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Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

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The Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) has 7 divisions: Planning, Design & Construction, Open Space and Natural Resources, Business Services, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Golf, and Special Events and Marketing. The department has a $44M operating budget and $40M capital budget, along with 300 full-time and 1,200+ part-time/seasonal staff. 

PROS Offerings:

  • 3,000 Acres of Open Space 
  • 97 Developed Parks 
  • 91 Miles of Trails 
  • 5 Golf Courses 
  • 10 Pools, Splashgrounds
  • 9 Special Events 
  • 3 Nature Centers 
  • 2 Reservoirs 
  • 6 Recreation Centers 
  • 180 Athletic Fields 
  • 150 Reservable Park Shelters 
  • 25,000 Trees
PROS Awards Include:
  • Award-winning Annual Special Events (International Festivals and Events Association)
  • Columbine Award Winner for Innovative Programming: Zombie Apocalypse Camp (Colorado Parks and Recreation Association)
  • Columbine Award Winner for Renovation: Moorhead Recreation Center (Colorado Parks and Recreation Association) 
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Award Winner for Excellence in Construction: Moorhead Recreation Center 
  • Highest Ranked Park System in Colorado (Trust for Public Land) 
  • No. 23 Best Park System in the U.S. (Trust for Public Land)


Under the general direction of the Deputy City Manager, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space manages a department responsible for planning, coordinating, administering and directing the operation of the City's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department in pursuit of the City's mission to maintain and enhance the overall function and appearance of its infrastructure. This position requires comprehensive knowledge of principles, practices, and operating requirements of a parks and open space system; urban and parks design concepts; capital improvement program administration; contract administration; building, facilities and grounds maintenance; municipal management, budgeting, long range planning, and regulatory requirements.

Typical responsibilities:

  • Establishes and maintains short and long-range departmental plans, strategies, priorities, goals and objectives
  • Manages the continued growth of the community by ensuring amenities and facilities are properly maintained and offerings are meeting the needs of citizens
  • Develops and implements parks and open space master plan
  • Participates in negotiations for acquisition of public parks and open space Administers the Conservation Trust Fund, Arapahoe County Open Space fund and Adams County Open Space fund and enterprise funds according to applicable rules and regulations 
  • Obtains gifts and grants to enhance the department's ability to provide services
  • Develops and negotiates intergovernmental agreements for the joint provision of facilities and services 
  • Negotiates contracts and public property acquisitions
  • Serves as liaison to boards, commissions, and citizens groups 
  • Makes presentations to City Council, Advisory Boards and community groups 
  • Develops City policies on parks and open space matters and makes recommendations to City Council and/or City Manager 
  • Oversees the selection, hiring, training, evaluation, disciplining and supervision of departmental employees 
  • Prepares and manages the departmental budget and identifies untapped resources to bridge the gap for funded and unfunded projects
  • Develops and oversees capital improvement programs
  • Coordinates operations with other City departments



  • Bachelor's degree in parks administration, recreation management, business administration or directly related field. Master's degree preferred.
  • At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the field including at least 5 years supervisory experience at a senior management level.
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
  • Public sector experience is a must, and Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) credentials are a plus. 

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