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Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Loudoun County, Virginia


The Position

Loudoun County, VA, is seeking an experienced professional to lead parks, recreation and community services in one of the fastest-growing and wealthiest counties in the country. Under the direction of County Administration, the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services (PRCS) leads one of the largest departments in Loudoun County.

The Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services must work closely with the Board of Supervisors, the Board of Supervisors-appointed Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Board, the Commission on Aging (COA), and the Advisory Commission on Youth (ACOY) which provide advice regarding citizen needs, programs, services, facilities and new initiatives. The Director will provide strong leadership internally, managing divisions with a wide variety of services while also focusing externally to develop and foster partnerships with local businesses, community groups and other agencies.

The County is seeking candidates with strong management, coordination and collaboration skills,  and experience working with parks, recreation, and community services. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in Recreation Management, Leisure Services, Public Administration or related field with at least ten years of experience managing a major recreation or leisure service program and supervising staff. Experience in planning and opening new facilities and implementing innovative approaches to revenue generation, customer service delivery, and problem solving is highly desired. Membership in National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) and Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is preferred.

The Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department is currently staffed with approximately 500 FTEs, which is a mix of full time, part time, and temporary seasonal staff for a total of nearly 2,000 employees. The Department’s expenditure budget in 2014 was approximately $37,000,000. The divisions of the Department include Children’s Programs, Maintenance Services, Sports, Parks, Community Centers, Adaptive Recreation, Aging Services, Youth Services, Facilities Planning and Development, and Administration which also includes the County’s Horticulture and Volunteer Loudoun Programs.

  • The Children’s Programs Division provides County After School Activities (CASA) programs which build leisure, social, and physical skills for approximately 2,400 participants annually at 43 sites in addition to providing a comprehensive summer camp program with nearly 2,000 participants.The Maintenance Services Division is responsible for performing maintenance and repair on department property, facilities, and equipment. The Division is also responsible for snow removal operations and emergency response assistance. The Maintenance Services staff maintains 280 athletic fields, 24 playgrounds, 1,400 acres of unmanned park sites, and is currently involved in a major field renovation program.
  • The Sports Division provides youth and adults opportunities to participate in athletics by managing facility supervision of all game and practice sites to ensure participant and spectator safety for the 54,000 youth and 7,500 adults participating in sports leagues. The Division is also involved in planning and coordinating approximately 35 sports tournaments and 110 sports camps and clinics each year.
  • The Parks Division manages five parks: Claude Moore Park, Franklin Park, Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park, the Potomac Lakes Sportsplex and Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. The Division also provides a wide range of active and passive recreational opportunities to the public in addition to providing quality programs for 44,000 participants.
  • The Community Centers Division includes 10 community centers throughout Loudoun County and provides 4,800 successful programs for various age groups. Over 770,000 visitors of varying ages visit Loudoun County Community Centers each year. The County also operates a recreation center with an indoor pool and two outdoor swimming pools.
    The Adaptive Recreation Division provides accessible programs and activities for over 4,000 County residents with cognitive and physical disabilities.
  • The Aging Services Division plans, implements and promotes programs and services to enhance the well-being, independence and quality of life for older adults and their caregivers. This division meets the needs of a growing senior population by providing adult daycare, senior center activities, bus trips, and meals.
  • The Youth Services Division provides middle school and high school age youth with opportunities in recreational, educational and cultural events that promote leadership development and positive choices in the community. Services include multisession prevention and intervention programs, numerous special events, and community service opportunities.
  • The Facilities Planning & Development Division provides technical assistance and oversight for the Department by reviewing land development applications for recreational opportunities and other departmental facilities identified in the Capital Needs Assessment (CNA).

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned, confident professional that is knowledgeable in parks and recreation management, facilities management, budget, and human resources management.  He/she will be a strategic thinker with fresh ideas who collaborates well to find creative solutions.  The ideal director will be a strong leader capable of managing a large staff while fostering a culture that empowers decision-making at all levels of the organization.  The County desires a passionate leader who has demonstrated his/her ability to work effectively with schools and nonprofit organizations on facilities, programming, and service delivery.  The ideal candidate will have managed complex, customer-focused organizations¬ and have experience with programming in a growing community with a diverse constituency.  He/she will be able to balance day-to-day operational needs while also looking ahead to ensure the County remains a leader in providing the best services and facilities for Loudoun’s residents, businesses, and visitors.  He/she will also coordinate with other County departments that PRCS depends upon for services and information to ensure the divisions perform effectively and efficiently.

The Community

Loudoun County, VA, “DC’s Technology Corridor,” is an innovative, globally competitive community known for its favorable business environment, exceptional quality of life, and strong sense of community.  Located in northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is a growing and thriving community of more than 336,000 residents. Loudoun has been one of the fastest growing communities of its size for the last decade.  The County’s eastern area is mainly suburban in character while its western area is more rural, including small towns, horse farms, and more than 160,000 acres of well-preserved open space. The County includes Dulles International Airport in the southern part of the county, a major facility serving nearly 30 million passengers every year. Additionally, the Washington D.C. Metro is currently expanding into Loudoun County with the extension of the Silver Line – scheduled for completion in 2018 – that will allow residents to travel conveniently into Washington, D.C.  Ranked by Forbes Magazine as the wealthiest county in the United States in 2012, Loudoun County is experiencing an exciting period of development and the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department must provide programs to meet the needs of the County’s growing and increasingly diverse population.


The hiring salary range is $140,000 to $150,000, with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

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You can apply online right here, just click the button to get started. Candidates will need to submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 – 5 professional references. Application deadline: May 12, 2014.


Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or by telephone to (240) 832-1778 .

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