DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND RECREATION
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class is responsible for the initiation, formulation, review, and direction of activities undertaken by the Parks and Recreation Department for the Town of Lysander. The incumbent plans, assigns, and
coordinates a variety of administrative and technical projects regarding the operation of town parks and recreation facilities. Administrative supervision is received from the Town Supervisor, and the incumbent reports to the Town Board. The position requires interaction with a variety of Town of Lysander employees, employees from other municipal agencies, contracted agencies and their employees, elected officials, the media and the public. The position exercises functional and direct supervision over a number of subordinate departmental staff, projects, programs, and initiatives. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Directs and oversees staff, facilities, programs, and projects under the control of the department.
Supervises the daily operation and maintenance of town park(s) and other areas under the purview of the department.
Develops the departmental operating budget annually, including projecting expenses, funding, equipment needs, and vehicle replacement, and presents it to the Town Supervisor and Town Board; after adoption of the budget, this person monitors and administers the budget throughout the course of the year.
Drafts materials and service requisitions after obtaining price estimates, quotes, and related information.
Supervises the daily programming and recreational opportunities provided at the town park and its associated areas.
Interviews, hires, evaluates, schedules, supervises, disciplines, and performs other personnel actions related to subordinate employees
Proposes and assists in overseeing capital projects initiated or assigned to the department including developing, managing, and monitoring an infrastructure budget that addresses the physical needs of the Park and its associated areas.
Directs the development and implementation of capital projects within the department.
Coordinates staff, equipment, and materials involved with maintenance projects within the Park.
Assists in the development and direction of special events within park areas and facilities.
Coordinates, advises, and assists the Town Supervisor and Town Board in responsibilities pertinent to the goals and objectives of the department.
Develops and implements park-wide policies in support of employee and visitor safety, departmental protocol, and public relations.
Responds to and resolves customer inquiries, problems, and complaints.
Represents the Department to the Town Board in the authorization of activities, projects, budget and additional funding.
Coordinates and consolidates responsibilities of the Department with other departments to facilitate and increase the efficiency of results.
Develops new initiatives within the Department to ensure public demand for services is met.
Serves on a variety of community committees, boards, and commissions.
Represents the Department, working directly with community and not‑for‑profit organizations.
Performs public relations duties to maintain and enhance the image of the department.
Develops and implements policies, procedures, goals, and objectives for the Department.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Comprehensive knowledge of the purposes, principles, terminology, and practices employed in public parks and recreation management;
Comprehensive knowledge of the development and design of educational and recreational park programs.
Comprehensive knowledge of advanced professional techniques in public parks and recreation management;
Thorough knowledge of local and state law, procedures, and policies as they relate to the mission of the department.
Thorough knowledge of administrative planning, management, and supervision.
Thorough knowledge of the preparation and interpretation of statistical, technical, and narrative reports regarding department activities.
Good knowledge of legislation, current problems, and professional literature related to public parks and recreation management;
Good knowledge of the operation and maintenance of equipment and technology used in the operation of public parks and recreation management;
Good knowledge of Town government, geography, economics, demographics, society, goals, politics, policies, and procedures.
Good knowledge of government budgeting policies and procedures.
Good knowledge of computer hardware, software, and systems used by the department and the Town.
Good knowledge of resources available for use in the completion of department objectives.
Working knowledge of Personnel laws and regulations.
Ability to analyze current problems, assess future problems and formulate action plans to facilitate resolution of said problems.
Ability to perform mathematical calculations.
Outstanding professional leadership ability.
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor's Degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Park and Recreation Management, or a closely related field and two (2) years of professional-level work experience, or its part time equivalent in park operations, park maintenance, or park management; or,
B) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate's degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Parks and Recreation Management, or a closely related field and four (4) years of paraprofessional or professional-level work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in park operations, park maintenance or park management, at least two (2) years of which must have been in a professional-level capacity.
C) Six (6) years of paraprofessional or professional-level work experience, or its part time equivalent in park operations, park maintenance, or park management, at least two (2) years of which must have been in a professional-level capacity.
02/21 Date of Original Composition