Director of Parks & Community Services

City of Bellevue - Bellevue, WA4.2

Full-time$120,000 - $190,000 a year
Job Summary

Home to some of the world's most innovative technology companies and businesses, Bellevue is an exceptional community with over 140,000 residents spanning 31 square miles centered in the heart of the Puget Sound region. Serving as the metropolitan center for King County, with the Cascade Mountains to the east and Seattle just 10 miles to the west, Bellevue is considered Seattle's largest suburb and is routinely recognized as one of the "best places to live" in the country. Current companies with headquarters in Bellevue include Expedia, PACCAR Inc., T-Mobile, and Valve Corporation. An economic powerhouse, the Bellevue area is a premier location for 25 of the largest public companies in Washington and many Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Boeing and Puget Sound Energy.

Bellevue is ideally situated along Interstates 90 and 405, and State Route 520. In 2016, the City began construction of light rail through Bellevue with service expected to start in 2023. East Link, a voter-approved project, will extend light rail from Seattle, across Lake Washington on I-90, through Bellevue and on to the Overlake Transit Center in Redmond. Bellevue has been described as a "City in a Park." The City is noted for its environmental stewardship, award-winning park systems, and vast network of green spaces all contributing toward an exceptional quality of life. Bellevue School District provides quality education to more than 19,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12 on 28 campuses. Bellevue's high schools are consistently rated in the top 100 schools by Newsweek magazine, making the community a magnet for families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Bellevue operates under a council-manager form of government. This form of government consists of an elected city council, who represents the community, establishes policies and develops a long-range vision for Bellevue's future, and City Manager that is appointed by the City Council and oversees all city operations. The Police, Fire, Parks and Community Services, Utilities, and Transportation departments are all nationally accredited. The organization values all employees and their contributions and is committed to investing in employee growth and development.

The Parks and Community Services Department is comprised of a unique set of municipal services:
Parks and recreation programs, services and facilities; a comprehensive set of human services that includes social services planning, administration of the Federal Community Development Block Grant programs and funding process, and Adult misdemeanor probation services in collaboration with the King County District Court. The Department is CAPRA accredited (Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies) and is a National Recreation and Parks Association, Gold Medal Award winner. The Department has over 2,800 acres of parks and open space, 180 full time employees with an annual operating budget of $50 million, over $11 million in earned income and a capital improvement budget of $70 Million. The park system contains the full array of neighborhood and community parks, community centers, sports fields, remarkable waterfront parks including a municipal marina, historical and cultural experiences including Kelsey Creek Farm and the world class Bellevue Botanical Garden.

The Human Services Division conducts research and collaborates with the nonprofit social service network serving Bellevue and the region. It manages several million dollars of grants with over forty community organizations that provide front line social services. Its work provides a strategic approach to the distribution of public funds and serves to facilitate collaboration among providers to achieve the best outcomes for those most in need.
The Department's recreation and cultural arts programs include a broad spectrum of interests and activities for all ages and abilities with an emphasis on removing barriers to participation. The Enterprise Division manages the Bellevue Municipal Golf Course, indoor tennis center and adult sports based on a full cost recovery model. The Department actively seeks partnerships with a multitude of community organizations to provide front-line recreation and social services.

The Director of Parks and Community Services is a member of the city's executive team that advises the City Council in coordination with and under the leadership of the City Manager's Office, provides competent and inspirational leadership citywide and for the Department, and oversees the programs and services of the Department. This position will report directly to a Deputy City Manager. The Parks and Community Services Director is expected to work collaboratively on an interdepartmental basis in partnership with peer department directors and within the department. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with ten or more years of progressively responsible, related leadership experience in visioning, systems planning and program development for parks and recreation is important. A working knowledge in providing social services to the community, developing successful partnerships, understanding and embracing the issues of equity and inclusion, and basic knowledge of community development and neighborhood planning principles and strategies will be an advantage. The selected candidate will possess excellent marketing and communication skills, both written and verbal, and possess the ability to effectively represent the Department and City in a variety of public speaking engagements. To be considered, candidates must have experience overseeing and managing a complex budget, including a record of developing creative and sustainable revenue enhancements. Applications will be evaluated on the combined merits of education, experience, and demonstrated accomplishment. The selected candidate must obtain a valid Driver's License in the State of Washington within six months of appointment. The salary range for the position is competitive within the market and is negotiable based on the candidate's qualifications and experience. The City of Bellevue also offers an excellent benefits package, including health care, retirement, leave, professional training, and relocation expenses.

The City of Bellevue fosters an environment of open communication and collaboration, where ideas and feedback are encouraged, supported and valued. The Parks and Community Services Director will promote a culture committed to providing exceptional service, upholding the public interest and being part of a community vision. The ideal candidate will possess the skills to advance leadership at all levels of the department, encourage an environment that is receptive to change, utilizes new technology to more effectively serve the public, and create a culture where continuous improvement, being future focused, innovation and collaboration are the norm. The ideal candidate will be skilled at providing strategy and policy recommendations to elected officials, boards and commissions, appointed officials, and other department directors in a public venue. The selected candidate will have a proven track record of representing the city in the community, the region, and nationally with regards to policy and operational initiatives. The new Director must be able to navigate the City's political environment and be able to function effectively. The successful candidate will be a skilled and visionary leader and manager with a proven track record of motivating and developing staff to obtain measurable results. The selected individual will have excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to develop positive working relationships with the city's executive team, elected officials, community and business leaders, representatives of other governmental agencies, and the public.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at This position is open until filled; however, candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by Thursday, December 5, 2019. Qualified candidates with questions are encouraged to contact Art Davis at, or by phone at 816.868.7042. For more information, please see the website at

The City of Bellevue supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other projected status.