Recruitment #2105-3325-001


The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking to hire a


who has demonstrated leadership, oversight and teamwork credentials in all aspects of recreation programming, facility operations, and contributes to the adherence of standards in the Nationally Accredited Parks and Recreation Department.

The successful candidate shall demonstrate the ability to work with staff, contractors, and community partners in a variety of disciplines, and provide outstanding customer service to the public.



To remain eligible, you must maintain your permanent or probationary Civil Service employment status through the actual date of transfer. If you are not a current permanent or probationary Civil Service employee at the date of transfer, you will not be eligible for this position. Non-permanent or appointed employees are not eligible.

The Civil Service Eligibility List may be used by any City department with an approved vacancy to fill in the next 6 months. Selection will be made in accordance with CSR III, Section 2. The list of employees eligible for consideration will remain in effect for 6 months after their names are provided to the hiring authorities. Examination results and current status will be communicated by email.   

General Description

The Recreation Supervisor supervises recreation program personnel, and oversees the management of facilities that provide social services and recreational programs to children and adults. Develops, implements, and evaluates recreation and neighborhood center programs, activities, and special events.

Essential Functions

Include but are not limited to the following:

  • Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit.
  • Assists with the implementation, evaluation and interpretation of department policies, projects and procedures.
  • Manages, coordinates, and determines priorities of work load, monitoring levels of resources, establishing time lines, assigning work, monitoring progress, recommending changes and suggestions, writing, reviewing and editing reports prepared by staff, and approving completed projects and reports.
  • Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendations on employee discipline, and other human resources issues, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues and facilitating resolutions, promoting positive morale in the unit, ensuring staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance, and providing leadership and guidance.
  • Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing and causing others to implement the organization's values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities.
  • Provides customer service by responding to information requests, conducting research, providing solutions to problems, and correcting errors.
  • Ensures that unit work conforms to local, state, and federal governmental regulations, and other applicable rules and requirements.
  • Supervises and manages and oversees recreation programs by researching trends, researching alternate sources of financing such as grants, consulting with individuals and agencies to determine the effectiveness of programs, conducting needs assessments, developing methods and procedures to increase program participation and efficiency, recommending equipment needs, planning and monitoring budgets, promoting and scheduling overall programs, developing manuals and participating in program activities.
  • Performs public relations duties by greeting the public, providing counseling and referrals to clients, addressing concerns, assisting with the preparation of paperwork, securing assistance from service providers, attending and conducting community meetings, providing information, promoting programs, developing marketing strategies, producing publications and public service announcements to promote events, representing the department at various events and establishing and maintaining relationships.
  • Ensures the safety of vehicles, facility sites and equipment by conducting inspections of buildings and grounds, reporting maintenance problems, arranging for the replacement or repair of equipment, implementing safety requirements, planning for remodeling and managing construction projects, monitoring security, and scheduling facility use for optimum public utilization.
  • Performs administrative duties by preparing and monitoring budgets, preparing reports, correspondence, budget requests, and other documents, preparing calendars and schedules, processing payroll, monitoring service provider contracts, preparing timesheets and packets, completing requisitions, writing memos, approving expenditures, ordering and maintaining records.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years experience in developing and implementing recreation or neighborhood center programs, activities and special events

Special Job Requirements

Must be obtained within 60 days of contingent job offer:

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification
  • First Aid Certification

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as relevant experience listed below:

  • At least two years of supervisory experience

"Supervisory" is defined as having supervised the equivalent of at least one (1) full time employee.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a Ranking interview. 

  • Oral Board (Ranking) Interviews will be held: Thursday, July 1, 2021

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on a Civil Service Eligibility List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service Eligibility List will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview

A Selection Interview process will be conducted post Civil Service Eligibility List by the hiring manager.

  • Selection Interview and Written Exam will be held: Tuesday, July 13, 2021  

Upon completion of the Selection Interview and Written Exam the highest scoring candidate will be offered the position. The candidate's ranking for the Selection Interview and Written Exam will be based on their final scores of the Selection Interview and Written Exam which will be calculated as:

  • 100% of your selection interview and written exam 

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Sandra Fata, HR Analyst at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

The Civil Service Eligibility List may be utilized by Parks and Recreation to fill vacancies occurring with the next 6 months. Selection will be made in accordance with CSR III, Section 2. The list of employees eligible for consideration will remain in effect for 6 months after their names are provided to the hiring authorities. Examination results and current status will be communicated by email.


You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter.  Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification. All inquiries should be directed to the individuals listed below.  

Sandra Fata, 520.837.8073

Randy Esslinger, 520.837.8054  

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.

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