Director, Parks and Recreation – Overland Park, KS

Client: City of Overland Park, Kansas
Position: Director, Parks and Recreation
Closing Date: Appointment Made

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The City of Overland Park, Kansas offers a truly unique opportunity in an award-winning city. Following the retirements of its Parks Department Director and its Recreation Department Director, the City of Overland Park combined the two departments into a Parks and Recreation Department and is conducting a national search to select its next Director. Approaching 200,000 residents, Overland Park’s population is second only to Kansas City, Missouri in the Kansas City metropolitan area and is home to headline attractions such as the Scheel’s Overland Park Soccer Complex, the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. The City has over 80 parks, 50 playgrounds, 80 miles of bike trails, and dozens of sports fields and courts. The Parks and Recreation Department provides services through 76 full-time and 496 part-time employees, and an annual budget of $19.3 million. A typical way to qualify for this position is with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in parks and recreation administration, public administration, or a related field; and ten years progressively responsible management experience in parks and recreation, community services and facilities, or an equivalent level of experience. A Master’s degree and NRPA Certified Park & Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Park & Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification is desirable. The successful candidate will receive a highly competitive compensation package, DOQ, including an excellent benefit package.