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PRINCIPAL RECREATION PROGRAM DIRECTOR
38460
(Competitive)


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS

The work involves responsibility for the administration and implementation of a comprehensive recreation program. Under the general supervision of the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, an employee in this class directs all phases of planning and implementing recreation programs, including the use and maintenance of parks and facilities. Particular responsibility for certain phases of department operations and special assignments are received from the Commissioner, with considerable latitude for independent action. Work is reviewed through conferences and reports. Supervision, either direct or general, is exercised over subordinate recreation and clerical personnel. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

Oversees and/or participates in all phases of program planning and implementation and has administrative responsibility for programs.
Reviews, and may participate in, the conduct of studies to assess the effectiveness of existing programs and the probable public acceptance of new programs.
Assists in research to locate funding sources for recreational use and in the preparation of funding proposals and applications.

Prepares and manages program budgets.
Assists and/or may have primary responsibility for the recruitment, selection, training and assignment of professional and non-professional recreation and clerical employees.
Supervises subordinate personnel either generally or directly and evaluates work performance by observation and review of reports.
Independently plans and implements one or more major programs such as arts and crafts, senior citizens activities, aquatics or gymnastics.
Plans public relations activities; gathers data and materials and directs the preparation of activity schedules, informational pamphlets; writes publicity releases and arranges news media coverage of special events.
Directs, controls and accounts for the fiscal operation of the department.
Promotes recreation programs by attending meetings with other departments, community organizations and the general public.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Thorough knowledge of recreation principles and practices.
Thorough knowledge of recreation principles and practices as applied to the management of a municipal recreation program.
Good knowledge of the methods, procedures, and objectives of an organized recreation service.
Good knowledge of community program organization.
Good knowledge of supervisory techniques.
Working knowledge of the principals and practices of fiscal management and budgetary control.
Ability to plan and implement a major segment of a recreation program.
Ability to promote and publicize recreation programs and special events.
Ability to establish good working relationships with community organizations and the public.
Ability to supervise personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
Ability to prepare written and oral reports.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Promotion:

Three (3) years of permanent, competitive class status in the title of Recreation Program Director; or

Five (5) years of permanent, competitive class status in the title of Recreation Supervisor.

01/2016 Date of Original Composition