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Job Title: Director of Parks and Recreation - Spartanburg County, South Carolina Posted on: August 26, 2015


Director of Parks and Recreation

Spartanburg County, South Carolina

August 25, 2015

Spartanburg County, a growing county of 300,000 people, located in the Upstate of South Carolina, at the intersection of the fast growing I-26 and I-85 corridors, is seeking a highly qualified professional for the Spartanburg County Parks Department.  The successful candidate will lead a department with a staff of more than 60 fulltime and 100 part-time/seasonal employees who provide park and facility maintenance, capital project management, recreation programs, athletics and youth sports tourism services.  Most of the degreed parks and recreation professionals in the department have attained their professional certification.  The department is responsible for more than 1,250 acres of park land, which includes 40 parks and recreation facilities owned and/or operated by the Parks Department, including community parks, community centers, after-school youth development sites and large sports complexes. The department is heavily involved in youth sports tourism, hosting regional and national baseball, softball and soccer tournaments (the most recent of which was the week-long ASA/USA 18U Class A Girls' Fast Pitch National Tournament) and is playing a leadership role in development of outdoor recreation/nature-based tourism assets.  The annual operating budget of the department is $7 million. The department is also engaged in a multi-million dollar program to improve existing facilities/build new ones and is emphasizing programs to serve the county's growing population of Baby Boomers.  Since 2013, the department has been recognized with seven state or national awards as well as a local tourism promotion award.  The department is stable, from a management and financial standpoint, and is preparing to seek national accreditation through CAPRA.  For additional information on the Spartanburg County Parks Department go to

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:  As part of the job responsibilities, the director will be expected to nurture a culture of public service, innovation and continuous improvement;  develop standard operating procedures and ongoing staff training/professional development;  establish work teams to develop and/or implement adopted policies, plans, budgets and projects; recommend parks and recreation policies for consideration of the County Council and develop strategic plans, operating and capital budgets for parks and recreation in order to provide quality facilities and services to the public.  The director will be expected to work with the Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and other organizations to help improve Spartanburg County's quality of life and economic development potential. The director will also work with Parks Department's partners to build cooperative working relationships; listen to and evaluate divergent ideas in order to suggest ways to develop unified action to address community needs.  (Partner groups include school districts, towns, cities, conservation organizations, neighborhood associations, youth sports associations and other recreation providers.)    The director will work with senior department personnel to identify opportunities for alternative funding, including the provision of cash, in-kind services and volunteer involvement by parks partners, to reinforce the Parks Department's image as a trustworthy partner in community improvement.    The director will assist in developing contracts and will oversee compliance with the adopted operating and capital budgets as well as County policies and department procedures, taking corrective action, as necessary.    The director will provide ongoing status and other reports to County Administration and County Council, as needed or requested and will manage special projects, upon request, by the County Administrator or Deputy County Administrator as well as performing related tasks, as required. 


The position requires general knowledge of the principles and practices of parks and recreation management as well as advanced knowledge of parks and recreation management and/or public administration in a local government work environment, including public project planning as well as development of strategic plans, operating budgets, capital improvement plans, and budget monitoring/control.  The position requires a general knowledge of inter-governmental partnerships, contracting, fund-raising and volunteer programs.  The ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing to County Council, County Administration, other County departments, the news media and the general public is essential.  The director must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees in small work teams.  The director must be customer-friendly, demonstrating good judgment, tact and courtesy within a high-pressure environment. The director must be a highly flexible and capable of handling multiple tasks simultaneously, in order to perform duties, as needed or assigned


The position requires a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation management, sports management, physical education, or exercise science (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 department 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 position requires possession of a valid driver's license and an excellent driving record.  The successful applicant must be able to successfully complete pre-employment screening processes, including passage of a drug screen and criminal background check. 

Spartanburg County offers a competitive salary and benefits package, participating in both the South Carolina Retirement System and the South Carolina State Employee Insurance Program.  The hiring salary range is $73,123 - $95,060 DOQ.  Send resume, cover letter and detailed salary history to Spartanburg County Human Resources, PO Box 5666, Spartanburg, SC 29304.  You may also e-mail your package to

The position will remain open until filled.

Spartanburg County is an equal opportunity employer.  Finalists' names may be released pursuant to the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.




PO BOX 5666                                                                 

SPARTANBURG, SC 29304                                            

TELEPHONE: (864) 596-2522                                         

FAX: (864) 596-3615



Job Title: JOB TITLE: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND RECREATION - Durham, NC Posted on: August 12, 2015
Position: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND RECREATION (#3949) Assigned Work Units: Park Planning, Park Maintenance, Athletics, and Outdoor Recreation. Hours: 37.5 hours per week; evenings and weekends required Description: The purpose of this position is to assist the Department Director with the management of the operations of an Accredited Parks and Recreation Department. This is accomplished by division level responsibility for the overall direction and administration of the City’s recreation programs, recreation centers, facilities, parks, park planning, and operations. The incumbent is responsible for effective land and facility planning; working closely with other City Departments in the construction and installation of new facilities; and also providing land and facility management of parks and recreation facilities. Position is also responsible for planning, formulating policy, developing goals and objectives, supervising personnel, organizing, developing and administering the division’s budget, maintaining the department’s CAPRA Accreditation status, interacting with consultants, vendors, citizens, community partners and stakeholders, directing day-to-day operations, services, and programs. Work requires managing and monitoring work performance of a division including evaluating program/work objectives and effectiveness, establishing broad organizational goals and realigning work and staffing assignments for the department. Other duties include acting in the absence of the Director, responding to requests for information, and serving on committees and boards, and also representing the department at special events and functions. Minimum Qualifications and Experience: • Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning, or related field (a BS Degree in Recreation Management or Administration is acceptable if the candidate is currently certified as an AICP Professional Planner or ASLA/RLA Landscape Architecture); • Five or more years of planning, park development or system facility management including supervisory experience; • Experience and knowledge of recreation programs and facility operations; • Valid North Carolina Class "C" Driver's License. Additional Preferred Skills: Preferred candidate will have the following: • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP Professional Planner) or American Society of Landscape Architects/Registered Landscape Architect or Professional Landscape Architect (ASLA/RLA or ASLA/PLA); • Strong leadership skills; • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. • Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning, or related field; • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional • Competency in the use of computers, Microsoft Office Suite, and experience with recreation software (i.e. CLASS) or work order software (i.e. Cityworks). Hiring Range: $74,789 - $89,747 with benefits For More Information: Contact Rhonda Parker, Director; (919) 560-4355, Application Deadline: 9/3/15 To Apply: Applications available at Individuals selected for conditional offers of employment must pass the City of Durham physical examination including drug and alcohol testing. A driver’s history check is conducted for applicants applying for jobs requiring a valid North Carolina Driver’s License and/or CDL. This Agency seeks diversity in the workplace. The City of Durham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Job Title: Early Arrivals Counselor Job - Cedar Fork Community Center - Morrisville Parks Recreation and Cultural Resources Posted on: August 09, 2015

Enthusiastic individuals at least 18 years of age interested in supervising and working with elementary-age children at Cedar Fork Early Arrivals Program needed. Staff needed to work entire school year, 6:55 am- 8:55 am, Monday through Friday. Duties include, but are not limited to, ensuring safety of all children, leading recreational and athletic games, teaching arts and crafts, resolving minor discipline issues, unloading participants from vehicles, set up and clean-up of activities and building relationships with the children. Prefer experience working with children especially in a recreational program setting. Program is held at Cedar Fork Community Center (1050 B Town Hall Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560). CPR and First Aid Certifications are preferred. Please apply online at: For more information, contact: Scott Erickson or 919.463.7101

Job Title: Parks and Recreation Director - Town of Spring Lake, NC Posted on: August 03, 2015


SALARY GRADE 22          SALARY RANGE   $49,453 - $74,180

The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a full-time Parks and Recreation Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages and supervises assigned operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.
  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.Provides professional advice to supervisors; makes presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public.
  • Communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff and the general public.
  • Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
  • Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules and expedites workflow, studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures.
  • Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances; performs or assists subordinates in performing duties; adjusts errors and complaints.
  • Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes.
  • Plans, coordinates and directs a diversified year round, town-wide parks and recreation program including the management of the senior center, community center, various fields, parks and open spaces.
  • Coordinates the recreation program with the parks program, other departments, and outside organizations such as the school districts and various community-based organizations.
  • Reviews program area, implements changes or new programs to meet recreational needs of the community; develops, maintains and implements a current parks and recreation master plan.
  • Develops and implements policies, procedures and standards for efficient and effective operation and maintenance of department operations.  Assures compliance with established policies procedures and safety compliances.
  • Promotes interesting parks and recreation programs through publicity, joint program brochures with various community groups, and public contacts; speaks before citizens groups, students and other organizations.
  • Prepares and administers budget for all areas under the parks and recreation department; orders all new and replacement equipment.
  • Prepares cost estimates to plan and provide for improvements in the recreation and park facilities; oversees construction projects of needed improvements.
  • Maintains liaison with other departments as well as state, local, and other public officials.
  • Answers letters of inquiry and talks with visitors; addresses public and civic organizations which will inform the public of policies, procedures and the availability.
  • Supervises and manages the planning of new parks, playgrounds and all of the amenities that would be necessary for the proper construction and maintenance of these facilities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor's degree in recreation, education, or physical education including course work in organization and administration; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience.Five years of progressively responsible experience in parks and recreation programs.

Supplemental Information:

Successful completion of a drug screening, criminal, employment background check, and driving record check are required as a condition of employment.


Position Open Until Filled.

This Agency Seeks Diversity in the Workplace.

The Town of Spring Lake is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Town of Spring Lake, population 13,175, is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as the Parks and Recreation Director. The position reports to the Town Manager. The position is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Recreation Department to include athletics, Community Center activities, and Senior Center activities.  Candidates must have graduated from a college or university with a bachelor's degree in recreation, education, or physical education including course work in organization and administration; any equivalent combination of education and experience; and five years of progressively responsible experience in parks and recreation programs.  Salary range $49,453 - $74,180; excellent benefits.  Position open until filled.  For an application contact Human Resources Department, 300 Ruth Street, PO Box 617, Spring Lake, NC 28390, 910-703-8911 or visit our website at  Pre-employment background check and drug screen required.  EOE.

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