Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline

Parks Manager

Recruitment #220310-111800-001


This is highly responsible work in managing a Parks Division, focusing on Parks Improvements Recreation Service Area, Horticulture, Athletics Lighting and Irrigation. 

Nature Of Work

Under administrative direction, an employee in this class is responsible for the efficient management of the operations of a Parks Division and Recreation Service Area of the City.  Work is of considerable difficulty and requires: experience in change management; the ability to plan, problem solve, work independently as well as within a team atmosphere, and make appropriate, timely decisions based on city and department policies and needs. Work requires the appropriate application of skill and knowledge of the principles, practices, current trends, regulations, standards, and laws applicable to parks and recreation operations including park planning and development, administration, program planning, maintenance, and budgeting as well as a participative and cooperative management style that promotes a collaborative environment.

Activities involve public speaking, citizen contact in person, on the phone, through email, and in front of large groups at various meetings requiring strong communication skills. This position requires the ability to meet and deal with people from various public and private agencies, knowledge of community needs and how to service those needs efficiently and effectively, and the ability to establish strong relationships. Activities also require the exercise of extensive initiative and independent judgment, long term visioning, and the use of consensus building skills. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, and results achieved. Appointed position; employee serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.

Examples of Duties

Plans, organizes, and manages all day-to-day operations, usage, work activities, and budget activities of the parks division a service area including staffing, scheduling, programming, maintenance, revenue and expense management, and work processes.

Supervises Service Area employees including hiring, training, scheduling, development, evaluation, promotion, and discipline of subordinate supervisory and non-supervisory technical, specialized, administrative, skilled and unskilled staff.

Ensures compliance with applicable safety, maintenance, and/ or programming standards/ requirements for all Parks Division operations, Service Area’s programs, parks, and facilities.

Inspects, evaluates, coordinates and oversees repair, renovation or replacement of facilities and equipment.

Serves as a liaison to and coordinates with outside organizations; attends public meetings, publicly speaking on behalf of the department; represents the department as required; maintains contact/relations with other City agencies to facilitate operations; coordinates efforts with other Service Areas to promote efficiency and effectiveness and to reduce duplication of efforts.

Prepares reports and correspondence.

Maintains and enhances professional knowledge and skills.

Provides assistance in the preparation of the department’s budget and in determining department policies and procedures.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of: policies, procedures, principles, practices, techniques current trends, laws, and ordinances relating to job duties and ability to interpret same.

Considerable knowledge of: change management as well as administrative policies and procedures.

Working knowledge of: park planning and development; urban design principles; program planning; budget; cost control; maintenance; and, safety practices.

Ability to: organize, coordinate, and supervise the work of a large team of professional and technical subordinates; express ideas and information clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing; maintain cooperative working relationships with peers, employees, City officials, and the public.

Strong computer and communication skills including confident public speaking skills.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in business, public, or parks and recreation administration or a related field and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in public or parks and recreation administration in a supervisory or managerial capacity.

Licenses or Certifications

Certified Parks and Recreation Professional Certificate Preferred.

Possession of a Valid Florida Driver's license required.



Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.


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