in the administration of natural open space lands.
The expected hiring range is $130,000 – $165,000 depending upon qualifications and experience, with a generous benefits package.
Confidential applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at thenovakconsultinggroup.com/jobs. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter and resume with salary history. The position is open until filled with a first review of applications October 1.
To learn more, view the recruitment brochure here.