Director of Parks and Open Space Town Hall

Director of Parks and Open Space

Full Time • Town Hall

The Town of Frederick is located on Colorado’s beautiful Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Town is comprised of 14 square miles of area, both east and west of Interstate 25, south of State Highway 119, and along State Highway 52. Its current population of just over 15,000 residents enjoy the town’s central location which allows easy access to the Denver and northern metropolitan areas.  A 2019 study by AdvisorSmith named the Town of Frederick the safest city in the State of Colorado. Using crime data published by the FBI, the study ranked 83 Colorado towns, 34 midsize cities, and 11 large cities.  Frederick is ranked as the safest midsize city with 10,000 to 100,000 residents.  Frederick is one of the fastest growing communities in the state of Colorado, containing 33 parks, 35 open space and landscaped areas, over 22 miles of trails, and a 9-hole municipal golf course.  


The Director of Parks and Open Space is responsible for overseeing all administrative and professional work in planning, organizing and directing the Town of Frederick’s newly created Parks and Open Space Department.  The Director is responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance of the Town’s parks and natural open space lands, as well as the 9-hole Bella Rosa Golf Course.  Our ideal candidate will be a visionary leader capable of assessing our current state, and creating a comprehensive and strategic direction for our future.  The Director of Parks and Open Space will play a key role in shaping the Town's park, open space and trail (POST) system by working cooperatively with other departments to evaluate and address immediate needs, as well as to plan and implement programs and improvements that will accommodate our future growth.     

The duties listed herein are illustrative of the essential duties of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required or assigned.

  • Provide vision and leadership in organizing, directing, planning and setting goals for the Parks and Open Space Department. Plan, organize, coordinate and direct the work of the Parks and Open Space Department by developing and directing the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the department.  
  • Create a comprehensive plan for the Town’s parks and open space system, including natural lands, neighborhood parks, regional parks, and Bella Rosa Golf Course.  Evaluate the Town’s existing parks and open space and create a comprehensive and strategic plan to address immediate needs as well as future growth.
  • Research and make recommendations to the Town Manager and the Board of Trustees regarding the current state and future needs of the Town’s parks and open space system, including land acquisition and management.
  • Provide day-to-day managerial decisions on problems and issues that arise, ensure cost effective operations, and promote inter-departmental cooperation on common projects and functions.  Work closely with other departments such as Public Works, Engineering and Community & Economic Development to plan and implement programs and improvements to the Town’s parks and open space system.
  • Provide direction and input in the area of fees, marketing, programming, budgeting and capital improvements for the Parks and Open Space Department.
  • Develop and implement department goals, objectives, plans, policies and priorities.  Prepare and maintain the department’s annual budget.
  • Evaluate and determine staffing and equipment needs for the Parks and Open Space Department.  Work closely with the Public Works Director to ensure proper staffing and service levels as we work to separate the Parks and Open Space Department from the Public Works Department.   
  • Respond to public relations issues, complaints and requests for information.  Meets with public groups, clubs, organizations and agencies to promote departmental programs and to encourage community participation.  
  • Maintain familiarity with resource conservation and sustainability issues as they may relate to park and open space maintenance.
  • Initiate applications for departmental grant opportunities.
  • Gather information about the latest innovations in professional park, open space and recreation management and administration in order to best meet the needs of the community.  Develop innovative, state of the art methods of providing services to the citizens of Frederick.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Parks, Open Space and Trails (POST) commission.  Attend POST commission meetings and regular Board meetings.  
  • Create, maintain and foster positive relationships with outside agencies, associations, and other resources in order to promote the Town’s parks and open space system.  Oversees the inter-governmental agreements (IGAs), programs and services with other agencies, municipalities and counties operating within the area.


  • Knowledge of principles, practices, techniques and equipment used in parks and open space maintenance and construction, landscape architecture, irrigation, natural land and parks planning and land / wildlife management.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective project management and contract oversight.
  • Understanding and awareness of current social, political and economic trends in the areas of park and open space management, sustainability, and the conservation of water and other resources.
  • Skilled in analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, and implementing recommendations in support of the Board’s goals.
  • Ability to look beyond what has always been done, and create a new vision for the future of the Town’s parks and open space program.  Ability to interpret the Board’s goals, execute the Board’s directives, and set the standard for a truly outstanding parks and open space system for the Town of Frederick.
  • Ability to effectively present information verbally and in writing to the Board of Trustees, staff, citizens, developers and contractors.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to work well independently and as a collaborative and cooperative member of a team. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, ecology, community planning, resource management, parks management, land management, environmental conservation, or a closely related field.
  • 5 – 7 years of management experience in the area(s) of natural land / open space planning, parks planning, land management or landscape architecture in a public or municipal environment.  At least 5 years of supervisor experience. 


The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, see and hear, and to use hands to finger, handle, touch or feel. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Work is most often performed in a typical office setting, but may also be performed outdoors in various weather conditions. The employee may be exposed to fumes, moving mechanical parts, airborne particles, and/or vehicular traffic.  Work is subject to many interruptions and requires that individuals quickly prioritize job responsibilities and project work in an environment that may involve assisting several people at the same time. The noise level is usually moderate. 
Compensation: $113,844.00 - $142,305.00 per year

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