Parks and Recreation Operations Director

City of Somerville

Parks & Recreation Operations Director

Recreation Department

The Park & Recreation Operations Director has responsibility for managing operations and implementing policies through development of operational procedures, and managing personnel and budget matters of the City of Somerville Parks and Recreation. The Park & Recreation Operations Director assists the Director in the administration of the operations of the department.

  • Directly, and through subordinates, manages the operations and maintenance of recreation field/facilities areas including: setting standards for acceptable levels and methods of facility operations; conducting inspections of field/facilities and recreational areas; recommending and implementing new field projects and improvements; and researching necessary resources and recommending systems and procedures to carry out projects.
  • Administers the budget for Veterans/Founders Ice Rink including monitoring and approving budget expenditures, and making revenue and expenditure adjustments to stay within budget; provides recommendations for the budget based on analysis of various regional park needs such as position allocation and equipment needs.
  • Provides recommendations for and ensures compliance with operational policies, priorities, and standards relating to field/facilities operations in order to achieve long and short-term program objectives; establishes systems for monitoring programs; develops long-term work plans; develops goals and objectives for assigned area; and participates in developing department wide goals and objectives.
  • Interviews and selects candidates for employment; supervises and trains staff; recommends and takes action on personnel matters; evaluates subordinate staff; and interprets and ensures compliance with MOU’s and State contracts.
  • Develops a maintenance plan in collaboration with Parks and Recreation foreman and Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development (OSPCD). Collaboratively they direct and coordinate the grounds maintenance, horticultural, arboricultural, landscape and turf maintenance, and custodial activities within multiple City fields/facilities.
  • Manages difficult situations and unusual problems involving interpretation of department policies and reviews complaints from patrons and recommends solutions to supervisors.
  • Acts as liaison with the Recreation Commission, other City departments and contractors; coordinates special events held at City fields/facilities; and ensures that new construction and fields/facilities improvement projects coordinate with department operations as a whole.
  • Oversees adherence to Parks and Recreation rules and regulations; notifies vendors and users of violations; takes steps to seek compliance; contacts police and/or License and Inspections to enforce rules and regulations.
  • Participates in the interviewing, selection, orientation and training of new employees by subordinate supervisors; reviews recommendations for disciplinary actions; mediates problems that arise between supervisors and employees; acts as liaison with Human Resources to ensure compliance with civil service regulations; stays abreast of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and responds to requests for reasonable accommodation at parks and recreation facilities.
  • Submits regular and special reports on field/facilities operations; gathers and analyzes information for these reports; organizes and prepares reports.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of related experience and or an equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
  • Valid Massachusetts Class C Driver’s License is required.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of field/facilities operations management; City, State and Federal regulations concerning field/facilities operations; laws, ordinances and principles of field/facilities safety and enforcement activity; fiscal management and budget administration; project management, including the preparation of estimates and bid specifications; performance measurement; current management theory and practices; principles and practices of effective supervision and personnel management; and standard English grammar and usage.  Knowledge of emergency procedures, First Aid, and CPR.
  • Ability to apply the principles, practices, and current trends in the field of athletic field/facility planning and operations; develop and implement program goals, objectives, policies, and procedures. Ensure program operations integrate with department operations as a whole; formulate long range work plans; implement programs directly and through subordinates; manage competing priorities effectively; discuss and resolve differences among multiple parties.
  • Analyze and project needs and costs; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; collect and analyze data; make recommendations and independent decision and project consequences of decisions. Evaluate service levels and performance; develop and administer operating budgets.  Read and interpret City, State and Federal laws and regulations; access and use personal computer applications including word-processing; perform basic mathematical calculations; work independently; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; review, evaluate, and modify work methods; select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff; and plan, organize, and prioritize staff work assignments.
  • Ability to meet and deal with the public effectively and appropriately; ability to handle problems effectively; ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain confidential information; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to deal appropriately with employees, officials and members of the general public.
  • Excellent organizational skills; excellent data processing skill in the use of personal computers and office software including word, excel, and spreadsheet applications.

Salary: $80,000 per year; paid weekly at $1,538.46; plus benefits.

If a degree or certification is required for this position, you are encouraged to submit with your resume either a copy of your degree or certification OR official/unofficial transcripts which verify the date and degree obtained.  However, proof of this education requirement must be submitted prior to appointment.

Send your resume and cover letter by Friday, March 29, 2019 to: City Hall Personnel Office

93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax:  617-666-4426
TTY:  1-866-808-4851

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.


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