The ideal candidate will be a visionary, with passion and creativity to grow and direct the Parks and Recreation Department. He/she will be experienced in leadership and staff development. This candidate will be a dynamic leader with excellent partnering, communication and presentation skills. He/she will be energetic, imaginative, well-organized and be capable of working collaboratively with other organizations to help the public enjoy life while contributing to their health and well-being.
Performs complex executive work planning and directing all parks and recreation activities for the City, Lenoir County, the Recreation Commission and related work as required. Candidate is dynamic and talented team, embrace change and innovation. Work involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the Recreation Commission with the approval of the City Manager and City Council. Departmental supervision is exercised over all department personnel. Responsible for the operational and strategic planning to effectively lead the department into the future and meet the challenges of the Comprehensive Master Plan.
Plans, organizes, promotes, directs, administers and evaluations a comprehensive City-wide parks and recreation program; plans, organizes and develops the department's long term strategies and Master Plan.
The Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Department serves the residents of the City and the County. With a budget of $6.1 million dollars and 35 full-time regular employees, the Department manages more than 22 parks and facilities. In 2011, the Woodmen Community Center, a fitness center with a therapy pool, heated pool and waterpark was added in partnership with Woodmen Foundation. There are over 168 acres of playing surfaces throughout the County. The Department works to provide professional and diverse leisure opportunities through programs, facilities, parks and open space, making Kinston and Lenoir County a desirable place to work, live and play. The department is responsible for employing 36 full-time employees and 100 plus temporaries.
Requirements: Comprehensive knowledge of all phases of community recreation activities and their administration; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and methods of park planning and development; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration with special reference to personnel and budget administration; general knowledge of CAPRA accreditation standards and practices; ability to develop and execute a well rounded program of recreation activities; ability to cooperate with and interpret recreational philosophies to city authorities and private groups and agencies and the general public; excellent communication communication skills, writes well and succinctly and speaks well ; ability to prepare and present detailed reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with governmental officials, volunteers, community groups, associates and the general public. Ability to write and secure grants, sponsorships.
Additional Salary Information: Salary Negotiable Depending Upon Qualifications