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Parks & Recreation Director

Dalton, GA

Listing Summary


The City of Dalton, Georgia is seeking a talented Parks and Recreation Director to join its Management Team.  Dalton is located just off I-75 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwest Georgia only 85 miles north of Atlanta and 25 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The rolling hills near Dalton give way to farm communities in one direction and steep, curving passes in another. Alp-like inclinations of the region's mountain ranges make it a popular spot for cyclists.  The local terrain also features waterfalls, astounding views, and boasts the beauty of all four seasons.  The City of Dalton has an extensive recreational system that includes parks, playgrounds, golf course, ball fields, tennis courts, soccer fields and many other recreation amenities.  The Parks and Recreation Director reports to the City Administrator and serves as a member of the Administrator’s management team.  The Parks and Recreation Director is responsible for the daily operations of the Department and works closely with the five-member Recreation Commission appointed by the Mayor and Council.  The Parks and Recreation Department has 41 full-time employees and 200 part-time/seasonal employees with an annual operating budget of $3.5 Million, approximately $300,000 Capital budget and a SPLOST multi-year budget of $11.5 Million to include a soccer complex project that is currently out for bids.

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The ideal candidate is an energetic and passionate leader to serve as the next Parks and Recreation Director. The successful individual must be a strong and visionary leader who is team-oriented, possesses exceptional communication skills, and utilizes a management style that supports mutual trust and openness among community stakeholders and City/County Government Officials. The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience in the management of a parks and recreation department, providing a high level of community engagement and innovative and creative delivery of recreation programs, services and activities to the community. The successful candidate will be expected to articulate a vision of excellence, establish credibility and consistency in delivery of services, motivate others within the Department and provide creative problem solving in response to issues. Exceptional interpersonal skills are critical in this role.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in recreation administration, parks management, public administration, business administration or related degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience managing parks and recreation programs or complex multi-generational sports programs, and staff and resources supporting the programs; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Certification as a Park & Recreation Professional by the National Recreation & Parks Association, pool or aquatics certification or related professional certifications will be favorably considered during the vetting process; must possess or obtain a Georgia Driver’s License within 60 days of accepting the position.

Compensation & Benefits:

The expected starting salary range for this position is $95,000 – 115,000 (depending on qualifications of the selected candidate), with a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance options, retirement plan and a generous leave package.  Relocation expenses are negotiable. 

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related references and salary history no later than October 22, 2021 to Lisa Ward, Senior Associate, Mercer Group Associates, at  Any questions please call 706-983-9326. Interviews are expected to be conducted the last week of November.


Alan Reddish, Senior Associate, 107 Indigo Lane, Athens, GA 30606, Cell:  706-614-4961          

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