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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Original Author: MTAS
Date of Material: 09/25/2002

Parks and recreation--Administration
Parks and recreation--Personnel

Parks and Recreation Director Job Description (2)

Reviewed Date: 06/21/2021
Job description for the position of Recreation and Parks Director.



The employee is responsible for Recreation and Parks Department operations, performed by planning organizing and directing the overall activities of the Department. Duties also include coordinating the recreational programs and facilities under the general supervision of the City Administrator and Recreation Board.
Independent judgement is used according to the situation and different courses of action must be taken to complete the task.


The employee will operate light duty vehicles, mobile radios, camcorders, VCR'S, computers, and other modern office equipment.
Employee supervises recreation and park facilities and operations throughout town.
The employee is exposed to tobacco smoke.


Oversees budgetary operations and prepares budget as required.
Promulgates regulations to ensure proper organization and use of personnel.
Plans and directs activities of the Department.
Performs administrative activities of the Department.
Coordinates formal and on the job training programs for recruits and personal development.
Keeps records and prepares reports including personnel reports.
Must react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and determine proper course of action.
Must deal effectively with citizen complaints regarding department procedures.
Ability to explain and interpret department regulations to the public and employees.
Must be able to maintain an effective working relationship with employees of the Department.
Cooperates with other Departments of the City to unite the City as one.
Oversees and keeps records and reports of grant activities. Supervises contract construction.
Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the public.
Prepare, develop and implement programs suitable for all segments of the population.
Provide public appearances, interviews and speaking engagements to promote Parks and Recreation services.

(Any one position may not include all of the listed duties or duties which may be performed.)

Organizes and programs recreational activities. Inspects equipment.
Operates equipment when necessary.


Knowledge of personnel policies and procedures.
Knowledge of principles and practices of public recreation management.
Knowledge of the materials and equipment used in general maintenance and construction work.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
Knowledge of the principles and methods of supervision.
Knowledge of the City's provision of emergency procedures.
Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates.
Ability to use necessary tools and equipment in performance of required skills.
Ability to evaluate situations and make decisions.
Ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and convincingly.
Ability to keep records and makeclear reports.
Knowledge of the facilities and equipment needed to implement and operate a broad recreation program.


Graduate from an accredited four year college or university with a degree in recreation or related field or 8 years experience in recreation programming.
Experience in recreation program management.
Must pass a drug screen.
Must comply with the City's "Weight Control Policy."