Athletics Division Manager – Twin Lakes Park

US News & World Reported that Sarasota is the #1 place in Florida, and #5 in the country, for best places to live! To maintain this rating we need your help to create wonderful experiences for both residents and vacationing guests navigating our community. The Athletics Division Manager for our Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (PRNR) department has a starting pay range of $85,009.60 – $95,014.40, depending on experience, with both opportunities for growth and development to all county employees! Make a lasting impact and join this dedicated, high-performing team of County professionals.

Job Description:

  • Develop and direct the implementation of maintenance goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for a division of 100(+) athletic fields.
  • Manage staff that are directly responsible for the oversight of over 35(+) formal agreements approved by the Board of County Commissioners for use of facilities.
  • Ensure safe, optimal playing surfaces and parks with the development and implementation of agronomy and environmental turf grass management practices including pest/disease/weed management.
  • Complete facility condition assessments and regular inspections.
  • Prepare and monitor budgets for the maintenance and capital improvement of sports facilities in accordance with master plans and defined maintenance standards.
  • Promote effective and trustworthy working relationships by developing and empowering employees, promoting and supporting collaboration, excellence, efficiency, innovation, openness and team work among staff.
  • Continually re-evaluate processes, procedures, budgets, business plans, staffing plans, performance measures and methods that affect the efficiency, quality and cost of services.
  • Perform interview panels and approve hiring within the division.
  • Ensure compliance with contractual obligations, reporting and insurance requirements.
  • Establish and monitor data and metrics through regularly produced RecTrac reports including revenue, outstanding collections, insurance compliance, non-profit tax exempt requirements and other related information.
  • Make presentations and communicate with community groups, staff, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), and other interested agencies or parties regarding services, programs, policies, projects, strategies, and priorities.
  • Assist with planning, scheduling, organizing and supporting tournaments and events including but not limited to large-scale sports tourism supporting local economic impact.
  • Manage capital improvement projects within division including working closely with Parks Planning and Development division.
  • Support department strategic plans, goals and national accreditation efforts.
  • Work in partnership with fellow divisions within PRNR and additional county departments for successful management of parks.

Work Hours: 40 hours/week, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Nights and/or weekends may often be required, depending on the needs of the community and work unit.

About You
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Parks, Recreation, Sports Management, or closely related field with Six (6) years of related experience.
  • -OR- Master’s Degree with four (4) or more years of related experience.
  • May consider substituting years of experience for the four (4) year degree.
  • Supervisory Experience Required
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License by date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in leading an athletics division within a parks, recreation or similar agency modeling a caring, collaborative and open culture and environment which values the individual, teams and teamwork, ethical conduct, exemplary customer service and quality results.

Subject to Passing Substance Screening: This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening. An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five (5) years.

About Everything Else

Starting Pay Range: $85,009.60 – $95,014.40 depending on experience


  • Enjoy great benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Florida Retirement System (FRS) and many, many more!
  • For more information about employee benefits, please click this link or visit SCGov.net for additional information.
  • Utilize our award-winning wellness program including free gyms and classes at multiple Sarasota County Government locations.
  • Enjoy 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days and 16 paid vacation days in the first year of full-time employment with increasing accrual rates with years of service. (That adds up to a possible 30 days off in your 1st year!)​​
  • A different blend of voices prompt better conversations, choices and results for everyone. Sarasota County – Many Voices, One Team.
  • We celebrate and value the experiences, backgrounds, perspectives, talents and strengths that make us different and are committed to creating a culture of understanding and respect where our employees realize that we are stronger together.
  • Our vision is to attract, develop, retain and engage a talented workforce broadly representative of the citizens and communities we serve. To further value creativity, innovation, collaboration and great customer service – internally and externally.

Sarasota County Government provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability,  genetic information,  service in the military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances. Equal employment opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training. A job applicant with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to participate in the application/selection process is requested to make known the need for an accommodation to Human Resources or appropriate county staff members. For assistance with the application, please call 941-861-5353.

Government employers are drug-free and tobacco-free environments, EEO/AA/ADA employers, and they prohibit discrimination in all services, programs or activities.

Sarasota County Government is a Tobacco-Free/Drug-Free Workplace.

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