Organization Parks, Recreation & Facilities (PRF) Department - City of Portland, Maine
Location Portland, Maine
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Jan 31, 2023

DEPUTY DIRECTOR – Parks, Recreation & Facilities (PRF) Department – Full-Time, 37.5 hour position.

This position will be a key part of the Leadership team that implements the mission of Portland’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities: to enhance the quality of life through people, parks and programming while creating lasting memories for the citizens of Portland and its visitors.

The City of Portland PRF Department consists of 68 parks, 30 playgrounds, over 20,000 street trees, 11 community gardens, 50+ miles of trails, 39 athletic fields and various winter recreation areas. The Department operates the 30-hole Riverside Golf Course, Troubh Ice Arena, historic Merrill Auditorium, Ocean Gateway, and the Portland Expo. The Department provides recreational and community programming for tens of thousands of children, adults and seniors of all abilities. The Department manages outside events, races, and concerts throughout the City, and manages facilities and leases of multiple professional minor league sports teams. The Department manages maintenance and capital improvements for all of Portland’s public buildings, piers and waterfront facilities. The Department manages cruise ship arrivals and departures. The Department manages 13 cemeteries with hundreds of burials annually, and oversees plowing of 120 miles of City sidewalks, school parking lots, and park roads.

The Deputy Director position will work with the Director to directly oversee daily operations of the Department, with multiple Division Director reports. The Deputy Director will ensure smooth communication and coordination between Divisions and other City Departments. The Deputy will help implement employee safety and training programs, and to be part of employee recognition and performance management. The Deputy will collaborate with dozens of neighborhood associations, parks friends groups, and appointed commissions. The Deputy will serve as part of the leadership team for our Department of over 150 permanent employees, and up to 500 seasonal and on-call employees, providing leadership, mentorship, and supervision. The Deputy will serve as the Acting Director in the absence of the Director.

Requirements of Work: Graduation from a college or university with a BS degree in Parks and Recreation Management/Administration or Public Administration or a related degree, or 10 years combined education and experience. Considerable knowledge of the City, State and federal laws governing municipal government. Considerable knowledge of Parks and Recreation field. Proven ability to analyze a variety of personnel and management problems and make recommendations for their solution, and to prepare working procedures. Significant financial experience, including creating and monitoring budgets. Experience working with labor unions. Experience working with diverse populations. Excellent communication skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department employees, other governmental officials, the City Manager, City Council, Department Heads, members of Boards and Commissions and the general public. Ability to present information and express ideas effectively both orally and in writing. Considerable knowledge of the laws, ordinance and regulations relating to human resources, safety and operations.

Desired Experience and Training: Certified Parks and Recreation Professional

Necessary Special Requirements: Must possess a valid Class C driver’s license in good standing. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory criminal conviction background.

This position is non-union – D72 grade position with a starting pay of $107,702/annually

Accepting applications until the vacancy is filled.

City Benefits –

Permanent employees receive a generous benefits package that includes paid holidays; employee health insurance; sick and vacation leave; optional life, dental, vision and income protection insurances; choice of retirement plans; and tuition reduction program with the University of Southern Maine and Thomas College.

The City of Portland is strongly committed to diversity in its workforce.

Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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