The incumbent in this position functions as a senior member of the County’s management team by managing and directing the personnel and functions of the Department of Parks and Recreation so as to plan, develop and implement comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services in response to the needs of the community. Work is performed under the direction of the County Administrator and involves considerable responsibility, complexity and variety.
Establishes long and short-term departmental goals and objectives. Updates, follows and implements the Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan.
Supervises, manages and directs departmental staff engaged in the performance of land acquisition, park and recreation administration, park planning & design, maintenance & development, grant administration, program management, property management, landings and marina management, golf course management and airport operations.
Prepares and presents the Department’s operating, enterprise and capital budgets to County Administrator, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and County Commissioners. Oversees administration of operating, enterprise and capital budgets once adopted.
Develops and presents policy recommendations relating to park and recreation programs, operations and facilities to the County Administrator, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and County Commissioners and upon approval, supervises implementation of procedures and policies.
In conjunction with departmental staff, develops and directs plans to achieve goals and objectives.
Acquires and maintains thorough familiarity with county and state regulations regarding Parks and Recreation development and management. Maintains extensive knowledge of Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space, Waterway Improvement Program and other grant programs as well as Maryland State Highway Administration trail and pedestrian grants and programs.
Ensures Parks and Recreation staff are represented at internal county department meetings where park and recreation facilities are discussed including Staff Technical Advisory Committee meetings, Planning Commission meetings, etc.
Coordinates, prepares, submits and administers federal, state and private grants applications.
Attends public hearings and meetings as required. Receives, evaluates and responds to inquiries and complaints concerning the County’s park and recreation policies, procedures and programs. Meets with citizens, community groups, business groups and other agencies to explain issues, seek cooperation, respond to requests and resolve complaints pertaining to Department.
Ensures both internal and external recreation and sports leagues are properly managed, fields are scheduled fairly and equitably and staff is present for yearly “opening day” events to ensure facilities are properly maintained and provisioned.
Reviews bid specifications for procurement of capital equipment, construction materials, etc. and reviews and recommends acceptance of bid proposals and award of contracts to County Commissioners.
Reviews architectural, engineering and landscape design plans and documents pertaining to park construction and development projects. Implements capital project program to ensure projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner.
Responds to emergency problems as required; responds to press inquiries relating to park and recreational issues.
Maintains a strong presence at state parks and recreation organization meetings and conferences to identify new programs, methods and equipment which might be useful for Department.
Keeps Department records. Supervises the maintenance of records of revenue and expenditures, confidential personnel records, inventory of supplies and equipment, donations and park memorials and other operational records.
Directs and manages special projects as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Provides cordial, responsive and accurate customer service.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the County’s policies and applicable laws; responsibilities may include interviewing, recommending and selecting candidates for employment; training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising employee performance; counseling, rewarding and disciplining employees; investigating employee grievances; approving and mediating disciplinary action; and addressing and resolving complaints.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
LANGUAGE SKILLS - Ability to read, analyze, and interpret highly detailed and complex documents, including scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents; ability to write and edit detailed and complex reports, policies, procedures, memoranda, and correspondence. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints; Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to the County Commissioners, advisory boards and other public groups; ability to respond to inquiries and complaints from citizens, customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community; ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/ or the County Commissioners.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS - Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume; Ability to apply concepts of algebra and geometry.
REASONING ABILITY - Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation, Public Administration, Business Administration, Park Resource Management or related field. Demonstrated experience in budget development and management. Six years of successful and progressively responsible management and directly related experience. Experience in park project management and development, land acquisition and recreational program development. Experience with presenting strategic plans/initiatives to staff, external customers and boards/elected officials.
Preferred qualifications: Master’s Degree in Parks & Recreation, Public Administration or related field. 10+ years progressively responsible management experience. Management experience in a department with similarly diverse facilities. Experience in park master planning and best practices. CPRP certification.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to feel, finger, handle or objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Reasonable accommodations may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.
The majority of the incumbent’s work is performed in an office environment in which the noise level is usually quiet.
This position has been designated as an ESSENTIAL POSITION and may be required to report to or remain on duty when County offices are closed due to inclement weather or for other reasons.
An employee in this position may be required to work shift work, overtime, weekends and holidays and/or remain on standby for a call back to work.
Employees must conform to applicable policies and safety rules.
This position is one within the Queen Anne’s County Civil Service System. An employee must serve a period of twelve months probation during which he or she may be terminated without notice, cause, hearing or right of appeal.
This description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive.
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