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Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Director

Powder Springs

Listing Summary

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.


Job Title:              Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Director

Department:              Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs 

Reports To:                 Agency- Executive Director for Public Services, Equity & Inclusion

Pay Grade:                 117

FLSA Status:             Exempt                           Salary Range: $63,417.85 – $98,297.67


This position is responsible for providing high level managerial leadership, administrative and financial direction, as well as analyzing program effectiveness, managing, planning and supervising the traditional recreation programs to include but not limited to special events, youth development, senior programs, museum services, park operations, cultural affairs and arts, youth council and the City’s environmental programs.



  • Manages day to day operations, including staff management, assigning work, approval of payroll, program planning, park operations (maintenance), events and other programming, senior services, museum services, cultural affairs and the arts.
  • Prepares, presents, and administers the budget process for the Department and oversee budget expenditures Plans.
  • Organizes and implements the operations of the City’s environmental programs to include the management and promotion of roadside solid waste management planning and waste cleanup.
  • Plans, supervises, and allocates human, financial, and material resources in order to meet City's parks, recreational, arts, events and cultural needs.
  • Manages City’s landscape maintenance contracts.
  • Plans and implements beautification and landscape maintenance of the City’s parks;
  • Supervises professional, administrative, technical, and trades employees over parks, recreation, arts and cultural affairs, events and leisure services divisions and programs.
  • Acts as staff liaison for the Keep Powder Springs Beautiful program, including attending all meetings of the local and county program.
  • Promotes the city’s environmental programs; develops, coordinates, promotes, executes and evaluates community involvement events, programs and educational outreach; responds to media inquiries and creates press releases; develops, coordinates and presents environmental programs to civic organizations and the public; interacts with and informs citizens regarding volunteer opportunities; responds to questions and concerns.
  • Coordinates with other departments to include the Public Works Department sanitation, streets and right of way services; the Police Departments’ community policing and code enforcement program and the Municipal Court’s Community Service Program, including oversight of any activities or programs that occur outside of normal work hours.
  • Coordinates with the Community Ambassador and Youth Ambassador Programs, working with the volunteer committee to plan, schedule and implement city-wide cleanup initiatives and youth enrichment.
  • Researches, applies for, executes, and evaluates grants to enhance environmental and roadside cleanup programs.
  • Operates a personal computer or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, to include the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, or other system software.
  • Develops and implements outreach and marketing information.
  • Provides customer communications and response support for City Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs operations.
  • Works closely with the County Parks Department and other entities in coordinating city programs and activities.
  • Oversees and/or coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data and develops, writes, and presents comprehensive statistical and narrative program reports.
  • Prepares permit applications for park improvements. Manages design and construction service contracts from scoping through selection and execution phases.
  • Gathers, analyzes, and evaluates usage of facilities and program attendance.
  • Represents the organization at various community and/or business meetings; promotes existing and new programs and/or policies; meets with public to gain and share information regarding departmental functions
  • Plans, develops, and implements strategies for generating resources and/or revenues for parks and recreation and cultural affairs.
  • Oversees the coordination and organization of special promotional activities and city-wide community events.
  • Identifies needs for Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects based on citizen input master plans and oversees the design, development, and installation of CIP projects improvements, renovations, and repairs.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management, Physical Education, Natural Resources, Public Administration, Business Management, or a related field; and five (5) years of related experience; or equivalent training, education, and/or experience. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Georgia driver’s license and must possess or have ability to obtain within thirty days of employment and maintain CPR, First Aid and AED certifications.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and application of City and department policies, procedures, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of City limits.
  • Knowledge of City, county, state and federal environmental codes, ordinances and regulations pertaining to recreation, events, and environmental programs. Knowledge and application of computer operating system and other hardware used to process payments.
  • Knowledge of and skill in preparing and administering grant applications and awards to support position functions.
  • Knowledge of community service program operations.
  • Knowledge of all facets of recreation operations and horticultural, arboricultural, turf management, park design, landscape design, arts and cultural affairs programs.
  • Knowledge of buildings, facilities and the development of parks maintenance and design standards, work control and quality control processes.
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Skill in maintaining accurate records and preparing reports.
  • Skill in performing basic mathematical calculations.  Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions; may include ability to compute discount, interest, and ratios; may include ability to calculate surface areas, volumes, weights, and measures.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
  • Ability to supervise other employees completing a wide range of tasks.
  • Ability to work well with the public and address their questions courteously and tactfully.
  • Ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals and to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.



The employee is often required to exert up to 50 pounds of force. Work is typically performed while sitting with required periods of walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. This position must occasionally exert physical effort in light work and also involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials for events and activities managed by the department.



Work is typically performed in both outdoor and office environments.



The City of Powder Springs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


All applicants must complete a City of Powder Springs employment application.  Applications may be down loaded and printed from the website at or visit 4426 Marietta Street, Powder Springs, GA 30127 to receive an application.


Please submit letter of interest or resume along with a City of Powder Springs employment application to:

Rosalyn Nealy, Human Resources Director

City of Powder Springs

P.O. Box 46

Powder Springs, GA 30127

  Closing Date:    Open Until Filled

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