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Director of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism

County of Charles, MD

Performs executive management work in directing the County's Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Department. Involves planning, organizing and directing the provision of services to County residents and visitors to the County; areas include recreation, parks, and tourism operations, program planning, and coordinating tourist attractions to market the County. Determines work plans, methods and procedures, and guiding departmental activities to achieve required goals and objectives, under broad administrative direction.

Essential Job Functions:
Plans, directs, controls and coordinates diverse work programs involved in managing the department. Establishes and monitors controls to evaluate performance in meeting program and County objectives; takes appropriate actions to correct performance and to adjust programs to meet requirements.
Manages positions and personnel to make best use of employees; selects employees and develops their capabilities; plans for succession of key personnel; counsels employees and administers discipline; handles human resource matters in accordance with agency policy and procedures.
Establishes goals and objectives for the entire department, approves and establishes work procedures, formats and reports all overall progress and effectiveness of programs to County Commissioners and the constituents.
Plans and uses resources economically; prepares accurate budgets and monitors expenditures. Develops appropriate informational resources and safeguards their use. Procures, stores and distributes supplies and material economically and efficiently. Ensures efficient maintenance and operation of physical facilities and equipment.
Establishes and maintains effective means of coordinating plans and schedules with other County departments and external organizations; takes appropriate actions to maintain effective coordination in the event of delays and other problems; ensures that unit activities do not conflict with organization goals.
Develops plans to meet unexpected situations, new developments, and changes in programs; prepares for emergencies; understands the factors and conditions affecting programs and recommends appropriate responses when these change.
Directs preparation of management reports and grant applications; develops and presents conclusions and recommendations.
Makes presentations to the Board of County Commissioners. Meets with State and Federal officials and works extensively with the public. Serves on various boards, councils, and committees and may chair as assigned.
Communicates understanding and support of organization goals and programs through actions and spoken and written words; interacts effectively with individuals and groups at all levels; maintains ties with external organizations; keeps all interested and involved parties informed of matters requiring their attention.
Ensures compliance with all applicable policies, rules, regulations and laws; stays abreast of legal, regulatory and policy developments affecting areas of responsibility; enforces legal and regulatory requirements impartially.
Recommends new programs and services, identifies funding sources, obtains external funding for programs and staff and implements programs and services.
Facilitates joint use of community facilities/center management county-wide.
Coordinates interaction with other County departments, consultants, developers, regulatory agencies, and contractors on implementation of plans and projects.
Ensures adequate inventory of parts and supplies are available and are controlled to prevent loss.
Performs other related job duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Recreation or a related field. Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in recreation, parks, and tourism work; or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training.

Licenses or Certifications:
Must possess a valid driver's license.
Certified Park & Recreational Professional preferred.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:
Subject to work beyond the normal scheduled hours of work.
Subject to frequent interruptions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles and practices of recreation, parks, and tourism as applied to the operations of the department.
Knowledge of administrative practices and procedures as applied to the operations of a diverse recreation, parks, and tourism department.
Knowledge of management principles and practices as applied to budgeting, personnel, purchasing and related operations including significant experience in grants administration.
Knowledge of PC operations.
Ability to plan, organize and direct the operations of the department.
Ability to advice and proposals regarding programs to the Board of Commissioners, the County administrator and County staff.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.
Ability to direct the work of department staff.

Additional Information:
The work is mostly sedentary with frequent periods of walking and standing. Typical positions require workers to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; climb stairs; bend and crouch; reach, hold, grasp, and turn objects, use fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards; speak normally, to use normal or aided vision and hearing.

Principal duties of this job are performed in a general office and field surroundings environment.

Department/Division: Recreation, Parks & Tourism/Administration
Pay Grade: 123
FLSA Status: Exempt
Telework Eligible: Yes
Reports To: County Administrator
Supervises: Chief of Recreation, Chief of Parks & Grounds, Chief of Tourism & Special Events, Assistant to the Director, Financial Support Administrator

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Job Details

Job Function
Parks and Recreation Director
Position Type
Full Time

County of Charles


8190 Port Tobacco Rd
Port Tobacco, MD 20677-3126
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager