Recreation Director

The City of Biddeford is committed to employee wellness and work/life balance. We operate on a four day week with Fridays off and implemented remote work and flex schedule policies; The City provides all employees and their families with a robust wellness app and other outstanding benefits such as student loan reimbursements and a State pension program

The City of Biddeford, Maine- commercial center of York County and suburban community of Portland- is seeking an experienced and passionate Recreation Director. Biddeford is a premier community committed to providing a safe, resident and business-friendly environment, with high quality services, excellent schools, and a responsive, transparent government. The City is an innovative leader that has experienced economic revival in its downtown, an incredible evolution from mill town to a youthful, vibrant community. Biddeford is often featured in magazines and the news for its amazing transformation and incredible food scene, as well as its new boutique hotel.

Biddeford is a coastal community, which includes the neighborhoods of Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rocks and Granite Point, where families want to live, work and play. Spanning a total area of 59 square miles, Biddeford provides a full range of municipal services with a budget of $38 million, including capital outlay of $1.6 million.

We are looking for a creative and experienced leader in the Recreation community to bring significant growth and innovation to our recreational services and programming. Preference for candidates with a Bachelor’s and 5 years of Recreation experience, with some of that experience in managerial roles.

The City of Biddeford offers multiple retirement plans, all with City match, including a State Pension. We also offer a student loan reimbursement program, city funded Health Reimbursement Account, health/vision/dental, HSA/FSA, sick/vacation/personal paid time off, and 13 ½ paid holidays.

The Recreation Director is responsible for the department in its entirety including staff, programs, budgeting, the teen center and facilities/maintenance related to conducting recreation activities. Some more specific responsibilities would be:

  • Leading the department through creation and execution of an overall mission and strategic plan
  • Oversight of development and management of comprehensive community cultural, recreational, and other leisure time activities on a year round basis to serve all residents of Biddeford
  • Preparing the Recreation Department budget including capital improvements; applying for grant assistance offered by different State and Federal agencies
  • Effective use and proper maintenance of a wide variety of recreational areas, facilities, and equipment to include all of the beaches in the summer
  • Due to the nature of recreation programming, the Director may need to work evenings and weekends occasionally

Review of applications will begin on May 30th but position will remain open until filled; applicants must submit both a cover letter and resume

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $90,000.00 - $105,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)


  • City/Town: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Recreation Programs: 4 years (Preferred)
  • Supervisory: 2 years (Preferred)