Parks and Recreation Department

Recruitment #2211-3330-001


The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a dedicated, team-orientated
The Parks and Recreation Department operates 20 pool locations and 6 splashpads with the City limits.
The ideal candidate will offer the perfect balance of technical job knowledge, and the ability to share with their staff a passion for the aquatics industry and help build a robust aquatics recreation program. 

General Description

The Aquatics Program Manager manages and coordinates specialized aquatic recreation programs and facilities, including supervising personnel and administering the section budget. The Aquatics Program Manager reports to the Administrator or Deputy Director.

Essential Functions

Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more full-time employees and all assigned work

Manages, coordinates, and determines priorities of workload, monitoring levels of resources, establishing timelines and assigning work

Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendation on employee disciplines, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues, facilitating resolutions, and other human resources issues 

Reviews, develops, and approves policies and procedures for the aquatics division to assure programs are effective in meeting the community needs and conforms to local, state, and federal governmental regulations 

Monitors progress, recommends changes and suggestions, writes, reviews, and edits reports prepared by staff, and approves completed projects and reports 

Prepares reports and records for the purpose of public relations and submission to the Administrator or Deputy Director 

Applies innovation to programs, engagements, staff development, approaches to meeting industry challenges in delivering aquatic services 

Coordinates public information and community engagement methods with department Public Information Office to ensure awareness of programs, hours of operation, and job opportunities 

Prepares and monitors aquatics division budget, to include long range capital repairs and replacement needs

Creates and follows a periodic inspection and assessment of fixed assets of pool facilities

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years of Lead or Supervisory experience managing and coordinating aquatic recreation programs or related functional area 

"Lead" is defined as leading at least 1 full-time FTE in a work unit. It does not include leading projects, departments, contractors, interns, etc. 

"Supervisory" is defined as having supervised at least 1 full- time FTE 

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Lifeguard Certification

Water Safety Instructor must be obtained within 12 months of start date

Certified Pool Operator and/or Aquatic Facility Operator (

Hazardous Materials Certification

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on their education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring candidates will be invited to participate in an Oral Board Interview and Written Exam.

  • Oral Board Interviews and Written Exam will be held: the week of January 2, 2023
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 scores which will be calculated as:

  • 10% of your rating for Education and Work Experience
  • 30% for your Written Exam
  • 60% for your Oral Board Interview
Selection Interview may be conducted post Civil Service Eligibility List by the hiring manager

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be utilized to fill vacancies within Parks and Recreation occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native Americans, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those placed of the Civil Service Eligibility List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation at the Oral Board Interviews. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

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


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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

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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.