Job Type


General Summary:

Under the general direction of the City Manager, coordinates the planning, execution and management of all Parks and Recreation programs for citizens of all ages, along with the operation, care and maintenance of park and golf course facilities and grounds within the City. Directs a large staff of temporary and permanent employees in department activities based on community interests and needs. In addition, maintains records, prepares a variety of comprehensive reports and develops an operating and capital budget for the City of Pontiac Parks and Recreation Department.

Typical Duties:

1. Plans and directs a variety of comprehensive Parks and Recreation programs and activities for all age and interest groups based on evaluation of past and present programs acknowledging community interests.

2. Overseas planning and coordination of the development and expansion of new and existing park facilities. Recommends the acquisition of property, determines design and directs the development to best serve the needs and interests of the community.

3. Supervises directly or through lower level managerial personnel a staff of both full and part-time permanent and seasonal employees engaged in the operation and maintenance of City parks and recreation programs.

4. Participates in hiring, training and monitoring of staff performance for evaluation, counsels and/or institutes disciplinary actions as necessary. Regularly observes work performance of personnel.

5. Oversees departmental purchasing reviewing requisitions and specifications, authorizing purchases along with monitoring divisional needs and expenditures to stay within budgetary limits.

6. Develops and recommends an operating and capital budget for the department based on past experience and future needs, monitoring expenditures check points throughout the fiscal year for conformance to final approved budget.

7. Seeks sources of funding and prepares necessary applications and documentation.

8. Prepares a variety of supportive reports dealing with matters such as program activities, financial status, conformity to master plan expectations and general maintenance of facilities.

9. Maintains records of activities and programs completing reports and making recommendations to city officials on present programs or for the possibilities of future programs regarding parks and recreation.

10. Encourages use of facilities and participation in programs by speaking to com­ munity groups and explaining programs. Receives citizen input, prepares a variety of correspondence, arranges publicity and news releases to promote athletic, cultural and social programs, keeps residents informed and maintains positive public relations.

11. Confers with representatives of other governmental units and City department heads on matters of mutual concern and to eliminate duplication of effort.




Competency Statement(s)

1. Accurate – Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.

2. Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem particularly advanced mathematical concepts.

3. Autonomy - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

4. Communication Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.

5. Communication Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.

6. Customer Service - Ability to provide courteous and effective service to the public while following City policy and procedures.

7. Interpersonal Skills - Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with coworkers.

8. Management Skills - Ability to organize and direct oneself and effectively supervise others.

9. Physical Ability - Ability to perform the physical requirements of the job.

10. Presentation Skills – Ability to effectively present information publicly.

11. Punctuality - Ability to exhibit regular attendance and timeliness.

12. Technical Skills – Ability to comprehend complex technical topics and specialized information.

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field.

A Master’s Degree in Recreation, Public or Park Administration, Park Planning, Landscape Architecture or a closely related field desired.

Five to seven years of experience in the administration and operation of a large department with extensive policy, supervisory, promotion, marketing, and budgetary experience. 


Computer Skills

Basic computer skills with word processing

Intermediate skills with spreadsheet software

Basic skills with presentation software

Basic skills operating a computer system and applications

Certificates & Licenses

Valid Operator’s License


While performing the duties of the job the employee is required to stand, kneel and sit for long periods of time; walk, talk, read, use hands and/or fingers, operate a computer and reach with hands and arms. The employee climbs a step ladder to reach file drawers, opens and closes heavy filing drawers and lifts and moves heavy files weighing up to 30 pounds. 

Other Physical Requirements

Good vision, hearing, touch. 


Work is performed primarily in the office with occasional work performed in a vehicle, at construction sites, within the roadway and around traffic where the employee may wear a hard hat and/or safety vest. Work is performed in all weather conditions including temperature extremes. Occasional exposure to muddy, icy, and uneven terrain, odors, and noise.

Salary Description
77,000 - 90,000