Director, Parks & Recreation - 3210

Career Purpose


Performs a variety of complex professional and administrative work in planning, developing, scheduling, directing and implementing a year round, citywide parks and recreation program.

Salary Range: $77,000 to $90,000 DOQ

NOTE: This position will be filled once a qualified candidate is interviewed and chosen. However, due to the current pandemic, interviews will be intermittent and may take a while longer. Thank you for your patience.

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  • Manages and supervises assigned operations to achieve goals within available resources; reviews program areas, implements changes or new programs to meet recreational needs of community, and maintains a current parks and recreation master plan.
  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
  • Provides professional advice to supervisors; makes presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public. Promotes interest in parks and recreation programs through publicity, joint program brochures with various community groups, and public contacts; speaks before citizens groups, students and other organizations.
  • Communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff and the general public. Maintains liaison with other departments as well as state, local, and other public officials. Assures compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
  • Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures.


To perform this job satisfactorily, the individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in recreation, education, physical education, business, public administration and five years of progressively responsible experience in parks and recreation programs or municipal government; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern parks and recreation programs; thorough knowledge of equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive park and recreation program; extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of maintenance, construction, and use of public buildings and park facilities; considerable knowledge of community recreation needs and resources; working knowledge of the principles and practices of office management, work organization and supervision; knowledge of public administration  practices and problems.
  • Skill in the use and operation of the following tools and equipment:  personal computer, including word processing software; calculator; copy and fax machine; phone; mobile or portable radio; automobile.
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement a comprehensive community park and recreation program; Ability to coordinate, analyze, and utilize a variety of reports and records; Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, and the public.
  • Valid Oklahoma driver's license or ability to obtain one prior to hire.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, or moderately noisy when in the field.                        


The personal contacts are typically with key officials or representatives of organizations that could have an unusually significant impact on the programs and policies involved in the work. The purpose of the contacts is to justify, defend, negotiate, or settle matters involving problems or issues of considerable consequence, importance or controversy. The persons contacted typically have diverse viewpoints, goals or objectives requiring the employee to achieve a common understanding of the problem and satisfactory solution by convincing them, arriving at a compromise, or developing suitable alternatives.


The employee is supervised by the City Manager who provides long-range managerial direction. The employee generally proceeds independently in accordance with general plans, policies and purpose of the department. Work products are considered technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. Decisions and recommendations are viewed for accomplishment of objectives and compliance with department policy.


This employee provides third full supervisory level with second line supervisory staff. Provides direct supervision for up to seven professional, supervisory and management staff members and indirect supervision of more than 60 employees.


The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

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Application Instructions

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