PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR

Annual Salary: $44,633.00 - $46,896.00


General Statement of Duties


Performs professional and management work planning, organizing, and directing the parks and recreation program.



Distinguishing Features of the Class


An employee in this class performs a variety of administrative, supervisory, and professional duties in the management of parks and recreation activities for the County. The employee develops and plans work operations, projects departmental growth and development, and develops new and modifies existing programs, policies, and procedures. The Director manages the short-term plans and day‑to‑day activities through professional, technical, or other staff including the selection, training, appraisal, and supervision of permanent and temporary staff and coordination of volunteers. Work requires extensive public contact with private groups, civic organizations, local officials, and the public in the promotion, development, and direction of the parks, recreation, athletics and building and grounds maintenance program. Employee is subject to hazards in parks and recreation work including working in both inside and outside environments, noises, and atmospheric conditions. Duties may also expose the employee to human body fluids and are covered by the OSHA requirements of blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under the supervision of the County Manager or appointed designee and reviewed through periodic conferences, reports, and results.



Duties and Responsibilities


Essential Duties and Tasks

  • Plans, directs, and participates in providing an expanding and flexible program of recreation, athletic and open space activities for all segments, groups, ages, and interest levels of the community.

  • Develops long-range plans for programs and facilities according to anticipated County growth, future interests, and expanded parks and recreation needs.

  • Works with County Manager or appointed designee, elected, and appointed officials to determine vision, priorities, and funding resources to develop long-range plans for facilities and programs. Seeks grants to enhance programs.

  • Plans, organizes, and oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of varying recreational and athletics programs and events for all ages and segments of the County.

  • Plans, organizes, and oversees the maintenance of various facilities, parks, fields, and buildings related to departmental activities.

  • Recommends the acquisition, development, and maintenance of park and playground areas, of structures and facilities to best serve the wide interests of the community; develops and administers grants.

  • Counsels and receives input from community groups, neighborhood groups and individuals regarding the parks and recreation needs, problems, and utilizes such input for overall planning and programming and program evaluation.

  • Directs the preparation of the departmental budget submits recommendations to County management; coordinates and monitors the expenditure of funds; develops and administers grants.

  • Develops staff including hiring, training, motivation, performance counseling and evaluation, discipline, and team building.

  • Supervises and participates in interpreting the recreation and parks program through press

  • Attends meetings of department heads, boards, agencies, and community groups to present department programs and needs.


Additional Job Duties


Performs related duties as required.



Recruitment and Selection Guidelines


Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the trends, principles and methods of parks and recreation planning, programming, evaluation, and development.

  • Considerable knowledge of programs, laws, and processes required in recreation and administration.

  • Thorough knowledge of legal liability and safety issues related to public programs and facilities.

  • Considerable knowledge of land use ordinance, resulting recreational, and park’s needs.

  • Considerable knowledge of the application of information technology to the department.

  • Considerable knowledge of modern and supervisory principles and practices including leadership, motivations, communications, team building, performance coaching and evaluation.

  • Considerable knowledge of the County’s personnel, purchasing and budgeting policies and procedures and laws, regulations, principles, and practices related to hiring and employment in the public sector.

  • Knowledge of construction management, landscape and turf maintenance and related fields.

  • Skill in collaborative conflict resolution, meeting facilitation and public speaking.

  • Skill in customer service excellence.

  • Ability to effectively communicate, motivate, hire, conduct performance coaching, and team building with staff.

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with local officials, the public, and employees.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.

  • Ability to write policies, grants, and reports supporting the programs and activities of the department.

  • Ability to plan for long-range facility needs.

  • Ability to evaluate programs, analyze needs and solve problems effectively.


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.

  • Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently; and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

  • Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, perform accounting tasks, operate a computer terminal, do extensive reading, drive a motor vehicle, and be able to inspect work of others.


Desirable Education and Experience


Graduation from a technical school, community college with a degree in Recreation Administration,

Public Administration, Physical Education, or related field, and considerable experience in the management of a recreation program including considerable supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Special Requirement

Possession of a valid state issued driver's license.

Possession of a Professional Parks and Recreation certification preferred.


Submit completed application, resume, and cover letter to Caswell County Human Resources Department, Attn: Mindy Satterfield, PO Box 98 Yanceyville, NC 27379.


Applications can be found on the Caswell County Official Website: http://www.caswellcountync.gov


Posted 8/23/2022-Until Filled




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