Parks and Recreation Director

County of Onslow, NC

Onslow County is seeking a strong, creative and proactive Parks and Recreation professional to oversee the County’s extensive recreational programs and facilities. The next Parks and Recreation Director will have a track record in innovative recreational and athletic programming, strong leadership and interpersonal skills, a vision for growth of the department that matches citizen needs and desires, and a commitment to assess and use technology solutions to enhance programs, operations, and marketing.

The Parks and Recreation Department has a budget of $2.6 million. This department of over 50 is comprised of the Parks and Recreation Director, Recreation Program Supervisor, Athletics Program Supervisor, Recreation Coordinator, Parks Superintendent, Parks Maintenance Supervisor, Administrative Assistant, 2 Park Operations Officers, 11 Maintenance Workers, 12 Park Attendants, 8 District Coordinators, and 15-20 seasonal/temporary employees.

Position Responsibilities:
Plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the activities and programs of the Parks and Recreation department in accordance with Federal, state, and local requirements.
Develops staff including hiring, training, motivation, performance counseling and evaluation, discipline, and team building.
Conducts inspections of all Parks and Recreation facilities and grounds; responsible for coordinating building and facilities compliance with ADA requirements and liability prevention measures.
Attends meetings of department heads, boards, agencies, and community groups to present
department programs and needs.
Receives input from community groups and individuals regarding parks and recreation needs, utilizes such input for overall planning, programming, program evaluation.
Prepares the department budget; coordinates, and monitors the expenditure and receipt of funds.
Performs research and grant writing for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Oversee the implementation of the recently completed Comprehensive Master Plan.
Performs assigned functions as a Disaster Ready Team (DRT) member.
Performs related tasks as required.

The successful candidate will be:

An empowering leader equally dedicated to building a cohesive team throughout the department as well as the development of individual employees;
An experienced strategic thinker who can facilitate the development of a clear vision for Parks and Recreation through a community assessment;
Experienced in leading the implementation of Parks and Recreation Master Plans;
A skilled collaborator who easily builds partnerships with community stakeholder groups such as other regional park systems and K-12 schools as well as County departments such as the Library, the Sheriff’s Department, DSS, the Health Department, etc., in order to deliver more effective programs to a larger audience;
Creative in managing budgets, leveraging limited resources, writing and securing grant funds, and working effectively with Parks and Recreation partners to maximize complex partnerships within a County departmental system;
An excellent and effective communicator, including one on one, small groups and public speaking, who confidently and persuasively engages citizens, community groups, staff, and the County Commission;
Engaged in overseeing marketing of Parks and Recreation programs to reach multiple stakeholders using innovative methods;
Savvy in technology solutions to increase staff effectiveness, community engagement and program marketing;
Skilled in creating performance measures and metrics to assess and report on programmatic and facility efforts;
An active participant in community relations through personal support of and engagement in departmental programs;
A passionate educator and advocate for the department and its employees

Education, Experience, and Special Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree with coursework in recreation, physical education, public administration, business administration, or related field and six (6) or more years of experience in parks and recreation management including three (3) or more years of supervisory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Local Government/Municipal parks and recreation experience and a relevant master’s degree and CPRP or CPRE certification are highly preferred.

The selected candidate will be required to maintain a driver’s license valid in the State of North Carolina. Residency within the County is required.

Salary will be determined based on qualifications, internal equity, budget, and market considerations.

In order to be considered for this position, your final transcript showing the date that your degree was awarded and/or any required certificates or licenses must be uploaded with you application even if you are a current employee or we have received it with a previous application.

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Job Details

Job Function
Parks and Recreation Director
Position Type
Full Time

County of Onslow


234 NW Corridor Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC 28540
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager