Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation

City Of Wentzville   Wentzville, MO   Full-time     Sports and Recreation / Fitness
Posted on March 21, 2024
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Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation

$107,837.00 - $123,242.00 Salary/year

The City of Wentzville is a rapidly growing organization dedicated to providing exceptional municipal services to our community. We are seeking a highly experienced and dynamic professional to join our team as the Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation. This senior leadership role plays a pivotal part in the administration and direction of our comprehensive parks and recreation system.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead department operations and staff management, ensuring compliance with policies, goals, and objectives.
  • Develop and execute strategic initiatives to enhance operational efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability.
  • Mentor and coach staff members to foster their professional growth and development.
  • Position the department as a leading authority and innovator in parks and recreation.
  • Act as a key intermediary among departmental leaders, facilitating strategic planning and operational management.

Schedule Requirements:
The ideal candidate must have a flexible approach to work schedules, understanding the demands of the role may require attendance at events or meetings during evenings, weekends, and occasionally holidays. While we prioritize work-life balance, dedication to community engagement and public service excellence is essential.

Application Process:
Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and relevant certifications. The position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applicants are received.


Job Qualifications – Education, experience, and training that are required or desirable in order to effectively perform the job at the time of hire. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered. Additional requirements and/or substitutions may be requested and require the approval of HR.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Leisure Studies or a related field required.
  • Additional job experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Minimum of 8 years of related experience required.
  • Additional job-related advanced degrees or certifications may be considered in lieu of experience. 
  • Supervisory experience required.
  • CPR certification and training in First Aid required.
  • Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification preferred.
  • Valid driver's license required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills, and abilities commonly associated with this position.

  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of parks and recreation management.
  • Extensive knowledge of program development, event planning, and recreational activities.
  • Extensive knowledge in managing budgets and financial resources.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of safety regulations and procedures related to parks and recreation management.
  • Familiarity with current trends and issues related to parks and recreation management.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to maintain focused concentration.
  • Ability to provide exceptional service to internal and external customers. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Ability to direct and monitor division operations and services and implement procedural changes as needed to improve workflow and productivity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with supervisors, subordinates, co-workers, and customers by telephone, in writing, and in person.
  • Ability to develop goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work for self and others, as well as concentrate on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work on complex issues. 
  • Ability to direct and monitor department operations and services and direct procedural changes as needed to improve workflow and productivity.
  • Good judge of talent. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently and make responsible decisions.
  • Ability to use good judgment and think rationally in difficult or stressful situations.
  • Proficiency in the use of basic business software (word processing, spreadsheets, email, presentations) and basic office equipment.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential job duty. Job requires being reliable, responsible and dependable.

Apply online at or click APPLY NOW. The City of Wentzville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.


City Of Wentzville

1001 Schroeder Creek Blvd.
Wentzville , MO