Athletics/Sports/Fitness, Recreation, Recreation Programming, Special Events/Tourism
4 Year Degree
PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM DEPARTMENT
PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM DIRECTOR
Job Posting Date – November 7, 2017
The City of Conway is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director. This position, under limited supervision, oversees plans and directs the activities and personnel of the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department; plans, develops, evaluates, implements, adjusts, and guides programs and facilities to meet the growing and ever-changing recreational needs of residents and visitors; oversees the utilization of city parks and conservation properties to enhance active and passive recreational opportunities; directs tourism programs and activities; prepares and oversees departmental budgets; proactively uses vision, insight and planning capabilities to broaden and improve comprehensive parks plan, conservation properties, and recreational opportunities for the citizens of Conway; attends and participates in City Council meetings, staff meetings, budget retreats, committee meetings, and other opportunities to gain advantages for the department; manages the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, including hiring, training, assigning and evaluating employees; formulates and enforces safety standards and operational procedures; serves as internal project manager for new recreation construction and large contracts; coordinates efforts for city officials and city staff with local, regional and state agencies; and performs related task as required. Reports directly to the City Administrator.
Required Education, Training and Experience: A Master’s Degree in Parks and Recreational Management, Public Administration or related field is preferred; a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreational Management, or related field is required. A minimum of five (5) years’ work experience in a similar field, including administrative and supervisory components, and experience in developing, enhancing and maintaining parks and recreational facilities, programs and activities is required. Experience with management of conservation property is desirable. The successful candidate must live within the City limits or reasonable proximity or be willing to relocate to inside the City limits within six (6) months of employment. Must possess or obtain a driver’s license valid in the State of South Carolina.
Entry level pay for this position is $71,815.00 annually.
Interested persons should submit an application and resume to: Lynn S. Smith, Human Resources Director, PO Box 1075, Conway, SC 29528. Applications may be downloaded from the City’s website at www.cityofconway.com. This position will remain open until filled.
THE CITY OF CONWAY IS A DRUG FREE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
A Brief History of Kingston/Conway
In 1670, the British settled Charles Town (Charleston, SC). The area now knows as Horry (O-REE) County was part of old Craven County, established in 1682. In 1730, Robert Johnson, Royal Governor of SC, included Kingston Township in a plan to encourage development of the Province of SC. By 1732, the site of the town of Kingston (Conway) was marked out. In 1...734, a plan for the town was completed and by 1735 the first settlers had begun to arrive.
Many area residents fought in the American Revolutionary War. Small engagements were fought near Kingston at Bear Bluff on the Waccamaw, at Black Lake along the Little Pee Dee, and in the Socastee area. Gen. Frances Marion, who was known as the “Swamp Fox”, had relatives living in the area. He and his troops encamped in the village of Kingston on his way to the battle of Black Mingo.
Kingston was located in the Parish of Prince George, Winyah, established in 1722. In 1769 the colony was divided into circuit court districts and the land comprising what is now Horry County became a part of the newly created Georgetown Judicial District. In 1785 new lines were drawn and “Kingston County” was created out of the old District. The new county’s name was changed to “Horry District” in honor of General Peter Horry in 1801 and a courthouse was established in Kingston at that time. The name of the village of Kingston was later changed to Conwayborough, for General Robert Conway, a general in the SC State Militia.
The village of Conwayborough was slow to grow. Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury recorded in 1801 that the town had a population of about 100. Thomas Lockwood’s geography of the state published in 1832 reported that the number of inhabitants was 200.
In 1860, Conwayborough had a population of 273 whites and 203 blacks. The Waccamaw River was the town’s main transportation link. Planters, who developed plantations both large and small, owned much of the land along the Waccamaw and Pee Dee Rivers. Throughout the rest of the county were small farms, plantations and forests. The important industry in the area in 1860 was “naval stores, “ i.e. turpentine and lumber. When South Carolina seceded from the Union, area residents rallied to the Confederate cause. Thomas W. Beaty and Benjamin E. Sessions of Conwayborough signed the Ordinance of Secession in Charleston. At the end of the war, Union soldiers from Maine occupied the town for a time.
During the 1870s the naval stores industries continued to expand. Riverboats transported passengers and goods along the Waccamaw River between Conwayborough and Georgetown. The South Carolina General Assembly shortened the town’s name to Conway in 1883. In 1887 the railroad reached Conway and in 1898 the town incorporated and elected its first mayor.
Much of present-day downtown was built in the early 1900s following a destructive fire. The old live oak trees and the beautiful Waccamaw River provide the perfect setting for South Carolina’s Historic River Town.
In performing a wide variety of functions, the City of Conway strives to always provide quality service to over 17,000 citizens of Conway and 270 employees.
The City of Conway depends upon many resources to make our operation a successful one. No other resource is more vital to the City of Conway than its employees. Our employees provide a vital role not only in making what our City is today, but also shaping the future of Conway.