Parks and Recreation Deputy Director

City of Frankfort | Frankfort, KY

Date Posted: 5/12/2023 2:55:21 PM


As the capital city of Kentucky, Frankfort is a beautiful, welcoming city known for its hospitality and its Kentucky River heritage. The City boasts a plethora of historical sites, eclectic shops and restaurants, extensive parks and trails and a full selection of cultural and arts amenities.


  • 13% employer contribution to 401k or 457 account during first year
  • Retirement through the Kentucky Public Pension Authority beginning second year
  • Generous vacation, sick, holiday, and military paid leave with no waiting period
  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurance with no or low employee premiums

POSITION SUMMARY Under general supervision of the parks director, is responsible for assisting with the general administration, development and direction of parks, recreation and historic sites facilities, landscapes, events and programs for all age groups and interest levels within the City of Frankfort. Assists with supervising and managing park personnel to ensure facilities and landscapes are properly maintained and safe for park users and visitors. Developing and maintaining the necessary physical facilities to make programs effective; and performs other duties as assigned or required.


  • Provide technical management assistance to organizational units within the Division of Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites.
  • Assist in the development of parks and recreation programs for all ages and interest levels within the city.
  • Provide assistance in the development and maintenance of adequate physical facilities for maximum program effectiveness and safety to the public.
  • Review program and operational issues and provide the Director with recommendations for change and the disposition of issues.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications, the development and administration of the budget for the department, and the management and supervision of parks and recreation staff and programs.
  • In general and in coordination with the parks director, oversees and manages the daily and long term operation of the Juniper Hill Aquatic Center including but not limited to hiring and supervising staff, ensuring proper maintenance is performed, recommends long term capital improvements, oversees safety training, certifications and equipment, facility safety and operations, admissions and concession operation, water treatment and chemical management, among others.
  • In general and in coordination with the parks director, oversees the hiring process of the aquatic center and athletic program management staff and works closely with them to ensure proper daily and long term operations, safety protocols are instituted, daily maintenance is completed, and other routine operations.
  • Oversees and manages youth and adult athletic programs, activities and facilities including but not limited to baseball, softball, soccer, among others.
  • Works closely with the Capitol View Park Supervisor/Athletics Director on youth and adult sports operations and ensures proper management and overall conditions of all athletic facilities at Capitol View as well as East Frankfort Park, Lakeview Park, State Stadium and the archery range at Cove Spring Park.
  • Oversees the archery range facility at Cove Spring Park and ensures the facility is safe and follows standard operations procedures.
  • Assists with developing the parks annual budget and assists with managing invoices, purchase orders, and managing the overall budget with the department heads.
  • Assist with and leads overseeing, developing, promoting and organizing fundraising events and functions for the Parks 501(c)3 Foundation in partnership with the KY Blue Grass Community Foundation.
  • Assists with developing and managing MOA/U’s for the department.
  • Ensures Purchase Orders are submitted by staff and approved according to policy.
  • Prepares and manages labor contracts for park positions such as aquatic center supervisors, athletic league managers, concession managers, etc.
  • Assists with managing payroll and personnel policies and procedures for parks employees and contract labor.
  • Assist all park departments on various park projects, daily operations and business practices and ensure standard operating procedures are being followed.
  • Attends city commission meetings, city staff meetings and other park business meetings at the request of the director or in the absence of the director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Parks and Recreation Director.
  • Supervises all parks department operations in the absence of the parks director.


  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Comfortable with speaking with and in front of large groups.
  • Establishes realistic budget plans and demonstrates fiscal accountability.
  • Develops networks, establishes community partnerships, and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
  • Treats all people with respect; works cooperatively with people of diverse cultural identities.
  • Provides direction, motivation, and sets an example through open communication and modeling best practices.
  • Have good knowledge and capabilities of the use of current technology systems and software.

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Three years of experience in the administration of parks and recreation facilities, personnel and programs preferred. Graduate work in a related field will substitute for the experience on a year-for­ year basis.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Bachelor's degree in recreation or a related field preferred. Additional experience will substitute for the education on a year-for-year basis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS Work is performed both in an office setting and out in the field at various parks and mainly outdoor recreation facilities. Must be able to traverse parks facilities (e.g. walking trails, athletic fields, game courts, etc.) Outdoor physical work with lifting objects, supplies and materials and exposure to the elements will occur.

Salary Information: $67,002-$75,000
Application Deadline: 06/02/2023

Accepting applications through June 02, 2023 or until positions are filled. Please apply online at the City of Frankfort website. Please note that satisfactory completion of a drug test and background check is a condition of employment. The City of Frankfort is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or any other non-merit based factor.

Shawn Pickens
Parks and Rec Director
300 Louisville Rd
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: 502-875-8575