Home to the first territorial legislature and territorial governor in what later became the State of Kansas, Shawnee is now part of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Shawnee is one of the fastest growing cities and the third largest city in Johnson County. Situated in the northwestern corner of the county between Interstate 35 and the Kansas River to the west and north, Shawnee's convenient location, sense of community, and parks and recreational opportunities have attracted new residents for decades. With a current population of more than 68,000 residents, the City’s 42 square miles of land encompasses diverse residential neighborhoods including established neighborhoods, new subdivisions, lakeside estates, multi-family, townhomes, and senior communities.
The Parks and Recreation Department is a leader in creating a healthy community by promoting innovative and inclusive opportunities that fulfill each person’s mind, body, and spirit. The Department provides a wide range of services for the City, including park development, recreation programming, recreation and rental facilities, and grounds maintenance. The City of Shawnee is seeking a community oriented and forward thinking individual to serve as the Parks & Recreation Director. Under the direction of the City Manager, the Parks and Recreation Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Department including parks, recreational facilities, aquatics facilities, Shawnee Town 1929 museum, parks and facilities maintenance, and community programs.
The successful candidate will possess strong leadership and communication skills while providing support across all divisions of the Department. The successful individual will be creative and fiscally responsible in their efforts to offer amenities that enhance citizens' quality of life and continually work to improve the City of Shawnee's parks, facilities, and operations.
Requirements: • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in parks and recreation, horticulture, turf management, or a closely related field. A Master's degree is preferred. • At least ten (10) years of parks and recreation experience is required, with five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in executive management of a public agency. • Certification as a Park and Recreation Professional(CPRP) preferred. • If hired from outside of the Kansas City metropolitan area, relocation to Shawnee will be required within one year of employment.
The hiring salary range for this position is $120,000 - $140,000 annually.
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