Chattanooga, TN, a “city in a park”, seeks a skilled parks professional driven by the absolute essential fact that our greatest cities have great parks. Chattanooga’s life is lived out loud in it’s treasured public parks, trails, recreation facilities, and conserved natural areas. The successful candidate for this leadership post will be a people focused culture-builder, who understands that people shape parks, and parks shape community.
Chattanooga, true to the spirit of nature as much as entrepreneurship, is the nation’s only two-time winner of Outdoor Magazine’s “Best Town Ever”. Nestled between mountains packed with trails, waterways, is a beautiful system of parks, greenways, and open spaces with accessibility to these amenities, making the “Scenic City” one of the most dynamic cities in the American South.
The Park Maintenance and Stewardship Director will guide a professional team of 44 full time staff that work 365 days a year on multiple shifts as stewards of over 1200 acres (and growing) of public parks, trails, and facilities.
This position reports directly to the Administrator of Parks & Outdoors. The Director will create conditions where staff are empowered, accountable, nimble and customer-focused partnerships are developed. They will deploy to increase effectiveness and efficiency, elevate learning as a tool of community advancement, and engage with community members to ensure One Chattanooga’s core value of equity is advanced through the public park and outdoors system.
From elegantly designed and master planned urban park landscapes, to small parks and playgrounds spread miles across the city with significant deferred maintenance needs, the Director will provide critical expertise and leadership helping the city elevate its standards of care, create a new urban ecology system, and with fellow colleagues, build a park system that is well loved, well used, and well cared for, highlighting our Southern Appalachian setting.