Director of Parks and Recreation

Town of Chapel Hill
January 3, 2019
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Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation seeks a visionary leader for their next Director.  If you are an outstanding project manager who is interested in shaping the footprint of parks in Chapel Hill, inspiring innovation in recreation programming, establishing new public-private partnerships and attracting and developing talented staff to serve a broad set of customers, this opportunity is for you.  The department has a comprehensive master plan with capital projects in the pipeline.  The next Director must have a servant leader philosophy with strategic planning and implementation skills.  The position is open due to a retirement.

Key priorities of the new Director will include:  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 other regional park systems, nonprofits, K-12 schools and universities as well as Town departments such as Housing, Public Safety and the Library, in order to deliver more effective programs to a larger audience; facilitating vision development and managing capital projects related to land that has been designated for parks and greenways; and, responding to community survey feedback to place more emphasis on the number of walking and biking trails, the maintenance of Town parks, and the Quality of Town recreation programs for seniors.

Qualifications:  The candidate’s work history must include well rounded experience across both parks and recreation divisions with five (5) or more years of successful and progressive levels of responsibility.   Municipal parks and recreation experience and a bachelor’s degree are required while a relevant master’s degree and CPRP certification are strongly preferred. The hiring range is $85,405.00 - $115,000.00. Compensation is negotiable based upon experience and qualifications. Information about the Town’s benefits can be found by clicking here (or by copying and pasting: To apply, please go to and click on the Director, Parks and Recreation – Chapel Hill 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 Chapel Hill on March 21-22, 2019.   Application review begins February 4, 2019.  All inquiries should be emailed to    EOE.

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