Parks & Recreation Director Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the administrative direction of the City Manager, is responsible for the planning, organizing, directing, and managing the operation of the Parks and Recreation Department and a budget that includes operations, maintenance, and capital improvement. Supervision is exercised over division managers for recreation, parks and golf. Performs other work as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Directs the planning, preparation and administration of the Department, budgets, five year capital improvement plan and the f fee structure for various activities and facilities. Establishes and monitors management controls for administration and fiscal procedures to ensure effectiveness and cost efficiency of maintenance and levels of service.

Coordinates with other department directors for interdepartmental needs and services.

Oversees the supervision, evaluation, training, and hiring of Departmental personnel.

Confers with public groups, boards and organizations for the purpose of maintaining and furthering public relations in regards to Parks and Recreation functions, planning, and programming.

Attends meetings of City Council and other public agencies.

Prepares reports for the City Manager, City Council and other public agencies.

Keep up-to-date data on the Parks and Recreation Department.

Develops, communicates, and monitors policies, procedures, and standards for the Department; recommends improvement when necessary.

Plans and implements short and long-range goals, objectives, organization structure for the overall direction of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Manage and monitor a variety of operations to ensure success and implementation of City and Department objectives.

Evaluates the effectiveness of public parks, facilities, and services.

Acts as a liaison to the various boards related to the Department, including the Beautification and Environmental Board and the Golf Courses Advisory Board.
 
Oversees the professional staff in the administration of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Recommends consultants, contractors, etc., for capital projects in the Parks and Recreation Department.

REQUIREMENTS

A.    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a accredited college or university with major course work in Parks and Recreation Administration, Public Administration, or a related field with a master's degree preferred; at least five years of progressively responsible management experience in a public parks and recreation department agency including golf; or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience. Must have a valid Florida driver’s license. Applicants who possess a valid out of state driver’s license must obtain the Florida driver’s license within 10 days of employment.

B.    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of administrative policies and procedures in developing and directing parks and recreation activities and programs, pools, civic center, golf courses and the auditorium.

Considerable knowledge of the practices, techniques and philosophies of parks and recreation operations.

Knowledge of state and local codes and ordinances regulating parks and recreation areas and facilities.

Knowledge of parks, recreation, and golf facilities operation, maintenance and equipment.

Ability to promote, organize and stimulate good public relations with the community, boards and special interest groups.

Knowledge of promotional and public relations techniques.

Knowledge of current management methods and practices.

Ability to inspect, monitor and administer Parks and Recreation projects.

Ability to research, analyze and develop long-range planning techniques policies and procedures, and service delivery methods for parks and recreation facilities and programs.

Knowledge and skills in use of personal computer and various applications, programs and recreation software and the internet.

Ability to handle conflicting requests for service in a diplomatic manner.

Ability to supervise, understand and manage a wide range of subordinate personnel.

Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing.

Skill in administration of employer/employee relations.

Strong decision-making skills as well as innovative and creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Knowledge and skills in municipal budgeting practices for both general and enterprise funds. Ability to analyze fee structures and implement revenue enhancing measures.

Must be able to communicate on a one-to-one basis with a variety of people by phone, written correspondence, or one-to-one discussions.

C.    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to operate a motor vehicle to City sites throughout the day and evening

Ability to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in a normal tone of voice.

Ability to see and read the English language.

Ability to read and understand complex reports.

Ability to write reports that are legible and understood by others.

Ability to walk, stand, reach, kneel, stoop and lift throughout the working day and participate in activities that requires physical dexterity.

Ability to sit for long periods of time not to exceed two (2) hours at a time.

Ability to work regularly scheduled hours.

Ability to work various hours of the day and night to attend Department programs, meetings, and address occasional problems.


THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION.  WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY.  THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.