Operations Manager – Community Recreation

James City County Parks & Recreation
Williamsburg, VA
Job Type
$47, 898 / year or higher DOQ
Required Education
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in recreation or related field, preferably from a National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) accredited college or university


The CAPRA nationally accredited James City County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking an enthusiastic leader with high professionalism and the ability to work in a team environment in the development, management implementation and evaluation of year-round community recreation programs for varying interest levels and special populations within the County. Work schedule is generally Monday-Friday, 40 hrs/wk between the hours of 8:00am – 5:00 pm with some early mornings, evenings and weekends.


  • Provides effective supervision of assigned staff and volunteers including selection, performance management, employee relations, training, prioritizing and assigning work and related activities.
  • Manages the operations and service delivery of County-wide facilities, parks and comprehensive programming.
  • Assists in the development, coordinates, and oversees capital/special projects, cooperative agreements, maintenance, facility schedules, facility reservations, programs/events and fiscal transactions.
  • Assists in development of procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations for the operation of the recreation facility, program or park.
  • Prepares, develops and monitors the annual budget, performance measures, statistics, program and service evaluations, marketing efforts and other daily administrative functions.
  • Serves as a liaison to County staff, community partners and training resource for matters pertaining to global parks and recreation best practices; serves on committees, community agency boards and councils; serves in of the absence of area Administrator.


  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in recreation or related field, preferably from a National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) accredited college or university; considerable experience in recreation program planning, implementation, evaluation and supervision; experience in parks and/or facility management
  • Must possess, or obtain within 30 days of hire, a valid Virginia driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record based on James City County’s criteria.
  • Must possess or obtain within 60 days of hire a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate and a First Aid Certificate from the American Red Cross; Certified Park and Recreation Professional certification from the National Recreation and Park Association preferred.
  • Knowledge of varying types of demographics and associated needs; planning a wide range of recreation activities; growth and development and safety and health practices of varying age groups; safety and liability of facility, program or park; leadership techniques, principles and procedures to assign work, schedule, supervise, train and evaluate the work of assigned staff.
  • Skill in use of computer software, especially Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting and with children, families, to include seniors, citizens with disabilities and low-income families; staff, and community partners and contacts; solve complex problems; work efficiently and effectively under pressure; communicate effectively both in writing and orally.

Click here for full job description. Accepting applications until position is filled. However, applications submitted by 11:59 pm EST on 9/10/2021 will have first priority in consideration. Cover letters and resumes may also be attached, but a fully completed application is required in order for your application to be considered.

Required Experience

Considerable experience in recreation program planning, implementation and evaluation; leading and supervising diverse staff and volunteers; coordination and management of multiple program areas, parks and/or facilities (to include, but not limited to Special Events, Special Interests, Sports, Outdoors, Inclusion/Therapeutic Recreation, Neighborhood Outreach, etc.).

Employee Benefits

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