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Parks Director
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Job Description

Job Announcement: The Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission is accepting applications for a full-time Parks Director. 

Job Description Title: Parks Director

Description: Under the supervision of the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission (PCPRC), the full-time Parks Director will perform the managerial duties outlined below:


  • Supervises, hires, trains, directs, and evaluates PCPRC personnel, and monitors all activities and operations of the PCPRC; sets goals and objectives and establishes guidelines for performance;
  • Supervises and implements acquisition, planning, design, contract agreements, construction, and maintenance for recreation facilities and grounds; Coordinates with and supervises Maintenance Director on routine maintenance and special repair projects;
  • Plans, manages, and coordinates, and supervises all PCPRC events;
  • Studies and evaluates local conditions and develops immediate and long-range plans to meet recreational needs of all age groups;
  • Develops the long-term strategic planning for all park grounds and park programs of the PCPRC;
  • Prepares budget and directs expenditure of PCPRC funds and keeping of department records;
  • Attends regular PCPRC meetings and reports updates, recommendations, and direction to the Commission;
  • Establishes relationships with the community, develops community partnerships, and solicits sponsorships for PCPRC programs and projects;
  • Identifies, prepares application for, and manages grants for the PCPRC programs, events, and projects;
  • Oversees marketing of PCPRC programs including the website, printed materials, and social media;
  • Develops and manages sponsorship programs for major PCPRC events;
  • Complies with all PCPRC policies, protocols, and procedures;
  • Develops and updates PCPRC policies, protocols, and procedures as needed for PCPRC board review;
  • Communicates on behalf of the PCPRC with all PCPRC regulating entities, government officials, the general public, and media; and, Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Skilled in use of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel programs;
  • Ability to use and acclimate to various internet based programs such as social media sites, email hosting sites, website hosting sites, and data storage sites;
  • Knowledgeable of proper formatting of general business communications;
  • Capable in the use of general accounting software, including QuickBooks;
  • Able to direct, coordinate, and evaluate all personnel;
  • Able to supervise personnel, including interview, hire, and train employees; and plan, assign, and direct work; and appraise performance, and reward and discipline employees;
  • Able to address complaints and resolve problems presented by the general public, the PCPRC, and personnel;
  • Able to communicate effectively and grammatically both verbally and in writing;
  • Able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and government regulations;
  • Able to write reports, business correspondence, and policy and procedure manuals;
  • Able to effectively present and disseminate information to and respond to questions from the PCPRC, vendors, customers/residents, the general public, and the media;
  • Able to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume;
  • Able to work with fractions, percentages, rations, proportions, and technically evaluate programs, projects, work product, and plans;
  • Able to perform advanced problem solving, including defining problems, collecting data, establishing facts, drawing conclusions, and creating implementable plans;
  • Able to apply basic concepts of algebra and geometry; Able to plan, coordinate, execute, budget for and seek sponsorships for a wide variety of events;
  • Able to identify, apply for, and manage grants; Able to supervise and oversee construction projects;
  • Able to create, publish, solicit RFPs and RFQs and interpret, manage, and review the resulting contracts, transmittal, and documents;
  • Able to develop, implement, enforce, and adhere to all PCPRC safety policies; Excellent organization skills; A positive and professional attitude;
  • A bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in parks and recreation administration, public administration, business administration, marketing/public relations, or a similarly related field;
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; Extensive experience in the administration of recreational programs and in the planning, development, and maintenance of public parks, grounds, recreational programs, and recreational facilities is preferred; and, Knowledge of the Putnam County Parks and Recreation system and organizations is preferred.

Physical, Time, Vehicle, and Other Requirements: This position requires the following: Somewhat frequent work on weekends and evenings; Frequent work both indoors and at a desk; Frequent work outside in a variety of weather conditions; Somewhat frequent work in loud environments; Infrequent travel out of Putnam County; The ability to lift up to 50lbs; Use of a personal vehicle and PCPRC vehicle; A valid drivers' license; and, Commitment to maintaining a regular work schedule as set by the PCPRC not less than 40 hours per week; Hours and Compensation and Benefits This position is a 40 hour/week, primarily day-shift; This position will require some weekend and evening hours; 40+ hours/week will be required in the event of certain special projects, circumstances, and events; Schedule of hours will be coordinated with the PCPRC; Vacation and sick leave; Paid WV State Holidays; WV PEIA health benefits; WV PERS retirement benefits; and, Compensation commensurate with experience. Candidates may be required to submit to a background and criminal record check, a drug test, and/or a credit check. Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide references.

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