Parks and Recreation Director

Department: Parks and Recreation
Category: Parks and Recreation

Supervised By: County Administrator

Supervises: All employees of the Parks and Recreation Department, either directly or indirectly.

Position Summary:

Reporting directly to the County Administrator and under the general supervision of the Parks and Recreation Commission, plans, develops, and administers a comprehensive program to provide parks and recreation facilities and programs. Markets and promotes all recreational programming at the community center, parks, and Groen Nature Preserve.  Manages maintenance, facilities and program activities through full-time and seasonal personnel. Oversees developmental and improvement projects within the parks. Inspects parks to evaluate operations. Responsible for all personnel, financial and other administrative functions of the department.

Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties, which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  1. Responsible for management of the Community Center, Groen Nature Preserve, Otsego Lake County Park, Wah Wah Soo Park, Iron Tone Springs, Libke Fields and any future parks.
  2. Supervises staff of the Parks and Recreation Department including interviewing and hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal staff, overseeing training, scheduling and assigning work, reviewing performance and resolving employee relations issues. Hires contractual staff such as aerobics and gymnastics instructors, volleyball and basketball officials and youth coaches.
  3. Directs the administrative functions of the office including administering the departmental budget and monitoring expenditures to ensure compliance with the established budget. Directs the financial functions of the department, authorizing expenditures, overseeing the collection of fees and performing departmental accounting. Prepares the annual report for the department.
  4. Responsible for the overall planning, development and implementation of all parks operations in line with self-initiated goals and objectives as submitted to and approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission and the County Administrator.
  5. Develops policies to assist in directing operations and attaining established objectives. Responsible for long-range planning including site development, special projects and analysis of potential for park usage, programs and special events.
  6. Plans, develops and implements recreation and park programs to meet the needs and interests of the entire population of the county. Works with other organizations to ensure programs are implemented.
  7. Plans and develops marketing materials for Otsego County Parks and Recreation Programs and facilities.
  8. Serves as the liaison to the Groen Trust Fund Board and ensures that the intent and requirements of the Groen Nature Preserve conservation easement are followed.
  9. Oversees all developmental and improvement projects, including working with contractors, departmental staff and others in the planning and supervising of such projects. Prepares cost estimates on established projects for the Parks and Recreation Commission.
  10. Prepares specifications, bids and contracts for purchases of equipment, materials, products and services. Selects contractors and oversees construction and development.
  11. Researches grants and alternative funding sources, prepares grant applications and makes presentations. Oversees the expenditure and accounting of grant funds and ensures compliance with grant requirements.
  12. Plans, develops, and implements pricing structures for the campground and other parks and facilities as approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission.
  13. Plans and implement environmental education programs at the Groen Nature Preserve.
  14. Regularly inspects parks and facilities in order to evaluate parks operations and the work performed. Evaluates health and security risks for workers and parks users and initiates and updates safety procedures.
  15. Maintains effective public relations and develops constructive relationships with governments, volunteer and community organizations. Makes presentations to businesses, community organizations, individuals and the public to inform them of park operations and receive input on facilities or programs in need of improvement.
  16. Responds to and attempts to resolve complaints regarding parks operations.
  17. Prepares and oversees surveys of park usage.
  18. Performs other duties as directed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

Requirements include the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in parks and recreation management, natural resources, landscape architecture, or related field and five years of progressively more responsible experience in parks and recreation management, including park development, grant writing and marketing.
  • The county, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience.
  • Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.
  • Thorough knowledge of the professional public management techniques involved in budgeting, personnel administration, and resource management, and the ability to identify and implement new best practices.
  • Strong working knowledge of the equipment, methods, procedures, and tasks involved in park and facility construction, maintenance, and repair.
  • Thorough knowledge of the practices, methods, and equipment utilized in grounds, park maintenance, and development, including the planting, cultivation, pruning and care of lawns, flowers, shrubs, plants, and trees.
  • Knowledge of the practices and safety issues involved in maintaining public lands, facilities, and playground equipment.
  • Skill in organizing schedules and coordinating associated resources.
  • Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
  • Skill in the writing of grant requests, strategic planning, and making public presentations.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with county employees, contractors to the county, representatives of other governmental units, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Suite applications, database use and the ability to learn new software programs applicable to the position.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works both in an office and in the field. While in the office, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and by telephone, read regular and small print, view and produce written and electronic documents and enter data on a computer keyboard with repetitive keystrokes. The employee must be mobile both in an office setting and in the field with the ability to stand, sit, stoop and kneel, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must lift or push/pull objects of up to 25 lbs. without assistance.   Accommodation will be made, if needed, for employees required to lift or move objects that exceed this weight.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works both indoors and outdoors and regularly travels between park locations using a motor vehicle. The noise level in the work environment varies from quiet to loud.

Job Posting Information

This is a full-time management team non-union position and is eligible for fringe benefits.

Salary:  Pay Grade 12    $47,810

For purposes of FLSA, this is an exempt position.

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