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2/2/2024 - Employment Opportunity: Director of Parks & Recreation

The Town of Southbury is hiring a full-time Director of Parks & Recreation. The position is 35 hours/week and offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation, sick and personal leave, defined contribution plan with match, medical, dental and vision insurance as well as life and long-term disability insurance. Salary is commensurate with experience.

This position is responsible for managing the activities and personnel of the Parks & Recreation Department and ensuring the Town meets the recreation needs of the community.


  • Supervises department personnel and provides direction to staff and instructors in the administration of recreation programs for citizens of all ages.
  • Develops and manages the department budget and provides financial oversight of departmental activities.
  • Works with the Recreation Commission to develop the department’s strategic plan.
  • Develops and supervises a diversified program of recreational activities and services.
  • Maintains awareness of developments in the parks and recreation field and makes recommendations for new or enhanced program offerings.
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with local community agencies, instructors and the general public.
  • Evaluates community needs and trends and ensures effective and efficient department services.
  • Performs community outreach activities and promotes awareness of upcoming recreational programs and activities.
  • Effectively manages department staff and outside contractors and volunteer groups.
  • Required to work nights and weekends as necessary for special events, meetings and activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of recreation and leisure services.
  • Knowledge of community needs and programming options in the recreation field.
  • Ability to develop short- and long-range plans for programs and effectively present and market programming to the public.
  • Experience and knowledge of aquatics including programming and pool safety.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and experience with public speaking.
  • Knowledge of public administration and municipal government operations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited university with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation or Leisure Services plus five years of related experience. Equivalent combinations of experience and education may be considered.
  • Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.

Deadline to Apply:

Deadline for receiving applications is February 16, 2024.


Applications are available online. Please submit application and resume to


Town of Southbury is EOE/ADA employer. For more job listings, please visit Employment Opportunities page.