Position Description

Director, Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources
Job Code 3945
Requisition Information
Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources

Opening Date:

Tentative Close Date:

County Region:
Central County (S. Fruitville - N. Clark)

County Administration Center 1660 Ringling Boulevard Sarasota, FL

# of openings:

Pay range:
$90,688 - $120,000

Who May Apply?:
Open to All

Position Type:
Full time

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Director, Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources:  Performs and oversees a variety of complex professional and administrative tasks including the planning of new parks and initiatives, administering the budget, strategic planning, increasing revenue streams, and building partnerships.  Responsible for the development, organization, staffing, coordinating, directing and controlling of all policies, procedures, functions and operations of the Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources system (PRNR).  Develops high performing employees, seeks opportunities for collaborations, and studies the needs of the community.  Leverages Parks and Recreation services to achieve community health, economic and environmental sustainability. 

Subject to Passing Substance Screening

This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening.  An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five years.


  • Develops positive relations and partnerships with the community; coordinates responses to citizen concerns and complaints; resolves issues; develops public understanding and participation in PRNR programs through public-relations activities; ensures the coordination of marketing efforts, and develops cooperative planning and working relationships within County government, local agencies and organizations interested in local PRNR issues.
  • Develops and implements PRNR’s mission and vision, long-range operation plans and goals, assigns and adjusts priorities to meet shifting long-range plans and emergencies; oversees planning and research activities for Park development programs that will meet the needs of the community; oversees the development of major capital plans, improvements and acquisition of lands.
  • Strategically plans, presents and administers annual budget; monitors expenditures to ensure fiscal responsibility; ensures research is conducted to confirm the feasibility and costs of alternative methods of providing services to the public and recommend improvements.
  • Ensures supervision of staff in the performance of their duties including: assigning and prioritizing duties; reviewing and approving work; providing input regarding performance, reward, recognition, and discipline issues; develops a high-performing team.
  • Develops and implements operating policies, procedures, and practices for PRNR; monitors operations to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, rules, and policy.
  • Collaborates with service providers, maintains effective working relationships and serves as a source of PRNR information to County Administration, the leadership team, the public, PRNR advisory boards (ESLOC and PARC), Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Friends of the Legacy Trail, Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA), the Baltimore Orioles and other partners.
  • Oversees Visit Sarasota County and Arts Cultural Alliance Grant Program contacts.
  • Manages proactive assessments of fraud awareness, prevention, detection and risk mitigation activities in area of responsibility; oversees financial, compliance, operational and performance audits; reviews audit findings and ensures appropriate controls are established and implemented.


Minimum Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Parks & Recreation, Public Administration, Business Administration or other related field and 10 years of progressively responsible related experience OR a Master’s Degree with eight (8) or more years of progressively responsible related experience; six (6) or more years of supervisory/management experience.

Preferred Qualifications:  Previous work as a high-level manager is preferred; advanced professional certification highly desirable. Master’s Degree preferred as well as the CPRP.

Job Competencies:  Advanced knowledge of the principles, practices and operations of parks, recreation and Natural Resource management as well as development of strategic plans, operating budgets, capital improvement plans, and budget monitoring/control. General knowledge of and the ability to foster and maintain inter-governmental partnerships; customer-friendly demeanor, good judgment, tactful and courteous within a high-pressure environment and must be highly flexible and capable of handling multiple tasks simultaneously. Must possess exceptional customer service skills, public speaking skills, and advanced written and oral communication skills.










Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.

Drug Free Work Environment             EOE/AA/ADA 

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