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Parks & Recreation Director
The City of Athens is searching for a skilled, energetic professional to be our next Director of Parks and Recreation. Athens is a growing, thriving municipality nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. The City is conveniently located off I-75 between Knoxville and Chattanooga with a population of 14,255. Athens has a state and national award-winning Recreation Department with 11 parks over 300 acres, highlighted by a 162-acre Regional Park, a 5.6 mile Rail to Trail conversion, and a nationally known Veterans Park. Additional facilities managed include a 5-field baseball/softball complex, farmers market, 7-field soccer complex, swimming pool, skate park,  and one of the largest splash pads in the east. Athens hosts multiple sports events throughout the year, including the annual Soap Box Derby.  

The director is responsible for performing professional and administrative work, planning, and directing all outdoor parks, recreation activities, special events, and comprehensive athletic programs, planning and preparing operating budgets and expenditures, and ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations, policies, and procedures. 

The director supervises nine (9) full time, one (1) part time, and up to 50 seasonal employees. The successful candidate will be responsible for the continued development and implementation of the recreation master plan, grant research, and preparation of grant applications and submissions. The director will develop relationships with the community to promote recreational opportunities.  
 A career with the City of Athens offers the opportunity to be a part of a thriving community that is expanding in a lot of different ways, education, community development, and culture. Our Why is that we believe in improving the human condition. We afford all citizens and guests a higher quality of life by providing the infrastructure and services that lead to a safer, happier, healthier, and more economically vibrant environment where people can succeed. Our internal culture is collaborative, creative, and supportive of each other and our commitment to making our city the best place to live and raise our families. The city offers a competitive benefit package that includes health, dental, and life insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave and retirement plan. 
Position: Parks & Recreation Director
Organization: Athens Parks & Recreation
Location: Athens,  TN 
United States
Posting Start Date: 11/23/2022
Date Posted: 11/23/2022
Requirements The successful candidate must have: 
Impeccable verbal and writing skills
High level of creativity
Ability to think analytically
Ability to manage stress and still keep a positive attitude
Outstanding skills in customer service
Conflict resolution experience
Proven capacity to meet deadlines
Enjoy fast paced work
Experience working collaboratively and independently
The education requirements of the position are a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or related field. Four (4) years of professional work experience is preferred, with experience in managerial and supervisory roles as a department head desired. The qualified candidate must possess and maintain a Tennessee driver’s license and acquire and maintain a Certified Park and Recreation Professional designation. 
Please submit your resume and cover letter to nedmonds@athenstn.gov. For more information about the Friendly City, visit our website at www.athenstn.gov. Resumes will be accepted through December 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.  
For more information, contact the Human Resource Department at the City of Athens, 815 N. Jackson Street, Monday through Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM at 423-744-2719.  
An Equal Opportunity Employer 
Status: This listing expires on: 12/14/2022
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Athens Parks & Recreation

Athens,  TN 
United States