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Together we create exceptional opportunities for a vibrant community with a commitment to nature, wellness, and literacy.  

Westminster Parks, Recreation & Libraries manages more than 6,622 acres of parks and open space; 120 miles of trails; six recreation facilities; two championship golf courses; two libraries; numerous community events; and a multitude of programs for individuals of all ages, abilities, and interests.  

Westminster Parks, Recreation and Libraries is a three-time winner of the prestigious National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management (1990, 1998, 2005). This award honors communities throughout the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, fiscal resource management, citizen support systems, environmental stewardship, preservation, technological integration, program planning and assessment, professional development, and agency recognition.  


Library Services  

Library Services meets the cultural, informational, intellectual, and social needs of residents of all ages at the College Hill and Irving Street Libraries and through online services. The Division also administers three kiosks at the City’s recreation centers that contains hundreds of books for all ages and are available for checkout with the Westminster Public Library card.  



Operations provides the overall support services for the Parks, Recreation, and Libraries Department, including human services related to homelessness and food security, administration, financial oversight, capital project planning and design, community engagement and marketing, community and major events; fostering volunteer support and public/private partnerships.  


Park & Golf and Open Space/Standley Lake Services  

Parks,  Golf, and Open Space manages the 63 developed parks and performs all park, median, and right-of-way maintenance, and manages the City’s two golf courses, athletic fields, and greenhouse. The Division also provides resources for the ongoing operation of the City’s two high-quality championship golf courses, Legacy Ridge and Walnut Creek Golf Preserve. The Open Space/Standley Lake team  maintains the City’s 120 mile trail system , manages over 3,141 acres of open space, and the urban forestry inventory with over 35,000 trees. It also acquires and preserves natural open space lands. The Division operates the 2,820 acre Standley Lake Regional Park and collaborates with the Public Works and Utilities Department to support a high-quality potable water resource for the City of Westminster. In addition, the Division provides environmental education, outdoor recreation, stewardship, and sustainability opportunities to the public.  


Recreation Services  

Recreation Services operates City Park Recreation Center, City Park Fitness Center, Swim and Fitness Center, West View Recreation Center, The MAC, the Westminster Sports Center, and seasonal operations for Countryside outdoor pool. The Division provides a wide range of recreation programs and activities, including fitness, outdoor programming, youth programming, sports, and other specialty programming.  



The Parks, Recreation and Libraries (PR&L) Operations Manager is a City leader who serves as a key member of the Division Manager Leadership Team translating the City’s strategic plan and the PRL Vision Plan into action through development of policies, leadership, care of people, innovation, and resource allocation and management. The position directs department activities in fulfillment of the City’s Mission Statement, Vision, and Values.  

The PR&L Operations Division Manager position provides leadership, support, and operational oversight of various functions in department-wide support of Parks, Recreation and Libraries (PR&L) in partnership with the Department Director and the other Division Managers. Department work includes supporting homeless populations.  The Operations Division Manager will pay particular attention to oversight and leadership of the department’s; administrative functions, financial management/budget planning, capital project planning/design/management, PR&L marketing/communications, regional events/placemaking. This individual supports departmental advancement through supervision of: Strategic and Creative Project Planning & Design, Research and Development, Operating and Capital Budget and Finance, and Volunteer and Community Engagement. Work involves planning, supervising, and evaluating the daily operations and capital investments for both the division and for the entire PR&L Department. The position also actively participates in the identification, prioritization, planning, design, and community engagement related to PR&L capital improvement grant submissions and implementation projects. The incumbent will mostly work out of PRL’s City Hall offices but may also be assigned to rotate to different facility or program assignments. Special projects will be assigned. Please read the official job description here.

The ideal candidate is a humble, authentic servant leader with proven leadership and communications skills. The candidate must be able to effectively communicate their vision and goals to Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department personnel, city staff, City Council, and members of the Westminster community.  

The candidate must be an approachable leader with strong communication and interpersonal skills who is committed to treating all employees with respect and possessing strong critical thinking, organizational skills and ability to effectively plan and oversee projects and operations.    

  • Foster a participatory organizational climate that is open, positive,  reinforcing, and supportive  
  • Encourage employees to be accountable for their work and take ownership in what they do  
  • Demonstrate leadership and courage by making or supporting decisions that reflect the organizational mission and goals even when the decision may be unpopular to some  
  • Demonstrate collaboration and conflict resolution skills with other d departments and employees  
  • Help employees to see the value of developing their skills, and assists them in eliminating barriers to their development; encourage employees to step outside of their comfort zone to develop their skills  
  • Provide meaningful, timely employee feedback and appraisals, and effectively address employee performance problems  
  • Effectively supervise, mentor, coach, and motivate in a team environment  
  • Foster an environment of respectful community engagement in project planning, design and implementation  
  • Support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DE&I) goals   
  • Graduation from an accredited four- (4) year college or university with major work in recreation management, landscape architecture, project or arts management, public administration, or closely related field  
  • Five (5) years of progressive technical, supervisory, planning, project management, and administrative experience in the Parks, Recreation, Library or associated field such as an Executive Director of a related nonprofit involved in budget development, program oversight, staff engagement, communications and marketing  
  • Five (5) years of supervisory experience of both technical and administrative staff  
  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Recreation, Landscape Architecture, Parks/Natural Resources or Library or Arts/Cultural Management or a closely related field  
Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.  
The City of Westminster is a high-performing, values-based organization with a strong commitment to serve the community by investing in its employees.  Westminster offers an exceptional compensation and benefits package, along with a dynamic training program and quality work environment. See a full summary of benefits here.  

The 2023 salary range for this position is $118,432-$148,034, depending on qualifications and experience.  

The City’s retirement plan is a 401(a) defined contribution plan that includes employee contributions of 11% pre-tax and fully vested and the employer contribution of 11.25% vests at 60% in year three, 80% in year four, and fully vests in year five.  The retirement plan is in lieu of Social Security contributions.  Employees also have access to a 457(b) deferred compensation plan.  

Employees may be offered moving expense reimbursement and a temporary housing stipend as applicable.  


For more information on this position, contact:  
Dee Martin, Executive Talent Developer  

The City of Westminster is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workforce.  Applicants selected as finalists for the position will be subject to a comprehensive background check.  


It is a priority for the City of Westminster to welcome diverse, qualified candidates from the broadest base possible. We are interested in finding the best candidates for our positions, not just to fit in but to belong. We value life and professional experiences, equivalent combination of knowledge, skill set and education.  

 Pursuant to City values, the successful candidate will have a passion and commitment to serving a diverse population and must respect and uphold the tenets of diversity, equity, justice, inclusion, and belonging.  

 We encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role, and urge those with less traditional backgrounds to apply.

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Collaboration and Partnership: Enhance and sustain our relationships  with  neighboring  governments and community-based partners, leveraging our collective resources for maximum impact and benefit to Westminster.  

Stewardship and Thrift: Responsibly manage all of the resources entrusted to our care to meet the needs of today without sacrificing the ability to meet the needs of the future.  

Transparency and Accountability: Engage in two-way dialogue with the people of Westminster, clearly communicate our intentions and decisions and take responsibility for all that we do, thereby earning the trust and confidence of the community.   

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Achieve equitable processes for the people of Westminster by providing opportunity for all voices to be heard and drawing upon community diversity in decision making.  

Innovate and Initiate: Foster a culture of continuous improvement and approach opportunities and challenges with drive, inventive thinking and resourcefulness, resulting in a resilient and sustainable future for our city.  

Prevention and Proactivity: Solve problems at their source and focus the City’s policies, practices and investments on prevention and community education and addressing root causes, leading to a better quality of life and greater prosperity for all in our community.  


Westminster’s purpose is to provide core services and foster economic resilience to give our community the opportunity to thrive. Westminster is a city of beautiful, safe, well-maintained neighborhoods and destinations with a vibrant, diverse economy, rich and resilient environment and a strong sense of community belonging.  

This position supports the City’s vision of assuring Westminster is a beautiful city, with a shared sense of community and high quality of life and furthering the goals of the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department. PR&L enhances the quality of life for all Westminster citizens by providing diverse leisure, recreational and informational services and resources; and acquiring, developing and maintaining first-class parks, facilities, open space and recreational trails. This position works towards the accomplishment of the Department’s mission: Together we create exceptional opportunities for a vibrant community with a commitment to nature, wellness and literacy.  



Westminster’s core values are embodied in its SPIRIT — Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, Teamwork. 


Centrally located between Denver and Boulder on the US 36 high-tech corridor is Westminster, Colorado. Experiencing a significant influx of residents over the last three decades, Westminster now boasts a population of 119,000 within 34 square miles straddled between Jefferson and Adams counties, with a greater metro population of 2,897,000.  

Westminster’s new downtown is evolving into a blend of mixed-use development, adding to its existing local and national restaurants, hotels, shopping, and entertainment experiences. The City also maintains more than 32% of land for open space, parks, and recreation for residents and tourists to enjoy. It’s no wonder Westminster ranks in the Top 25 Best Places to Live by Money Magazine!  
This vibrant community has six recreation centers, two libraries, five golf courses, five community gardens, with over 120 miles of trails and 661 acres of parkland in 63 developed parks. Westminster is proud of its past and celebrates historic community assets, including the Savery Savory Mushroom Water Tower, Metzger Farm Open Space, the Grange Hall, the Bowles House, and the Wesley Cemetery.  
Attractions in Westminster include the Butterfly Pavilion, Standley Lake Regional Park, Armed Services Tribute Garden, and nearly 3,141 acres of open space. Special events in the community include the Armed Forces Day Ceremony, 4th of July Celebration, 1870s Vintage Baseball Game, Westy Craft Brew Fest, Movies in the Park, Around the World Street Fair, Westy Fest, and the Holiday Lighting Ceremony.  
Hospitals in Westminster include SCL Health Community Hospital and St. Anthony North Hospital. Education is also essential in the city, home to outstanding schools in three school districts: Westminster Public Schools, Jefferson County School District, and Adams 12 Five Star Schools. For those pursuing higher education, the area offers Front Range Community College, Red Rocks Community College, DeVry University, Regis University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado/ Boulder or Denver. The Front Range also hosts Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Christian University, and The University of Denver.  
Major employers in the area include the Ball Corporation Aerospace and Packaging, Maxar Geospatial Technologies, St. Anthony’s North Hospital Health- care Provider, Trimble Geopositioning Technolo- gies, Tri-State Generation Electric Energy Wholesal er, MTech Mechanical Technologies Group HVAC Systems, Epsilon Marketing Agency, Bread Financial Network Credit Authorization, ReedGroup Human Resources Management, and Zimvie Healthcare and Lifesciences.  
The City has a median household income of $86,688 and an average home value of $575,000.  


  • Area: 34 square miles  
  • Population: 119,000  
  • Average Household Income: $86,688  
  • Average Home Value: $575,000  


  • Top 25 places to live by Money Magazines  
  • Top 10 places to live in the West – Money  
  • Winner of the International Award for Livable Communities sponsored by the United Nations   
  • Recognized with numerous International City Management Association (ICMA) awards and honors  
  • The City has achieved some of the highest bond ratings in the state, including AAA and AA+, with the leading national rating agencies.  
  • Standley Lake Regional Park is 2,820 acres and holds approximately 42,000 acre-feet of water   
  • 120 Miles of Trails  
  • 63 Developed Parks