Last Update :8/17/2020

Fairfax Co. Seeks Director of Golf Operations

Director of Golf Operations (PARK MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST II)

$79,184.77 - $131,974.34 Annually
Job Type
FT Salary W BN
Park Authority
Job Number
9/11/2020 11:59 PM Eastern
Pay Grade
Posting Type
Open to General Public
Job Announcement

Fairfax County is a dynamic community with 1.1 million residents, a gold medal park system, a top-notch school system, safe neighborhoods, and bustling town centers. at the heart of the community is the nationally recognized leader, the Fairfax county Park Authority. A large and complex park system encompassing over 24,000 acres of land, 427 parks, and an estimated 18 million park visitors.

The Park Authority is excited to announce an exceptional career opportunity for a Director of Golf Operations. The director leads the park system’s eight award winning golf courses, seven clubhouses, four driving ranges, events, merchandising, and lessons program. The Park Authority operates courses from par-three to championship length. All courses are professionally designed and carefully conditioned and maintained to provide the finest golfing in Northern Virginia. The golf system has won numerous local and national awards for design and operation; and hosted local, regional, and national level events.

Must be an innovative, collaborative, highly experienced individual with a strong business acumen. Reporting to the Park Authority’s Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer, the director is responsible for the business development, coordination, operations, and maintenance of the Park Authority’s golf facilities.

  • Leads a team of highly skilled and experienced staff. 
  • Ensures adequate training and resources are available to meet operational objectives, conducts regular meetings, builds teams, mentors, and recognizes superior performance and motivates staff towards excellence.
  • Publicly represents the Park Authority as the face of the agency and presents relevant information at board, community, and homeowners association meetings and to staff. 
  • Sets the strategic direction by establishing operational objectives, service initiatives, revenue, and expense goals, and the short- and long-term capital investment strategy. 
  • As a member of the Park Authority’s leadership team, the Director of Golf Operations develops goals and strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs of customers. 
  • Develops, maintains, and administers a sound business and organizational plan for the golf system which includes an operating budget, marketing plans, merchandising and revenue management.
This job is varied in nature and the incumbent must exercise considerable leadership and independent judgment. Business acumen is essential as well as effective skills in communication, political astuteness, team building, process improvement, supervision, managing and working in a diverse environment.


Employment Standards

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in recreation and park management or other closely related field; plus five years of progressively responsible experience in park-related work, including responsible administrative/managerial experience, preferably in the applicable functional area.

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Ten years progressive leadership experience in the golf industry. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Detail oriented with the ability to handle multiple tasks. Demonstrated ability to run a professional, efficient, high quality, service-oriented operation. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Supervisory, coaching, and staff development experience. Strong business aptitude and passion for the golf business. 

Primarily sedentary in nature. However, there may be times where it is necessary to traverse uneven terrain and conduct work in varying temperatures. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.


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