Parks & Recreation Director

Bristol, TN

The city of Bristol TN is currently accepting applications for a Director of Parks & Recreation                                     

 Salary: $82, 307.66 - $102,884.59


  • This position directs the Parks & Recreation Department through delegation of responsibility to division and section heads for its day-to-day operations
  • Administers a diverse recreation program and municipal park system, which includes municipal parks and open space, trails, and athletic complexes.
  • Supervises the acquisition, development, improvement, and maintenance of parks, public recreation and cultural facilities.
  • Works to ensure that Parks and Recreation programming meets the needs of the residents of Bristol, Tennessee.


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Direct services, including the planning, acquisition, construction, and maintenance of parks, landscaping, street medians, open spaces, and trails.
  • Facilitate activities such as arts, recreation, and leisure services program activities.
  • Manage departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels and allocate resources accordingly.
  • Participate on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees including the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate personnel including departmental staff and program contractors; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
  • Review, initiate, conduct and implement appropriate corrective action for under-performing staff.
  • Inspect and evaluate the adequacy of existing parks, grounds maintenance activities, and recreation and leisure programs.
  • Coordinate the development of the Department’s Strategic Plan and a comprehensive capital improvements program. Conduct and/or supervise any research, surveys, and feasibility studies necessary for development of these plans and programs.
  • Direct the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as necessary.
  • Plan and coordinate efforts to receive federal, state, and local funds; supervise preparation of grant applications.
  • Direct the collection of recreation-related fees, charges, and lease agreements for City parks.
  • Maintain good relations with the public.  Develop, maintain and supervise an effective program for handling citizen complaints and inquiries.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive marketing program to promote the department’s image, parks
  • Design and implement Departmental Staff Development Program and ensure parity across the department.
  • Review or cause the review of all safety policies, accident/injury reports, and suggestions relative to safety and loss control so as to maintain a safe and healthy department.
  • Represent the Department to and coordinate assigned activities with other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Administration, Recreation or Park Management, or a related field with eight (8) to ten (10) years of recreation programming. Master’s degree a plus.
  • At minimum five (5) to eight (8) years of progressive management experience with background in developing and managing budgets; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, direct, and motivate the work of professional and administrative staff.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of computers, Microsoft Office features, and other basic software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to perform high-level analytical tasks.
  • Working knowledge of department policy, laws, and regulations.
  • Ability to use good judgment and think quickly and rationally in difficult or stressful situations.
  • Ability to analyze and categorize data and information in order to determine the relationship of the data with reference to criteria/standards.  Ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure and/or sort data and information.  Ability to assemble, copy, record, and transcribe data.  Ability to classify, compute and tabulate data.
  • Ability to persuade, convince, sell and train others, including the ability to act in a lead capacity.
  • Ability to advise and interpret on how to apply policies, procedures and standards to specific situations.
  • Ability to utilize advisory data and information such as financial statements, technical operating manuals, procedures, guidelines, non-routine correspondence and laws.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City and State officials, private sector executives and business representatives, and the general public.
  • Excellent work history and attendance record.                                                                                                                             

To be considered, candidates must complete an online application at: