Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation – Park Operations Division

City of Charlottesville
Charlottesville, Virginia, Virginia
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Application Deadline: July 30, 2021 at 5pm EST.

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Located in west Central Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the City of Charlottesville is 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1762, the City is 10.4 square miles with a population of approximately 49,000 residents, within a metropolitan statistical area of over 200,000. Known for its picturesque beauty, Charlottesville is a charming and innovative community, and is the home of the University of Virginia. The City has a full-service and award-winning Parks and Recreation Department, managing a large and complex system of parks and recreational facilities serving residents across all spectrums of age, income and ability.

The Department is seeking its next Deputy Director of Park Operations, and desires an innovative, collaborative and visionary leader to build upon the Department's success and continue to pursue constant improvement across all aspects of service delivery. This Deputy Director, among other responsibilities, will directly manage the day-to-day operations of the Park Operations Division of the Department. The Deputy Director of Park Operations Division will provide direction and oversight to mission critical and department-wide operations, safety and business functions, including (but not limited to) financial management, human resource management, relationship management, reporting and analysis and strategic initiative management. Performs related work as required.

The starting salary will be between $73,474.02 and $102,003.20 annually. Starting offer is based on applicable education, experience, and internal equity. The position also provides excellent benefits including 13 paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance options with employer contribution, employer-paid life insurance, City's retirement options, gym membership reimbursement, and continuing education/training opportunities. This is a full-time, exempt, position.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university appropriate to the functional area (recreation, park management, business administration, etc.).
  • Six years of administrative experience in the appropriate functional area in a diverse and full service municipal parks and recreation system or related field, with a minimum of 3 of those years at the supervisory or managerial level.
  • Possession of a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia (To view our driving eligibility requirements, visit

The ideal candidate will have a proven record visioning and implementing innovative solutions to complex issues, as well as extensive professional experience in land management, park and recreational facility maintenance, capital planning, project design and implementation, community engagement and change management. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess traits that provide for resiliency, creativity, accountability and flexibility as well as high levels of self-motivation.

TO APPLY: to view the complete job information and to apply, visit Applications are only accepted online through the City of Charlottesville employment page and must be submitted prior to the listed closing date and time.

The City of Charlottesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Values Diversity at All Levels of its Workforce.