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Parks and Recreation Director

Talbot County

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Parks and Recreation Director                                                                          


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


  1. Plans, develops, supervises, and directs comprehensive county-wide recreation programs.
  2. Oversees the development and operation of park facilities.
  3. Develops short and long-term goals; prepares policies and procedures.
  4. Supervises and directs departmental staff, contracted instructors, youth associations, and volunteers.
  5. Responds to internal and external customer service issues, comments, or complaints.
  6. Facilitates meetings with Recreation Commissioners, youth associations, volunteers, adjoining municipalities, the Board of Education, and other county personnel.
  7. Plans, develops, and manages department budgets.
  8. Processes department purchases; monitors and processes invoices, payment requisitions, department expenses, and other financial obligations.
  9. Identifies funding sources and submits necessary applications to secure moneys.
  10. Plans and develops specifications for department projects and purchases.
  11. Reviews bid documents and makes recommendations.
  12. Inspects and monitors parks for maintenance and safety issues.
  13. Represents the department at various county, district, and state meetings; makes presentations to civic groups, special interest groups, and the Board of Commissioners.
  14. Coordinates activities with other county departments, other municipalities, and agencies.
  15. Prepares department records and reports.
  16. Communicates the Parks and Recreation goals and objectives and expected code of conduct to all staff and participants.
  17. Acts as an agent of Talbot County and an advocate for Parks and Recreation.
  18. Oversees Parks and Recreation Special Events.
  19. Attends community meetings/civic groups to discuss Parks and Recreation.
  20. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of standard management and supervisory practices.
  • Knowledge of computers and job related software programs.
  • Knowledge of budgetary procedures.
  • Knowledge of athletic park and field maintenance.
  • Skill in the development of operating policies and procedures.
  • Skill in development and management of annual budgets.
  • Skill in public and interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication


Parks and Recreation Director assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives.  The county manager reviews work through reports, and observation of department activities.


Guidelines include county codes and ordinances, county policies and procedures, state and federal laws, financial practices, and purchasing procedures. These guidelines require judgement, selection, and interpretation in application.  This position develops department guidelines.


  • The work consists of varied management, supervisory, and administrative duties.  Strict regulations and procedures contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to direct the activities of the Parks and Recreation Department. Success in this position contributes to an effective parks and recreation program for area residents.


  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, contractors, representatives of other municipalities and agencies, civic groups, members of the news media, and the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to give or exchange information; resolve problems; provide services; motivate and influence persons; or justify, defend, negotiate, or settle matters.


  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, walking, bending, or crouching.  The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects and climbs ladders.
  • The work is typically performed in an office or outdoors.  The employee is exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, irritating chemicals, and occasional cold or inclement weather.


This position has direct supervision over Assistant Director, Program Coordinator, Athletic Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator.  


  • Possession of a valid State of Georgia driver’s license (Class C) and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) in compliance with County Safety and Loss Control Guidelines. 
  • Ability to obtain a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional certificate within 12 months of employment. 


  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupation 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.


  • In accordance of Talbot County’s Substance Abuse Policy, all job applicants offered employment will undergo testing for the presence of illegal drugs and alcohol as condition of employment.  In the course of employment, employees are subject to random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, and routine fitness for duty testing for illegal drugs and alcohol abuse.  Employees are prohibited to work under the influence, to possess, to distribute, or to sell illegal drugs in the work place or abuse alcohol on the job.  Confirmed positive is reason for denial of employment and/or termination. 

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