DEPUTY DIRECTOR – Parks and Recreation

City of Fort Lauderdale, FL
November 19, 2023
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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The City of Fort Lauderdale employees possess a passion for public service demonstrated by a high degree of enthusiasm, self-reliance, and job proficiency. They effectively convey the vision and mission of the organization and provide excellent service and satisfaction to our internal and external customers.

The employee in this class is responsible for functions of a diverse and multifaceted department, handling a wide variety of special projects and assignments of high complexity and importance, and monitoring and overseeing projects to ensure satisfactory and timely completion. The employee relieves the Department Director of much operational detail in the functioning of the department and serves as Acting Director in the Director's absence. The employee exercises considerable initiative and independent judgment in determining work priorities, scheduling, assigning work and establishing goals and objectives.

The Parks and Recreation Department is a CAPRA Accredited Agency with over 400 full-time equivalent positions and an operating budget of over $70 Million Dollars. We have received the Playful City USA recognition due to efforts in increasing children's play opportunities. In addition, the Parks and Recreation Department is one of 759 Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE) Programs in the state.

This is a management level position that provides leadership of the Parks and Recreation Department. Under general direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation, the Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation is responsible for a variety of functions and programs that include organizing, managing, and directing the operations and activities as assigned. The Deputy Director will assist in providing vision and leadership to support a successful and high-performing department.

This position requires a high degree of technical expertise, excellent oral and written communication skills, integrity, managerial knowledge, and creative problem solving while using sound judgment within a time-sensitive public sector environment. This position will provide leadership and will work with stakeholders to facilitate, design, and implement City- wide initiatives, projects, and infrastructure needs.

This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

The City offers a wide variety of benefits to employees. In addition to the competitive benefits package and salary, the City participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) which offers an investment option and a pension option, and requires a 3% contribution from employees. New hires are automatically enrolled in FRS.

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This job classification is in Management Category I for benefits purposes, which includes Ten (10) additional management vacation days per calendar year and a monthly vehicle allowance of $390.00.

This is a non-classified "at-will" position and is not subject to Civil Service Rules or any collective bargaining agreement.

Additional information on the Parks and Recreation Department can be found at:


The duties of this position will include all of those duties set forth in the official job description.

Essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. The omission of a function does not preclude management from assigning essential duties not listed herein if such duties relate to the position.

  • Manages the work of assigned personnel; delegates and reviews work assignments; hires, trains, and evaluates performance
  • Resolves high priority/profile inquiries received from the City Manager's office, and the City Commission Office with regard to outside agency, local business leaders, neighbors, and visitors' requests for information or for services Interacts and coordinates with all divisions and other Departments in the City
  • Serves on boards and committees; prepares and makes presentations at Commission Meetings
  • Responsible for overseeing Capital Projects; forecasts funds required for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to executive management for improvement of the organization's policies, procedures, and practices on personnel matters
  • Assists with the development of the Department's annual budget; prepares periodic, routine, and special reports relating to the operation of the organization; prepares and justifies budget estimates; controls expenditures
  • Performs the duties of the Director in their absence.
  • Prepares and reviews cost-benefit studies and before and after studies for operational efficiencies
  • Performs related work as required

JOB REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT Bachelor's degree in recreation, public, or business administration; and seven (7) years of progressively responsible administrative or supervisory experience in managing recreation programs, human resources, budgets, grants programs and projects, and finance matters for a municipal department with a diversity of functions; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.Possess or be able to obtain a valid State of Florida driver's license within 30 days after hire
Relevant Masters DegreeCertified Parks and Recreation Professional or ExecutivePrior experience working for a government agency Special Requirements:
Essential Employees may be required to work during a declared emergency. The employee's Department Head will determine who will be required to work.


Work Environment Frequency Working in Designated Environment Office or similar indoor environment Frequently or Often Outdoor environment Sometimes
Street environment (near moving traffic) Sometimes
Construction site Sometimes
Confined Space Seldom or Never In the community (homes, businesses, etc.) Seldom or Never Lab Seldom or Never Warehouse environment Seldom or Never

The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand for brief periods of time.

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

Applications will be reviewed, and the hiring authority will contact those applicants whose application reflects the best match of experience for the position.

City of Fort Lauderdale
Tower Building - 101 NE 3rd Ave
Department of Human Resources - 14th Floor Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33301


The City of Fort Lauderdale offers a comprehensive benefits package to all regular full-time employees including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and short-term disability insurance.

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Closing Date/Time: 11/30/2023 11:59 PM Eastern

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