NYC Parks serves as the steward for over 30,000 acres of land, which includes 1,000 playgrounds, 36 recreation centers, 66 pools and 14 miles of beach. Our primary responsibility is to build and maintain clean, safe and accessible parks, and to create cultural and educational programs for New Yorkers of all ages to enjoy. The mission of Recreation is to enable all New Yorkers to lead physically active and intellectually stimulating lives through sports, fitness, outdoor adventure, technology, education, and the arts. Recreation programs include specialized exercise classes, youth sports, senior activities, summer camps and free afterschool programs. Recreation programming occurs throughout the City in NYC Parks recreation centers, parks and playgrounds.
Ocean Breeze Park, in Staten Island, has a 2,500-seat athletic complex that boasts a state-of-the-art indoor track and field amenity, exercise rooms, an outdoor cross-country course and a food concession. The facility is a premier destination for athletic events, drawing competitors from around the world. Future capital plans also include various sport fields.
NYC Parks offers an excellent benefits package including pension, health, dental and vision coverage and vacation/sick days.
- Under supervision, with some latitude for independent action or decision, is responsible for recreational activities at Ocean Breeze Park.
- Plan, supervise and promote recreational programs of an assigned area in accordance with the needs and interests of children, teens, adults and seniors.
- Develop and facilitate programming to engage New Yorkers in sports, fitness and outdoor adventure.
- Instruct participants in basic fitness skills including proper equipment use, basic safety precautions and the health benefits of regular exercise.
- Lead group fitness and facilitate sports programs for New Yorkers of all ages.
- Maintain equipment and fitness areas on a daily basis, including inventory of necessary materials and supplies.
- Inspect public areas and report evidence of unsafe or hazardous conditions.
- Establish program objectives, evaluate recreational programs and design cutting-edge curricula.
- Supervise, develop and implement afterschool, teen and summer camp curricula that meet all Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) criteria.
- Promote NYC Parks Recreation Center memberships and assist in events and special projects.
- Provide excellent customer service.
- Collect and submit accurate data, forms and reports to meet internal deadlines.
- May supervise staff in absence of supervisor.
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college including or supplemented by 24 credits in recreation, physical education, dance, fine arts, applied arts (including therapy), group work, group dynamics, and community organization, at least 18 credits of which must be in recreation, physical education, dance, fine arts and applied arts (including therapy); or
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college plus one year of full-time paid experience in planning, coordinating and supervising recreation programs; or
- A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to five years of experience required in "2" above. College education leading to a degree may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of 30 credits for one year of experience. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience or 24 credits in recreation, physical education, dance, fine arts, applied arts (including therapy), group work, group dynamics, and community organization, at least 18 credits of which must be in recreation, physical education, dance, fine arts and applied arts (including therapy).
Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required within 90 days of hire for all other candidates.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Experience with coaching sports such as track & field, cross country and team sports.
- Background in developing fitness and training programs and curriculum for athletes of all skill levels.
- Experience with event management.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Ability to work afternoons, evenings and weekends.
- Valid New York State driver license.
Vaccination Requirement: As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.
How to Apply
- From a Parks computer: Access Employee Self Service (ESS) from the Parks Intranet under Applications or use this link: https://hrb.nycaps.nycnet/. Once in ESS, go to Recruiting then Careers and search for
Job ID# 534927. Do not access ESS using nyc.gov/ess from a Parks computer.
Parks & City Employees:
- From a Non-Parks computer: Access Employee Self Service (ESS) by going to nyc.gov/ess or use this link:
https://a127-ess.nyc.gov/. Once in ESS, go to Recruiting then Careers and search for Job ID# 534927.
Include your ERN and Job ID# 534927 on your cover letter and resume.
All other applicants:
Click here to apply: Recreation Director OR
Go to nyc.gov/careers/search and search for Job ID# 534927.
POST DATE: 06/10/2022 POST UNTIL: FILLED
NOTE: References will be required upon request.