CITY OF DANVILLE   DANVILLE, VA   Full-time     Entertainment
Posted on September 14, 2023
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Parks and Recreation Facilities and Services Planner

Salary $60,599.45 Annually
Location  VA 24541, VA
Job Type  Full Time Professional Exempt
Job Number 1002178
Department Parks & Recreation
Division Parks & Recreation Administration
Manages a variety of planning and project management assignments involving Parks and Recreation services and facilities. Coordinates and facilitates comprehensive Parks & Recreation planning efforts and other park-specific strategic planning design initiatives. Manages and coordinates outdoor facility and space use. Prepares a variety of grant applications. Partners with and coordinates within an internal team of other City roles.


The essential functions of the job are not limited to those listed in the job description.  The City retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.

  • Coordinates the comprehensive Parks & Recreation planning effort and other park-specific strategic planning design initiatives by working closely with neighborhoods, consultants, internal departments, Federal and State agencies, local community groups, and volunteer-based agencies to seek input, secure funding and understand community needs.
  • Manages and coordinates outdoor facility and space use for events, programs, and rentals by taking applications, managing calendars, and working with staff to oversee park usage.
  • Prepares a variety of grant applications by seeking out grant opportunities, completing applications, and performing necessary follow-up; monitoring and administering grants, including, but not limited to trail grants, art grants, and services grants.
  • Facilitates and coordinates the implementation of the Master Plan development process and related park projects during the design, citizen participation, and construction phases by managing projects through implementation.
  • Partners with and coordinates within an internal team of other City functions by working with Community Development, public safety, Economic Development, Utilities, Public Works, and other departments as necessary to ensure appropriate and strategic delivery of services and facilities.
  • Develops and recommends appropriate City policy on issues related to parks, land use, natural area management, greenways, land acquisition, and zoning by maintaining a working knowledge of land use requirements, planning and zoning, design, and use standards for parks, trails, and park amenities. 
  • Performs additional duties to support operational requirements as assigned.


Education and Experience 
Bachelor’s Degree in Parks, Recreation, Leisure Services, Public Administration, Planning or related field and three to five years of related experience.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of the specific requirements listed above

  • Valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record according to City criteria.
Job Knowledge 
Advanced knowledge of the subject matter. Complete comprehension of the subject area to solve common and unusual problems, able to advise on technical matters, and serve as a resource on the subject for others.
Intermediate: Ability to read papers, periodicals, journals, manuals, dictionaries, thesauruses, and reference materials.  
Intermediate: Ability to write reports, prepare business letters, expositions, and summaries with proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar, using all parts of speech.  
Intermediate: Ability to deal with a system of real numbers; and practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement.  
Communication Skills 
Recommendations regarding policy development and implementation are made and/or recommended.  Contact may involve support of controversial positions or the negotiation of sensitive issues or important presentations.  Evaluates customer satisfaction, develops cooperative associations, and utilizes resources to continuously improve customer satisfaction.
Independence and Decision-Making 
Normally performs the duty assignment according to his or her own judgment, requesting supervisory assistance only when necessary. Special projects are managed with little oversight and assignments may be reviewed upon completion. Performance reviewed periodically.
Technical Skills 
Work requires advanced skills and knowledge in approaches and systems, which affect the design and implementation of major programs and/or processes organization wide.
Fiscal Responsibilities 
Oversees budget preparation of a division or department budget.  Reviews and approves expenditures of significant budgeted funds for the department or does research and prepares recommendations for organization-wide budget expenditures.
Supervisory Responsibilities
Supervises and monitors performance for a regular group of employees or department. Provides input on hiring, discipline, work objectives/goals, performance evaluation and work assignments.   Typically, a first line supervisor.



  • Work is sedentary in nature, requiring sitting, handling monies and paperwork, moving between office equipment with occasional light physical exertion. 
  • Adequate vision, hearing and talking to use a computer, telephone and communicate effectively with others. 
  • May frequently experience time pressure, working closely with others as a part of a team and multi-tasking. 
  • Responsible for appropriate use and maintenance of City equipment, tools and other resources, including work time.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is expected.
Typically requires use of standard office equipment to include computer, Microsoft Office, and other software and related hardware.
The work is normally performed in an office setting. The employee is not exposed to environmental hazards and does not normally require the use of protective equipment.