Provides leadership and support to department staff through effective communication, succession planning, and visioning.
Integrates and incorporates the Town Strategic Plan and the department Master Plan into workplan goals and objectives and actively participates in the advancement of these goals and objectives.
Plans, organizes, promotes, and directs comprehensive, town-wide athletic, parks, recreation, greenway and cultural resources programs.
Proactively seeks out community partners, manages key stakeholders, and represents the department at public meetings, board meetings, civic group meetings and with other agencies.
Provides visioning and guidance to the programs offered at the community centers.
Develops strategic plans and initiatives to meet the department’s mission.
Sets goals and objectives for the department.
Prepares and manages the department’s budget; oversees department expenditures.
Develops the department’s Capital Improvement Program.
Oversees the operations at community centers with diverse program offerings.
Oversees the planning, design, and acquisition of future parks and recreation facilities, greenways and open space.
Supervises department staff.
Directs the planning of departmental special events.
Receives and responds to citizen inquiries and complaints.
Administers and writes grant proposals.
Performs related tasks as required.
The candidate’s work history must include well rounded experience in parks and recreation with five (5) or more years of successful and progressive levels of responsibility, culminating with supervisory responsibility. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required and local government experience in athletics, parks, and recreation facilities and programming is strongly preferred. A relevant master’s degree and CPRP or CPRE certification (or ability to obtain) are preferred.
About Town of Morrisville
Morrisville has been one of the fastest growing and most diverse towns in North Carolina and was recognized by Money Magazine as the tenth best place to live in the U.S. in 2020, and by Niche.com as the No. 1 best place to live in North Carolina during that same time span. In 2019 the Chamber of Commerce (national website) ranked Morrisville the No. 2 Best City to Live in North Carolina and WalletHub.com ranked Morrisville the No. 3 Best Place to Raise a Family in North Carolina. These are just a few of the accolades the Town has garnered in the last few years. Since 2000, Morrisville’s population has ballooned from 5,000 to nearly 30,000 residents. The Town’s demographics include approximately 41% Asian Indian, 40% white, 12% African American, 5% Hispanic, and 4% other. 66% of the population is between the ages of 18 and 64 and the community has an equal number of men (50%) and women (50%) (Source – U.S Census Bureau).
Morrisville is located adjacent to North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park – a national hotbed of technological development, hosting over 250 companies and 50,000 workers. The Town’s economy is based on highly skilled professional and technology industries, and ...a population that is diverse, affluent, and highly educated. As a result, the local median household income is now $103,000, almost twice the state average of $54,000.
“Live Connected. Live Well.” is the Town’s brand tagline and philosophy. When surveyed, citizens communicated they value the connection they feel when in the Town. The connection they have to global businesses, opportunities, the great outdoors, and most importantly, to each other. Morrisville is a place to gather together, to talk with neighbors and engage with Town leaders. It is a warm and welcoming community. The community embraces small town ideals with all the conveniences and amenities of a metropolitan city.
The idea of living connected and living well guides the Town’s decision-making processes in all areas and has been the catalyst for infrastructure improvements to roadways, greenways and recreational facilities. Greenway development alone has become a priority for the Town as an alternative mode for transportation, recreation and promoting a healthy lifestyle. The Town recently completed the most significant single greenway corridor in the regional system. The project includes 2.9 miles of greenway, crossing a major thoroughfare (NC Highway 54), via a tunnel that allows access under a railroad.