Commissioner of Parks & Recreation

Department/Agency of position: 
Town of North Hempstead
Location of position: 
New Hyde Park, NY
Date Posted: 
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Closing Date: 
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Job Description: 

The Town of North Hempstead is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic parks and recreation professional with strong management and communications skills to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation.  The Department consists of more than 1,000 acres of both active and passive facilities, including two beaches, five outdoor pools, an indoor aquatics center, a privately managed golf complex with an 18-hole championship and 9-hole executive course, three community centers, including a state-of-the-art LEED-certified building, and more than two dozen natural and artificial playing fields.

The Commissioner oversees a staff with approximately 80 full-time employees and over 300 part-time and seasonal employees, and a combined operating budget of approximately $16 million.

Under the direction of the Town Supervisor and six Town Council members, the Commissioner supervises the day-to-day operations of the parks system, including a diverse array of recreational programming, operating and capital spending, purchasing, facility maintenance, community outreach, and event management and development.  The Commissioner interacts frequently with the elected leadership of the Town, attends public meetings, develops short and long range plans for both operations and facilities, recommends fees to the Town Board and manages numerous contracts with outside entities for a wide variety of services.

The successful candidate will be innovative, enthusiastic, professional, and have excellent communication skills.  Strong team building and staff development expertise is essential, and experience in working in a unionized environment is preferred.

A Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Leisure Services, Parks Administration, or a related field is strongly desired, as is a minimum of seven years in a senior management capacity as a recreation professional, or in a hands-on management capacity with significant experience managing complex organizations and working with customers.

Final salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications.  The Town offers a broad benefit package, generous leave, and both a pension and deferred comp plan.

Send resume plus cover letter summarizing qualifications and salary requirements and email to Bob Weitzner, Commissioner of Finance and Human Resources, at