Responsible for the overall direction and administration of the Parks and Recreation Department, which includes the following divisions: Administration, Park Maintenance, Recreation and Park Operations. Plans, communicates, and provides a strategic vision and direction for the Department. Leads and manages the development and implementation of long and short-term plans for Department’s operations, programs, projects maintenance and facilities. Ensures Department’s strategic and master plans are in alignment with County Council’s priorities and goals/objectives. Develops and monitors annual operating and capital improvement budgets. Advises and directs subordinate managers on matters of recruitment, hiring, workforce planning, work assignments, performance evaluation, promotion, and discipline. Prepares, reviews, and/or edits County Council meeting and workshop information/documents/materials. Ensures Department staff members have adequate opportunities for training and education so they may remain current in their field of expertise. Responsible for ensuring the Department maintains their CAPRA agency accreditation. Provides oversight for the Department’s sport and nature based tourism efforts.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of Parks and Recreation Department operations; general knowledge of basic accounting principles, general knowledge of marketing principles; thorough knowledge of various youth programs and activities; must have basic knowledge and skills of computer database development and management; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of recreation planning, programming and operations; ability to establish program goals and objectives; ability to communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with participants, associates and the general public; ability to effectively develop short term and long term plans.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
The position requires a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management, sports management, physical education or related field (Master’s degree preferred) as well as at least ten years of progressively responsible experience within a local
government work environment, including experience as a director, assistant director or division manager, or any equivalent combination of education and experience. The position also requires possession of or ability to obtain within six months, a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional certificate. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications is required.
The Parks Department maintains, operates and manages selected public parks and recreation facilities in Spartanburg County, including sports fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, recreation centers, trails/greenways and blueways. The department also provides a variety of recreation programs for Spartanburg citizens of all ages and abilities and promotes/supports sports tourism. The CAPRA Accredited department is dedicated to public safety and quality customer service, achieved through cooperation and teamwork.