Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, Colorado, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees.  Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision.  At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values: Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

In the City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Department, our mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.  PROS continually strives to fulfill our vision to connect with the community and be acknowledged as an essential service defining the quality of life in Aurora.  Our sole purpose is serving our community, constituents and the environment, while being an effective steward of our financial and nature resources. 
Our PROS Department encourages employees to be:

  • Dedicated: In developing and maintaining excellent facilities and places for public recreation and community building
  • Empathetic: In our ability to understand and have compassion for the feelings and needs of our citizens, customers and coworkers
  • Fulfilled: In our enjoyment of serving the community and in our work to provides beautiful and well maintained parks and open spaces, excellent golf courses for all abilities, unique special events, and recreational facilities and dynamic programs for every age   
  • Business Services Division
  • Golf Division
  • Parks Operations and Maintenance Division
  • Planning, Design, and Construction Division
  • Open Spaces and Natural Resources Division
  • Recreation Services Division
  • Special Events and Marketing Division
  • An annual operating budget of nearly $14 million
  • 90 full-time employees and over 1,000 seasonal staff (lifeguards, attendant, and instructors)
  • 3 large and 3 small recreations centers
  • Approved funding to design and build 4th large recreation center
  • 4 indoor pools and 6 outdoor pools
  • 220 acre Aurora Sports Park with synthetic turf fields attracting over 560,000 visitors annually
  • Over 100 athletic field
  • Recreation programs for all ages: enrichment, senior services, adult and youth sports, fitness, preschools, afterschool, camps, therapeutic recreation, cooking, and more...
Our ideal candidate must demonstrate a high degree of competency in organizational leadership, personnel and financial management, communications, strategic planning, and community relations.
Organizational Leadership
Do you...
  • Build teams, and inspire organizational development and community action
  • Establish collaborative systems and relationships in complex organizations
  • Manage a large and diverse workforce
Personnel and Financial Management
Will you...
  • Commit to efficient, effective, and equitable investment of public, financial and human resources to achieve policy goals
  • Deliver products and/or services within an established multi-million dollar expense and revenue budget
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principals and practices of public administration
Are you...
  • Talented in navigating difficult conversations and identify solutions
  • Experienced in establishing and maintaining working relationships with management peers, other City employees, Board members, public and private section officials and citizen groups
Strategic Planning
Have you...
  • Identified opportunities to carry out core functions more efficiently
  • Foster a culture of creativity and innovation
Community Relations
Can you...
  • Leverage public-private partnerships
  • Proactively pursue new and entrepreneurial funding tools
  • Represent the Department at after hour special events, celebrations, and other public functions

Please Visit City of Aurora Recreation Site for more information.
Recreation home page

**This posting is scheduled to close on Friday April 5, 2019 at 12:00 noon, however is subject to close at any time without prior notice.  Thank you**



  • Member of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department management team
  • Participates in the overall leadership of the department, and works to carry out the department's vision, mission, and values
  • Manages the Recreation Services Division including Recreation and Fitness, Aquatics, Sports Programs, Recreation Division Management, Special Programs (Preschool, 50+ adults, Therapeutics), and Youth Development Programs
  • Oversees use and maintenance of recreation facilities, school joint-use facilities, Aurora Center for Active Adults, Aurora Sports Park, Morning Star (adult day care center), Wheel Park, athletic fields and tennis courts
  • Substantial responsibility in concept, design, construction/renovation and determining priorities on divisions major maintenance and facility construction and renovation projects
  • Administers joint use contracts and agreements with school districts, private providers, and other agencies
  • Develops and reviews grant proposals
  • Develops promotional and informational communications
  • Represents department at meetings and on committees
  • Develops, institutes and proposes recreation policies
  • Coordinates complex projects
  • Prepares and monitors recreation quasi-enterprise/revenue fund, including expenditures
  • Establishes general work priorities and standards for the division
  • Assists in developing operational priorities, goals, objectives and long range planning based on department and city goals/objectives
  • Makes recommendations to the Director regarding selection, hiring, training, evaluating and disciplining assigned employees
  • Supervises assigned employees
  • Serves as staff support for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Performs additional duties as assigned
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement



  • Bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration, Public Administration, Business Administration or related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of full-time professional local government experience demonstrating progressively responsible roles
  • A minimum of 10 years of full-time professional experience managing a large multi-level organization that serves a community of at least 150,000 people (Preferred)
A combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements on a year for year basis.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and operating requirements of a large municipal recreation and leisure services program; recreation program design, development and management; facilities maintenance; computer operations and capabilities; quasi-enterprise/revenue fund management and administration; budgeting; and financial management including demonstrated experience in cash management and budget control. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, citizens and elected officials; handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and fulfill goals and objectives; direct and effectively supervise a large workforce; and manage and administer budgets.
  • Strong interpersonal, decision-making, and managerial skills. Skill in the use of personal computers, including spreadsheet, word processing and data base programming.


Physical Demands: 

  • Sedentary physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds; occasional lifting, carrying, walking and standing; vision to read and interpret reports and other written documents; hand/eye coordination for operation of computer keyboard; frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens.
Work Environment:  
  • Works in a clean, comfortable environment.
Equipment Used: 
  • Personal computer and various office equipment.
For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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