City of Framingham Advertises For Deputy Parks & Recreation Director

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FRAMINGHAM – On Sunday, September 26, the City of Framingham posted it is seeking applicants for a new deputy Parks & Recreation Director.

Former Parks & Recreation Director Thom Begin left for the Framingham Public Schools in August.

The City of Framingham’s Human Resources Director left earlier this month for a position in Stow. The City of Framingham’s Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer III is the acting HR Director.

The Deputy Parks & Recreation Director is “responsible for administrative, technical and supervisory management and oversight of the Division comprised of the Departments of Park Maintenance, Recreation and Leisure Services, Callahan Senior Center, Loring Ice Arena and Cemeteries. This position assists the Director in all duties.”

The “Deputy Director assists the Director to oversee the management, operation, and supervision of the functions designated within the Division of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.”

The job is advertised with a $99,431 to $111,520 salary range.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Parks and Recreation Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field; seven to ten (7-10) years of responsible experience; three to five (3-5) years in a supervisory capacity, preferable operating a full-service municipal department; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Possession of Class D Motor Vehicles Operator’s License. Certification with the National Park and Recreation Association, preferred

The Director, according to the posted job description, also:

  • Supports the Division Director through oversight of Five Directors/Department Heads, the Division Financial Manager, and the Division Office Manager, and subordinates. Delegates authority to subordinate supervisors and holds them accountable for the performance of their unit’s work.
  • Evaluates the existing conditions and assists with the development and implementation of plans for the construction, maintenance, and repair of the City’s critical infrastructure related to Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. This includes facilities consisting of 64+ formal athletic fields (nine with extensive sports lighting infrastructure), 16 official tennis courts (10 with extensive night lighting infrastructure), 15 formal basketball courts (5 with extensive night lighting infrastructure), 725+ acres of active and passive parks, the Maintenance and Operations Facility, fleet vehicles and equipment, Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex, Cushing Memorial Park, Loring Ice Arena, the Callahan Senior Center, City beaches, several miles of walking trails, as well as all associated, parking areas, irrigation systems, restrooms, support buildings, utilities, and systems.
  • Assists with the development, prioritization, and presentation of annual operating and
    capital budgets for the Division to various boards, commissions, committees, the CFO,
    Mayor, and City Council Meetings. Ensure presented plans are aligned with the broader
    goals and objectives of the Mayor and City Council.

  • Work closely with Division and Department Directors to effectively develop, prioritize, implement, and measure outcomes for Division-wide programming to ensure service delivery is meeting expectations
  • Ensures the safety of employees and the general public related to operations, use, and
    maintenance at staffed and unstaffed City facilities under the care and custody of Parks
    and Recreation.
  • Provides emergency response related to weather, facilities issues, and operational services during all seasons of the year. Work routinely requires site visits to facilities, programs, and special events City-wide to inspect work being performed a by the City, contractors, and consultants. Service delivery requires working some early mornings, nights, and weekends.
  • Oversees the scheduling, usage, and coordination of support maintenance required to
    effectively execute 14,000+ scheduled events per year at both indoor and outdoor facilities.
  • Maintains excellent interdepartmental and environmental working relationships and
    ensures effective cross-communications and coordination of Divisional resources to
    promote a City-wide team approach towards public services delivery.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of short and tong-range goals and
    objectives; monitor progress and measures statistics to ensure Division-wide service
    delivery is meeting expectations.

  • Assists with a wide-range of human resources oversight including staff recruitment, hiring,
    collective bargaining, qualitative performance reviews, and disciplining of Divisional staff.
  • Ensures compliance with State/Federal requirements including CORI checks, MCAD issues.
  • Hires and oversees consultants, designers, engineers, architects, and contractors as necessary to accomplish planning, implementation of services, and facility improvements.
  • Monitors and inspects ongoing operations directly to ensure effectiveness of services and
    programs for all 5 Division Departments.
  • Acts as the spokesperson for the Division concerning events and incidents that arise as a
    result of programs or services offered.
  • Responsible for the instruction of Divisional staff in the appropriate customer service
    protocols and procedures.
  • Oversee proper procurement procedures. Identifies and secures alternative resources to
    supplement the general fund operating budgets including grants, gifts, and donated
    services/equipment/materials in support of divisional operations and services.
  • Serves as a City advocate for Parks, Open Space, Recreation, Elder Services, Loring
    Arena, cemeteries and cultural programming.
  • Develops reports as required by the City, Mayor, City Council, Park Commission, Cemetery
    Trustees, Council on Aging, Loring Arena Committee, or Chief Financial Officer in order to explain operational initiatives and account for service delivery expenditures.
  • Works Directly with appropriate State and Local Agencies to ensure Divisional compliance with
    applicable statutory requirements.
  • Assists with the preparation of Budget proposals including support materials and documentation.
  • Attends regular meetings with Parks and Recreation Commission, Cemetery Trustees, Council on Aging, and the Loring Arena Committee to establish and guide policy development in conjunction with statutory requirements.
  • Determines land use issues for the City, including negotiating purchases, drafting leases
    and licensing agreements, and executing other agreements that advance the recreation or cultural makeup of the City.
  • Maintains memberships and relationships with industry professional and technical
    associations, attend professional education sessions on an on-going basis, and stay current with industry trends.
  • Conducts long-range visioning for the services and infrastructure for the Division of Parks,
    Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.

    To apply visit:


email: call or text at 508-315-7176

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