Parks Recreation and Tourism (PRT) Director

Class Title: Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

Department: Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

Reports to:   City Manager

Job Summary

Plans, organizes, and administers a comprehensive program to the citizens of Hardeeville and the surrounding areas as well as provides leadership and direction to the Park, Recreation, and Tourism Department staff; interprets the goals and policies of the City Council under the direction of the City Manager.

Essential Functions

  • Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with Government policies, procedures and applicable laws including: interviewing, hiring, and training, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Plans long-range goals, objectives, organizational structures, and overall direction for the PRT department.
  • Provides overall direction of the operational and developmental phases within the PRT department
  • Plans, directs, and reviews public facilities, such as parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, ball fields, and other public facilities.
  • Develops and prepares annual operating and capital budgets in accordance with other departments
  • Plans, directs, and oversees the acquisition, construction, renovation, and improvement of public facilities; plans and oversees the development and implementation of new programs
  • Serves as advisor to the City Manager regarding various PRT functions
  • Monitors, reviews, and communicates the implementation phases of strategic plans to ensure that long-range goals and objectives are met.
  • Plans and implements short term or annual goals, objectives, and strategies for the PRT Department
  • Plans, allocates, and monitors time, people, equipment, and other resources for PRT Department to ensure efficient organization, completion of work, and risk control
  • Directs the planning, preparation, and administration of the PRT Department budget to include revenue generation
  • Performs special assignments to include researching and preparing reports and projects, developing and implementing programs, administering state and federal grants and presenting technical data to management, elected officials, and others.
  • Develops, communicates, and monitors policies, procedures, and standards for the PRT Department.
  • Conducts regular staff meetings to review progress, accomplishments, budgets, strategies, and plans for the PRT Department
  • Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications; provides vision for the department.
  • Represents the City of Hardeeville at various functions such as making speeches at civic and business associations, meeting with influential persons within the community, developers, officials, citizens, and representatives of the press, to establish goodwill and resolve/respond to issues
  • Perform duties in public relations for the Government; markets various functions and programs for the City and PRT Department; writes and administers public and private grants; develops and maintains partnerships
  • Performs other duties as requested

Materials and Equipment Used

Field Maintenance Equipment (Mowers, weed trimmers, blowers, field draggers, tractors etc.) General Office Equipment, Personal Computer, Fax Machine, City Vehicle

Minimum Qualifications Required

Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Parks and Recreation, Sport Management, Environmental Education, Public Administration, or a related field and at least 5 years of supervisory experience in a Parks and Recreation organization or related field; any combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skill, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certification:  

Valid South Carolina Driver’s License, Certified Park and Recreation Professional

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:  Principles, practices, and theories of operational and administrative management; budgetary and accounting principles and practices; administrative principles and practices, including goal setting and program budget development and implementation; administration of staff and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervision; applicable state, federal, and local law rules, and regulations; methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis, and report presentation; computer applications related to the work;

Skills in:  Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand and communicate complicated policies, procedures, and protocols; a very high level of analytical skills necessary in order to develop and implement department mission, goals, and procedures; determine needs for capital expenditures, personnel and operating budgets; and prepare special reports or analysis for the jurisdiction or outside agencies.

An advanced level of interpersonal skill necessary in order to provide effective leadership to subordinate personnel and to develop cooperative working relationships with employees, senior management, elected officials, and vendors supplying goods or services to the jurisdiction; Analyzing and resolving office administrative situations and problems; researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials

Organizing work, setting priorities, meetings critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction; communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing; planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing, and evaluating the work of staff; selective and motivating staff, including volunteers, and providing for their training and professional development; Effective public speaking, public relations, and negotiation techniques.

Mental and Physical Abilities to:  Concentrate and pay close attention to details in reviewing, preparing, and presenting budgets, reading, and writing reports, or representing department at in-house or outside public meetings; define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; interpret a variety of technical instructions with abstract and/or concrete variables; while performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, sit, use hands to fingers, handle, feel, see objects at close range, talk or hear, and occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 10 pounds.

Working Conditions:  Works is performed in a normal office environment and in the field with exposure to outdoor temperatures, or dirt and dust; the incumbent’s working conditions are typically quiet with moderate impact from the operation of heavy equipment.

The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $75,000 DOQ with an excellent fringe benefits package.  Interested applicants should send resume (including references) and cover letter to:  City Clerk 205 Main Street P.O. Box 609 Hardeeville, SC 29927 e-mail; website  Position open until filled.  The City of Hardeeville is an EOE and E-Verify user.  All applicants considered for employment must submit to a background check and drug screening for illegal drug use prior to offer of employment.