Essential Job Functions:
Prepares, presents and administers an operating budget of approximately $2 million.
Plans and directs the parks and recreation department within budgetary limitations and in consideration of requests, displayed interests and full utilization of available facilities; develops, recommends and implements departmental policies, procedures, regulations and work priorities.
Recruit and recommend for approval hiring of new staff; responsible for assignment and evaluation of employees in the department.
Directs and develops long- and short range plans for department operations and capital improvements. Prepares annual budget request for submission to Superintendent of Recreation and Executive Director. Manages adopted department budget.
Develops safety rules and regulations.
Organizes and directs through subordinates comprehensive environmental and education programs, arts and recreational programs, and athletic facilities and tournaments for all age groups of the community; organizes and directs through subordinates a meeting and conference facility.
Provides support in the coordination of activities with other local, state, federal and private agencies or organizations involved with recreation.
Works closely with the Superintendent of Operations on the operation and maintenance of various facilities within the park; including, but not limited to wetlands and natural preserves, open space, athletic fields, meeting/conference facility, education center, administrative office, playgrounds, recreational facilities and cultural arts facilities.
Works closely with Superintendent of Operations and Executive Director on the planning and development of new site facilities, including park areas, playgrounds, and recreational buildings.
Meets with civic, social and other special interest groups to establish community partnerships. Represents the agency on boards and committees and attends various meetings and functions to present, explain and promote agency programs and initiatives.
Initiates and directs departmental grant activities in coordination with the administrative office for various department facilities and programs. Works closely with Superintendent of Operations on major and minor capital improvement projects.
Maintains effective communication throughout the department, with the public and with the management team. Works closely with the Saluda Shoals Park Foundation, a private 501 (c) 3 charitable organization established to benefit Saluda Shoals Park and environmental education, to develop fundraising activities and events that benefit the park and Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission residents.
Works closely with local, regional and national organizations to attract large-scale sporting and recreational events to Irmo and Chapin communities. Coordinates fundraising efforts on behalf of the department with support from staff, volunteers and Saluda Shoals Park Foundation.
Provides effective communication through written memos, email and meetings. Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness and conformance to policies and procedures. Prepares periodic reports to Superintendent of Recreation, Executive Director and Commission; makes presentations on departmental matters as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of a Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources System. Ability to plan, develop, and administer a comprehensive recreation program, including active and passive programs. Knowledge of local government financial management practices, concerning budget development, presentation, administration, and purchasing, as related to parks, recreation, tournaments, meeting facilities and environmental education. Knowledge of the principles and practices of personnel management, including recruitment, evaluation and discipline. Familiarity with the protection and management of environmental resources and the impact of facilities, maintenance practices, and programs on the environment. Familiarity with facilities site planning and construction practices, and building ground maintenance protocols. General knowledge of contract law as related to construction contracting, facility lease agreements, and natural resources regulations. Familiarity with risk management issues concerning facility usage, and occupational safety. Ability to communicate effectively both in written and oral forms, in a formal and informal environment. Possess effective supervisory and leadership skills. Possess highly developed public relations skills.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Executive Director, management team, staff, business partners, public officials, other governmental agencies, and the public. Ability to set a vision for the future. Ability to build a strong leadership team that is capable of implementing the vision and goals of the agency and community. Ability to analyze and solve administrative problems. Ability to prepare and analyze operating procedures and administrative reports. Ability to represent the Commission in public speaking events. Must be an effective change agent driven to inspire and implement change with excellent customer service, leadership, and communication skills. Ability to maintain an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountability. Ability to anticipate work to be done and initiate proper and acceptable direction for completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.
PHYSICAL SKILLS: Ability to communicate effectively using speaking, hearing, writing, and vision skills.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism administration or related field. Three to five years of experience in organized recreation programming and management and one or more years of experience in natural resources/environmental education based programs; three to five years of experience in highly responsible leadership and supervisory capacity, preferably experience in both Parks and Recreation related positions. Verifiable history of progressive responsibilities and assignments.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS: Must possess a valid driver’s license. Certification as a Certified Leisure Professional or Certified Parks and Recreation Professional or equivalent is preferred.