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Parks & Recreation Director

Appling County

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Parks & Recreation Director                                                                      


Parks and Recreation

Full Time/Salaried/Exempt




This position is responsible for directing the operations of the Parks and Recreation Department.




  • Administers all department programs and events.
  • Trains, assigns, directs, schedules, supervises, evaluates and disciplines personnel.
  • Coordinates department activities with other county departments and with school and community groups; meets with public groups, clubs and organizations.
  • Supervises the publication of news releases and program guides.
  • Inspects and tours playgrounds, facilities, lakes, river landings, buildings and grounds, to identify maintenance and repair needs.
  • Develops and implements schedules and calendars of events and programs.
  • Manages and supervises youth and adult sporting events.
  • Organizes and implements special community events.
  • Prepares annual budget recommendations and manages approved funds.
  • Conducts surveys to determine community needs and evaluate ongoing programs.
  • Plans and conducts staff meetings; coaches and directs volunteers.
  • Establishes registration fees for programs, rentals and facilities.
  • Attends conference and training programs.
  • Performs related duties.




  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public and recreation administration.
  • Knowledge of theories and techniques of delivery of recreation services to a variety of populations.
  • Knowledge of all relevant laws, county policies and procedures, and departmental and safety guidelines.
  • Knowledge of budgetary processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of building and playground construction principles.
  • Skill in supervision.
  • Skill in the development and implementation of long- and short-range plans.
  • Skill in operating general office equipment, including a computer, calculator, typewriter, facsimile machine, and copier.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.




The County Administrator assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives.  The work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.




Guidelines include relevant state laws, Georgia Parks and Recreation guidelines, purchasing policies, and county and department policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.  This position develops department guidelines. 





  • The work consists of varied management, supervisory, and program development duties. The diverse nature of community needs contributes to the complexity of the position. 
  • The purpose of this position is to direct the operations of the Parks and Recreation Department. Successful performance contributes to the effective delivery of recreation services to county residents.




  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other department heads, elected officials, and representatives of community organizations, volunteers, media representatives, vendors, program participants, and the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, negotiate and settle matters, and direct and motivate others.




  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and occasionally heavy objects and distinguishes between shades of color.
  • The work is typically performed in an office.




This position has direct supervision over employees within the department including Athletic Coordinators, Parks & Maintenance staff, Turf Care staff, Park Rangers, Recreation Specialists, Lakes & Landings staff and general Labor workers.




  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of          Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.


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