Mecklenburg County is home to over a million residents and the City of Charlotte. With 6.9 million residents within 100 miles, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte lie in the heart of a region that is the sixth largest urban area in the United States. Mecklenburg County has the largest population of any county in the State of North Carolina. With a world-renowned park and recreation system, a range of professional and minor league sports teams, and diverse communities, people who come to Mecklenburg County find an energized downtown (also known as "Uptown") and a variety of living options. Charlotte-Mecklenburg has the excitement of a cosmopolitan city and the ease of Southern charm; it’s a world-class destination.
The Park and Recreation Department is home to 210 parks and facilities located on more than 21,000 acres of parkland throughout Mecklenburg County. The department is also responsible for 18 recreation centers, 7 public golf facilities, 3 indoor pools, 2 outdoor pools, 3 nature centers, a public campground and disc golf courses. For outdoor enthusiasts there are 33 miles of developed greenways and 147 miles of undeveloped greenways. Mecklenburg Park and Recreation is responsible for 21 nature preserves. The department budget is approximately $33M and includes 335 FT staff and over 600 PT and seasonal staff. Additionally, the Park and Recreation department budget is also responsible for the maintenance of assets and land worth over $1B.
As the Park & Recreation Director for Mecklenburg County, you will be responsible for the operational and strategic leadership of the department. The department is continually recognized for its cutting-edge programs, state-of the-art facilities and unique partnerships. The ideal candidate will lead a dynamic and talented team, embrace change and innovation, be dedicated to building a better community and will continue the expectation of having a park system recognized as a leader across the country.
Bachelor's degree in a related field and six years of progressively responsible management experience directly related experience to the area assigned. Master's degree preferred. Licensing Requirements: Some positions may require Valid Driver's License, Licensure related to the area managed.
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Mecklenburg County was formed in 1762 from the western part of Anson County and the first official governmental action took place in February 1763.The North Carolina State Constitution approved in 1868 gave the citizens of all counties the right to elect a Board of County Commissioners to govern them.From 1868 to 1986, Mecklenburg County was governed by a five member board elected at-large. The fi...rst seven-member board took office in 1986 and in 1994, the first nine-member Board took office. Six members are elected by districts and three are ?elected at-large.Elections for the Board are held in November of even-numbered years. The Board takes office on the first Monday in December following the November election. A chairman and vice chairman are elected at the Board's first meeting in December.The Board's primary responsibilities are to adopt an annual budget, set a property tax rate and establish priorities to address the County's needs, especially in the areas of health, education, welfare and mental health.