Park Superintendent Job Posting

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POSITION: Park Superintendent
JOB CATEGORY: PAT (Professional, Administrative, Technological)
STATUS: Full-time/Appointed

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The City of Martinsville provides reasonable accommodation to qualified employees and applicants with known disabilities who require accommodation to complete the application process or perform essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would cause an undue hardship.

Applicant would serve as Park Superintendent for the City of Martinsville, responsible for overseeing all public parks for the City of Martinsville. Responsible for planning and managing the activities of the department; including recreational, seasonal aquatics operations, youth and adult athletics/activities, special events and other activities related to recreation, and maintenance. Also provides leadership, management and administrative direction to staff.


Serves as Superintendent of all Parks for the City of Martinsville, such as managing and directing personnel, reviewing documentation for newly created or significantly revised positions, interviewing job candidates, communicating procedures, providing training, making work assignments, evaluating performance, reviewing position responsibilities on a regular basis, keeping staff informed of departmental changes/developments and initiating disciplinary action and/or termination as appropriate.

Ensure all department activities and public engagement and experiences represents the City of Martinsville and the primary parks and recreational strategic master plans and objectives.

Monitor parks programs, and services; evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness to meets the needs of the community; identify opportunities for improvement based on best business and industry practices and direct the implementation of change.

Establish, implement, and enforce policies, rules, regulations, procedures and guidelines.

Develop and administer the department’s annual operating budget; provide budgetary analysis on all budgets; approve and monitor expenditures in accordance with approved budgets and purchasing rules.

Advise staff and provide recommendations on operational issues, personnel matters and capital projects.

Coordinate the department’s activities; organize and prioritize workload; make work assignments, monitor status of work in progress, and inspect completed work.

Troubleshoot problem situations.

Coordinate and oversee immediate and long-range planning efforts to meet community needs for open space, recreation programs, facility development and personnel.

Maintain compliance through completion of a Parks and Recreation Master Plan and its required implementation guidelines.

Respond to internal and external customer questions and complaints related to department operation; research problem and initiate problem resolution.

Ensure department compliance with applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; initiate actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Administration, Recreation, Parks and Leisure studies, Marketing, Communication or a related field required.
  2. Minimum of 5 years of experience increasingly responsible management positions.
    Any combination of related education and/or work experience totaling nine (9) years is acceptable.
  3. Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) credential.
  4. Thorough knowledge and ability to make practical application of City policies and procedures and applicable OHSA safety standards and requirements.
  5. Broad knowledge of and ability to make independent and incisive judgments on interpretations and promulgation/enforcement of codes, policies and procedures related to this position, interact, and function tactfully and effectively under stressful and/or confrontational situations that require instruction, persuasion, or negotiation.
  6. Working knowledge of budget administration and ability to develop and administer budgets, ensuring cost-effective operations and maintenance of accurate record.
  7. Working knowledge of standard office procedures and basic computer systems, and ability to apply such knowledge to a variety of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations.
  8. Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and ability to prepare written reports, compose correspondence and news releases, and plan/present meetings and agendas.
  9. Ability to properly operate standard office equipment, including computer, calculator, telephone, copier, and printer/fax machine.
  10. Ability to manage personnel, including analyzing human resource needs, reviewing documentation for newly created or significantly revised positions, interviewing and recommending job candidates, communicating/administering personnel programs/procedures, providing orientation and training, making work assignments, establishing standards, evaluating performance, reviewing position responsibilities on a regular basis, keeping staff informed of departmental changes/developments, responding to/resolving employee complaints, and initiating disciplinary action and/or termination as appropriate.
  11. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, other City departments, Park Board, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities and disabilities.
  12. Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of department information and records according to state requirements.
  13. Ability to comply with all employer and department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.
  14. Ability to competently serve the public with diplomacy and respect, including occasional encounters with irate/hostile persons.
  15. Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out oral and written instructions and present findings in oral or written form.
  16. Ability to compare or observe similarities and differences between data, people and/or things.
  17. Ability to compile, analyze and evaluate data, make determinations, and take action based on data analyses.
  18. Ability to plan and present meetings, agendas, public speaking presentations, and news releases.
  19. Ability to occasionally provide testimony in legal proceedings.
  20. Ability to occasionally work extended, evening and/or weekend hours, and occasionally travel out of town for seminars/workshops, sometimes overnight.
  21. Ability to occasionally respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis.
  22. Possession of a valid Indiana driver’s license and demonstrated safe driving record, and ability to be insurable to drive assigned vehicles under the insurance policy.


The work is broad in scope, in some situations of a new and unprecedented nature requiring study and consideration of impact of alternative possible solutions on other major programs, situations, organizations, or future developments. Judgment is needed in adapting or in making significant compromises to fit unusual or complex situations.


The position makes authoritative application of policies and procedures, discussing unusual situations with Park Board at incumbent’s discretion. Work is periodically reviewed for attainment of objectives and soundness of judgment. Periodically, decisions are made in the absence of specific policies and/or guidance from supervisor.


The position maintains frequent contact with co-workers, other City departments, Park Board, engineering firms, and the public for purposes of executing policies and maintaining coordination of division operations.

Incumbent reports directly to the Park Board.


The position performs duties in a standard office environment, involving sitting/walking at will, standing/walking for long periods, crouching/kneeling, bending, keyboarding, close/far vision, color/depth perception, speaking clearly, lifting/carrying object weighing less than 25 pounds, hearing sounds/communication, and handling/grasping/fingering objects. The position periodically performs duties outdoors, involving driving to/from inspection sites, walking on uneven terrain, exposure to inclement weather conditions, traffic, and normal hazards associated with construction sites. Safety precautions must be followed at all times to avoid injury to self and others. The position may work with or be exposed to irate/hostile individuals.

The position occasionally works extended hours, evenings and/or weekends and occasionally travels out of town for seminars/workshops, sometimes overnight. There is also occasionally the need to respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis.


The Park Superintendent position is a political appointive position of the Mayor with approval from the Park Board. A person appointed to the Park Superintendent position serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and the Park Board.

If interested in this position please obtain, complete and submit your application to the Clerk-Treasurer’s office at: 110 West Morgan Street, Attn: Personnel Department.

Applications for position must be submitted but the end of the day on Monday, February 3rd, 2020.

If you would like an electronic copy of the application you may obtain one by emailing Ben Merida at:

Park Superintendent Job Application