Division Director of Parks Maintenance

City of Danville Parks and Recreation
Danville, Virginia
Job Type
Job Code
$53,972.00 - $64,766.00 Annually
Required Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Parks Management, Leisure Services or related field and three to five years related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of the specific requirements listed.


Manages the Parks Maintenance division’s operations through identification of core services and application of strategic planning techniques; develops and implements policies, procedures, and planning documents to provide for efficient delivery of services; manages and monitors work performance services by hiring, directing and evaluating staff assignments; collaborates with funding agencies, community organizations, businesses and other departments; monitors budget for division, grant and assigned capital improvement projects.

The essential functions of the job are not limited to those listed in the job description.  The City retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.

  • Plans, coordinates and manages the maintenance and inspection of athletic fields, parks, playgrounds and trails and other department outdoor facilities. 
  • Evaluates and prioritizes inspection and maintenance needs. Develops and follows inspection and maintenance standards. Recognizes proper use of equipment, labor and other resources. Organizes and plans workflow.
  • Employs, supervises, trains, motivates, disciplines and evaluates division full and part-time staff. Monitors staff certifications. Directs, develops and implements staffing, programs, policies and procedures for operations of division.
  • Develops processes for promoting programs and services; develops and plans short- and long-range plans for division to include need assessment, service delivery, expansion of services and facility development; coordinating and compiling a variety of annual reports, documents and planning tools for division. Maintains the Asset Management Inventory.
  • Plans, monitors and manages assigned budgeted accounts, grants and other funding resources to meet service and operation levels and coordinates, plans and implements Division Capital Improvement Plans by promoting facility needs, seeking funding sources and managing construction projects.


  • Provides support for special events and facility design and oversight of contractors.
  • Performs additional duties to support operational requirements as assigned.

Education and Experience 
Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Parks Management, Leisure Services or related field and three to five years related experience. 
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of the specific requirements listed above

  • Playground Safety Inspector Certification issued by NRPA or similar organization, preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record according to City criteria.

 Job Knowledge 
Advanced knowledge of the subject matter. Complete comprehension of the subject area to solve common and unusual problems, able to advise on technical matters, and serve as a resource on the subject for others.
Intermediate: Ability to read papers, periodicals, journals, manuals, dictionaries, thesauruses, and reference materials.  
Intermediate: Ability to write reports, prepare business letters, expositions, and summaries with proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar, using all parts of speech.  
Intermediate: Ability to deal with a system of real numbers; and practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement.  
Communication Skills 
Recommendations regarding policy development and implementation are made and/or recommended.  Contact may involve support of controversial positions or the negotiation of sensitive issues or important presentations.  Evaluates customer satisfaction, develops cooperative associations, and utilizes resources to continuously improve customer satisfaction.
Independence and Decision-Making 
Normally performs the duty assignment according to his or her own judgment, requesting supervisory assistance only when necessary. Special projects are managed with little oversight and assignments may be reviewed upon completion. Performance reviewed periodically.
Technical Skills 
Advanced skills and knowledge in approaches and systems, which affect the design and implementation of major programs and/or processes organization wide. Independent judgment and decision-making abilities are necessary to apply technical skills effectively.
Fiscal Responsibilities 
Oversees budget preparation of a division or department budget.   Reviews and approves expenditures of significant budgeted funds for the department or does research and prepares recommendations for organization-wide budget expenditures.
Supervisory Responsibilities
Supervises and monitors performance for a regular group of employees or department. Provides input on hiring, discipline, work objectives/goals, performance evaluation and work assignments.  Typically, a first line supervisor.


  • Work is sedentary in nature, requiring moving between office equipment and occasional light physical exertion. 
  • Adequate vision, hearing and talking to use a computer, telephone and communicate effectively with others. 


  • May frequently experience time pressure, changing tasks, multitasking, and working closely with others as a part of a team. 
  • Responsible for appropriate use and maintenance of City equipment, tools and other resources, including work time.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is expected.

Typically requires use of standard office equipment to include computer, Microsoft Office, job specific software and related hardware.
The work is normally performed in an office setting, primarily at a desk in a quiet environment. The employee is not exposed to environmental hazards and does not normally require the use of protective equipment. May require an outdoor or recreational setting. 

Required Experience

Three to five years related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of the specific requirements listed.

Employee Benefits

Accident Insurance
The City provides optional off the job accident insurance through Allstate. This insurance provides reimbursement for treatments associated with a wide array of accidents and injuries, and is available for immediate family members. Premiums are paid entirely by the employee through payroll deduction.

Annual Leave
Employees accrue annual leave hours based on the length of time they work for the City and their duty cycle. Hours are accrued weekly or monthly depending upon an employee's pay cycle. Employees are not eligible to use annual leave hours during their first six months of employment.

Critical Illness
The City provides optional critical illness insurance through Allstate. This insurance provides a lump sum benefit payment if an employee is diagnosed with a covered illness. Examples include heart attack, stroke, coronary atery by-pass surgery, and so on. Premiums are based on age and tobacco use. Premiums are paid entirely by the employee through payroll deduction.

Cancer Benefit
The City provides optional cancer insurance through Allstate. This insurance provides a benefit payment if an employee is diagnosed with cancer and provides a benefit during cancer treatments. Premiums are paid entirely by the employee through payroll deduction.

Deferred Compensation
The City of Danville offers a 457 plan to employees, which provides an opportunity to set aside a portion of your salary for retirement. Income taxes are not paid on the money your defer until you retire and start using it or leave the City. Enrollment in this plan is optional.

Dental Insurance
Employees have the opportunity to enroll in dental insurance through Delta Dental. There is an option of a Low PPO plan or a High PPO plan, and coverage is available for immediate family members. Employees pay the entire premium for this insurance through payroll deduction.

Direct Deposit
Employees have the option of having their paycheck directly deposited into your financial checking and/or savings account each pay period. Employees may select up to two accounts at the same or different financial institutions for direct deposit.

Disability Insurance
Employees are given the option of selecting Short-term and/or Long-term disability insurance programs through The Hartford for protection in the event that they become disabled through a non-work related injury. Premiums are paid entirely by the employee through payroll deduction.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Employees and their dependent family members are eligible to use the City of Danville's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with Optima Health. The EAP offers free and confidential counseling services to help employees and their dependants deal with serious problems in their lives such as family or marital disputes, problems with alcohol and/or drug abuse, emotional illness, financial or legal worries, or difficulties with stress on the job. In addition to counseling services, the EAP also provides free legal, financial, and Identity Theft guidance.

Employee Health and Wellness Center
Employees and eligible dependents have access to the CareTeam Health and Wellness Center, which offers high-quality convenient medical care for an extremely low cost- sometimes it is free! City employees have a dedicated nurse practitioner that provides primary care, lab services, chronic disease management, health and wellness coaching, and a variety of other things.

Flexible Spending Account
Employees have the option of participating in the flexible spending account (FSA). The FSA allows employees to select a set amount of money to be withheld from their paychecks each pay period for a year to cover certain medical and child care expenses. This money is deducted before taxes are calculated. Money put into the FSA is accessible to the employee through a debit card or through reimbursement.

Health Insurance
The City of Danville is self-insured and offers medical and prescription drug coverage through Gateway Health. This coverage is offered to employees and their dependents. The City pays a portion of the health insurance premiums and the employee pays a portion. Employees have the choice between a traditional PPO plan and two high deductible plans (HDHP). HDHP have an option to enroll in a Health Savings Account (HSA).

The City of Danville offers the following paid holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, 1/2 day Day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, Easter Monday, George Washington Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, and Your Birthday

Retirement System
After five years of employment with the City of Danville, employees are vested in the City's Employees' Retirement System (ERS). ERS is a defined benefit retirement plan with the purpose of providing retirement, disability, and death-in-service benefits to all contributions paid by the City.

Sick Leave
Sick leave is a privilege granted to all full-time employees. Sick leave accrual is based on an employee's duty cycle and is accrued weekly or monthly depending upon an employee's pay cycle.

Term Life Insurance
The City of Danville offers optional group term life insurance benefits to employees through The Hartford. The amount of death benefit is the employee's annual salary doubled and rounded to the next highest $1,000 up to a maximum of $200,000. Double indemnity (twice the death benefit) is provided for death by accident. The cost of this benefit is divided equally between the City and the employee, which means that the City pays one-half of the premium and the employee pays one-half of the premium.

Tuition Reimbursement
The City of Danville recognizes the value of educational training, and therefore, provides limited financial reimbursement to employees taking eligible course on their own time. Employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement after their first six months of employment.

Vision Insurance
Employees have the option of enrolling in vision insurance through UniCare. Coverage is available for immediate family members. Employees pay the entire premium for this insurance through payroll deduction.

Whole Life Insurance
The City offers optional whole life insurance benefits to employees through Allstate. Employees can select a benefit amount. Premiums are based on an employee's age and tobacco use. Coverage can be selected for an employee's spouse and children.

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