Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Director
Department: Parks & Recreation Updated: 01/2018
Division: Parks & Recreation FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

The County Parks and Recreation Director will be responsible for the management and administration of the Parks and Recreation Commission’s work program, which will include, but is not limited to facility development, staff supervision and financial management.  The Director will also be responsible for establishing effective working relationships with local communities and various park user groups.


·         Prepare an annual budget for Parks and Recreation Commission approval.

·         Maintain financial records in conjunction with the Controller’s Office.

·         Supervise the expenditure of funds in accordance with the adopted budget.

·         Prepare and submit written and verbal reports to the Parks and Recreation Commission and County Board of Commissioners.

·         Hire and supervise department staff in conformance with the County Board Personnel Policies and labor contracts.

·         Write grant applications for parks and recreation properties, facilities and programs.

·         Work with user groups and community organizations to improve recreation opportunities.

·         Supervise the maintenance and operations of park properties and facilities.

·         Advise local communities on parks and recreation issues.

·         Prepare 5-year Master Recreation Plan and submit to PARC and BOC for approval.

·         Other duties as assigned.


Supervision is received from the County Administrator.  St. Clair County Parks & Recreation Commission acts in an advisory capacity.


Supervises all parks and recreation department staff and volunteers.  May delegate day-to-day supervision to other staff members.



·         Graduation from a college or university of recognized standing, with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Public Administration or related field; Master’s Degree preferred.

·         Certified Park & Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification required.

·         At least five (5) years of progressively responsible management experience.

·         Comprehensive and extensive knowledge of parks and recreation management.

·         Experience with linear park development.

·         Experience with facility development and construction management.

·         Manage and direct departmental operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedure and policies. Plan and coordinate work staff activities, prioritize, instruct, set deadlines, objectives, measure success, and make recommendations and resolve issues. Methods of research, planning, conducting and implementing major studies or projects. Design and recommend new forms, reports or procedures. Ability to understand and work in complex data processing system, analyze data and exercise sound financial judgment. Analyze administrative problems, evaluate alternatives and implement sound solutions. Prepare and present reports, speeches or training programs to groups. Provide training and guidance in handling difficult or complex problems or resolving escalated complaints or disputes. Work independently with limited direct supervision. Coordinate activities with other departments.                     

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.             

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.                       

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.


·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.               

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 35 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Physical ability to set up and clean up facilities for special events.

·         The employee typically works in office conditions.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions. 

·         The position requires working with a very diverse cross-section of the public.

·         Due to the nature of this work hours are flexible, although normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.  However, an employee in this classification may be called upon to attend meetings and community events at locations throughout the county on a regular basis.


Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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Human Resources
200 Grand River Avenue, Ste. 206
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: (810) 989-6910
Fax: (810) 985-3493
Email: Human Resources