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.
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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.
Mecklenburg County was founded on February 26, 1763. Residents chose the name Mecklenburg in hopes of gaining favor with King George III of England, whose wife, Queen Charlotte, was born in a German province of that name.
The N.C. State Constitution, approved in 1868, gave the citizens of a county the authority to elect the officials who governed them called a Board of County Commissioners. Fr...om 1868 to 1986, Mecklenburg County followed the same basic plan of a five-member Board, elected at-large. In December 1986, the first seven-member district/at-large Board took office, launching a district plan approved by a county-wide vote in 1984. In December 1994, the first nine-member district/at-large Board took office. This re-districting plan was approved by voters in 1993, with six commissioners elected from single-member districts, and three at-large members elected by a county-wide vote.
In 1962, the County Manager form of administration was adopted in Mecklenburg County. The County Manager is the chief administrative officer of Mecklenburg County Government. Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, the County Manager implements Board policies; represents the County in dealings with other governmental units and agencies; recommends the annual budget to the Board; and, with the help of a management team of General Managers, and department directors, coordinates the work of all County agencies.