ASSISTANT DIRECTOR- PARKS, RECREATION, AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
Town of Cary
Location: Cary, North Carolina
Salary: $100,630.40 - $166,067.20
Cary, a thriving and diverse community in the heart of North Carolina’s renowned Triangle region, is seeking a passionate and forward-thinking Assistant Director to provide leadership and support for the dynamic, multi-faceted, and citizen-focused Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department.
Cary is consistently ranked among the most-desirable places to live, work, have fun, and do business in the United States. It holds a reputation for its safe neighborhoods, network of bike-friendly parks and greenways, environmental stewardship, robust business climate, and premier sports and entertainment venues. As a government, Cary leans forward while understanding and learning from its past. Our “people first” philosophy values and encourages collaboration, experimentation, learning, and adaptation while seizing opportunities to continue making Cary a place of inspiration and possibility.
Cary’s PRCR Department strives to provide high-quality and accessible programs, services, parks, and facilities that inspire and enrich the lives of all Cary citizens. Through the dedication of our employees, a Council and management team that sets the standards for excellence, and our collaborative partnerships with the community, the department has achieved much success. Cary is four-time nationally accredited and, in 2016, named the Gold Medal Award winner for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
The PRCR Assistant Director position is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced and community-oriented parks and recreation professional with a knack for leadership development and inspiring others. In this role, you will work collaboratively with others to lead and direct the operations of the PRCR Department. You will play a critical role in driving culture, leading and developing every staff member, and providing the support, coaching, and accountability to foster growth and constant learning across the department. You will also work closely with the PRCR Director in developing and carrying out an overarching vision for the department.
Work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources. Supervision is exercised over management personnel who are engaged in the various operations of the department.
Your Day-to-Day Expectations
Serves in the absence of the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources; provides operational support and assistance to the Director;
Supervises and reviews the work of department division managers; provides guidance to staff on difficult decisions and citizen interaction; provides oversight for quality control of all departmental initiatives and projects;
Works with the department director to determine goals and objectives; clarifies goals and objectives to staff and others;
Manages and operates in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with high expectations for producing quality work, clearly articulating expectations, holding others accountable, and listening effectively while being honest, open, and transparent;
Plans, organizes, and manages departmental resources to achieve departmental goals; sets priorities and assigns projects;
Functions as a member of the PRCR leadership team, supporting all Division Managers;
Responsible for staff professional and leadership development in support of One Cary culture and values to facilitate attaining individual potential and effective management and operational results;
Mediates personnel issues, coaches staff, and conducts performance evaluations;
Assists in the preparation of annual operating budget and capital budget requests; manages and provides oversite of expenditures of appropriate budget funds; responsible for oversight of all current and future PRCR capital projects;
Participates in and leads collaborative and consensus-building efforts of experienced professionals across multiple departments, including Public Works, Facilities, Construction and Field Services, 311, Finance, Human Resources, etc. in support of meeting timely department and community objectives and needs at a high quality;
Coordinates and facilitates inter- and intra-department and division cooperation and communication to support effective engagement and collaboration;
Supports and assists in coordination of collaborations, partnerships, and communication with external stakeholders, including businesses, non-profit organizations, and local and state governments;
Takes ownership and ensures forward progress on special projects as assigned, navigating complex group dynamics often involving collaborative organizations, vendors, and external stakeholders;
Coordinates PRCR work with non-profits, providing administrative support and leadership to the distribution of grants on an annual basis;
Supports the work of the PRCR advisory board;
Conducts administrative functions including but not limited to approving requisitions and payments, reviewing and approving payroll, and scheduling meetings;
Reviews and adjusts department operating procedures, policies, and guidelines as needed;
Responds to citizen complaints and questions; facilitates resolution to citizen complaints and questions and vendor and/or contractor disputes;
Performs other job-related duties and tasks as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Comprehensive knowledge of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources functions, practices, programs, facilities and services; comprehensive knowledge of planning and implementation of structure and personnel to support departmental needs; thorough knowledge and ability to organize and manage large, complex projects; ability to prioritize, develop and oversee the accomplishment of goals, objectives, and deadline oriented projects; some knowledge of governmental accounting, budget and contract management and purchasing practices; comprehensive knowledge of leadership and development of staff; ability to lead and develop others; ability to resolve conflicts with professionalism and tact; comprehensive knowledge of supervisory principles and practices and ability to supervise the work of a wide ranging staff; ability to formulate comprehensive operational policies and procedures; ability to prepare reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Town officials, other public officials, employees, contractors and the general public; ability to organize and facilitate small and large meetings and events; understands and applies best practices in change management and project management; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to make presentations.
What Is Required Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree with major course work in parks and recreation administration, public administration, business administration, or a related field and extensive experience in the administration of a broad multi-faceted parks, recreation and/or cultural resources program or other local government program.
Considerable supervisory and management experience.
What Will Distinguish You
Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire others
Willingness to share ideas, opinions, and information that is challenging, contradictory, or different
Ability to foster collaboration in pursuit of shared goals
Ability to grow future leaders and champion employee development
Ability to manage a variety of tasks, responsibilities, and projects while being organized and detail oriented
Conditions of Employment:
Requires possession of a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
Requires drug testing and background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment.
Cary ensures equal employment opportunities (EEO) are provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information.