Come to one of the most vibrant and progressive cities in North Carolina to lead the accredited Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) Department. If you are passionate about social equity and the lifelong pursuit of wellness and engagement through Parks and Recreation, Durham is seeking its next Director. The Director must have a track record of inspiring innovation in recreation programming, establishing new public-private partnerships and attracting and developing talented staff to serve a broad set of customers. The department has a comprehensive master plan with capital projects in the pipeline. The position is open due to a retirement.
Durham County, located in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, is home to Research Triangle Park and is one of the most economically competitive regions in the world. Research and development from many private and federal labs have fueled business and economic growth here and has made the region a world leader in life sciences, information technology, and clean technology.
Consistently ranked among the top places to live, work and play, Durham is a magnet for talent, which helps attract innovative companies working in high- growth industries. Durham, the “City of Medicine,” has long been known for world-class medical facilities, including top-ranked Duke University Medical Center, and an industry-leading pharmaceutical sector. More recently, it’s become a hotspot for entrepreneurs and high-tech startups, propelled by the launch of American Underground, a startup incubator and accelerator. Durham boasts a premier performing arts center and the Durham Bulls AAA baseball team. In addition to Duke University, Durham is home to North Carolina Central University, the nation’s first public Historically Black College and University, now a major center for biotech and bio-manufacturing R&D, and Durham Technical Community College, a key partner in preparing a competitive workforce. Private investment is flourishing, redeveloping former tobacco and textile warehouses and historic buildings into mixed-use developments filled with trendy housing options, restaurants, artist studios, retail spaces, and small businesses.
The City’s highly diverse population is over 270,000, representing a more than 20% increase within a decade. Centrally located, Durham is a few hours’ drive from the beautiful North Carolina coast to the East and the Appalachian Mountains to the West.
City Government Overview:
The City of Durham operates under a Council/Manager form of government with a budget of $388.1M, AAA bond ratings and approximately 2500 employees working across 24 departments. The Parks and Recreation Director reports to the Deputy City Manager. The City’s day to day management and plan for future growth is managed by a new Strategic Plan for 2019-2021 Durham: What’s Next? which includes in its vision the desire to make Durham a great place to live, work and play. The Parks and Recreation program plays an integral role, along with other partners, in making that vision a reality.
The City prides itself on community engagement and offers multiple ways for the community to become involved and stay informed from 27 Advisory Boards and Commissions, to state of the art communication tools such as an open data Web platform, and social media, to community surveys. More information about the City can be found at https://durhamnc.gov/.
About Durham Parks and Recreation: DPR is one of 24 departments and has 127 full-time and up to 350 part-time employees with an operating budget of $16M and over $37M in planned capital improvements (in the current 10-year CIP Plan). DPR offered over 1,400 programs and served over 118,000 patrons through programs, rentals, and services in Fiscal Year 2019.
Through a Master Plan, the Department plans, organizes, and conducts a diverse system of recreational, cultural, and athletic programs. The Department also plans and maintains park facilities and grounds, including lakes, greenways, trails, and athletic fields. The Director also works with the Recreation Advisory Commission.
The department has three divisions: Administration, Recreation and Planning, Maintenance and Athletics through which is manages diverse assets. DPR contains 68 parks for a total of 1800 acres of parkland and operates nine recreation centers, 56 playgrounds, five outdoor and indoor pools, two lakes, and two heritage parks plus maintaining 29 miles of paved trails including significant parts of the American Tobacco Trail. There are also five “special use” facilities under the department’s management, including the Armory, the CCB Plaza, the Clubhouse at Forest Hills, Spruce Pine Lodge, the Holly Grove campsite, and the downtown DPR Administrative Office. This system serves both City and County residents.
collaborating with staff to develop and implement plans to shape the department of the future with increasingly more retirements over the next 3-5 years in order to flexibly respond to changing trends and preferences in parks and recreation services;
working with community partners such as Universities, other regional park systems, nonprofits, K-12 schools and universities as well as City departments such as Housing, Public Safety and the Library, in order to deliver more effective programs to a larger audience;
launching an update of the Master Plan;
managing capital projects related to land that has been designated for parks and greenways; and,
working with staff to capitalize on DPR strengths and enhance employee engagement with a culture of inclusiveness, consistency, and accountability.
The successful candidate has a track record of success and is:
dedicated to building a cohesive and high performing team throughout the department as well as the development of individual employees;
an outstanding project manager with experience in capital project implementation and programming innovation;
a proactive collaborator who easily builds partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
skilled and creative in revenue and budget management, leveraging resources, and working effectively with Parks and Recreation partners to maximize complex partnerships within a City departmental system;
experienced in accreditation and leading the department through continuing reaccrediting cycles;
an excellent and effective communicator, including one on one, small groups and public speaking, who confidently and persuasively engages citizens, community groups, staff, and Council;
an active participant in community relations through personal support of and engagement in departmental programs; and,
a passionate educator and advocate for the department and its employees.
Salary and Benefits: The full hiring range is $100,561 – $160,894. Starting salary will depend on experience and qualifications. The City provides an excellent benefits package. Visit www.durhamnc.gov/HRbenefits to learn more. There is a residency requirement to live within the corporate city limits of Durham within 18 months of appointment to the position.
To apply, please go to http://www.developmentalassociates.com and click on the Director, Parks and Recreation – Durham link on the left side of the home page. All applications must be submitted online, it is not sufficient to submit only a resume. Semi-finalists will participate in on-site assessments in Durham on March 21-22, 2020. Application review begins February 4, 2019. All inquiries should be emailed to email@example.com. EOE
Qualifications: The candidate’s work history must include well-rounded experience across both parks and recreation divisions with ten (10) or more years of successful and progressive levels of responsibility and previous supervisory experience. Municipal parks and recreation experience and a bachelor’s degree are required while a relevant master’s degree and CPRP certification are strongly preferred.
About City of Durham
The City of Durham which is the County Seat of Durham County, is located in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, home to Research Triangle Park and one of the most economically competitive regions in the world. Research and development from the region’s three major research universities – Duke University in Durham, North Carolina State University in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – and many private and federal labs have fueled business and economic growth here for more than half a century and made the region a world leader in life sciences, information technology and clean technology. Durham is home to North Carolina Central University, the nation’s first public Historically Black College and University, now a major center for biotech and bio-manufacturing R&D, and Durham Technical Community College, a key partner in preparing a competitive workforce. Consistently ranked among the top places to live, work and play, Durham is a magnet for talent, which helps attract innovative companies working in high- growth industries. Durham, the “City of Medicine,” has long been known for world-class medical facilities, including top-ranked Duke Universi...ty Medical Center, and an industry-leading pharmaceutical sector. More recently, it’s become a hotspot for entrepreneurs and high-tech startups, propelled by the launch of American Underground, a startup incubator and accelerator. Downtown Durham is home to a premier performing arts center and newly renovated Durham Bulls AAA baseball stadium. Private investment has continued, redeveloping former tobacco and textile warehouses and historic buildings in many parts of the city into trendy, mixed-use developments filled with cool housing options, restaurants, artist studios, retail spaces and small businesses. The population of Durham County is 267,587 in 2010. Over the previous decade, the County’s population has grown by more than 41,500, representing an increase of about 20%. This increase represented 11 new residents and five new households for every day of the past 10 years. Natural growth (births minus deaths) accounted for a little more than 1/3 of the increase, while net migration (in-migration minus out-migration) accounted for almost 2/3 of the expansion. ??Much of Durham County’s growth occurred within the City of Durham. The City's population grew from 187,035 to 228,330 during the period 2000-2010, representing a decade-long increase of 22%. By the end of calendar year 2015, Durham County’s population had grown to 293,492. The City of Durham’s population increased to 252,800 during the same period.??The City expanded in size from about 98 square miles in 2000 to over 106 square miles in 2010. By mid-2016, the City had grown to 110.5 square miles in extent. Centrally located, Durham is a few hours’ drive from the beautiful North Carolina coast to the East and the Appalachian Mountains to the West.