Chief of Parks – Athletics Division

  • Full Time
  • Virginia
  • $ 75,464 - $101,875

Under general direction from the assistant director of parks, performs work of considerable difficulty in planning, organizing, and directing daily maintenance operations for all County parks, schools, athletic complexes, and other County facilities under the athletics division. Performs related work as required.


  • Provides leadership for all athletics division operations and staff, including River City Sportsplex, facility use scheduling, cosponsored group relationship development, facility rentals, and field/turf operations;
  • Manages day-to-day maintenance activities and a variety of operational programs, projects, and plans necessary to support athletic fields, facilities, and programs;
  • Represents the department to the public, school representatives, athletic associations, community groups, county staff, vendors, contractors, and other internal and external parties;
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates the work of athletics division supervisory staff and crews performing maintenance, repair, and construction activities;
  • Develops and monitors annual athletics division budget and controls and manages all operational expenditures for contracted services, equipment, and materials;
  • Provides leadership in the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and standards impacting operations and ensures compliance with applicable policies and procedures;
  • Oversees development and management of a comprehensive turf management program;
  • Leads departmental efforts to support athletic event organizers in their needs, including staffing and all onsite needs;
  • Serves as the department’s lead point of contact with Richmond Region Tourism, the Chesterfield County Sports & Entertainment Director, and other sporting event representatives and contacts regarding the use of River City Sportsplex and all county athletics facilities;
  • Propose, produce, execute, and manage tournament related contracts and agreements
  • Perform other work as required


  • Considerable knowledge of all principles and practices of athletic field turf management and park operations, including experience with materials, methods, practices, and equipment used in park, grounds and athletic field and facility construction and maintenance;
  • Considerable knowledge and experience in athletic facilities scheduling;
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and related software and other standard office equipment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present assessments and recommendations clearly and concisely;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers;
  • Excellent critical thinking skills, ability to problem solve and make sound decisions including while under pressure

Bachelor’s degree in Parks Management, Parks and Recreation, Horticulture or related field and five years of progressively responsible leadership experience with ground maintenance and operations in parks setting; to include three years of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Current valid driver’s license and good driving record required. Based on the Virginia DMV point system, record must not reflect a total of six or more demerit points within the twenty-four months preceding the anticipated hire date, or one major violation of six demerit points within the preceding thirty-six months. Out of state driving records must be obtained by applicant and presented at time of interview. Records must reflect at least three years of history and be dated within thirty days of interview date. Pre-employment drug testing, FBI criminal background check and education/degree verification required.

Shift:  Monday – Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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