Parks and Recreation Director

Iredell County
January 6, 2023
200 South Center Street, Statesville, NC
Billing Address
200 South Center Street
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Performs complex professional and managerial work in direction, leadership and oversight to the
County’s park properties, recreation centers and facilities, as well as all recreational programs and
special events. Facilitates the development of strategy and policy for the department and ensures the
county’s mission, vision, and strategic goals are incorporated into the facilities, activities, and services.
An employee in this class performs a variety of complex and difficult administrative, managerial, and
professional duties in the management of parks and recreation activities for Iredell County. The
employee develops and prepares long and short range strategic plans for departmental growth and
operations. The Director organizes and manages short term plans and daily activities through division
managers and program specialists, including the selection, training, appraisal and supervision of
regular staff and seasonal employees. The position develops and manages a budget of approximately
$2 million. The position facilitates collaboration between the County and various other profit, nonprofit, civic organizations, municipalities, school officials, and general public in the marketing,
development and maintenance of the parks, buildings and grounds, and recreational programs. The
employee must exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in researching and
development of programs, and modification and/or implementation of existing policies and procedures.
The work includes exposure to indoor and outdoor environmental conditions. Work in some
recreation activities is subject to the final standards of OSHA blood borne pathogens. Work is
performed under general supervision of the County Manager, and is evaluated by review of reports, in
conferences, and by the general effectiveness of recreation programs.
Serves as a representative of Iredell County, demonstrating a positive attitude and progressive actions
through the display of professionalism, courtesy, and appropriate tact and discretion in all interactions
with other employees and the public.

Develops, approves, implements, and enforces departmental policies and procedures; determines
methods and practices to be used by departmental personnel.
Manages the selection and evaluation of permanent and temporary employees and volunteers engaged
in a variety of recreational programs, parks, facility reservations and management, and property
maintenance. Works with supervisory staff to recruit, train, supervise, and provide performance
coaching and evaluation of regular and temporary employees and volunteers.
Develops staff including hiring, training, motivation, performance counseling and evaluation,
discipline and team building.
Manages the planning, organization, and direction of all parks, grounds, facilities, and recreation
program activities for all segments, groups, ages and interest levels of the community; including
sports, outdoor education, special programs, parks administration, fitness and aquatic programs, day
camps and related programs; educates the public on the benefits of recreation; promotes and markets
the department and programs.
Develops and implements long range plans for recreation programs, parks, recreation centers, pools,
community centers, event center and facilities, to accommodate according to county growth, goals, and
parks and recreation needs. Presents to the Board of Commissioners for Capital Improvement Plan
Updates Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan, as well as Site Specific Master Plans,
including work with consultants, facilitating stakeholder groups, reviewing and editing documents, and
presenting to Recreation Advisory Board and Board of Commissioners.
Prepares annual budget recommendation and its supporting information; presents budget to the Board
of Commissioners. Oversees administration of annual budget, monitoring expenditures and receipt of
funds. Ensures that all applicable local, state and federal fiscal policies are adhered to.
Seeks and secures alternative funding sources in grant writing opportunities, corporate sponsorships,
and community donations.
Attends meetings of department directors, boards, committees, agencies and community groups to
present department programs and needs. Develops lasting relationships with civic groups, clubs,
school groups, and other organizations to obtain understanding and support of recreation programs and
facilities throughout the county.
Recommends the acquisition, development and maintenance of park areas, playground areas, and
structures and facilities to best serve the interests of the community.
Determines supplies, materials, and equipment needed to carry out programs, purchases equipment and
supplies within budgetary guidelines.
Interprets the parks and recreational programs through press releases, communications, and other
publicity through cooperative planning and effective working relationships.

Facilitates collaboration between the County and various community entities to provide for a diversity
of recreational and cultural options.
Remains sensitive and aware of community recreation, social and cultural needs. Studies and analyzes
program participation and attendance, personnel, and as a result, implements short and long range
actions that will lead to successful operations.
Receives and reviews reports, suggestions; responds to and resolves difficult, significant and sensitive
citizen inquires and complaints.
Identifies training needs; develops and implements staff training classes on an on-going basis.
Maintains a high level of cooperation and communication with patrons, staff, media, and other
departmental staff.
Oversees the development, review and implementation of policies and procedures; follows all
applicable safety rules and regulations.
Performs related work as required.
Comprehensive knowledge of all phases of community programs, laws and processes required in
municipal recreation and administration.
Thorough knowledge of the policies and procedures of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Considerable knowledge of the County budgeting, finance, and personnel policies.
Considerable knowledge of overseeing an event center, which will generate revenue to reinvest into
parks and recreation.
Considerable knowledge of the objectives of public recreation programs.
Thorough knowledge of effective principles and practices of public administration, including
leadership, strategic planning, communications, and performance coaching and evaluation.
Considerable knowledge of laws and regulations regarding personnel supervision.
Knowledge of the application of information technology to the work of the department.
Knowledge of the specialized field of outdoor education programming.
Skill in collaborative conflict resolution.

Ability to develop and administer a comprehensive recreation program suited to the needs of the
Ability to organize, supervise and evaluate the work of others.
Ability to evaluate programs and maintain public interest in recreation programs, activities and
Ability to prepare and present effective oral and written reports.
Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others.
Skilled in organization and multi-tasking.
Must be able to perform basic life functions of climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, walking,
fingering, and talking.
Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10
pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
Must have visual acuity to perform or use the following: preparing and analyzing data and figures,
accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, and to view capital project


Salary: $86,375.28-$134,745.43


Graduation from an accredited College or University with a Degree in Parks and Recreation
Administration, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Management, or closely related field and ten (10) years
of experience in the field with five (5) years of supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination
of education and experience. Master’s degree in Parks and Recreation related field or Public
Administration preferred.

Special Requirements

Possession of a valid North Carolina Driver’s License (CDL preferred).
Possession of First Aid/CPR Certification or willing to obtain