Parks and Recreation Director

Guilford County Government
August 26, 2021
201 S. Greene St., Greensboro, North Carolina
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This position oversees the development, management, and operation of park facilities. 


An employee in this class is responsible for the direction and administration of parks and recreation services and planning activities. Duties include preparing an annual budget, overseeing the daily operations of park services, formulating long range operating and capital plans for the County's park system, and representing the department in interactions with the public, partner agencies, and the Board of County Commissioners. Considerable independent judgment and initiative are required. Work is performed under general direction and is evaluated by the accomplishment of desired objectives. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and assigns the work of subordinate staff; conducts performance evaluations; hire, trains, supervises subordinate staff.   Establishes and implements operating policies and procedures. Reviews reports, budgets, goals, and policies proposed by staff. Prepares, reviews, analyzes, and presents operating and capital improvement budgets.  Supervision and progress is checked through review of reports.

First review of applications will be done during the week of September 13. 


  • Directs the operation, management, maintenance, and development of park and open space services and directs the review and evaluation of the department’s overall operating effectiveness. 
  • Meets with community and business groups to establish community partnerships, serves as liaison with the Parks and Recreation Commission and prepares and presents agenda items to senior management and the Board of Commissioners. 
  • Reviews, analyzes and prepares the operational budget and capital projects budgets and submits to the County Manager for approval.
  • Assumes full responsibility for funding allocated to the agency.
  • Directs the formulation and routine updating of the department's goals and objectives consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the County.
  • Develops and maintains effective communication with other local government officials, department heads and the public.
  • Represents the department before local government bodies and various community organizations.
  • Studies the need for parks and other facilities through which to implement a recreation program.
  • Supervises the acquisition, development and maintenance of park lands and facilities.
  • Directs the coordination of the parks program with all local, state and federal agencies involved in planning, conducting, financing and/or regulating parks and recreation activities or facilities.
  • Administers federal and state grant funds and programs in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Develops grant applications and requests for proposals; prepares and reviews service contracts; administers and monitors the use of grant funds. 
  • Oversees the fee transaction and collection processes at all parks and establishes appropriate financial controls.
  • Prepares and presents in a clear and understandable manner complex information, including senior management, the Board of Commissioners, and the public
  • Responds to emergency situations at county park and open space facilities and areas.
  • Hires, develops, coaches, and evaluates staff members and creates a culture of continuous learning across the department.   Administers personnel actions in accordance with Guilford County policies.
  • Promotes and ensures proper employee training and compliance with County safety program and departmental safety procedures; ensures that all equipment, materials, and work conditions are adequately maintained to prevent accidents.
  • Practices continuous learning through individual study, classroom training, seminars, and conferences and applies the latest best practices to park, open space, and recreation management. 
  • Manages park volunteer program.


$84,727 - $147,724 depending on qualifications


A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with a combination of education and experience that would provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to perform the essential duties and tasks of this position OR Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration, Recreation and Leisure Services, Public Administration, Business Administration, Facilities Management, Horticulture, or a related area and eight years of experience in management and administration in parks and recreational programing with at least three of those years in a supervisory capacity.. Education and experience should be clearly documented with demonstrated linkages to the essential duties and tasks of this position.

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In order to be considered, please submit an application at

Please contact Ray Willis at 336-641-3057 or at [email protected] if you have any questions. EOE